March 3rd 2014 6:08 am
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The Community is still here.
Our friends are still here.
Catster selected me as a Daily Diary Pick today.
Life is good!
March 2nd 2014 11:55 am
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Here we are in March and we still have our snowflake backgrounds up. Ever since the bio field flea attack last December when Catster backgrounds were getting eaten up and disappearing, we haven't dared to touch our bio fields. Better to have some snowflakes up than nothing at all.
Usually we have our St. Paddy's Day backgrounds up by now, but it's okay, we can live with snowflakes for awhile. It seems appropriate to have snowflakes in March given the wild and crazy winter weather we have had. Catifornia is having the hottest driest winter Mom can ever remember. They say our state is in the worst drought in 100 years. It seems the rest of the country is freezing and buried under huge amounts of snow. We did get a pretty good storm this past week, but not enough to ease the drought. We need lots more rain.
Tomorrow is March 3rd and we still don't know what will become of Catster. We hope it will still be here, but we are prepared for anything to happen. It seems awfully quiet here, we're not sure if anyfur is still around.
Hope everycat is having a great Sunday.
January 19th 2014 12:05 pm
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Mom began the painstaking task of saving all our Catster stuff early this morning. She had been thinking for a long time that she needed to make memory photo books for each cat in our family, and today she started to organize all our pictures to get the photo books started.
She has literally thousands of digital cat photos saved on her computer and on CDs, but had not organized any of our stuff by individual cat until today. She made folders for each one of us and started saving all our birthday, Gotcha Day, DDP, COTD, and other important life events in the folders so she can make hard copies of everything.
Daddy keeps walking in the room while she is working on saving our Catster pages and asks what the tears are all about. He doesn't understand how heartbreaking it is for us to be losing our Community. We have made friends with some of you on Facebook and we are grateful that we will have that connection with some of you, but there are still many of you who have no intention of joining FB, and we respect that decision. I think that is what hurts the most, losing that connection. The Catster Community has always been a very unique and special place for us, there's no other place like it in our opinion.
Well, better get back to saving more photos. How are all our Catster pals doing today?
January 17th 2014 3:56 pm
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Like many of you, we are heartbroken that our beloved Catster Community will soon be going away. This March would have marked 5 years for us on Catster, and in that time we have been so very fortunate to meet the most awesome pawsome kitties and their humans we could ever possibly imagine - all of you. It's hard for us to believe that we won't be able to come here anymore to play, laugh, socialize, and support each other.
Thank you to each and every one of you for the love and support you have shown us over the years. We have laughed and cried with so many of you and will miss seeing your new photos, reading your diaries, visiting our groups, and celebrating all the Birthdays, Gotcha Days, Bridge Anniversaries, holidays, and other special occasions.
If you are not already friends with us on Facebook, please either post a comment here or pawmail us and we'll give you our FB info. We don't go to FB nearly as much as Catster, but sadly that will have to change when our beloved Catster goes away.
Because Catster keeps getting invaded by spammers, we don't want to post too much personal info here, but we would love to exchange email addresses with our furiends so we can keep in touch - please let us know so we can send you our contact info.
Luke, Tully, Sammy, and Natasha, and Mom Kelly
October 18th 2013 6:20 pm
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The happiest day in a kitty’s life is our Gotcha Day, don’t you think? It’s kind of a bittersweet day for our Mom because it also reminds her of the kitty she lost just before she adopted us, our angel brofur Carlos. He was a handsome tuxie like me, black and white, with beautiful green eyes. Dad named him Carlos, after guitarist Carlos Santana, one of Mom and Dad’s favorite musicians who is also from the Bay Area where we live.
Carlos stopped eating one day and Mom was heartbroken to find out that he had a large mass in his belly that turned out to be lymphoma. It was far too advanced to do anything to prolong his life, and he went to the Rainbow Bridge a couple of weeks later at the young age of nine. Mom cried and cried everyday for several weeks. She started thinking that she better find another cat soon because it was just too painful to be inside the house and not have a cat sleeping, eating, or playing somewhere close by. “Kitties make a house a home” our Mom likes to say.
