The Floof Report

So long, farewell, our love for you is timeless

January 16th 2014 4:46 pm
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Finney, Lacey and Alex's mom here. I didn't think this announcement would make me cry so much but it is. I am not surprised this is happening, we've seen it coming for quite a long time now. I am a believer that some things just come to an end and you move on. I don't always follow that advice very well and who knows how I'll feel after it really happens. But I wanted to tell you all you just don't know what you've done for me. You have no idea.

When I first came to Catster I had been suffering from very, very bad depression for many years. I'd lost a lot in my life, had a lot of tragedy. I never talked about this but I want to tell you so you know what you mean to me. I never wanted to put myself out there into the public ever again. I fought it every step of the way. But when Alex got sick I had no choice but to join another group to get information on IBD. I met a lot of friends in that group I still have today but where I've truly met a lot of my friends and what helped me come back out of my shell was coming here and meeting all of you.

I've had so much fun and laughed so hard. Laughed until I cried or felt like peeing my pants! That's something I hadn't done for years. You all opened up my heart again and I just don't know how to thank you for that. I still have my days where I'd like to crawl back under the blankets and not have to deal with the outside world. I get hurt very easily. But because of Alex I have a mission, one that's not been easy to follow. Some days I still want to just give it all up and go back to when I didn't have to deal with it.

But so many of you still hold me up and carry me on your shoulders, if not here, then in regular email, Facebook and the phone. Not even my friends here at home treat me with so much love and genuine compassion. I just don't think I could have made it through so much without a lot of you. I consider meeting each and every one of you, one of the biggest blessings of my life. I'm truly, truly grateful for knowing such brave, strong, devoted people. You've taught me there is real love in this world.

I want you all to know I cherish all of our memories together in my heart. That will never go away. And someday when I'm sitting in a rocking chair and holding a cat in my lap, old and feeble, I'll think back to some of our pawties, our diaries about poop (Newman), our times of despair when one of us has lost a fur child or a human loved one, or even when someone we've known has passed away. We've all had each other to lean on and cry, appreciate what makes life really special and know that we were genuinely loved and cared for.

Nothing beats that in my book. And I will always, always love each of you so much. Okay, I'm crying so hard now I can't see the screen. I don't know what else to say except; we love you, myself, my angel kitties and my living babies. Thank you for helping me feel love and beauty in this world again. XXOO

 
Purred by: ♥Kally Kat♥ (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 5:03 pm

I'm in total shock! My eyes are so puffed out & my heart is broken for all our bootiful wunnaful furriends.

It feels like a death in our cat family furry tragic one!

I loved, learned & grew up in so many big ways!

Blessings to one & all.

love (((♥♥♥)))
from my Kally Kat
Purred by: Dexter - Angel DB #58B (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 6:13 pm

I am so sad this is happening - also teary eyed and heartbroken. Catster has been and still is a special place for a cat lover who has no one else that understands the love we have for our furbabies. And Finney, I never would have met your mom who tremendously helped me through the last year of my two IBD boys' battle for life.

I love you all!
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 6:19 pm

Love you too Brenda, and love you Liz. I'm happy we all stay in touch off of Catster. I would never want to lose your friendship.
Purred by: Skylar db#39A (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 6:28 pm

Mom didnt start crying till she read your diary, but it was welling up inside her all afternoon. What you said is all so true; the friendships that we have made in our five years here have meant the world to us. You were all here to laugh with us, cry with us, offer such valuable support and advice. Sometimes our friends in our other realms like work and family just dont get it, like our friends here on catster. Finney, your mom has touched so many lives and offered so much help and support and love, it is beyond words. We love you guys. If anyone reading this wants to stay in touch, pawmail my mom for her facebook and her email info.
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 6:32 pm

You are right. People in the "real" world just don't get it. Our love for our furbabies. This is a place where everyone understands it tenfold.

Love you Skylar and family! XXOO Love you all so very much.
Purred by: ♥Kally Kat♥ (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 6:50 pm

Yes, we can stay in sight & I hope I will continue to receive your wonderful newsletters!

We love you Lisa, Finny, Lacey & speshilly yur bootiful
Alex Angel!


Its all black & white, no colours or fun images, I feel so very sad like my cat family died ); ); );

sad sacks Kally Kat
xoxoxo
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 6:58 pm

IBD isn't going away anytime soon unfortunately so neither is my website and newsletter. I will continue to work towards the health of all of your babies for as long as I am capable of doing it! and not just about IBD.
Purred by: Vern ~ sweet angel (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 7:01 pm

Auntie Lisa, we will always remember the love and concern you showed for me when I was on my way to becoming an angel. We will all be together again, on Facebook or emails, or somewhere over the Bridge. Sending love to you and your furbabies.
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 7:08 pm

Oh Vern, my sweet little poopsie. How I fell head over heels in love with you. I was so devastated when you didn't make it. but I know you are with my Alex and having a wonderful time chasing bugs! I love your mommy and your family deeply.
Purred by: Xena Princess Warrior DG#23 (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 7:14 pm

How do we say good bye to our wonderful friends who like Lisa have helped us all in one way or another in bad times, sad time. There isn't a good way to say good bye, Mom hates good byes...

