Maine coon cats are known for a couple of traits: their large size and their friendly nature. Of course, every animal is an individual, but Thor must have read the description and said, “Sounds good to me.”
When I first met Thor, he was sprawled out in his catio, staying cool in the shade and enjoying the fresh air. He gave me a friendly slow blink as I sat next to him and his motor (purr) turned on instantly.
Have you ever been mistaken for someone famous — perhaps a musician, actor or athlete? It happens to felines as well. In fact, there’s a cat at Best Friends who looks so much like a certain someone, he’s named after him.
Sporting a handsome gray and white coat with impressive jowls, Little Benton bears an uncanny resemblance to Benton, a famous former Cat World resident.
Visitors to the Sanctuary can submit kudos cards to acknowledge Best Friends employees who are doing particularly outstanding work. It’s quite an honor and, wouldn’t you know, Princess Blue overcame the species barrier. As the Best Friends Welcome Center gift shop greeter, she received a kudo. The reason? Being soft.
The definition of the word “panache” is listed as “flamboyant confidence of style or manner.” And Panache, the Siamese mix kitten is that and more! Panache loves playing with his friends at CalMar, and this rambunctious kitten brings the party to any room he is in. Stunning eyes and an expression of constant surprise just add to his charm.
Koda is new at the Sanctuary. He was adopted as a kitten, but things didn’t work out in his home. Koda had been behaving in a way that seemed a little aggressive. Lucky for Koda, we understand that sometimes the only way a cat can let you know something is wrong is by acting in a way that demands your attention!
On a sunny winter afternoon I reacquainted myself with Tiny Tim. It took all of one minute. Happy Feet (one of his many nicknames) has never met a stranger. He is bright, playful and always eager to “help” a volunteer with whatever task is at hand. Folded towels need to be inspected, toys need to be tested, etc. He is a busy boy.
I caught this guy in mid-yawn. Poor Eli, now all I can do is compare him to a basking shark ― not terribly dignified, but not too far off. He is in good health despite having feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). He is a smart guy and loves food puzzles, which helps him use his brain and regain his joy of eating.
During the cold and gray winter months, you can find Chauncey and his best friend, Henri, cuddled up together in their warm cozy bed on top in the laundry room at Benton’s House.
This friendship is pretty special. Some might even say it’s magical.
Henri arrived with some pretty severe health issues and had been given only a few short months to live — three to be exact. That was more than three years ago.
The word “tortitude” is a word used to describe the irascible attitude of tortoiseshell-colored cats. They can be strong-willed and independent — yet not so independent that they won’t let you know when they need something from you. Eliana’s tortitude comes into play daily. She uses that strong will to overcome her mobility challenges. There is no keeping this feisty feline from her favorite bed on the catio.
Jolene arrived in February of 2014 from a network partner in Indiana. She was unsocialized and unlikely to be adopted when compared with fluffy friendly lap cats. This girl has taken her time warming up to us. But after she checked and double checked that she was safe, she is slowly making friends with the humans in her life.
A home that understands her cautious yet curious nature would be rewarded with soft looks and slow blinks from a kitty who just wants to feel secure.
Aurora is a longhaired kitty with the most distinguished mustache. She is lively (some might say feisty), vocal and mesmerizing ― at least to me. Aurora is blind. Yet watching her move around Benton’s Lobby, you might not even notice that she is without sight. Then she tips her head up toward the sound of your voice, and you see that mustache. It’s all over at that point.