Unusual pets: Hairless cats and a sugar glider

If Dana Kullman finds fur flying in her East Canton home, she can rule out two suspects—Rudy and Clarice, her hairless cats.

Hairless cats and a sugar glider

pets_hairless1If Dana Kullman finds fur flying in her East Canton home, she can rule out two suspects—Rudy and Clarice, her hairless cats.

A bit alien in their appearance, the furless felines are sure to spark a reaction from those who see them.

“You either love them immediately or think they’re the ugliest thing in the world,” Kullman says with a laugh. “They’re gorgeous, I think.”

pets_hairless2The cats aren’t actually bald. They have very short, fine hair that is very soft. Kullman describes them as feeling “like a warm peach.” The lack of fur cover not only makes them unique in their appearance, it also makes them a bit more work than the average cat. Because the oil that naturally occurs on their skin doesn’t have much fur to absorb it, the cats find themselves in the bathtub once a week for a washing, ear cleaning and claw cleaning. It’s not their favorite thing but “they tolerate it,” Kullman says.

While Rudy and Clarice may lack something in the beauty category, they more than make up for it in personality, their owner says.

“They are very loving. They crave attention and want to be with you,” said Kullman, who adopted Rudy, 2, and Clarice, 3, when they were kittens. “I definitely got my cuddler with the first one.”

pets_glider2Kullman is no stranger to the affections of cats; she has two others—with fur: Princess, an 11-year-old Balinese, and Jojo, a 7-year-old “street cat.” They share their home with a canine counterpart, 10-year-old Yorkshire terrier Gable.

And there’s one more unusual pet in the house: 6-year-old Bindi, a sugar glider. The little creature, which looks similar to a flying squirrel, gets her own special diet of fruits, veggies, vitamin pellets and Gatorade—as well as her own special space away from the others.

“The cats will not leave her alone,” Kullman says.

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The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
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Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
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Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
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