Our Colehaus Cats blog was created in January 2012 as a fun, entertaining spot on the Internet to visit. It’s also a tribute to the many cats who have entered our lives.

New entries and photos are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Please feel free to look around. We welcome all comments and suggestions, and we thank you for visiting!

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
~Immanuel Kant.

The stars of Colehaus Cats

Miss Newton

Miss Newton, formerly known as Apricat, then and now

Miss Newton, formerly known as Apricat, then and now

Miss Newton is a humane society rescue, adopted at an event to free space for the 2012 springtime kitten season. She and the Dad found each other and it was love at first sight. Her fur is buff-apricot in color, the color of Fig Newtons to be exact, hence her name, and her eyes are sage green.

Smart, quick, and very talkie with just a touch of separation anxiety whenever she doesn’t see the Dad, Miss Newton loves green straws, high places, and Tessa, Pia Bean, and Olivia. She has the very best of manners (uses a napkin and can identify a salad fork from a shrimp fork) and can be independent when the situation warrants it. She was born in 2010.

In July 2017, Miss Newton was diagnosed with high blood pressure and Stage 3 Kidney Disease. She takes daily medication and is currently on a healthy wet food diet.

Nicknames: Miss Newton, Cindy Lou Mew, Fireball.

Miss Newton is Tabby Cat Club member #85.

Foibles: Talks all the time. Carries her three toy rats up and down the stairs. Lays on her belly with her legs stretched straight out behind her. Has a passion for Dad and nightly brushies.


Tessa, then and now

Tessa, then and now

Tessa came to us as a young kitten found wandering and crying in the neighborhood on a cold, spring evening. Somehow, the word had gotten out that we’re “cat” people (whatever that means!). We were asked if we could keep her until her home was found. Flyers papered the neighborhood the very next day and after three weeks with no interest or phone calls, we officially adopted her.

Danger and trouble are her passions. Tessa is close friends with Miss Newton and Quint who probably egg her on toward trouble. Her eyes are mixed green and gold. Her thick gray and white fur, with faint, secret Tabby striping, feels like shorn velvet and her favorite color is red. She was born in 2012.

Nicknames: Danger Cat, Ms. Stripey Tail.

Tessa’s Tabby Cat Club member #84.

Foibles: Criss-crosses her front paws when at rest. Raises her tail far up over her back when in a lovey mood. Finds bathroom sinks fascinating… until the water is turned on. Insists on snuggles and quiet time with mom around 1:00 p.m. every day. Thinks the phrase,“GET OFF THE COUNTER!” does not apply to her.

Pia Bean

Pia Bean, then and now

Pia Bean, then and now

Pia was a foster kitten adopted from West Columbia Gorge Humane Society and foster Mom D. She’s bonded with Miss Newton who immediately took young Pia under her wing. She enjoys spending quiet time with mom and has a specific naptime every afternoon.

Her eyes are deep amber yellow and her favorite color is purple. She was born in 2012.

Nicknames: Little Pia Pita Pocket, Lil’ Pia Peepers, Ms. Sassy Pants, Lil’ Pia Pinpricks, Pia Pumpkin Spice Eyes.

Pia is Tabby Cat Club member #83.

Foibles: Sits at Dad’s feet and demands to be petted constantly. Cleverly swishes her tail to both attract and divert attention. She dislikes mean people, enjoys daily brushings, and will fight to take over the computer chair. Only meows when she’s upset; the rest of the time she peeps and squeaks. Her Internet boyfriend is handsome Dexter of Cherry City Kitties.


Quint, then and now

Quint, then and now

Quint was one of a small batch of fostered kittens not yet spoken for at a big adoption event held at our local PetSmart by West Columbia Gorge Humane Society. He is the sweetest, most comfortably laid back kitten we’ve ever adopted. He has the added bonus of possessing long lanky legs and big feet that match his wide, pink nose. He has wise, golden-green eyes and big ears that are mix-matched with a big, white spot on the top of one and a long, white stripe down the other. Quint was born in 2012.

Quint loves fuzzy mice and balls of all colors and “painting” flecks of toothpaste on the bathroom mirror. In 2013, he graduated to painting with cat litter on walls and finally, thankfully, to water-based, pet-friendly acrylic paints on canvas and artist paper. His work is available for purchase here at Quint’s Art Shop.

Nicknames: Soft Squeaker, Lil’ Big Man.

Quint is Tabby Cat Club member #87.

