Nicknames: IT 2.0 (by Briana), Hammie, Hamster, Little Orange Lovebug, Little Garbage Picker, Hatebug
Gotcha Date: April 12th 2008
Birthday: February 2nd 2008
Coloration: Orange Tabby
Pet-Peeves: closed doors
Favorite Toy: straws and straw wrappers
Favorite Nap Spot: orange Morgan's bed, top of the cat tree, condo on cat tree
Favorite Food: anything
Skills: purring and kneading and eating at the same time
Arrival Story: I'd been searching Petfinder for weeks, looking for an orange lovebug, but every time one became available, I always got there too late. Then I saw an ad for 7 kittens, and 3 of them were orange, but they were being adopted from PetSmart an hour away on a Saturday I had to work. I figured they would all be spoken for by the time I got there. Then 2 days later another ad was posted for the same place with 4 more orange kittens! I did what I had to do and made arrangements to go to work late that Saturday. The adoptions were supposed to start at 10 but I got there at 9 when the store opened. The first group of kittens were like pet rocks - cute, but lifeless. The 4 siblings were feisty. I had to decide between "Peanut Butter" and "Prince Phillip." When adoptions started, I asked to see both of them. Phillip ran around the room, but Peanut Butter lay against my shoulder purring while I petted him. It made it easy to decide which one to get, but it wasn't easy deciding on a new name for him.
Bio: His mother was a stray who left him, his 2 brothers and one sister in someone's backyard. The homeowners brought them to a shelter, but then a rescue group took them and they were raised in a foster home. On Saturday, April 12, 2008, the rescue group held an adoption event at PetSmart and I found my orange lovebug.
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.
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.”