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9/11 - a sad anniversary

September 11th 2016 5:19 pm
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Sadly observing that today is the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on our country. Remembering the thousands who were murdered that day, as well as the thousands more of our military who died or were injured in the war against terror that followed. May they all rest in peace.

 

Good mews: Our communities are NOT closing tomorrow!!!

August 9th 2016 4:23 pm
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This just came in this afternoon. Sounds hopeful, at least our communities will NOT shut down tomorrow!!!

"I am posting this notice on behalf of Jennifer Black-Glover, Chief Digital Officer.

-watch dog-

Dear Community Members,

As many of you know, we have been looking at options for the past two years to save the community parts of Dogster.com and Catster.com. The community was scheduled to come down tomorrow and that is now on hold.

More information will come soon. In the mean time, we realize how important this is to all of you and would appreciate a few days to figure it out without phone calls and emails.

Thank you.

Jennifer Black-Glover
Chief Digital Officer

"

At least there is now some hope! Let's all purr really hard that our home here on the web survives!

Saphira, Viola, and their pawrents

 

A very sad goodbye to all of our furiends...

August 9th 2016 1:23 am
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It is with tearstained paws that we wave goodbye to all of our furiends as the place that has been our online home for the last four wonderful years is taken away from us. We want to stay in contact with all of our furiends. Dad is trying to find a new home for us where we can keep in touch with most of our furiends. So far he has looked at United Cats, which a number of other cats seem to be going to, and also Cathuggers and possibly Cat Scouts. We really want everyfur to let us know anywhere else they are going so that we can all keep in contact.

Note from Dad:

I have been an engineer for over 40 years, and have been doing software for most of that time. I have never done web stuff, so I don't know all the details, but something about Lumina Media's excuse for not being able to do anything to save this community in any form just does not ring true, but there is not much we can do about it. I do find it hard to believe that with all the modern software tools available and all of the literally millions of websites that have been developed, there was not a way to at least preserve our cats' and dogs' profile pages, and then gradually build out at least the basic functionality we need. This would have been much preferable to just killing the whole site. I for one will NOT be using ANY site owned by this company, I feel that we have been disrespected and ignored and treated with a total lack of compassion, just a pure dollars and cents calculation.

My emails are:

stargazer711@yahoo.com
wb6fcs@gmail.com

Please let us know what sites you are going to, we REALLY love you all and want to continue the friendships we started here.

Farewell sweet friends...

Saphira and Viola, and their pawrents Warren and Terri

 

How to save all your friends pages all at one time!!!! And- some contact info for us (copy from Saphira's diary)

July 19th 2016 5:38 pm
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This is a copy of the diary entry I just posted to Saphira's diary:

From Saphira, Viola, and Nonsense's dad:

I was going to add a diary entry with our contact info for all of our furiends before we lose Catster forever, but I just received something from our sweet furiend Greystone that I felt I had to share immediately:

We just had our sweet friend Liza tell us how to do the coolest and easiest way to save every one of our friends pages.

open up a word document and title "Friends Wayback Catster Pages"

open up the Wayback machine ~ archive.org/web/

1. open Catster and go to the community page

2. scroll down and on the left hand side click on "you have (0000) friends"

3. this will bring up the page with thumbnails of all your friends

4. copy the address of the friends page and put it in the Wayback Machine

5. when it brings up the new address put it in your Word document to keep.

6. put this address in a new window and it brings up your friends page

7. you can click on any thumbnail and it will go to that kitty's Wayback Machine page.

AWESOME! thanks so much Liza! We love you.

Some contact info for dad:

stargazer711@yahoo.com
wb6fcs@gmail.com

The thing we are most upset to lose are not our pages as much as the connections to all of our furiends. We have shared so many good times and laughter, as well as some sad times and tears, and we value it all. We have been looking for other sites where we could have at least the important parts of the functionality Catster has given us. So far I am going to add us to United Cats, and will certainly look at others, does anyone have any other suggestions? We have other furiends going to Cat Scouts and Cathuggers, but I find the Cathuggers site seems like it may have been hacked as very often as soon as I bring it up I get redirected to either a spam site or even worse, a site that will spread malware! I am a software engineer in real life and am pretty good at recognizing such things.

