• Cat Proof Your Home Today
    Just as we childproof our homes when there are babies around, it’s important to “cat proof” our homes if we have furry feline friends sharing our space.
  • The Joys (and Pains) of Fostering
    FUR volunteer Cheryl shares her experiences with fostering: “I do believe that it doesn’t take much to foster.  You don’t need a lot of space — a spare bathroom or the corner of a bedroom will suffice. The desire to help and the ability to love will carry you through. FUR will help you do the rest.” 
  • Fear Is Fun for No One
    You can probably predict that a cat in fear may hide, or freeze in place, or run away or lose their appetite. But think about the last time you were intensely afraid. Did you snap at or become short with someone? Did you tip toe or walk quietly to not draw attention to yourself? These are instinctual behaviors, and cats have them, too.
  • Give the Greatest Gift of All
    If you want to bring a furry friend home during the holidays, don’t make the animal the gift. Tangible gifts may be discarded, but experiences are forever.
  • When It’s Time to Let Go
    It’s the moment every pet parent dreads and no pet parent escapes. Sooner or later, you will have to be the voice for your kitty and you will have to decide when and how to let your furry friend go. It can be stressful, causing some to wonder if they should really have the power to choose life or death for another creature. It can be overwhelming, causing some people to second-guess their instincts and… Read more: When It’s Time to Let Go
  • Down the Hatch
    Anyone who has ever lived with a cat knows they tend to hold grudges. So when it comes to giving a cat medication, the process needs to be as easy and non-traumatic as possible — for both the feline AND the human. FUR lead volunteer Syd shares her tips and tricks for medicating our loveable but persnickety furballs.
  • FIV Doesn’t Have to Be a Death Sentence
    An FIV-positive kitty can lead a long, full life with the proper care and treatment. Unfortunately, we didn’t know Checkers was FIV positive until it was too late.
    I get it. I squee whenever I see a kitten, with their big heads and little bodies and curious, adventurous spirits. But many older folks find having a kitten in the household causes more stress than expected. That’s why it’s especially important to carefully consider what type of cat is right for you at this stage of your life.
    “You’ll need to get rid of your cats, you know.” FUR volunteer Renee’ Robbins shares the shocking advice she was given when she announced she was pregnant — and reveals why NOT following that advice was one of the best decisions she ever made.
    We’ve all heard it: the myths, the folklore, the urban legends. But these color-based myths are just that — myths, with no scientific truth to them. So let’s get real about black and white kitties.
    FUR volunteer Cheryl Buchignani processes the sorrow of losing Tula, the elderly, rescued cat she fostered. After only 6 weeks in Cheryl’s home, Tula had to be euthanized. Cheryl notes, “Whether they are with us for 6 weeks or 16 years, these little beings touch us in ways that are hard to express.”
    Keeping your furry friend indoors is great for a lot of reasons (safety and health, to name two), but did you know even indoor kitties can get fleas? And one adult female flea can lay 50 eggs each day! Take action to keep these little buggers outside where they belong.
    Although we may be glad we’ve begun staying home less, there’s one group who may be dreading our longer departures — our feline, four-legged friends! Learn how to make the transition easier on your furbaby.
    Here’s a math problem for you: When do two cats equal 12,000 cats? Answer: When those cats are not spayed or neutered. That’s right. In just five years, a female cat and her mate can set off a chain reaction that produces nearly 12,000 cats. By year eight, those two cats could have more than 2 million decedents. And unfortunately, many of these kitties would end up homeless and suffering. The good news is we… Read more: SPAYING AND NEUTERING MYTHS DEBUNKED
    As night-time temperatures begin to dip below freezing here in Western NC, trade the worrying about the outdoor cats in for our top 10 tips on how you can help the kitties near you.