“I’ve had cats as pets for close to forty years,” Claire says. “My new cat, Cow-Cow, is number four. My last cat, Mink, died in December of 2020, at the ripe old age of nineteen. I was heartbroken at her passing and wasn’t sure I would ever get another one. But ten months later, I started looking at shelter websites for a new kitty, although not whole-heartedly.

“After looking at countless photos, I found and loved Cow-Cow’s picture on the Furry Friends website. I immediately wanted to meet her because hers was the first photo to truly intrigue me. Cow-Cow is her original name, given to her by her previous owner, and while it suits her coloring and she answers to it, she’s definitely NOT bovine in nature.

“It didn’t take her long at all to acclimate herself to living here. She’s also the most affectionate kitty I’ve ever had. She loves to kiss you on your hand, leg or even the top of your head when you’re down on the yoga mat exercising. She’s smart and communicates very well despite not being able to talk like a human. Her manners are excellent, too, although she gets a little ornery once in a while. But then, she is a cat!

“Cow-Cow loves chasing a small, bouncing rubber ball or the light of a laser pointer on the floor. And when she’s in the chair looking out the window she tells the crows off! She may not like being carried too much, but she does like petting and cuddling. And she has this quirky habit of taking over my dining room chair when I’m sitting in it. She’ll get up behind me and slowly push me forward, and I won’t be aware of it until I’m teetering on the edge of the seat!

“At night, she sleeps mostly on the living room couch, although she does like the dining room chairs, and occasionally, one of the beds. I bought her a nice soft kitty bed, but she likes furniture better.

“My husband and I are grateful to Furry Friends for giving us the opportunity to adopt Cow-Cow. She’s made our house a home again. What a gift she is!”


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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