This Cat Recently Got Adopted in Record Time. Here’s Why …

CALIFORNIA – An adopter went home with the happiest of feline phenomena just the other day.

Staff at the County Animal Services shelter in Carlsbad was literally shocked when a 3-year-old stray male “tortie” cat showed up.

Torties are mixed-breed cats, the offspring of a tabby cat and a cat with a tortoise-shell-like pattern, or a tortie. What really makes it truly interesting, though, is that the tortie pattern is sex-linked and nearly all tortie cats are born female, according to Dawn Danielson who is the County Animal Services director.

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Kim Tardy, who is an animal attendant at the shelter, couldn’t believe it either.

“I’ve been in the field for 10 years and I have never seen a male tortie,” Tardy stated. “I have a co-worker that’s only seen one in 15 years in the field.”

According to the County News Center, published reports claim that only 1 out of every 10,000 cats are male torties. The rarity of the breed-gender combination is aided by the fact that most male torbies are born sterile.

Although this true diamond in the fluff has found a new home, you may stumble upon another friendly feline during a visit to any three of the county’s shelters.

As part of a new 90-day pilot project, all three county shelters will now be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays, excluding holidays, in addition to its usual Tuesday through Saturday schedule.

If you would like more information about County Animal Services, visit its website.

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