Likes: Fancy Feast Appetizers (chicken, beef and chicken, chicken and tuna, and salmon)
Pet-Peeves: Most fish (with a few exceptions), boy cats, and being picked up when she doesn't want to be.
Favorite Toy: Bottle rings and bird feathers
Favorite Nap Spot: In her favorite chair, though she also naps on her carrier sometimes.
Favorite Food: Beef, chicken, turkey, gravy, bacon, and an occasional lick of milk.
Skills: Chasing, killing and eating cockroaches (when she can get them). She's also become quite a good watchcat.
Arrival Story: My brother and I adopted Bitu on Valentine's Day 2005 after Minnie died of a bad case of fleas. My brother thinks her name means "Baby Two", since she's our second cat after Minnie. We're the third home for both of them. Bitu had a houseful of boy cats to contend with in her second home, so the lady who took her to the Humane Society was hoping she could be the only cat in her next home. And that's just the way she likes it.
Chadwick Wanzenreid was the founder and president of Tall Cat Tales at Catster. He used to like the limericks I worked on when I stopped by. At one point we toyed with the idea of putting a limerick collection together. When we heard that he might be pulling away from Earth pretty soon (much like when Minnie climbed to the highest point in my younger human's room just weeks before she died), a limerick started forming itself in my head. I thought I might put it down here:
Chadwick Wanzenreid was a literary cat.
He knew that Catster was where it was at.
When they heard he might fly,
His friends raised a cry.
And in their great grief they fell flat.
I've accused - or suspected - others of separatism (wanting to keep dogs and cats on their own side of the line), and not just the enemy. I'm just as guilty of it in my own right. The Mac Kitties Club was the first Catster group I ever belonged to before taking the plunge to make my own groups or trying to reach out to the other side. Some weeks after joining, they proposed expanding it to include dogs and had a vote concerning it. I abstained from voting because of my narrow mindset at the time and was shocked (at least a little) that the proposal went through. And wouldn't you know it, I was the first to invite a dog to join - ironic, isn't it? Some weeks after forming KittyWhiskas For Catsters (formed after I found out that the original group on Yahoo had no Catster branch), I was toying with the idea of including dogs. Naturally, there was some resistance to the idea because of wanting to keep things separate. I got the push I needed when the canine family member of one of our members "snuck under the fence" to play one of the games set up at the time. So I made The KittyWhiskas For Catsters Canine Auxiliary which was set up as a mixed group. Not too long after that, I started adding pictures of departed members to the group photo section at KittyWhiskas For Catsters as a way to remember them. Somebody who was concerned about running out of space helped set up The KittyWhiskas For Catsters Memorial Wall on condition of anonymity to protect their sense of generosity. That was the only place I could mark Minnie's existence at the time with a candle in the group photo section, though others were eventually given a candle on request. Even here I engaged in separatism until persuaded by one of the first group to include their canine family member, at which point The KittyWhiskas For Catsters Memorial Wall also became open to dogs. But I still drew the line at adding living family members, even for the sake of wanting to mourn the departed. Some weeks after that, I was approached by Alfie Chinacat asking advice on how to create a similar memorial wall for one of his groups. I wasn't exactly forthcoming with the advice he sought because I felt a sense of competition. I wasn't thinking broadly enough to consider the thousands when I had maybe several dozen on the memorial page that was a branch of my own groups. But the whole place had a sense of separatism about it, insofar as dogs could only officially befriend dogs and cats could only officially befriend cats except for when a stray friendship request managed to slip through the cracks. That was the top item listed in the article I wrote concerning how to revive interest in Dogster and Catster during the failed 2012 rescue campaign. But none of the things in the article were acted on the way Minister Misty had hoped, leading to the further degeneration of the whole place until they decided to reverse the decision to shut down in 2014 at least temporarily. But several months before the cleaning people we had finished cleaning out my older human's bank account by charging 140 a week even when there was no real extra work to be had, my older human bought my younger human a Windows laptop at the recommendation of the Wound Care Clinic because they thought it would allow my younger human access to a regular computer while putting her sore left leg up, besides which it was one-third the price of a Mac laptop. With my people being strict Mac users up to that point, I felt myself a traitor to The Mac Kitties and Doggies Club and put up a group message to that effect. But the whole group had essentially died by then and there was nobody to answer me one way or the other, though I wouldn't have blamed them if they'd kicked me out for treason toward fellow Mac users, though we bought a mouse for it of the same brand as we have on the Mac Mini, though it has three buttons like any Windows mouse and not just one like the traditional Mac mouse. We've boughten a Mini I-Pad since then, though my younger human uses the Windows laptop as much now as she used the Mac Mini then. But no way have we given up the first I-Pad as long as it works. I guess I'll always be guilty of some sense of separatism no matter how hard I try to reach out to the other side now.
I thought only the corporate entity wanted to see Dogster and Catster go down, but it's not the only one. Somebody who used to belong to Catster and went off to make her own site wants them to go down too. She'd been invited to Catster Buddies on Facebook because of her previous connection, but she thinks Dogster and Catster are worthless and that everybody who participated in any of the failed rescue campaigns are clueless. Her site is only geared to cats without a thought for dogs or mixed-pet households. She doesn't think too much of the alternate sites either, especially since several of them are works in progress. It's true that I flirted with her page and even spent a little money there, but an upset by somebody who stops by The New Friday Quiz Game occasionally caused me to leave. I've reconciled with that cat since then, but there's no reconciliation with somebody pretending to be a friend of Catster who actually wants to see it go down. Dogster and Catster might go down eventually, but the rest of us are entitled to mourn their loss, even if Catster Buddies on Facebook eventually becomes a nostalgia group. I hope our enemy's legs fall off when she finishes dancing with the corporate entity over Dogster and Catster's graves. Minister Misty will prove a truer prophetess than we ever gave her credit for. If we ever find Minister Misty again, we'll owe her a big apology.