Meowmy and I each have facebook accounts, but don't really use them for cat stuff and I don't use mine much at all, so am not sharing them.

Anybody with other ideas please share them!

We REALLY want to stay in touch with all the wonderpurr furiends we have made over the last four years, we love you all and would hate to lose any of you!

Warren and Terri, servants to Saphira and Violaand keepers of Nonsense's memory

 

Today is my sisfur Saphira's gotcha day!

December 28th 2015 2:32 pm
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Today is the fourth anniversary of my sweet sisfur Saphira's gotcha day. It's a really special day for me, not only because we all love Saphira, but because if our pawrents had not received her as a surprise Christmas gift they never would have known how wonderful Ocicats are and would never have adopted sweet little ME! That would have been sad for all of us! Check Saphira's diary, I think the secatary told her gotcha story there, and even mentioned a little bit about ME!

 

A dual catebration!

November 11th 2015 3:50 pm
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Today we are purring for a dual catebration! One is for all Americats, it is called Veteran's Day and honors all who have ever served in our country's military, those who fought to keep us free. We all owe these wonderful men and women a big thank you purr!

The other is all about little old spotted ME, of the big ears: It's my third gotcha day! That's right, three years ago Meowmy and Daddy drove out to pick me up from the only home I had ever known, where I had spent all of my eighteen months with a really nice breeder named Jesse. It was a pretty long drive to my furever home, but I was a pretty good girl and did not complain much. After we got to my new home, I was kind of shy at first and stayed under the bed most of the time for the first few days. After I settled in and felt comfortable, I really liked my new pawrents, especially daddy, I follow him everywhere and he plays catch with me, and on cold nights I snuggle under the covers with him. Oh, and I love playing with my sisfur Saphira too!

I love it here, I get lots of love and cuddles and playtime, and the grub is pretty good too! And right after I moved in, daddy set up my Catster page and I have made lots of great new furiends here. That is one of the best things of all!

 

Very sad news, second followup (Important!)

July 9th 2015 8:23 pm
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Anyone who read the previous entry needs to know that there has been a development that alters my judgment of the breeder involved. As I said then, after my daughter's new kitten died of FIP less than a month after she received her from the breeder, at that time the woman refused to even consider that she had FIP, and if she did claimed it was acquired it after adoption. She wanted my daughter to bring the dying kitten to her vet (50 miles away) for treatment, or failing that bring her the dead kitten in order to receive a refund. Today she seems to have acquired a heart, and now wants to make good with my daughter, requesting only a copy of the kitten's medical records before sending her a refund. I therefore have to modify my previous caution about doing business with her, since she is now behaving responsibly. Maybe she was just having a bad day. I would still be very careful, and would require a one year health guarantee that specifically covers FIP, and I would also want testing to show the kitten is free of Feline Coronavirus, the precursor to FIP.

Again, here is her information:

Stephanie Walsh
Welhaus Siberians
Victorville, CA
She is registered with TICA

My daughter has the contact information for the other customers buying kittens recently from her, and has emailed all of them, I think the total number is 18. I will post here any future updates from the other customers.

Sorry if I seem to have gone off a little prematurely, you would have reached the same conclusion I did had you read the text message exchanges between them. Remember also that we are talking about my little girl who was being mistreated and cheated. Regardless of their ages or accomplishments, they are ALWAYS daddy's little girls.

As always, do your research and pick a breeder very carefully.