Mom joined Cathugger looks like a lot of us are joining just so we can keep in touch with what is going on. NO it isn't Catster there will never be another place like this that is what makes it so sad for all of us.

We hope more of you will join Cathugger...

Lisa thank you for your wise words and all of your wisdom, thank you for being here for me and helping me, helping me with raising money for Tallulah's breast cancer awareness...

I will keep in touch, not sure if I will go to FB, just really don't have the desire to be on that, unfortunately I think FB has ruined so much.....

We love you all too and thanks again my friends

Xena and Mom Peggy
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 7:20 pm

that's okay Peggy. you and I have each other's contact info and email occasionally. that's all I care about, that we still talk when we can. We'll always keep in touch my friend! I love you dearly!
Purred by: Norman DB#93 2001-2013 (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 7:28 pm

*Tears*
Purred by: Vern ~ sweet angel (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 7:47 pm

Auntie Lisa, we will always remember the love and concern you showed for me when I was on my way to becoming an angel. We will all be together again, on Facebook or emails, or somewhere over the Bridge. Sending love to you and your furbabies.
Purred by: Zachery Tristan (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 8:15 pm

As usual, Skylar said it all. I have often said you guys are my closest friends, not these half hearted friends in my real life. They don't understand fully my love and passion for animals and animal rights. But you guys do.

Remember, we will always be friends even if we lose touch with each other. Cheers to all of the memories!
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 8:21 pm

how come all of my comments are duplicating? sheesh!
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 8:21 pm

how come all of my comments are duplicating? sheesh!
Purred by: WeBeesSiameezers (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 8:37 pm

WeBees oh so furry sad...sniff...we are loosing our fun, and relaxations and suppiort and all the things we learned about here, not to mention all our lovely wonderfur furends and their peeps.

Group hug and goodbye and aurevoir,and tot-ziens and Godspeed.
And buckets of tears.
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 8:49 pm

We will miss you WeBees! We'll miss you so much.
Purred by: Mietzi Katze♥ (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 9:39 pm

We love you, Lisa and your Furbrats too. Now Mom is crying too. This is what it's all about. The community, the support and kindness and being there for each other. We love ALL of you SO MUCH.

Until we meet again,
big hug, kitty kisses.
Auf Wiedersehen
Purred by: Blade (Catster Member)

January 16th 2014 at 10:25 pm

We are so sad too and very shocked!! This is the home of all us cat lovers, its a shame to loose it. With loosing Moppie last month it seems more of a shame to loose everything. We hope we can figure out a way to keep in contact with everyone.
Purred by: Alexander, Dreamboat #110 (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 12:46 am

I am glad that we communicate by email too. Thank goodness for your site as well...You have helped so many people. ...This is such a sad event. It isn't just the pictures, diaries and information that will be lost but our communications with each other and the valuable advice that was given.
I am trying my best to send my email address to others. I hate Facebook because it is hard to work at times. I have a page there but it is a code name that I won't give out. I have seen people loose their jobs because of Facebook. You have to be so careful..
Purred by: Alexander, Dreamboat #110 (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 12:47 am

I am glad that we communicate by email too. Thank goodness for your site as well...You have helped so many people. ...This is such a sad event. It isn't just the pictures, diaries and information that will be lost but our communications with each other and the valuable advice that was given.
I am trying my best to send my email address to others.
Purred by: Alexander, Dreamboat #110 (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 12:47 am

I am glad that we communicate by email too. Thank goodness for your site as well...You have helped so many people. ...This is such a sad event. It isn't just the pictures, diaries and information that will be lost but our communications with each other and the valuable advice that was given.
Purred by: Natasha (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 12:48 am

I am glad that we communicate by email too. Thank goodness for your site as well...You have helped so many people. ...This is such a sad event. It isn't just the pictures, diaries and information that will be lost but our communications with each other and the valuable advice that was given.
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 3:14 am

This is really terrible. We're so sad. We'll be getting a blog and FB and putting the links in our diaries.
Purred by: Biggles (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 6:08 am

Lisa, I am crying now.

You can never imagine how important you were in getting us through such a difficult time with Biggles. Through a hurricane and all...

I hope that we have helped you in even a small way in comparison to support you have given to our family and all the other Catster families.

