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A Big Heartfelt Thank You

December 22nd 2015 6:29 pm
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My deepest thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts, stars, rosettes and special gifts. And until I get the chance to thank all of you more personally, please know how much your condolences have meant to me over these past few days.

It's a busy time of year for all, but I promise to get back to Kazumi's diary soon to fill you in on her sad story over the past year. Thank you again.

Kazumi Joy's mom


A Little Less Joy in the World Today

December 19th 2015 7:52 pm
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Sweet Kazumi Joy made her final visit to the vet today. More details later when the screen's a bit less blurry. :(


Update: Yay, They WERE Kidding!

March 2nd 2014 9:22 am
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Well, not kidding exactly, but they've reconsidered, and we're so glad. One of the reasons mom was so upset is that like a real family, Catster is the kind of place where you should be able to come back even if you've been gone a while. And as in a long-term relationship, interest and activity may fluctuate, but that doesn't mean we don't care. Doesn't mean we want out.

Plus, mom has always thought of Catster (besides being an information resource for all kinds of kitty-related problems in the forums) as being my final resting place. Where she can share her grief and pay honour to my memory, especially as she doesn't intend on saving my ashes. When my predecessor Adrian Mole was put to sleep, and as mom was holding his lifeless body, she realized that his soul, spirit or essence wasn't in that physical container anymore. His body felt both heavy and light at the same time, but it was no longer Adrian, and saving those remains didn't make much sense to her. Obviously, that was a personal perception, and mom fully respects the decisions of folk who feel differently.

But we certainly don't want to dwell on death here. And March 3 (tomorrow!) is no longer the end of the Catster community either, so whatever the changes in store will be like, this site has had a reprieve, and for that, we can all be grateful. :)


OMG! Seriously? For Real? Are You Kidding Me? WTH?

January 16th 2014 3:43 pm
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Catster will be shutting down (because without Community there IS no Catster) on March 3?

Did we read that right? Well kitts, I can't remember the last time I saw mom this angry. There are words flying all around me that I can't repeat (and even a few I hadn't heard before) cuz this is supposed to be a family-friendly site, but you can bet we'll be back to have our full say about this.

But some of the non-expletive words I CAN share right now are: tragedy, betrayal, sadness, kick-in-the-teeth, where's the loyalty? :(


As My COTW Reign Comes to a Close (no, say it ain't so!)...

January 12th 2014 4:36 pm
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...I just want to say that it's been a real honour, a ton of fun, and an awesome way to begin 2014. Imagine, little old me, KJ, being COTW!

Now I did try to explain to mom that 1 cat week is about the equivalent of 52 human weeks, meaning that COTW is really COTY in terms of mom needing to spoil, pamper and meet my every desire and demand, but for some odd reason she didn't buy it.

(Plus, she just made a snarky comment about one-sentence paragraphs that I don't quite understand, but I definitely heard snark in her voice.)

Anyway, I want to thank all of the super nice kitties who remembered me from the good old days (eek! we signed up way back in 2005, which in Internet years is about a century ago) AND all of the new (but also super nice) kitties who were kind enough to notice the honour bestowed upon us. Your Rosettes, Stars, Special Gifts, lovely pictures of the special occasion and catmails were ALL appreciated. Thanks so much!

It was cool to catch up with some of the Oldsters (remember how this site used to look and feel?), and a hoot to go back down memory lane. It was on this site, so many years ago, that mom learned how to take better photos, and where I tried to show mom how to write. Um, excuse me, mom is making a strange choking noise at the moment, so I'd better check and see if she's okay. Hmmm, her colour's a bit off, but I think she'll live. Snort.

Where was I? Oh yes, the years gone by. One of the sad parts, unfortunately, is that kitties don't get to live as long as human beings (a particularly unfair failing methinks given that felines tend to live greater moral lives than humans do), which means that tears and heartache are part of the Catster package. But where better than this site to share both the joy AND pain?

Speaking of pain, if I can complain about one thing this week (I know, I shouldn't, but I wouldn't be me if I didn't), it would be the number of times I ended up in Fallsview Niagara Casino while I don't even gamble. Our mouse kept accidentally hovering in the wrong spot, and cue the annoying music! Mom grumbled (no surprise there as in some ways she's quite the crotchety old cat) about the evils of sites selling their souls to advertisers, but I chastised her and told her that No, the soul of Catster still belongs to the cats that come here. THEY are the ones who built this community, and no ad dollars can change that.

