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January 22nd 2014 7:26 am
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The news of the Catster Community closing hit my mom hard. She says she feels like someone punched her in the stomach. It took her about 4 days to get over the shock. She couldn’t eat or sleep. Her eyes were swollen from crying.

As soon as she began to stand up straight again and breathe deeply without sobbing, she received an email on Monday night that I was Catster’s Cat of the Week! She smiled for the first time in days. But then she noticed that Catster had not bothered to update the picture on the Community Homepage, and as each day passes, she loses hope that they are going to. It does feel like someone is saying, “Here, kitty, kitty – come have a treat – JUST KIDDING”. But it’s her fault really, to expect anything more out of them, they are obviously done with the Community. I am lucky to have such wonderful friends who will celebrate with me anyway.

Catster has been a place of refuge for my mom. A place where others are kind, considerate, friendly, helpful. A place of truly great friends, fun, and laughter. A safe and supportive space, the kind you can’t easily find in the world. It’s even been a place of creativity and inspiration for her, with designing pages and being an Admin of some pawsome groups.

Friends gathered around for support when Legolas went missing and it helped her cope with his disappearance. When Jax joined the family, friends were there to celebrate. She does not know how she will cope in life without such a beautiful and supportive community to rely on.

It also hurts her to see others sad and hurting over this. It’s meant so much to so many. My mom strives to be considerate and kind to others, and it boggles her mind that people out there can be so heartless and cause so much pain without caring.

I am sorry it is ending this way Catster, it feels like a bad breakup. But we will be here until the end, to spend these precious last moments with our friends. We love you all, and YOU are what has made this place so beautiful for us. Thank you.

Purred by: Orange Ruffy (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2014 at 7:32 am

You must not lose hope! you must celebrate as you can, none of us is very promised tomorrow in any respect, but please know there is hope! If your mom has FB, pleaes come join us, ask us how....

WE hope in our hearts-we always hope-trust that miracles do occur-and never let the faith die.

Remember, it's always darkest before dawn....

love and light,
Purred by: Orange Ruffy (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2014 at 7:32 am

You must not lose hope! you must celebrate as you can, none of us is very promised tomorrow in any respect, but please know there is hope! If your mom has FB, pleaes come join us, ask us how....

WE hope in our hearts-we always hope-trust that miracles do occur-and never let the faith die.

Remember, it's always darkest before dawn....

love and light,
Purred by: Rex (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2014 at 7:50 am

You put it so well my friend. I too will miss you and our pawsome groups and friends. I'm sending you a big hug.
Purred by: MILO BLUE EYES DB#73 (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2014 at 7:53 am

Oh Mac 'n furmilies, we feel da same way~! It's so hard 'n mom haz shed many tears ofur da loss, her sez it's jus' like losin' a BEST furiend. We've shared many memories dat will last 'n last, so don't worry, we'll always love'z U 'n time's will get better. We're on FB too so we'll not lose track. Like Ruffy sez, Nefur let da faith die, fur it's in our hearts da love will stay. Light will come.

Love 'n hugs,
MILO, MALLEE 'n Smokey Joe

P.S. Concats on Ur Cat o' da Week honor~! Purrfect dood~!
Purred by: Edwina (Angel Eddy) DG#1 (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2014 at 7:58 am

Big Congrats!! Cat of the Week is an Honor. I had it once :) Sweet kitty we will all love each other forever. The friends here are the best!! My mommy cried a lot to and her tummy still hurts. Many hearts are broken. Someday we all will be together.
Love & Purr's, Angel Eddy
Purred by: ♥Simon♥ (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2014 at 8:39 am

Oh Mac, it's hard to believe this is all coming to an end! It's hit mom hard too but we are trying to remain hopeful and will be here until the end. The friends we have made and the love and support we can never replace but we will always be together somewhere and somehow! A big concats on being Cat of the Week! Enjoy it and know we will always love you and your family!

Hugs and purrs,
Simon & Reuben(an angel)
Purred by: ♥Friday DB #170♥ (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2014 at 10:27 am

First of all my wonnerfur friend BEEG Concatulations on being Cat of The Week :) purrfest choice :)

We understand exactly how your Meomw feels ~ I stayed close to mine, she couldn't sleep and hardly ate. Then said, NO WAY!! there is still time, and so much to do!! So wee are here too and will always be

I am so very blessed and glad your furmily is furinds wif mine ~ forever and ever furiends :)

Hugs and Love
Friday and the Gurls
Purred by: WeBeesSiameezers (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2014 at 10:50 am

OMC! COTW! And now we can't even make a piccie fur you cause meowmy is spending tons of time copying all our reams of pages.
And hunting for new homes in the interwebs world...
And giving out contact info...
Any ways:
Concats big ones to YOU!

We are in these places:

http:/ /

(For kitties & pups alike, nice looking site in the making)

And here, too:

Check them out, you may like one or all! A lot of our furends are already there.
Look for MrJackFreckles
or WeBeesSiameezers
If they don't work as url's take out any spaces that may be there...

Hugs, and purrs and adieu.
Purred by: Brenda G

January 22nd 2014 at 11:05 am

Concats on being COTW Mac - we are honored to celebrate with you! We understand how your mom feels too. Catster has been helping us get through a difficult time. We must all stay pawsitive - I believe there is bright light in our future!

