July 7th 2016 10:27 am
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Well, pals, it looks like Catster's nine lives have been used up.
We got the email yesterday from HQ that they are going to pull our plug on the entire community (groups, individual pages, forums) or around July 12.
I think we all realized that we were on a slippery slope when fixes didn't happen, but it still makes us so very sad to lose the history on our individual pages.
If you haven't already saved your individual pages, you can do so at this website:
You have to open each diary page and/or photo album page, copy the Catster URL into the box over at the Wayback Machine. This will generate a new URL that you can copy and paste into a word document for future viewing.
It is difficult to put into words what Catster has meant to us. In the early years, we spent so much time here starting groups, playing in the forums, sharing pet health with one another, writing and commenting on diary entries, celebrating with rosettes, grieving when our pals journeyed, and gaining friends we will have forever.
That special magic of Catster will live in all of us whether the site is here or not. It won't be the same, but we will always know what a wonderful place this was for cats and dogs.
Take care, and if you or your parent are not on Facebook, please look us up. We have a page called the Strickland Felines, and our Mawmee is Laura Strickland.
Love and purrs and remember to Knead On ~
February 12th 2014 3:42 pm
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I knew yesterday!
Some secrets can't be told ahead of time . . . . . . .
January 19th 2014 9:02 am
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I've been busy at the bridge trying to save a bunch of my Catster stuff, and I sure got sad thinking about all the pals I'm going to miss. My Mawmee has been on Facebook for awhile, and she even set up a Facebook page for all of us cats - she has added our Catster pictures and will put other good stuff on there later.
So, I want to encourage your Moms and Dads to join Facebook. Of course, it isn't going to be the same as the pawsome community we had on Catster, but all those Moms and Dads are figuring out what we'll do next!
They have a couple of groups set up so they can connect with one another. We don't want to lose touch with our pals! They are also saving stuff from the Olde Furts group and other active groups.
We need you on Facebook so we don't ever forget you - so please join us over there.
Here is a link to my Mawmee's Facebook page - CLICK HERE! She is hard to find in a search, so please write down this URL so you don't lose it (facebook (dot) com / catstermom)
Also, we need you to
>SIGN THIS PETITION TO SAVE CATSTER! It will be sent soon to the Top Dog at Say Media, so you need to get your paws on it and sign it NOW!
Finally, it goes without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway. We have cried so many tears over the destruction of Catster. And that is what it is - destroying what is a wonderful community of FRIENDS!
We can't begin to tell you how much your friendship has meant to us over the years. We have laughed, cried, and had so much fun, and to think that it is ending is heartbreaking.
Don't you worry, I'll still be greeting the new angels when they arrive at the bridge, and I'll figure out a way to tell you all the new bridge secrets I have learned.
Good-bye, pals, and remember the most important thing I've taught you in my years on Catster . . . . . .
Knead On ~
Love, your pal Calvin (or my too fast name, Clavin)
January 16th 2014 10:26 am
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Today I heard some very sad news. And I guess the official word will be coming out today or tomorrow.
Catster and Dogster will be going away.
I know, it is shocking, and so very sad. I don't even know where to begin on understanding this.
The word up here is that we will have a month or so to save all our stuff. Hopefully there will be an easy way to do it.
We've loved this place for so many years. We've met lifelong friends. We've shared so much.
It is heartbreaking . . . .
October 28th 2013 10:36 am
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Hi pals! I want to thank all of you for remembering my Rainbow Bridge Day. It's hard to believe it has been four years since I made my journey. As you all know, I've been keeping very busy as an angel.
I was sad to see my sister, Samoa, make her journey, but just as I suspected, she is already setting up a boa shop and sending feathers down to people.
I know you all have heard about the recent journey of our friend, Kaci Sunshine.
I also wanted to let you know that our pal, Smudge, has made her journey. She is no longer on Catster, but I know you remember her brother, Bob. Smudge and Bob were very active back when we all first joined Catster. Her Mommy is very sad, but we're taking good care of Smudge. If you are on Facebook, be sure to stop by and send some love her way (Joanne Lee).
Another pal that just journeyed to the bridge is Simba. Simba's family used to be really active back in the day too, so I know they would appreciate your stopping by and showing some love.
Keep on purring for all those kitties who are sick and need purrs, and we'll keep on doing our job up here at the bridge!
July 19th 2013 9:05 pm
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Thank you, pals, for celebrating another birthday with me. I sure appreciate all the pretty presents on my page, and the special pictures made by Rory, and Pipo and Minko!
