Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Nori and Blair

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Nori and Blair

“Nori, formerly called Cutie at Furry Friends, is my very first fur baby,” says Blair.

“She’s been with us for four months now and we’re utterly in love. I chose Nori because she was friendly and wanted to snuggle, but I could never have imagined what a cuddle bug she truly was. Not only did she adjust to her new home right off the bat but in a matter of days it felt as if she had lived here forever.

“Although she’s extremely playful and has a lot of energy, she simply ADORES people and wants to be with us all of the time. She greets strangers with ‘open arms’ and always manages to finds a chest to lie on whenever we’re watching movies on TV.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Indigo and Sarah Davidson

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Indigo and Sarah Davidson

“I had many cats growing up,” Sarah says, “but Indigo is the first kitty of my own. When I adopted her, her name was India, but being a graphic designer who loves color, I changed it!
“In my search for a low-shedding cat, I learned that not only are Siamese low shedders but they’re also very smart and social, and so I inquired about India. A Furry Friends volunteer told me that she had been returned more than once for being too chatty and for sometimes biting. ‘She just needs to find someone who wants to talk to her all day,’ the volunteer said.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Annie and Nicole Lygo

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Annie and Nicole Lygo

“After the death of my beloved senior cat, Adelaide, I decided I needed a new friend,” says Nicole. “When I saw Annie’s picture on Petfinder, she was exactly what I was looking for: a younger cat with short hair and plenty of time left. When we met at her foster home, she immediately came up to me and demanded pets, and once her carrier was put out, she hopped right in, ready to go!

Hercules & Starsky Hit the Jackpot

Hercules & Starsky Hit the Jackpot

Hercules (now Henry) and Starsky (now Eddie) hit the “Jackpot of Homes” when they were adopted by Chris & Diane in September 2020.  When released from their carriers, the first thing Henry and Eddie did was run about the house.  They ran around all night as if to say, “We’re free!  We’re safe!  We’re home!” 

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Tecate and Sara Kirk

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Tecate and Sara Kirk

“Tecate (formerly Cognac) is my first cat and I love him so much,” says Sara. “He’s made me happier than I could ever have imagined and I’m lucky to have him in my life.
“We recently celebrated his first birthday and I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with this little cutie. He’s also been leash/harness trained, allowing us to go on walks together outside, which is so much fun!

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Lucy and Kathleen Martin

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Lucy and Kathleen Martin

“I’ve had fur babies my entire life, having grown up with both cats and dogs. As an adult, I’ve always been partial to feline friends, finding their personalities much like my own. Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should relax and get used to it.

“Lucy already knew her name and because it suited her, I didn’t change it. Plus, it’s fun to call out ‘LUCY, I’m HOME!’ and hear her thunder down the hallway to greet me. Despite being quite standoffish when we first met, she got over her shyness quickly, revealing her true sweet and gentle nature.

Tiger Lily finds her perfect home

Tiger Lily finds her perfect home

Beautiful Tiger Lily came to Furry Friends as an extremely introverted kitty.  This beautiful gray kitty with the marmalade dipped tail had a hard time adjusting to her new routine at the house.  So, we put her in her own cage and made her off limits to everyone except the feeding/cleaning crew and a couple of socializers.  Restricting her care to just a few people seemed to be what she needed. 

CRICKET’S SECRET

CRICKET’S SECRET

Beautiful two year old Cricket came to Furry Friends from her original owner who had to make a life changing move and couldn’t take Cricket with her.  The loss of her owner and because she hadn’t been around other cats since kittenhood was very hard on Cricket.  This poor girl reacted by hiding in a cubby in her enclosure in the blue room.  All we would ever see of her was her big round eyes at the back of her cubby.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Mystery and Shannon and Becky

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Mystery and Shannon and Becky

“I’ve adopted many kitties over the years,” Shannon says, “and the kitty we adopted from Furry Friends makes number 12.

