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Bruno & Bowie

The boys are still doing well. Bruno is slowly settling down with me - less tense and skittish, slowly more trusting. Bowie is the same as when he first moved in - fearless, food-focused, and appreciative of attention, even being held for short periods, if done respectfully :)

Penelope and Mirabel

Penelope lying on her window sill.

Mirabel is a snuggler.


Beautiful Obsidian being a panther and loving her new yard. She thinks she’s tough when she chases a piece of dust and thinks she’s ravaging a bug. :) we love her


We adopted our sweet Sven (former Dapple) from Simply Cats almost a year ago. He has completed our family and we love him dearly. He loves to take walks in our backyard and playing with his brothers.


Our Merrill (formerly Meatball) is having a wonderful life with his true love Charlotte.


Thank you for taking the time to check up on Quincy! He is doing great! When we first brought him home we thought it would take a while for him to adjust and that he would spend a majority of him time hiding. He surprised us by only hiding for a couple of hours. Once he felt comfortable he came right out and sat with us on the couch. Since then he has slept with me every night (he likes to sleep at the foot of the bed). He follows us around the apartment, watches TV with me and even allows my son to sit by him on the floor. He hasn’t even tried to attack the couch and only scratches on the post I bought him. I am in the process of buying him a cat tree so that he can look out the window at the balcony and watch the birds. He is a GREAT cat and we are so happy that we took a chance on him. I think Quincy was just waiting for the right people to come along. :)


Sorry it has been so long since I have updated you on Elliot! We couldn’t decide on a new name for him, but we have found that he responds well to kitty and pooch…so that’s where we are with that! He is doing very very well! He and our big dog get along pretty well. They often lay next to each other, though I’m not sure if that is a coincidence or not. My chihuahua is jealous to say the least, but we are working on that. He still sleeps with us at night, but he has definitely gotten comfortable enough to run around at night…very loudly! He’s started a pretty good eating schedule too! He will run to his bowl before we even touch the food container. I don’t have people over very often, but two of my friends have visited since we brought him home. He wasn’t super comfortable at the time of the first visit - he just hid under our couch! For the second visit, he actually stayed out and was very friendly. He loves to play, and is much more interested in being around us now, which is awesome! He rarely hides from us anymore, which is also pretty nice! I’m so thankful we decided to bring him home.

Thor (now Henry)

We’ve decided to rename him Henry. He’s doing quite well. We introduced him to everyone in the house along with the neighbors. He even did really well with our neighbors two year old. This morning we tried to walk him on the leash and he didn’t enjoy it - to say the least. He got a small introduction to our dog, and plan on letting him roam the upstairs level of the house either today or tomorrow.

As soon as we got home, we put him in my mom’s room, with the door shut. This is where he has been the whole time.

When we first got him home, we got one of our other cats beds and gave it to him to sleep in. He was quite a bit bigger than the bed…so we went out and got a bigger bed - a dog bed actually!

There are a few pictures attached too. So far I think he’s enjoying his new life.



We are so glad we decided to take Eli home on Saturday! He has been adjusting well. Our cat Maja was so anxious to meet him they spent the first 18 hrs on either side of our bedroom door meowing. I, with caution, allowed them to interact before the 2/3 day intro period (I just couldn’t take the meowing anymore;) But…We are ALL already snuggling on the couch together. Oddly, they are sharing the same litter box and have no issues if the other sneaks in on a much enjoyed bowl of food.
Just wanted to keep you and Deb posted on our progress.
Thank you both for keeping Simply Cats a very special place and sanctuary for kitties.
Blessings, Ashley


Pudding’s one year anniversary of living the dream!! Thanks SC for all you do!!

Kilala (formerly Freckles)

I just wanted to let you know that Freckles has settled in! She owns the house. She has picked out her favorite spots (the big kitchen window) and her favorite people. She loves bird watching. So, Naturally, We have become bird people. I’ve bought several feeders. We renamed her Kilala (pronounced Kee-lah-lah). Kilala greets all our guests. She even allows pets by my 2-year-old daughter. Kilala is kind, polite, affectionate and playful. Everything we could’ve asked for.
Thanks so much for helping us find the perfect match,


Here are a couple pictures of Bandit (formerly Eric). He’s settling in very nicely and we love him!

Leo, Sophie & Mikey

Things are going great here in the Oliveira house with Leo, Sophia, & Mikey.

