Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Vicky and Sarah Fletcher

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Vicky and Sarah Fletcher

“I’ve always lived with cats,” says Sarah, “but Vicky is the first cat I’ve adopted with my boyfriend. Although her name was originally Gracie, we changed it to Vicky aka Thick Vick because she’s a big girl (20 pounds when adopted but 16 pounds now).

“My last adopted cat was 15 years old when he died and I was heartbroken from that loss. We decided I needed another cat and Vicky was so different from him, but still a bit older (7 years old) and my favorite blue/gray color. Despite being incredibly overweight, she was SO spunky and engaging. She had a big attitude and a tiny chirping meow. I usually prefer male cats due to their more relaxed personalities, but I decided it was time for a change.

“Her adjustment was gradual. She would briefly spend time with us each night but she was very skittish when it came to sudden movements and loud noises, including cars driving by when the windows were open. Within two weeks, she seemed to warm up, and as she got more comfortable, she continued to reveal new aspects of her personality.

“While my previous cat was a ‘mama’s boy’, Vicky’s independent streak has been a change of pace, yet it’s a nice fit because she’s always close by. She provides us with hours of entertainment due to her high energy and desire to play. She also enjoys spending time with my partner — something he also enjoys although he pretends he doesn’t!

“Since Vicky loves to play, we have various mice and ball toys scattered all over the floor, but she particularly loves a red fluff ball that she often carries in her mouth (when it’s not lost under furniture). She also loves playing with the laser and feathers on a stick. She’s very feisty and is always ready to attack things that move — in a playful way – including us. She’ll attack our arms and hands if we move them quickly across the couch or a blanket.

“A big favorite is our game of hide and chase. I chase her into a room, she collapses onto the floor and I rub her belly, then run out of the room and hide. She runs around until she finds me and the game repeats itself until we’re both tired! Despite her diet, she’s still incredibly chubby, and while it doesn’t impede her agility, she definitely gets out of breath and is quite a heavy breather. Occasionally we’ll hear her breathing, but not see her, and realize she’s resting somewhere close by.

“Vicky prefers being petted and cuddled on her own terms. She often cuddles in the late evenings right before bed and will lie in my lap or lie next to me while I work in the middle of the night.

“As for resting and sleeping, she has numerous choices – from one of her many cardboard scratching posts to the floor under our bed to her cat bed in the living room near us to the couch beside us.”

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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: Opal and the Perrys

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Opal and the Perrys

“As a family, Opal is our third kitty,” explains Kristine. “And we kept her name since it suited her so well.

“We chose the little ‘gem’ because she was very mellow but also friendly, and because it seemed she would like to cuddle. She’s also a very beautiful kitty. Her beautiful green eyes against her white fur caught our attention immediately.

“We brought her home on Christmas Day and the boxes and wrapping paper scattered all over the house proved a bit overwhelming for her. We decided to keep her in one room so that she could get used to her new environment. Within minutes, she found a small hole in the bottom of the bed’s box spring, climbed inside, and didn’t come out for several hours. It took her almost a week to get used to the rest of the house although she’d still run away whenever one of us got too close. Thankfully, though, she’s now fully adapted to our home and to us.

“Opal has brought a whole new level of joy to our family. She’s such a sweet soul who warms all of our hearts, and always puts a smile on our faces, even when we’re feeling down.

“Before adopting her, we bought a bunch of toys for her to play with – all lying forgotten now in a small basket! She prefers to chase and ‘attack’ a shoelace that she found in one of our closets. As soon as the shoelace is brought out, we immediately get her attention. She claws, bites, and pounces on it, making all of us laugh.

“While she likes being petted and cuddled, it’s only on her terms. If she doesn’t want any pets, she’ll meow at you and walk away. But at 3 AM, when we’re asleep, she suddenly becomes very interested in our attention. When she does cuddle with us, she lies against us and spreads her whole body out long. She also loves the smell of fresh air. We open windows for her so that she can stick her head against the screen and smell all the scents.

