Cowlitz Kitten Update -August 2018

By Jennifer Hart, president of Furry Friends As many of you know, the Cowlitz kittens are 10 babies that we rescued from a hoarding situation. They were almost dead and have required a lot of time, money and attention. On Sunday August 19 I was lucky enough to help Dena Hugh, their foster mom, bathe […]

Pussycats’ Pet Peeves

Fur-get kitties’ funny quirks! Pussycat parents may unwittingly be rubbing their own feline friends the wrong way. How? Consider the following: Taking them on car rides: As opposed to their canine counterparts, cats do NOT enjoy spontaneous rides in the car. Being highly territorial and passionate about routine, they dislike abrupt changes in their environment. […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Willow Delight and the Fulhams

“My husband and I both grew up with cats, and we’ve had five since we’ve been married,” says Sally, “making Willow Delight our sixth. “Willow’s name at Furry Friends was Delight. We decided to keep Delight as her middle name. We named her Willow because our other cat, Buffy, is named after Buffy the Vampire […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Nova and the Princes

“Our family adopted Nova (we’re still trying to find a new name that suits him) in June,” explains Vicki, “but the first time we saw him was June 2017 at the Vancouver Recycled Arts Festival. “My husband and I wandered over to the Furry Friends booth and were instantly drawn to the white cat with […]

Cat Tales: Cat Bites CAN Be Dangerous

For this week’s Cat Tale story by our volunteer Nomi Berger, examines the topic of cat bites. When is a cat’s nip more than a nip? When it’s a bite, intentional or not. And bites to the hand can often be serious. Studies have shown that a shocking 80% of cat bites, even those that […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Orbit and the Steinbaughs

“This is our second kitty,” Lindsay explains. “His original name when we adopted him was Aspen and we renamed him Orbit since his birthday fell on the same day as the solar eclipse. “What drew us to Orbit was the fact that he was so cute and different looking, and after meeting him, it was […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Raspberry and the Lenningtons

“When we adopted Raspberry in November 2017, she took to us right away and slept in our bed the first night,” says Sharon. “At Christmas, Santa brought her a scratching post and more toys than she already had, while her ‘human’ sister even gave her presents. A bit of a fussy feline when it comes […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Walter and the Reynolds

“Last fall, we lost two of our cats within 6 weeks of each other,” Melissa explains. “One was 13 and the other was 15. Our hearts were broken over these losses. Thankfully, we still had our 15-year-old cat, Maryann. We weren’t sure if we wanted to get another one so soon, but felt we should […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Casanova and the Johns

“What to say about Casanova that hasn’t already been said!” exclaims one very excited Vickie. “In a lazy moment, I call him Cas, but more often buddy or my little friend. “In chatting with Sandy at the Halfway House, she told me that Casanova had diabetes and needed insulin therapy twice a day, monitoring of […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Koko and the Costellos

“How can you not help but love a kitty who deposits his favorite toy on your chest every night at 3 AM to tell you he misses you and wants to play?” Pat poses the question rhetorically. “We had just adopted another rescue kitten when, two weeks later, we saw a photo of Koko (then […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Minnie and the Halls

“Minnie is our first cat since we’ve had children,” says Terri. “My last cat was 17 when she passed away, and due to my husband David’s allergies we never got another one. “I met Minnie (then called Enya) when I went for a volunteer orientation at the Halfway House. She had the softest fur and […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Daisy and Rita Homme

“One of my friends, who volunteers with Furry friends, knew I’d talked about getting a kitty for some time but that I’d kept putting it off,” explains Rita. “When I finally decided to go on the Furry Friends web site, I immediately fell in love with Daisy. I went to meet her at the pet […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Dakota and Rebecca Rowney

“I have one other kitty,” says Rebecca, “but when I met Dakota, who was then known as Lilly, I decided to expand our little cat family. “I loved her personality and the fact that she’s super cute! Her adjustment to living here was gradual because she had to get used to my other kitty. That […]

Columbian Cat Tales: Cats and Cataracts

Have you noticed a change in the color of your cat’s eyes? Does her vision seem impaired? If so, cataracts may be the cause. Although sometimes considered a problem that affects only seniors, age often isn’t the main factor. Read the full story here.

Cat Spraying and Cat Cleaning

Inquiring minds want to know: What is spraying and how do you keep your place smelling springtime fresh? Quite simply, spraying is when your kitty leaves a small amount of urine on any surface in your home. Not always noticeable to the naked eye, these tiny spots are certainly detectable by their odor. Cat urine […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Dufur and the Gilberts

“Life is good!” Elaine declares. “My husband and I have had at least eight cats during our 55 years of marriage, and we both agree that while Dufur (formerly Garfield) has proven the most challenging to acclimate, he’s been more than worth the effort. All of our grown children, who are dedicated cat owners themselves, […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Sophie, Milo and the Bauhs

“I was gifted with my first kitty when I was 15 years old,” explains Gail. “A beautiful blue point Siamese named Kitty Blue. Since then I’ve never been without a furry friend. Sophie (formerly Puff) is number 24 and newly adopted Milo is number 25. “When I read the story of why she was given […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Ivy and the Faulls

“Although my husband, Parker, had cats growing up, I only remember briefly hosting a stray for awhile when I was in elementary school,” admits Stephanie. “Ivy is the first cat we’ve adopted together. And while Ivy is still her ‘official’ name, we hardly ever call her that. It’s usually Baby Kidden, Little Miss, Potato Head, […]

The Reflector: Caturday: The Purrfect Storm!

Watch the hard-hitting action Saturday April 7, 2018 as Storm City Roller Girls battles it out on the track against the Gorge Roller Girls! The cat themed event will be held at the Clark County Event Center, 17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA 98642 Storm City is proudly partnering with Furry Friends for this event.  […]

The Reflector: Go orange for animals in April

Statistics show that in America, an animal is abused every 10 seconds.April has been designated “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” Month. A month during which everyone is urged to “Go Orange for Animals” to increase public awareness about these unconscionable, and usually unreported, incidents. Below are a few ways one can help the cause.   Read […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Jorgé and Kristen Runvik

“While I grew up surrounded by cats, Jorgé (formerly George) was my first adopted cat,” says Kristen. “I’d been volunteering at Furry Friends for almost a year and had met dozens of cats and kittens. I knew I wanted an adult cat since they generally aren’t adopted as quickly as kittens, but I just hadn’t […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Cassie and the Crandalls

“I’ve had many cats in my life,” says Kathryn. “My mother adored them and so do I. Unfortunately, for ten years, my husband, Walter, and I couldn’t have any because Buster, our terrific Rottweiler, couldn’t tolerate them. When our Buster died last October, we were devastated and depressed by his loss. But it was always […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Peetie, Punkin and the Achenbachs

“My husband, Lary and I became empty nesters last fall when our two youngest children moved to Seattle to finish college,” explains Cathy. “When they left, they took their two cats with them and so we found ourselves childless and cat-less all at once! “Because I’ve always had cats in my life, after a few […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Shiloh, Sawyer and the Haigs

“This summer I had to put down my 20-year-old Annie,” explains Jan. “I cherished that cat, and I’ve had cats in my life since the age of six. “I would only go through rescue groups to adopt, and knew once I looked for a cat, it wouldn’t take me long to find one. I was […]