Foibles: Digs for extended periods of time in the litter box so, you know, each individual litter speck is just right before going. Is mature beyond his years and is very good at not using his claws when he wants your attention. Growls at his furry mice so they will know who’s boss. Has not-so-secret crushs on Miss Newton, Ruby, and Viola.


Olivia, then and now

Olivia, then and now

Another adopted kitten from West Columbia Gorge Humane Society (a no-kill shelter) and foster Mom D, Olivia is the first black cat at Colehaus in over two decades. She’s refined and extra lovey and graduated with honors from the University of Snuggling and Gentle Head Bumps. She was adopted the same day as Quint and picked out her own name from Mom’s handy-dandy kitty names list.

Olivia is sleek black with faint Tabby striping underneath, making her a rare Black Tabby. She also sports a small white “locket” on the center of her chest. She has long, lean, super-model legs, expressive green eyes, and a velvety coal black nose. She enjoys lounging with brother Quint, Miss Newton, and Viola. She likes late afternoon snoozes on fluffy white towels and late night snuggles with Dad in the library. She was born in 2012.

Nicknames: Love Panther, Sweet Baby O, Snuggle Bug, Flash, Shadow, Ms. Secret Stripes.

Olivia is proud Tabby Cat Club member #86.

Foibles: Believes window screens are for climbing and all the black-colored mousies are hers alone. Thinks Ruby is hers to chase. Loves playing with milk jug rings above all else… but only the yellow ones.


Ruby, formerly known as Pearl, then and now

Ruby, formerly known as Pearl, then and now

An owner-surrendered senior cat, Ruby (formerly known as Pearl) was learning to adjust to life at the shelter when Dad spotted her. Dad was smitten instantly and talked of little else for weeks. After watching her at a local adoption event, in which she seemed to be passed over time and again, we decided to give her a trial visit here at home; a kind of Home for the Holidays Christmas 2012 thing. Naturally, she was confused and frightened at first but within days, began to find her place in our family. We officially adopted her before the end of the year.

Ruby has large green eyes and unique orange, brown and black tabby stripes. She’s a petite girl with marbled pink and black toes and a dark brown/black stripe running the length of her back. She likes Feline Greenies and furry, natural-colored mice – but only to sit on.

Ruby was born sometime between 2003 and 2005.

Nicknames: Ruby Roo, Ruby Roo Sweetfeets, Pretty Girl.

In 2013, Ruby became proud Tabby Cat Club member #88.

Foibles: Ruby absolutely doesn’t not like her feet touched as Mom’s scars will show. Loves her brushies before bed and snuggles with Dad. Longs to stay in what she calls her “private servant’s quarters” on a permanent basis instead of enjoying the rest of the house. She plays with limited toys but loves catnip pillows.


Viola, then and now

Viola, then and now

The second daughter born to Zuzu (OtRB September 25, 2017) and the smallest of the Niblet foster litter, Viola is a Manx born on October 4, 2013 at Colehaus. Her birth announcement (along with her three siblings) were broadcast via Facebook and Twitter to hundreds of fans’ delight. She is a Triple T – Tortie/Ticked/Tabby with short orange, brown, and black fur. She has deep bronze eyes, a long nose, and long, springy legs.

Viola loves chasing all toys, chewing feathers, and surfing the Internet for cat videos. She enjoys giving Mom kisses at 1:00 a.m., 3:10 a.m., 4:15 a.m., 5:00 a.m., and 6:30 a.m. almost every day which are, clearly, the best times to do so.

Viola was adopted into the Colehaus Cats Crew with her Mama Zuzu in late December 2013.

Nicknames: The Squirt, The Baby, Bunny-Bun, Love heart, Baby-Bun.

Foibles: Loves nightly toy play with the Dad. Loves ice chips from the refrigerator ice machine. Hollers at Mom whenever dinner is being prepared. Insists on sleeping on the computer keyboard but only when Mom is trying to use it.

Sunny, formerly Miss Itty

Sunny, formerly foster Miss Itty, then and now

Sunny, formerly foster Miss Itty, then and now

Sunny, formerly known as Miss Itty, is a ginger and buff senior girl. She was owner-surrendered to the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society in 2014 (due to medical necessity), with three other cats who had all been adopted. Before then, she was a stray.

Because she’d not had a stable home in two years, she had anxiety and trust issues, was thought of as “difficult,” and might have been hard to adopt out. She had age-related medical issues including undiagnosed stage 3 kidney disease, the propensity toward ear infections, and the need for dental work. In February of 2016, we volunteered to become her foster family.