Love, hugs, & Purrs,
Kingsley and Furmily
Purred by: Poo Sweet Angel ADB #57A (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2014 at 2:18 pm

My family and I echo all of your sentiments and sadness, and share tears. We've been here for 6+ years and it has been HOME. We will always be friends and I hope that we can all re-group in a happy community once again soon.

Concats on your COTW win! *HISSES at catster for not showing Mac's page*

We love you
Poo & the Krew
Purred by: Queen Tallulah Angel Dreamgirl (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2014 at 2:54 pm

We are feeling the same, it is breaking Moms heart, she can even imagine not being here with all of our friends who have been supportive, we love and care about. This place has been a special wonderpurr place for Mom and us kitties....

We are not on FB and Mom doesn't want to go there! we are on the same group as WeBeesSiameezers...a lot of us are there now, at least we can be together keeping in touch with one another if nothing else...

Don't give up we all have to stick together and find a place we can be together again, it won't be like catster but I think the bond we all have with one another is stronger and we all need each come to one and stay in touch.

We love you Mac and family, we are so happy we are friends and we will stay in touch one way or another...

QT and Mom

Purred by: Minuette (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2014 at 11:55 pm

Concats, and I hope we can keep in touch with you in some way! Mom posted her info thus far in my diary, but she will try to get registered with the same places WeBees mentioned soon--she's just a bit slow these days.
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

January 23rd 2014 at 1:31 am

Congrats on being COTW, even though it is a sucky week to be it.
Purred by: Platelicker ♥ DB#69 (Catster Member)

January 23rd 2014 at 12:01 pm

Mac we know how she feels... I am friends with Ruffy, Milo, Edwina, Simon and Reuben, Friday, Angel Poo, Minuette, and Jezebel at fb. Have not joined any sites.

You could use your first name Mac and your Momma's last name at fb :)
Purred by: Calísta (Catster Member)

January 23rd 2014 at 6:51 pm

Dear furiend, we sure hope you have been enjoying your honor some. It is still a great honor--and you deserve it! We will be sticking around to the end too. And they can never take away the friendships that have been made! Purrs to you.
Purred by: Roger Bleu (Catster Member)

January 24th 2014 at 7:15 pm

Our Mom went through all those emotions too and we felt very betrayed but the thing is that a LOT of us are going to move on now to a new place together, hopefully, and keep our community going and continue our furienships and fun. We don't want to be on a site which is now owned by bad humans who do not love us, we don't need or deserve that at all - sooooo my brofur and I made a blog on blogger, we joined this very fun site and their new name is Pupsters and Kitsters and there are kitties there as well as dogs and we really like it there. The main thing is is that there are other places we can go together and we will, and it is really going to be alright - we truly believe that so have faith! ((((hugs))))
Purred by: Mac (Catster Member)

January 25th 2014 at 11:57 am

Thank you everyone for all of your comments and for stopping by to say concatulations. I appreciate each of your thoughtful and heartfelt comments. You are all very special to me!!
Purred by: Sarge (In Loving Memory) (Catster Member)

January 27th 2014 at 5:12 am

Congrats on being CotW!

In 2012 when NCSoft announced they were shutting down City of Heroes (an MMORPG) Dad felt the same way. We spent a lot of time together playing it and have some good memories. There was a huge effort to save it, including buy out offers in the millions of dollars, but nothing happened. The company made its decision and wasn't going to let something like consumer good will make them reconsider.

That being said, I really hope it works this time. If they're telling the truth as to why it's being shut down, then there's no much we can do though. Maybe a company will listen this time.
Purred by: Roger Bleu (Catster Member)

January 27th 2014 at 8:09 pm

You are on the community page this week, finally, as COTW - we are so happy to see you there now! Whoo hoo!
Purred by: Luke (Catster Member)

January 28th 2014 at 6:15 am

We share your sentiments about Catster, Mac, but at the same time we feel happy and blessed that we ever found this place to begin with and made so many wonderful friends over the 5 years we've been here. It's a pity Catster doesn't recognize what a gem the Community is, but we are trying to stay pawsitive about the future and keeping in touch with all our pawsome friends.

We are thrilled to see you as Cat of the Week, that is definitely a bright spot during this sad time. Enjoy your special week in the spotlight!

Love, Luke
Purred by: ♥ Anna ♥ (Catster Member)

January 31st 2014 at 6:02 am

We are glad one of our sweet furiends is COTW Mac. We know it is bittersweet but we send our congratulations and wishes for a pawsome week. (we are out of zealies, sorry)

we wish catster would go on furever, it seems all our friends are scattered now. but we will remember these catster days with much joy. lots of love Mac, Anna and furryones
Purred by: Worlds Coolest Fluffy & Alex (Catster Member)

March 5th 2014 at 12:49 pm

Hi Mac! So nice you got to be COTW in the last days of Catster!
But wait....we have been given a reprieve....but no details.
UNTIL Bijou saw something on Facebook.
You can read details in her diary of March 4. Bijou is Catster #501620. Purrhaps there is some hope after all, especially with Mr Ted R being somehow involved. Purrlease pass this info on to as many as you can.
We hope that you and all others who read this diary & Miss Bijou's diary will stick around to see what happens. We are purring that it will be very good news fur all of us.
Love, Fluffy & Alex.




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