Nicknames: Jack Matt, JMC, Blaque Jacque Shellacque, IT (by Briana),
Gotcha Date: March 28th 2008
Birthday: January 18th 2008
Likes: Causing trouble
Pet-Peeves: camera, being turned upside down, attempts to make him sit still, Briana
Favorite Toy: Da Bird, anything with feathers
Favorite Nap Spot: top of the cat trees
Favorite Food: Innova Evo
Skills: stealing hearts, causing trouble
Arrival Story: I had been looking for a new kitten for a while with no luck. I came home from vacation and when I checked Pet Finder, I saw that the ARL had a kitten named "Cash." There was no information whatsoever about the kitten, but Rufus' friend Buddie had sent his parents a kitten they named Cash, so I thought it was a sign. I went down to the shelter the next day and fell in love with a little black furball.
Today was my Gotcha Day, but Momma wasn't here! She's on vacation down in Louisiana. Not-the-Momma is staying with us to catsit. He makes a good pillow, but I miss Momma.
The last time she was in Louisiana for Easter was 5 years ago. The very night when she got back from that trip, she went on PetFinder.com and saw that a local shelter had a black kitten named "Cash" available for adoption. When we met the next morning, she knew it was meant to be. She couldn't take me home with her until after I had the Big Snip, but a few days later, she brought me to my forever home.
Momma has lost her mind. She's throwing out ALL of our furniture!!!! It started last weekend. On Saturday she threw out our litter cabinet and TWO cat trees. She also got rid of her desk that we liked to hide underneath. Now where are we supposed to hide? Then on Sunday she threw away our couch! Our WHOLE couch! I just used that couch the other day when I needed to hack up a major hairball. And today a stranger came over and took our chairs and table! We were using them since we don't have a couch. Then Momma tried to throw out our smaller scratcher with the ring. Hehehe. When she tried to lift it, Hamlet jumped right on top and she almost dropped it. That slowed her down. Then I got on top since I weigh more than him. I figured there was no way she could lift it with ME on top. But you know what she did? She shoved me off and then grabbed it and ran! Can you believe the nerve of her? So now we're staging a sit-on on our one remaining cat tree.
It's bad enough when our friends leave Catster, but we HATE it when they delete their pages. All those memories, all that history, just - gone. We've invested a lot in our Catster friendships - a lot of time, a lot of love, and a lot of Zealies. When our friends delete their pages, it feels as though they don't value our friendship, don't value us. How could they so easily discard something that means so much to so many others? We said we would never even consider doing such a thing to our friends!
Then came Helicopter Catgate.
If you don't know what we're talking about, you're lucky. For some reason, the editor in chief of Catster Magazine thinks that cat lovers would want to see a video about someone disrespecting a cat's remains. The article about the cat's skull was bad enough, but this went beyond the pale. And some of our friends were so disgusted, they left Catster. And for once, we couldn't blame them.
We unsubscribed from Catster Magazine and said it was because of those articles, but no one at HQ seems to care. Many of our friends are angry that Catster magazine used the term "WTF," and while we're not offended by the term, we do expect better from Catster. After all, these writers and editors are getting PAID to publish this magazine, and that's the best they can do? So why would we want to pay to support such sick, offensive crap? We wouldn't! Our Catster Plus membership is due for renewal on July 9th, and we just don't see how we could continue to support Catster when it publishes things it should know will offend most of its members.
On July 1st it will be 6 years since our family joined Catster. SIX years! That's 40 in cat years. A long time. A lot of memories. How would we even begin to try to condense all of that history, all of those memories, into just 10 pictures each? We couldn't. It would be too painful to even try. When a relationship goes bad, the best thing to do is make a clean break.
So we finally understand why people delete their Catster pages. We have 2 angels in the family who have been living out their 10th lives on Catster, and we wouldn't want to leave their pages just a shell of what they used to be. We also wouldn't want to dishonor their memory by associating with a site that thinks Helicopter Cat is appropriate material for cat lovers. It's not a "Video We Love" - it's not even "offbeat" - it's offensive, and we want no part of it.
July 9th is still a few weeks away, and a lot could change between now and then. Catster was our community long before "SAY whatever the fluff we like MEDIA" came along. We have no intention of quitting without a fight.