Sunny’s eyes are minty green, her fur is thick, and her purr is deep and comes easy. She tolerates other cats very well, is independent, strong-willed, and a bit opinionated as all ginger girls tend to be. She loves the company of non-clingy people, enjoys listening to reading, TV, and music (James Brown seems to be a favorite) but isn’t fond of being picked up, petted, or brushed.

She likes playing with orange toys, particularly small orange whiffle balls, and is learning to play-chase with Miss Newton and Olivia. She thinks reading the classics should be required of everyone and believes sleeping in the sun is vastly underrated. She was born in 2004 or 2005.

Despite her age and ongoing medical issues, and with her approval, we adopted her into our family in September 2016. As of July 2017, her kidney disease is under control, her teeth look great, and her ear infections are a thing of the past.

Nicknames: Pretty Sunny, Pretty Girl.

Foibles: Has little-to-no fear of anything, including being *accidently* vacuumed. Has her own special boxes for early morning naps and late afternoon naps. Tends to follow Mom around the house and watches Dad do his chores to ensure they’re done right. Is the current Patrol Sergeant of Colehaus. Please make sure all your permits are up to date and in order.


We are simple folk who believe humans are not the only important living things on this planet. If you wish, you can email us at: cats(at)colehaus(dot)com

25 responses to “About

  1. You are doing such a good job with all these kittens.
    They are all so, so lovely!

  2. Hello,

    It’s funny that Pia’s favorite color is purple. That’s my favorite color too.

    I guess her time at my purple bedroom and office influenced her.


    • “I guess her time at my purple bedroom and office influenced her.

      A-HA! So that’s why she loves spending her time in our office/library. She loves everything office-y – the books, the stapler, the giant paperclips; OMG, the giant paperclips are better than purple straws! (almost).

  3. What a lovely site and what gorgeous (and opinionated I’ve no doubt) cats! I’m on Blog Paws too and, although the main focus of my blog is the bond between dogs and their humans, occasionally, my cats sneak in because, after all, “cats rule and dogs drool…?”

  4. What an adorable bunch!! I have 3 cats would have many, many more if I could find time for them all! πŸ™‚

  5. Dear ColehausCats

    What a magnificent clan mew all are. I am part a slightly smaller clan myself and love every minute of it.

    Thank mew furry much for visiting my blog and leaving me congrats fur my ‘Nip Award! Most apurreciated πŸ˜€

    I love your blog, it’s totally pawesome and I was just wondering if mew would be interested in being part of my new Pawesome Blog Directory?


    Wishing mew much catnip and many pats



  6. What an interesting and gorgeous bunch you all are! Love all your profiles and nicknames! Thanks for stopping by a while back, sorry we have been slow in getting here. Your blog is fabulous!

  7. Hello,

    Olivia has gotten so big. She is gorgeous. I love the subtle stripes.

    Visiting the cats always makes my day.


    • She’s still the littlest supermodel around here with her long legs and sleek look. She’s just beginning to lose her kitten face and grow into a truly beautiful young lady. We love her so much and her best friends Quint, Pia, Tessa and Miss Newton do too!

  8. You not only have a wonderful furramily; you also live in a wonderful part of WA. Mom loves the Columbia Gorge area. I don’t comment very often, I am sorry for that but I do read all your posts and follow you.

  9. I want to give all your kitties big hugs and kisses. What characters! Thank you for sharing!! πŸ™‚

  10. bless you for taking in all these kitties.
    Emma and Buster

  11. forgot to tell you, left you a comment the other day that you are the winner of Cody’s litter mat. I know you are busy but please email me your mailing address to catchat at mi dot rr dot com I posted that you won on Wed. πŸ™‚

  12. Your blog is so awesome that I just had to share it with the world! I nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award! πŸ™‚ Stop by my blog (Playful Kitty) anytime to pick it up. http://wp.me/p3REQ0-cN

  13. I love all the stories about all your kitties.And how you have all adopted them. My kitties are mostly kitties from the neighborhood, we live in the country, but we don’t come up with stories. We need a ghost writer.I’ve crocheted over 10 mice and assorted other things I hope to drop off on Friday. Let me know if there’s a problem with that. Jean D.

  14. Great website-I love the stories, even though some are sad, I am glad they all get a happy ending.

  15. Hello one and all ! My dear friend Pamela Kimmell of Two Spoilt Cats recommended your page because I we were talking about kitties painting. I’m now the happy owner of a Quint original, Sunflowers πŸ˜€ I love that Quint and his parents support the care of rescue cats. I have two myself, both black, named Blossum and Petals. They came together and we love them dearly. Love Boomdee

  16. LOL, house panthers…giggle <3

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