My 10th life at the bridge has been filled with lots of fun. Sure, it is sad at times when pals have to leave their families and journey to the bridge. But, we're always happy to welcome them and get them started on their 10th life.
And as you all know, birthdays at the bridge can only mean one thing - bowling night! And since today is my birthday, I'm going to share with you another little bridge secret about our bowling nights.
Tonight is glow bowling night. When you have a birthday, you can request regular bowling or glow bowling. Regular bowling is when we make a lot of noise. Our families on earth hear it and it sounds like thunder, but it is just us bowling!
Now, glow bowling is entirely different. Act like you don't know about it when you get up here, but glow bowling is very quiet. The balls and pins are padded, but the pins have magical lights inside them.
When the padded ball hits one of the magical pins, they light up! Down on earth, it looks like lightening - the kind you see in the distance. Up here in the bowling alley, the lights are colorful and sparkly!
Mawmee and Daddy are seeing some of that lightening in the distance tonight. They know it is my big bowling night. And they still miss me. I think they will always miss me.
Gotta go - it's my turn to bowl . . . . .
June 18th 2013 4:23 pm
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I was very sad when I got the news earlier today to get ready for a special arrival at the bridge. Everycat's pal, Skeezix, made his journey tonight.
Wowza, whose life hasn't been changed by Skeezix? Back in the old days of Catster, we had so many fun parties and contests with Skeez. He is a legend in the blogosphere. Cats all over the world know about things like vishus deer, kyoot clothes, and urjes because of Skeez!
His Food Lady and Mr. Tasty Face are going to be very sad that he is no longer on earth. But, I know it won't be long before they will feel his angel dust and the flutter of his wings. And what wings they will be! I know a very special pink pair will be waiting at the tailor shop for him.
If you have time, please stop over at Skeezyville and leave a comment.
All your angel pals welcome you to the bridge, Skeezix. We're gonna take very good care of you until the day you see your family once again. Love is forever . . . . .
June 3rd 2013 8:13 am
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We got notice yesterday that our pal, Charlie, would be journeying to the bridge today.
So, everyone got busy sprucing up the place to get ready for his arrival. Of course, you all know about the big Welcome sign that we hold up to greet our newest angels.
The Garden Committee plants flowers at the gate, and boy does it look beautiful! Every flower you can think of is in bloom, and there are so many colors! While we wait for Charlie's arrival, we'll get to swat at the bees and butterflies that like to hang out around the flowers!
I'll have to warn Charlie when he gets here that tomorrow is National Hug Your Cat Day. If your owner is also up here at the bridge, they get to spend the day hugging you. If your owner is still down on earth, the girlcats go around all day hugging us boycats. Dang, it is one long day! Charlie is just going to be getting out of orientation and will be getting a gazillion hugs tomorrow!
Don't be afraid, Charlie. It will be a peaceful journey, and when you arrive, you'll be taken good care of by all your angel pals. Comforting purrs to your Momma and sister, Jezebel, during this sad time.
May 28th 2013 6:25 pm
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Today all the angels took turns sprinkling angel dust on our pal, Skeezix, as he underwent surgery. The vet found a big tumor inside his belly, and they did surgery today to check it out.
Unfortunately, the news is very sad. He has lots of bad cancer throughout his body. We are all upset and very sad for his Food Lady, Mr. Tastyface, and his siblings.
Please keep Skeezix in your purrs. We hope he has a long time left with his family, but whenever it is his time to journey, we will be waiting to greet him with open paws.
We love you, Skeezix . . . . .
April 28th 2013 6:05 pm
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I was talking to my pal, Boxie Brown today. We were just sitting on a cloud together talking about the new angels that have arrived at the bridge. We started chatting about the Hazel Lucy List for Kitties in Need of Purrs.
You all remember that list, don't you? It was started a gazillion years ago by Hazel Lucy. Then when she needed a break from the list, Boxie took over. That was three years ago!
And guess what? Now it is time for Boxie to take a break from the list. It is a lot of work to keep this important list going, but it is very important work. We all know how important it is to purr for our pals when they are sick.
Boxie said he needs a VIV - very important volunteer - to take good care of this list. It is an honor to maintain the list - sure, it takes some work, but we can't spend all day catnapping when there is important work to do!
So, stop by Boxie's latest diary entry to find out more information, and to volunteer to keep this important list going!
Thank you to Hazel Lucy for starting up this list, and for Boxie's dedication for the past three years!
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