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 […]

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 […]