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Cats’ Welfare Tenerife 

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When Fluffy goes crazy for laser pointers, shiny objects and people’s ankles, just what is she seeing?

Cats’ fondness for pouncing on feet and feathery toys may be rooted in their hunting instinct but it also has a lot to do with their unique vision.

Cats are just like colour-blind people, seeing some colours but not all of them. People can see objects clearly up to 60 metress away but cats need to be about six metres away to see those same things as clear.

They have a wider field of vision though, about 200 degrees, compared with humans 180 degree view, all the better to spot that mouse (or toy) wriggling in the corner. Their eyes are more sensitive to low light at dawn and dusk and a cat’s eye shape and larger corneas reflect light back to the retina, helping gather more light as well. This allows cats to sense motion in the dark much better than their owners can.

Do cats have to blink? Unlike people, cats do not need to blink their eyes on a regular basis to keep their eyes lubricated with tears. Unblinking eyes are probably an advantage when hunting.

Cats will however “squint” their eyes, usually as a form of communication expressing affection and ease around another cat or person. Cats have a third eyelid, which is a thin cover that closes from the side and appears when the cat’s eyelid opens. Though this membrane will partially closes if the cat is sick, if your cat is awake and you can see the membrane pop him along to your vet for a check up.

It’s a snip!

Cat Neutering : 35 euros male, 65 euros female during October ONLY. All four of our vets, Las Chafiras, Los Cris-tianos, Las Americas and Gran Sur are taking part, maps and opening times are on our website www.cats-welfare-tenerife.com/our-vets. Males should be castrated from four months and girls from five months. Ring or WhatsApp Maria on 646629129 (seven days a week 9.00 until 18.00) for your unique promotion code prior to making an appointment.

Adoptions

We have lots of adorable fluffy kittens needing loving permanent homes. They are available for viewing in Don Perro pet shop in Las Chafiras and Vet Express behind Gran Sur. Opening times and maps are on our website (see link above). In the north, kittens can be seen in the Kiwoko pet shop in the El Trompo commercial centre just outside Puerto de la Cruz.

Designer sale

Our Designer Sale raised a massive 1172 euros. We are grateful to everyone who helped on the day, everyone who donated and of course everyone who bagged them-selves a designer bargain. This will hopefully be the start of many. Look out for the next date.

Donations

We are always in need of good quality items to sell in our charity shop. It’s our main source of income and there-fore incredibly important for us to raise as much as possible. Items can be dropped into the shop on San Blas in Golf del Sur (Behind Hiperdino). It is open seven days a week 10.00 until 18.00 but on Saturdays is open from 11.00 until 16.00. If you don’t have transport or have large bulky items such as furniture and household effects to donate please ring Mark on 636590557 and he will arrange collection from you.