So here's to all the kitts who put the Cat in Catster! And thank you again for making this week so special for us. :)


Mom's Celebrating my Birthday by Getting a Root Canal Done

October 23rd 2013 9:43 am
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I mean, seriously? How weird is that? I've heard of humans doing some very strange things, but this really takes the cake. My cake. And birthday cake at that! I can't think of a more bizarre and completely unrelated way of paying homage to MY day than by voluntarily going to the dentist. To say that I'm bewildered, alarmed, and just a little bit peeved is an understatement.

KJ's mom: Obviously, the words "celebrating" and "root canal" should NEVER appear in the same sentence, because that's just wrong. I'm certainly not getting it done because I want to, and it sucks even more to do it on a day that should be (and is) joyful, but scheduling circumstances meant I could only do it today before my mom goes in for surgery again and I have even less time at my disposal. So just to be clear, there will be NO celebrating in the dreaded dental room of doom.

Okay, got it. I'm just glad I'll never have to go, and I guess we'll celebrate when she gets back. I hope mom is brave though. I've heard she's a bit scared (petrified?), and maybe I'll have to remind her that because she's a half-century old, she should not cry, scream, kick, punch or yell like a two-year old.

KJ's mom: It's my party (oops, appointment) and I'll cry, scream or kick if I want to. Well, hopefully not kick or punch, but everything else is fair game. I'll show up, but that's all I can promise. As for KJ not getting her teeth checked, I've always been reluctant up until now, but I think I've finally seen the dental light. But please keep it a secret from her. Sshh!

Just an update on some recurring issues I've been having. First, mom solved the over-the-edge litterbox problem by getting a box with higher walls! Duh, why didn't she think of that before? Second, I'm still scratching and licking a lot. We know it's not fleas, and more likely food allergy, but to what we have no idea. I've been on grain-free wet for the last number of years, and we've tried Natural Balance, Wellness, Merrick, Blue Buffalo, and Nature's Variety among others, but to no avail. At various times we've tried eliminating chicken, duck, turkey, beef, and any kind of fish, but nada. Scratch, scratch, scratch. I've also licked a part of my belly completely clean. No hair left and now I'm starting to bite at it as well! Why?

KJ's mom: I'm scratching as well. My head that is. I don't think there are too many other high-end wet grain-free foods available in Ontario that I can try. Is it stress? An allergy to litter instead of food? Any ideas?

Ha, I get to have the last word. Root canal or no, it's my birthday and I'm gonna celebrate! Wanna join me? :)


Love And All That Jazz

February 14th 2013 12:56 pm
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"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something [and someone?] to love,
and something to hope for." -- JOSEPH ADDISON


Yay, I'm a Death Defying Princess!

January 18th 2013 9:47 am
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Oh, wait, that's Daily Diary Pick. But that's good too. It's all good! :)
Thanks everyone. And, um, Catster too. ;)


On The Edge

January 11th 2013 2:32 pm
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Can often be a good thing, as in, for example, being on the edge of your seat in excitement or anticipation. Or being on the edge artistically and creatively. Being described as cutting-edge is a compliment, not an insult.

So why does mom not like it when I pee on the edge? That is, even when the litter box is completely clean, I like to deposit my #1 (and often #2 too) in the corners and on the sides. Sure, I sometimes end up peeing on and OVER the edge, but is that really my fault? I suppose the fact that there's only carpeting where my box is, and that mom finds it even more difficult to scoop poop and pee that's stuck like cement on the sides now that she has tennis elbow important considerations to keep in mind, but it's not like I do it on purpose to annoy her...

KJ's mom: does anyone have any idea why she may be doing this, and how I can get her to be more boring and just pee/poop in the middle of the box?


Clever Cat Stages Sit In

November 1st 2012 6:22 pm
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Yep, that's me in the photo above commandeering mom's computer chair. Took her completely by surprise too as I have NEVER in all our years together shown any interest in being up there. But desperate times call for desperate measures, so I finally decided to show her that I was serious about wanting my CatsterPlus subscription renewed. Made it perfectly clear that I wasn't gonna budge until she hit the right button, snort. Also told her though that the ugly eggplant-coloured banner had to go. Mom's not a wizard when it comes to her computer by any means, but those bright daisies are a big improvement, no?

Now I'm not promising that we'll be on here daily (or weekly), but we WILL be visiting Catsterland more often than before. Right, mom?

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