“Opal sleeps on top of the cushions in our living room right by the window. She likes looking out the window to observe people and other animals wandering around outside.”

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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: T-Bone, Yuki and Kathy Howe

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: T-Bone, Yuki and Kathy Howe

“My best friends, my therapy cats — my ‘dog cat’ and my ‘cutie patudy’ — are the best cats on the planet,” exclaims Kathy. “I know that T-Bone was everyone’s favorite at Furry Friends because he loves every person he meets. But I consider him my ‘dog cat’ because he’s everywhere I am. When I get up in the morning and use the bathroom, he’s suddenly on the counter giving me head bumps. No matter where I go, I know he’ll go there, too. He wakes me up in the middle of the night by touching my face with a paw. I love him so-o-o-o much. And all of my family and friends love him, too. He’s always around and eager to meet new people!

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Ruby, Emmie and Cindy Christensen

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Ruby, Emmie and Cindy Christensen

“Ruby and Emmie (formerly Eva and Echo) aren’t my first cats,” explains Cindy. “I’ve had cats since I was five years old. “Most recently, my cats were Libby and Dallas who were much loved throughout their lives. Libby passed on two years ago and Dallas followed a few months ago. I waited awhile, not sure that I could go through the loss of another beloved pet. But I missed having a cat in my life too much.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Olive and Kiondra Kuiper

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Olive and Kiondra Kuiper

“I originally had three cats, Crusty, Explorer and Screamer,” says Kiondra. “When Screamer passed, Explorer got really depressed because she no longer had her buddy and she started terrorizing Crusty, who prefers to be left alone. I wasn’t sure I wanted to get another cat but it became clear that both of mine would be happier with another one in our home.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Nora and Scooby and the Byrds

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Nora and Scooby and the Byrds

“Our home is alive again thanks to the antics of the amazing brother and sister kitten duo of Nora and Scooby,” admits Angela. “We had a beautiful, black shorthaired male cat for 23 years, and after we saw him over the Rainbow Bridge, we still had love in our hearts for another kitty. When we saw Nora and Scooby online, we knew that we needed them to fill up our hearts once more.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Ravenpaw and the McCanns

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Ravenpaw and the McCanns

“My boss at work is Jaimie Garver, your new president,” Helen says, “and I got to know Furry Friends through her. When seven-month-old Ravenpaw came into the shelter, she posted on her Facebook page a fundraiser for his vet bills with videos of him bravely trying to pull himself around on his front paws, while having two seriously broken back legs. He must have been in a lot of pain, but he still wanted to play!

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail -Mr. Tumnus, Theseus and the Kushners

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail -Mr. Tumnus, Theseus and the Kushners

“The newest additions to our home, Mr. Tumnus and Theseus, were part of a long line of feline friends we’ve had over the years,” explains Andrew. “The two kittens took to our home and our huge cat pole right away. We have two older rescue cats named Lovebug and Cat King Cole who needed a few weeks to warm up to the new arrivals, but they soon became the best of friends.”

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Mr. Kitty and the Reynolds

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Mr. Kitty and the Reynolds

“We adopted our first cat, Walter, from Furry Friends in 2017,” Melissa explains. “And when we adopted Mr. Kitty, we kept his name because it just seemed to fit him. We call him MK for short. “Although we had to wait a few weeks before bringing him home (he underwent surgery on one of his eyes and needed to recuperate), it was worth the wait. And because our current cat, Walter, is extremely shy, we felt he needed a more extraverted cat to help bring him out of his shell.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Napa, Sonoma and Holly Hood

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Napa, Sonoma and Holly Hood

“I’ve had cats for over 30 years,” says Holly. “After I lost my beloved tortie, Schnapps, to GI lymphoma, I was looking online for another family member or two. I knew that I wanted to adopt black cats, as they’re usually the last ones to be adopted. I also wanted to adopt a special needs cat, and Chloe (now Napa) caught my eye (no pun intended).

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