At least they have given us time to find ways to keep our connections open through other means of communication.

We know that although Catster will be gone, we will remain in contact.

Friendship never dies...
Purred by: Tigger (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 7:38 am

I am crying so hard - I don't have FB and I don't even know how to blog....where is everyone planning to go? I don't want to lose you all - you are my friends! We will all be posting our email info so that those of you who still want to can keep in tough with us. Going to try & save all my stuff.....my heart is breaking.
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 8:40 am

Phew, I woke up and thought all my stuff had disappeared! I didn't have time last night to save my stuff and don't know if I will today either. will have to be this weekend. I hope they don't delete it first. Blade and Jezebel! I am LaceyFinnn on Facebook. Please find me and friend me! Biggles and mommy, your friendship, all of you, has made the biggest difference in my life. More than you'll ever know. I'm glad I could be there for you and help you both. That's what has given me purpose in my life. I hope you all know how much your friendship has meant to me and always will. Crying again now.
Purred by: Platelicker ♥ DB#69 (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 8:54 am

Made me cry Finney :( Love you and Lacey anyway! Glad we are Facebook friends!

Any of ya'll... Find me at Facebook! Platelicker Spears

We have groups there. We have parties in them and lots of fun! We are researching online sites similar to Catster too.

Huggs,
Platey
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 9:21 am

Love you Platey, mommy and family.
Purred by: Linus Lacey's Baboo DB56 (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 9:42 am

Woods fail us, too!! Our Catster fuurends mean so much. From Miranda's tough start in life to my five weeks of being missing, we cannot imagine how we would have made it without the puurs and love that are here. But we are not Catster: We are fuurends beyond the delivery system. I am purring we don't lose touch during the transfuuur. Seems there are several options coming to life. We are kitties - we will survive and be stronger and closer than ever. And we have 300 zealies to use up in the next couple of days, so don't go yet!
Purred by: Timmy Tomcat DB #122a (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 10:11 am

This is so sad. Dad and I are sitting here with very wet eyes.
We have been worried about something like this for some time. Truth is we have a blog as we are not really fond of FB. Actually the news is that younger persons are no longer using that either, but, I feel it has some legs for a few years.

We also came here when Dad was at a very low spot and was on a family leave when we found Catster. It was just me Toby and Buddy. So many good times and so many great friends.

Then Rumpy, Buttons and Fitz came along and now our little Einstein will never have a Catster Page. Sad sad sad.

Love you so much
Purrs and drop by my diary for info on my blog and FB. I have an idea on how we can all stay together too!
Dad Pete and Timmy
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 11:28 am

oh we won't go yet Linus. Mom is so busy right now it'll take her a bit to copy everything. I hope they really do wait until March because we can't do this that quick. Linus we're in touch via email, correct? I think so! Pete I know we have your's. I believe you get our newsletter.
Purred by: Gumpy Sweet Boy (Catster Member)

January 17th 2014 at 8:56 pm

Mom read your diary last night, and like Skylar said, Mom hadn't cried about this until she read your diary. When you mentioned looking back and remembering all the fun times and the difficult times -- that makes it's so real! Uhh, feeling so much heaviness and sadness about this.

We're so fortunate to have gotten to know you here. Your love and support and understanding means so much. We all have to stay in touch somehow. Mom probably will get onto FB. Still trying to absorb the shock of all this.

Love,
Gumpy and mom Jen
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 18th 2014 at 8:02 am

So glad to see you both here. I hope you do join FB, we can help you with that if you want. I resisted it for a long time and now I realize it's just so much more easy than regular forums. It's instant and fast. If you do join, look for LaceyFinn. And you and I can still talk via email anytime you want Jen. You need me, I'm there.
Purred by: Meep (Catster Member)

January 18th 2014 at 10:46 am

Ditto on everything said. Lacey/Finn mom--we are crying and want you to know this has been a very special place in our lives too. It is such a rare thing to find so much love all in one place. You will live in our hearts forever.
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

January 18th 2014 at 12:03 pm

Meep are you on Facebook or are you going to be?
Purred by: Teebo - Dreamboat #66 (Catster Member)

January 18th 2014 at 4:48 pm

We're so sad to see this wonderful, loving community come to an end.
Purred by: Romeo (Catster Member)

March 28th 2014 at 6:02 pm

Purr? Isn't this place going to stay, purr? My Mom is leaking from her eyes, please don't be sad everyone you will make me start yowling...I will knead some biscuits for us all! Headbonk for my friend Finney!
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

March 28th 2014 at 6:17 pm

Hi Romeo, this post is from early January! Back then, Catster was still closing so we are fine. I need to do a new diary soon. DON'T CRY BUDDY! XXOO

 

Finnegan (Finney)


 

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