“We changed her name from Amelia to Mystery and call her Mysty for short. We chose her because we wanted a female who gets along well with dogs. Our dog Benny had really been missing his last feline friend, and we fell in love with her cute little kitty face.

“When we brought her home, he was so excited! He started jumping around and kept wanting to sniff her, which scared her at first, and it took awhile for her to adjust.

“Now she’s very curious and playful. Anything becomes a kitty toy. Sometimes we play ‘kitty tag’, which is a lot of fun, and she especially enjoys playing ‘strings’ which involves boot laces and trying to get dressed in the morning! But I think the silliest thing she does is charge around the house at full speed. We call it ‘crazy kitty.’

“She’s also very lovable and faithfully follows us all around the house. She loves to snuggle and sometimes she even gives kisses. She has a cat tree in the window where she sleeps most of the time.

“We’re so happy to have Mystery in our lives.

“Thank you Furry Friends.”

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Furry Friends Fur-Ever Stories are compiled and written by Nomi Berger who is the bestselling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry, and hundreds of articles. She is a volunteer writer for Furry Friends in Vancouver, WA and also volunteers her writing skills to animal rescue groups in Canada and the USA. She lives with her adopted Maltese named Mini.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Chomper and the Garvers

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Chomper and the Garvers

“Chomper was the seventh addition to our family,” Jaimie explains. “Since then, we’ve added two more kitties for a total of nine!

“Appropriately named for the way that she ‘chomps’ on everything, we naturally kept her original name. She even has her own Instagram account chomper.roo., while several of her nicknames include li’l Chomp, Chomperoo and Chomp Chomp.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Leo and the Shanmacs

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Leo and the Shanmacs

“We love Leo so much! He’s such a sweet kitty,” Jessica exclaims.

“My husband and I each grew up having cats in our families and I’ve always had cats as an adult. My 16-year-old kitty, Ellis, passed away right after we’d gotten a new kitten, Lilly. Since we ultimately wanted another cat for Lilly to play with and bond with, and I wanted a cuddly lap cat, we looked into Furry Friends.

“At Furry Friends, his name was Bobby, but I think his face looks like a lion’s face, so I changed his name to Leo. He seemed very sweet when I met him and it just felt right.

“His adjustment to living with us was gradual. He’s scared of new things, and Lilly was both scared and a little aggressive (growling and charging but no physical contact). We kept Leo in our bedroom/bathroom suite for over three weeks while letting the cats sniff at the doors and have supervised visits. Finally, they clicked and they’ve been playing and sleeping together ever since.

“Having Leo in our lives has made everything better! He’s still very sweet and always purrs when we pet him. We enjoy watching both cats play and it’s so cute seeing them sleep together.

“We also have two dogs – both of whom have always been around cats. Leo sniffs at them curiously when they’re lying down, but otherwise he avoids them. The male ignores both cats (he’s oblivious in general) while the female wants attention from them and is still trying to become friends with Leo.

“At first, Leo was hesitant to use the cat scratchers, so we’ve spent time working with him on that. What he loves, though, are those fishing pole toys, and not only can he run fast, he can jump really high.

“I was hoping he’d be a cuddly lap kitty, but I once filed my nails while he was lying on me, and it scared him so much that he wouldn’t get back on the couch again! So we’ve been working with him on that too.

“His silliest, most endearing habit is his incessant licking of anyone that gets within ‘tongue distance’ of him. Whenever you pet him, he’ll try to lick you. I’ve never had a cat try to clean me so much! He even tries to lick my feet while I’m at home trying to work!

“At night he loves sleeping with Lilly on their cat tower or under one particular shelf we have and on occasion, in a corner of our upstairs landing.”

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Furry Friends Fur-Ever Stories are compiled and written by Nomi Berger who is the bestselling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry, and hundreds of articles. She is a volunteer writer for Furry Friends in Vancouver, WA and also volunteers her writing skills to animal rescue groups in Canada and the USA. She lives with her adopted Maltese named Mini.

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