Leo (previously Van Helsing):  Leo is an absolute love.  He loves to stretch out on his back and have his belly rubbed for as long as you’re willing to do it.  He has lost all skittishness (unless strangers are over) and will climb onto our laps in the evening to be petted and offer his purred delight at any and all attention.  He also has been known to wake us up by licking our foreheads while purring profusely.  He loves both Sophia and Mikey but has a particular connection to Sophia who he can be found grooming morning, noon, & night.

Sophia (previously Apple Pie):  Sophia is our little lady (as we like to call her).  She’s dainty and sweet.  She still has a fondness for Chris that defies all reason.  If I’m sitting on the sofa alone, she’ll hop up and curl up next to me (but still a little ways away).  If Chris is on the sofa, she climbs onto him, stretches out and purrs constantly.  If Chris is home, she is at his side.  If Chris isn’t home (as he works odd hours), sh’ll climb onto Holden’s (our 11 y/o) bed and snuggle up to him.  We all just adore her.

Mikey (previously Tater):  Mikey is our most independent kitty.  He behaves very cooly—which is all a big front as he’s a total darling.  He is most comfortable with me and will follow me around when I first get up in the morning until I pet and give him attention.  He knows his name and will immediately come when called (if I’m the one calling!).  He’s still skittish but is well on his way to being an amazing house cat.  He allows me to pick him up and place him on the bed for petting without any problem.  We’re very careful not to push his boundaries and thus far he’s warming up quite well.
We just love each and every single one of them.  If asked, I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite as they’re all so amazing in their own way.  And, they all love each other so well.  I have never heard any of them hiss at the other.  They play and romp and cuddle and love together.  I have never 3 cats get along so well!
Thanks for asking as clearly I love talking/writing about them!  They’re a joy and I’m so glad I made the decision to head down to Simply Cats when I did!

Rudolph’s Fur-ever Family! (2 Updates!)

“Just want to let you guys know that Rudolph seems to be doing well. He seems to be getting more relaxed and comfy each day. I am getting him into the habit of going on a walk every afternoon after the puppy’s outing.  I’m hoping once Rudolph gets more comfortable in the neighborhood (the cars on the street make him a bit nervous right now) I can take him and the pup out together.  The neighborhood kids like petting him when we are out and he enjoys it too. And him and the dog are quite a pair. He muscles in on the water dish and her bed then she comes to me to tattling. Wimpy dog won’t tell him to move it!  And when I come home in the evenings they both come to greet me together. It’s sooooo cute They really seem to like each other’s company. I think he is turning into a settled happy little cat! Here are a few pics of him and the two relaxing after their exercise and meals!” - 3/16/2014

“Hi! Just wanted to send ya a couple more pix and to let ya know Rudolph is doing great. He likes to hang out on the back of the couch and look out the window, or just lounge around.  He likes his walks and socializing with the neighbors in my complex.  He sleeps on my shoulder at night time or snuggles up to my head. He sleeps fine but I don’t hahaha.  It’s great having him as part of the fam bam.  I love this not so little guy soooo much. Him and the dog even are playing together and he lets my pup give him kisses. They also eat together. It’s really cute. What’s funny though is if the dog drinks out of his dish he gets upset and makes me change the water! Here are a couple more pix. Have a great day!” - 4/20/2014

The Purrr-fect Fit for Freckles!

You helped us the day after Christmas when we came in looking for a cat and I just thought I’d update you and send you a few photos.

We adopted Freckles, and kept her name. She is a DOLL! So sweet and loving and her tiny little meows are so cute! She absolutely cracks us up when she lays with her legs out flat. I call it her ‘yoga pose’. As I had mentioned when there - I had a cat that I had recently lost who was 17.5 years old and she was my baby. I waited quite a few months before I thought I could open my heart again - as losing her was so difficult. Freckles has helped so much!! My sweet girl (Cecily) was a feral cat, and never really warmed up to anyone except me, the love my husband got from her was well earned, even after the years we were together as a family.  Freckles has taken to both of us really well, and she has quickly turned into a Daddy’s girl, which I know makes my husband very happy. (I’m only slightly jealous -LOL)  She will drag her fishing pole toy out into the middle of the room when she wants to play, and we oblige right away! She is a darling and we already can’t imagine life without her.

The work you all do there is awesome. I loved SimplyCats even before I ever visited - just for what it is. After I lost Cecily, it was so helpful to go and visit the cats and just give loves to the beautiful cats and enjoy their company. Since adopting Freckles I have a whole new view of the facility - we are so lucky to have something like this in Boise. I will always be a fan and supporter! Thank you for our new addition - she is a gem.

Julie & Ron C.