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.
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.”
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.