Volunteer Spotlight with Nomi Berger

You may know Nomi from the Cat Tale stories and the Furry Friends Fur-Ever stories she does for us. However there is much more to this lady. See what she has to say about herself. I was born, quite literally, with a pen in my hand. Words are my passion and were my profession. A […]

Six Preventable Cat Accidents

The best way for your kitty to live all nine of her lives, happily and healthily, is through the prevention of needless accidents. Being hit by a car: Even if yours is an independent outdoor cat, there are steps you can take to ensure she stays safe. If financially feasible, and you live in a […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Maxine and the Dziabczenkos

“My husband and I have both had cats our entire lives. We love them,” explains Sabella. “And as soon as we saw Francine’s picture, we just knew. We renamed her Maxine — Max for short because she’s such a little Wild Thing! She jumped in and owned the place from the second we brought her […]

Caution: Cats and Essential Oils

For years, certain essential oils were considered safe for cats and were often recommended for use in treating everything from stress and ear mite infestations to upper respiratory problems. But recently, some studies have shown that essential oils can be toxic to cats, whether taken internally, applied to their skin or simply inhaled. The liver […]

The Hazards of Hypothermia

Every winter, cats die due to being left outside in the cold. That they have fur does NOT ensure their ability to survive out of doors for any length of time when the thermometer plummets. What they DO need is shelter and warmth. And if your precious puss slips outside unseen, she must be found […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Romey and Sheri Gonzales

“When I first met Romey (then Pistacio) at Pet Smart, she was instantly drawn to me,” admits Sheri. “She came over to me with purrs, rubbing against my legs and talking away, but I was hesitant about bringing home a ‘forever friend’ kitty. My previous cat, Moby, had been with me for 15 years, and […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Molly and Mary Brown

“I’ve always had cats in my life until about 17 years ago when our last cat died of old age,” Mary says. “With four dogs to look after, my husband and I decided not to get another cat because of our travels south for the winter. But when my husband, who was a veterinarian, passed […]

Cat Tails: Laser Pointers: Paws Up or Down?

Pet parents find that cats of all ages — from playful kittens to sedentary seniors — will often engage in laser pointer play, stimulating them and encouraging them to be more mobile with minimal effort on their humans’ part. But as ideal as it sounds, are laser toys good for — even safe for – […]

The Columbian: 10 kittens ‘near death’ now ‘thriving’

Furry Friends volunteer cared for animals saved from a hoarding situation After months of care, 10 kittens who came to Furry Friends from a hoarding situation in Cowlitz County in June are nearly ready to be adopted. All the kittens had ringworm when Furry Friends took them in, along with flea infestations, eye infections and […]

Polydactyl Cats – Cat Tales

Cats with extra toes are called polydactyls, a name derived from two Greek words: “poly” meaning “many” and “daktylos” meaning “digits”. While the majority of cats have 18 toes, with five on both front paws and four on both back paws, it’s not unusual for a large number of cats to have extra toes — […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Felix and Mike Booth

What first drew Mike to Felix were his marvelous black and white markings, followed promptly by his purr-sonality! “After meeting a lion (Maine Coon), a temperamental heterochromic (a kitty with two different colored eyes), two lazies, a hyperactive kook and a four-legged paper shredder,” laughs Mike, “all Felix wanted was some positive attention in his […]

Cowlitz Kitten Update – November 2018

Ten kittens were rescued from a hoarding situation in Cowlitz County in June. We were told the kittens were relatively healthy, this was not the case. We should have known that hoarding and healthy do not go hand in hand. By the time they reached Furry Friends we were committed to helping them. They were […]

Interview with Dena Hugh, Fabulous Feline Foster

Q: How long have you volunteered with Furry Friends? A: Since December 2015. Q: How did you get involved with Furry Friends? A: While I’ve taken in many strays and other animals who have lost their way, I’ve always wanted to do more. I live alone in a three-bedroom house, and with no one to […]

Cat Tales: Cats and Coprophagia

Coprophagia is the act of eating and ingesting feces. Although far more common in dogs, it does appear occasionally in cats. There are times when eating feces is part of normal feline behavior. A new mother will often eat the feces of her newborn kittens as part of her daily grooming routine, while her kittens […]

Cat Tales: Cats As Blood Donors

What do ailing people and ailing animals often have in common? The need for life-saving blood transfusions. And when it comes to pet transfusions, it can be particularly difficult to find donors. This is why an increasing number of veterinary clinics are calling on caring cat owners to consider registering their kitties as blood donors. […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Tor and the Medinas

“Tor is our first family kitty,” Amber explains. “Although his original name was Tom, we changed it to Tormund Giantsbane after a ‘Game of Thrones’ character, but we just call him Tor. “Because we wanted a young kitty to grow up around our toddler, and his write up was so awesome, it was easy to […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Liam and the Serranos

“I would like to thank you for the work you do,” says Fernando. “Bella, our 14-year-old daughter, and the entire family is very pleased and honored to have Liam in our home. “Liam is our first cat, and when Bella, who always wanted a black cat, saw his photos on Petfinder, she immediately fell in […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Freya and the Rowes

“Freya, formerly Sapphire, is the second kitty we’ve adopted from Furry Friends,” explains Crystal Rowe. “I help out there on Friday mornings, and while I was cleaning her box in the med room, she climbed into my arms and started to purr. My heart was gone! I later posted a photo with her on Face […]

Can Cats Come When Called?

Does your cat come to you when you call her name? Does she run to the door when you arrive home and call out to her or does she simply yawn and go back to sleep? For cat owners curious enough to see if they can train their cats to come to them when called, […]

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Slinky, Munchkin and the Van Wagoners

“I’ve always been more of a dog person,” Stefanie admits, “but when my favorite dog in the whole world died in 2012, I decided that maybe a cat would help with the sadness. “Since I’ve always gotten animals from rescues, I adopted Slinky from Furry Friends first followed soon after by Munchkin because they were […]

Columbian Cat Tales: E-Cigarettes and Cats

With the increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes, commonly called E-cigs, comes an increased risk of toxicity to cats whose owners use them. Marketed as smoke-free substitutes for traditional cigarettes, they’re shaped like a long cigarette, battery operated, and filled with a replaceable cartridge of E-liquid that contains a mixture of ingredients such as nicotine, flavorings, […]

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 […]