Stash came from a home where he was not cared for. He was neglected for quite a long time. They decided to get rid of him and Furry Friends was there to welcome him in. When he came in he clearly felt miserable. There were very few spots on his body that didn’t have scabs. He had been this way for a very long time. He was treated for flea allergies (allergic dermatitis) and secondary yeast and bacterial infection on his skin. He had to have a medicinal mousse treatment every 3rd day all over his body, then he had to wear a sweater so he wouldn't lick the medicine off of his body. He had to wear his sweater all the time except for 30 minutes after the moussing. He disliked the mousse because it made him wet all over and when it dried he felt greasy. This went on for weeks. He also had a dental cleaning because of severe tarter. Furry Friends spent about $500 on his medical care before he was adopted.
A volunteer for Furry Friends was in the market for a kitty and Stash stole her heart. SuAnne was not able to take Stash home until he finished his medical treatments. She came to visit him every other day for 6 weeks and they formed a great bond during this time. Once SuAnne took him home, Stash had an entirely new environment to get used to; including, 3 new people, a 'sister' kitty and a 'brother' dog.
She suspected Stash had been neglected because he did not seek out affection, but also, did not want to be left alone. When he first came home he was confined to the spare bedroom for a few days so he could adjust. He hated being in the room alone and would meow all the time. Since he didn't want time alone she integrated him into the rest of the house quicker than originally planned and slept with him at night. He liked Blaze, the other kitty, but it took a lot longer for him to accept the dog. Blaze and Stash started playing...very awkwardly...by chasing each other up and down the hall. They have grown to like each other; they play all the time, eat together and sleep near each other. Stash tolerates the dog!
He never jumped up and sat with anybody, so SuAnne started picking him up all the time. At first, he would jump down after a minute or two but gradually he started staying longer. Finally he started jumping up on his own. He would, also, hide under the coffee table and watch everybody. He still hides under the coffee table but it is less frequent and he will poke his head out if you talk to him.
When everybody would go to bed he wouldn't know what to do. They had to remember to bring him in to a bedroom or he would sleep alone in the living room. Today, he has a bed in her son's room, where Blaze sleeps, and a bed in her room. He gets to choose where he wants to sleep. He sleeps with each of them for a few nights, then switches.
Because he was sick for so long, his immune system was very compromised so his new family is working hard and making him fully healthy. He gets weekly B12 shots (for 12 weeks) and once a day has medicinal mushrooms mixed in his wet food. These things are working great! He has more energy to play, doesn't wheeze or cough anymore, and he hasn't had any more reactions to fleas. In addition, almost all of his fur has grown back and he's a very handsome boy!
"He is a great addition to our family. Everybody loves him and he is very spoiled. He comes to greet us when we get home and now realizes that he is part of our family. He hates it when we are all outside without him, he stands at the back door and meows. He is quite the talker and now he's not afraid to demand what he needs!"
Who is Furry Friends?
Founded in 1999, Furry Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization that rescues and adopts out homeless, relinquished, and abused cats in Clark County, Washington. We care for them as long as it takes to find their forever home. We are an all-volunteer organization; there is no paid staff.
Furry Friends depends almost entirely on business sponsorship and private donations to fund an annual operating budget of $120,000. Our major fundraising event is the annual dinner and auction to be held each September. We are an all-volunteer organization; there is no paid staff.
When we take in a cat or kitten, they all have their vaccinations, treatment for fleas, worms & mites, tested for FIV and FeLV, spayed or neutered, and monthly wellness check-ups. If the cat needs other attention such as teeth work or medical procedures done, we will take care of that before we put them up for adoption. Our adoption fee is $80 for one cat or $100 for two. That fee does not begin to cover the costs that we have into the kitties. Our goal is to have healthy, happy cats and kittens to be adopted into wonderful loving homes.