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Gather all angels, Briana will be joining us shortly

January 7th 2017 5:59 am
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Our regular vet called this morning. He said it's time. Not-the-Momma is going with Momma to say their final goodbyes - until they meet again at the Rainbow Bridge.

Thanks for the purrs, prayers, love, and support.


Emergency Purrs and Prayers Needed for Briana

January 6th 2017 11:54 pm
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Our sister Briana is in the Critical Care Unit at the animal hospital. It's been a rough 48 hours for her and Momma. This afternoon, Momma found out that Briana has bladder cancer. She talked to our vet and they decided to start her on a new anti-inflammatory medicine on Monday - she has been taking Prednisone, but they need to stop that and give it time to clear her system before they can start the new medicine.

Tonight when Momma got home, she found Briana hadn't piddled all afternoon. Momma gave her a pain medicine and her subQ fluids hoping that would help flush out her system. It didn't work, so they ended up going to the ER. They gave her stronger pain medication to make her comfortable.

The ER vet tried to act unbiased, but he obviously thought euthanasia was the answer. Momma was having none of that foolishness. So they're keeping her overnight. Her REAL vet will be in at 8 in the morning. Momma's hoping to stick to the original plan - keep Briana stable for the weekend and give the new medication a try.

Please, please, PLEASE pray for Briana. We know she's a fighter, but she needs all the help she can get. Thank you.

Love is Forever,
Rufus, Bob, Jack, & Hamlet


Finally an update on Briana

November 28th 2016 4:59 pm
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Sorry to take so long to follow up with all of you, our friends.

First the good news on Briana: The chest X-ray didn't show any evidence of heart failure. Her blood work showed nothing remarkable. She has kidney disease, but her kidney values were actually better than they had been in July. Her thyroid test was normal.

The bad news: She's lost more weight than Momma thought. Apparently the baby scale Momma has wasn't calibrated correctly. Momma thought Briana had lost 3/4 of a pound since July when she actually lost 1 1/2 pounds. She was barely above 6 pounds.

The current thinking is that Briana's teeth are bothering her so badly that she doesn't want to eat. (She's also old which can make cats eat less.) The vet said that Briana's blood work looked good enough that she could have her teeth cleaned, but there's no way in H-E-double-hockey-sticks that Momma's going to put an 18 year old cat with kidney disease and a possible tumor under anesthesia just to have her teeth cleaned. (And she's not about to pay for it either.)

So Briana underwent a course of antibiotics that seem to have helped. Momma had some pain medication for her, that needs to be refilled. And now Briana's meowling so Momma's gotta go.

Please keep up the purrs and prayers and I'll try to keep you updated.

Love Is Forever,


Briana is at the ER - please purr for her

November 15th 2016 4:51 pm
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Briana was lethargic when Momma got home from work. She wouldn't even sniff her supper. She was hiding in her cabin & breathing rapidly.

Momma & Briana are at the vet hospital. She's stable and they're waiting to see the vet.

Please send lots of purrs her way.


Update on Briana

November 2nd 2016 5:02 pm
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Thanks for all of your purrs.

Briana had been feeling better this past week. Momma gave her the appetite stimulant on Sunday and Briana had been eating better. Don't tell Briana, but Momma also slipped some Miralax into her FF broth. It worked on Monday morning, but Briana had problems and an "accident" on Tuesday.

Now Briana still seems "off" - Momma thinks she uncomfortable, but can't tell if she's in pain or not. She's still moving about the room and jumping up on her cat tree. She's been very weird about her drinking water, but Momma has been able to give her fluids.

Please keep Briana in your purrs and prayers. I'll try and report back more often, but Briana has been monopolizing Momma's time so I haven't had my typist. There's Briana meowling now. Momma's gotta go.



Purrs Please

October 27th 2016 8:58 pm
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Hi Catster friends,

Momma wants me to ask you to purr for Briana. As you may know, Briana has kidney disease and also something else that makes her have weakness on her left side - possibly a tumor on her spine. On Sunday Briana took a turn for the worse. Now it seems like she's just had it with all the medicine and subQ fluids. She's been fighting Momma and acting scared around her. She's barely eating and Momma doesn't want to give her the appetite stimulant since Briana hates it so much.

There are a few simple things that could be causing Briana's current flare of symptoms including constipation, nausea, dehydration, or likely a combination of these. It's breaking Momma's heart to see Briana so scared, but she knows that if she doesn't keep giving Briana the meds, she won't get better.

Please purr that Briana will be a better patient and will feel better soon. Thank you.

Love is Forever,


Cats Rule the Internet

August 7th 2016 11:00 am
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We've been busy trying to save what we can of Catster by archiving it using the Wayback Machine from the Internet Archive.

This week, Entrepreneur published an article online called "Why the Internet Needs the WayBack Machine, the Site That Archives the Web" earstNewspapers&utm_medium=related&utm_campaign=syndication

You can read the whole article, but the part I want to point out is question 5: "What does this service tell us about how the internet has changed?" The answer: "People love to share and people love to learn, and people love cats."

Catster has all of this and more, so why is Lumina Media shutting us down? Doesn't seem like good business sense to me.


My Heart Will Go On

July 17th 2016 2:11 am
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10 years. It’s been 10 years since I joined Catster on July 1, 2006.

I had been looking for an online support group because Rufus had feline lymphoma. When I stumbled across Catster and found all of these people posting in their cats’ voices, from their cats’ point of view, I thought they must all be crazy! But as I read on, I knew I could do the same for Rufus, and that’s when I realized, they were my kind of crazy.

10 years of ups and downs, good times and sad times, but never bad times as long as we had each other. Now all of it is coming to an end. Briana has joined the Here Kitty forum and Pets4Pals, but we all know it’s not the same. She’s made 18, but is on the last of her 9 lives. I know you understand what a difference a friendly ear and a few words of encouragement can make at a time like this. I will miss having that from my Catster friends.

Remember when our furkids went to the Rainbow Bridge, we said they became Angels and went on to “live their 10th life” on Catster? Well, I feel like Rufus and Bob are dying again. There will be no “11th life” for them on another site. How could there be? So many years of memories, both treasured and all-but-forgotten, going, going. . . gone?

I’m saving what I can on the Internet Archive - pages of diaries, extra special diary entries with posted comments (remember those?), some of our friends’ pages, but it’s not nearly enough. What about forum and group threads? Rosettes, gifts, and stars? We were promised Forever Stars!

In closing, I’d like to thank the countless people and cats who touched my life on Catster over the years. After Rufus died, the song I chose to have on his page (back when we could still do that) was Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On:

“Love can touch us one time
And last for a lifetime
And never let go ‘til we’re gone.”

Love is Forever,


No more Catster

July 6th 2016 10:52 am
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I don't know if everyone saw the email - Momma's went to her Gmail "promotions" folder, so we never would have seen it if Tommy's Momma hadn't told us about it.

The email says the community is shutting down on July 12, but the online post says July 18. Neither one is enough time though, is it?

July marks our 10 year anniversary on Catster. So sad to see it go.


An Update on Briana

April 18th 2016 5:18 pm
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Momma's still trying to figure out how she got medicine in her face and hair while trying to give Briana the appetite stimulant. Briana must have a strong tongue or something.

Briana is still being finicky about her food and Momma doesn't like the way she's walking. She can't figure out exactly what it is, but Momma can hear a difference in her nails on the hardwood floor.

Yesterday, Briana was being mouthy and restless, so Momma came up with a great idea. She started streaming Videos for Cats on her tablet/laptop. They really enjoyed this one because you can actually see the birds approaching.

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