 

Very sad news, followup (long again, duplicate of the one on- Saphira's page)

July 8th 2015 6:52 pm
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Viola's dad again, I'm afraid that the sad news contiues, Jen and Megan had to make that awful decision to end poor Millie's suffering yesterday. The were so heartbroken that they could not watch, but thankfully a really good friend went with them and stayed with her, so her last minutes on earth were spent with a friend. Not only were they of course in tears, but the vet tech broke down too. Even though we sadly only got to meet this sweet kitty one time, you could not help falling in love with her on sight. I will try to add a picture or two of her to Saphira and Viola's pages later.
All this is sad enough, but the behavior of the breeder through all this has been thoroughly despicable, claiming that Millie did not have FIP and that they were killing their kitten by not giving her antibiotics. She also said that if she did have FIP, she did not have it when Jen and Megan received her. This is complete BS, there were no other cats in Jen's home and never have been, and it takes longer than that for the disease to develop. Millie was adopted June 12 and was put to sleep on July 6. No possible way she did not come from the cattery with the virus! She does not have much of a cattery, she lives in a mobile home near us in Victorville, CA. and sells her kittens on Ebay. My daughter contacted this breeder's vet to ask her about the situation, and was told that if she wanted to think about acquiring another Siberian in a few months, she knew a REPUTABLE breeder she could recommend. I am going to identify her to help anyone else in California who might be looking for a Siberian avoid the mistake of getting one from her at all costs:

Stephanie Walsh
Welhaus Siberians
Victorville, CA
She is registered with TICA

Sorry for the rant, but if it helps save some other cat lover from the heartbreak my daughter is going through now it will be worth it. Always be careful and check your breeders out thoroughly!
I want to thank our Catster furiends who have sent prezzies expressing their sympathy over this sad ending to a sweet young kitten's life, over way too soon. I will thank each of you personally after things around her settle down a bit.
I will try and post some much happier entries about the goings on here with our sweet Oci girls soon.

 

Some very sad news... (Long, duplicate of the one on- Saphira's page)

July 7th 2015 9:23 am
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Viola's dad here, we received some devastating news last night. Our oldest daughter Jennifer has a pretty severe case of asthma, so severe that many years ago she had to rehome her two cats with us due to her allergic reaction to them. Last month she and her roommate Megan adopted the cutest little Siberian kitten, about three months old. They were just over the moon over this cute little girl. As you may know, Siberians tend to produce less of the protein in their saliva that triggers allergic reactions in humans, and Millie was causing her no problems. We visited her a few weeks later and Millie was the cutest, sweetest kitten you could ever want.

Our youngest daughter Melanie called last night to give us the terrible news that Millie had been diagnosed with FIP, and was going to be put to sleep today. As most of you know, FIP is a death sentence and Jen told me last night that the kitten had not been eating and is so weak she can barely walk. Jennifer and Megan are just devastated, and Terri and I are just brokenhearted for them. I am getting pretty teary as I write this. There is nothing that can be done for poor little Millie at this point, but a few purrs for Jen and Megan would be nice.

I had already had one sad experience with this horrible disease, many years ago my dad lost a really wonderful big gray shelter kitty to it.

While it is obvious that Millie had the virus before Jen and Megan adopted her, the breeder is being very unhelpful and really pretty cruel to them.

Sorry to be such a downer, but as we have shared with all of our Catster friends the joys that Saphira and Viola have brought into our lives, I felt this was the only online community I frequent where our friends would truly understand and share our grief over the loss of a wonderful little kitten before her life had really even begun...

Terri and Warren, servants to Saphira and Viola

 

OMC! It's My Birthday!!! I'm Four!

May 27th 2015 5:56 pm
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Daddy woke me up this morning with the news that it's my birthday today! Who knew? I am a REALLY smart kitty, but I have trouble reading. I have already gotten lots of prezzies from my great Catster furiends, and my sisfur Saphira and I have had lots of playtime together. We have had lots of fun so far!

We had a great new food for lunch today, it had REAL FISH in it! The pawrents do not let us eat tuna, they say it has something called mercury in it that is really bad for kitties. This new food has a different fish with no mercury and is SOOO good, we LUBS it!

I want to thank all of my Catster pals for their prezzies and good wishes, more to follow!

PURRRRRRR!

 
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