She started looking on the Internet for cats to adopt through local rescue groups and the SPCA. A picture popped up one day of two black and white cats. I have to admit that Tully and I were pretty darn cute as kittens and it was hard not to stop and take a second look at our photo. Mom got on her email right away and sent a message to the rescue group – “are Lucas (my original name) and Tully still available for adoption”? Within a few minutes a reply came back. Mom’s heart skipped a beat. “Yes, they are. If you are interested in adopting them, please fill out the attached application.” Mom filled it out immediately and sent it right back. It was quite lengthy and asked a lot of questions, but Mom knew they were just trying to screen people and find out if she was really serious about adopting us. Mom passed the first step. Next, our foster Mom wanted to bring us by the house to meet if that was okay. Of course Mom said yes. We came over one evening after Mom and Dad got home from work. Foster Mom brought our carrier inside the house and out popped me and Tully. I immediately started roaming around the living room sniffing and exploring every nook and cranny. Dad thought I was a cool looking cat. He loved my markings, especially the big black spots near my nose and under my chin. I acted very confident and it was no surprise to my pawrents that I turned out to be the alpha cat and later king of the house. Dad still calls me “The King,” MOL.
Tully hid underneath the TV console where the DVD player and other electronic stuff are. He stared at Mom long and hard with eyes that looked a little frightened but also inquisitive as if asking “well, lady, are you going to adopt us?” That’s when Mom knew in her heart that we were "the ones."
The rescue groups in our area don’t normally like to adopt right on the spot, they like you to wait at least a day or two after you meet so you can think about it decide if it’s a good match. Mom and Dad were planning to go away on vacation in the next few days so Mom asked if we could stay with foster Mom until they returned. Foster Mom said she would bring us to the adoption fair near our house the following Saturday, and if Mom still wanted us, we would be waiting for her.
You can read Tully’s diary and find out about our first few nights in our forever home, but we adapted to our new home and bonded pretty quickly with Mom and with Dad. We always remember and thank our guardian angel, Carlos, on our Gotcha Day because without him, we would never have found this forever home.
Thank you to all our friends who stopped by to celepurrate this happy day with us!
August 1st 2013 6:20 pm
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Mom saw this article the other day called “10 Signs Your Kitty Actually Loves You.” Tully, Sammy, and Natasha do some of the things on this list, but Mom says I win the Love Bug prize paws down. I do every single thing that is listed here – I guess that makes me the ultimate Love Bug:
1. Head butting – I like to do this to Mom and to Dad. Every night when they are sitting in the living room, I walk in front of each of them and butt my head up against their legs, feet, anywhere I can touch them with my head and get their attention. Sometimes I leap into the air to butt my head against them.
2. Powerful purrs – Mom calls me her “purr machine.” Sometimes I purr so loudly in her ear, it’s hard for her to concentrate on what she’s doing. She always stops what she’s doing and starts giving me love rubs and neck scritches when she hears my mighty purrs.
3. Love bites – I love to nibble on Mama’s arm or face, not too hard, just enough to get her attention. Sometimes I bite her nose or forehead just enough to tickle. Mom calls these Lukey kisses.
4. Tail twitching - Mom says I have one of the biggest fluffiest tails she has ever seen, and I twitch it often. I love to strut my stuff!
5. Tummy up – several times a day I like to roll over on the carpet and expose my furry belly or roll over in my cat bad to get Mom’s attention…rub my belly - please!
6. Licking your hair or ears – not only do I lick Mama’s hair and ears, I like to lick her nose, her forehead, anywhere I can on her face. I’ve done this since I was a wee kitten, and it’s one of the reasons Mom calls me her “puppy cat.” Sometimes I act more like a dog than a cat – MOL, or is it BOL?
7. Kneading – I’ve always enjoyed “making biscuits” or kneading on Mom’s lap, on the blanket next to her in bed, or in my cat bed next to her on the couch. You’re never too old to act like a kitten. I also drool when I knead – hehehe.
8. Slow blinking – they say cats kiss with their eyes. I love to gaze at Mom while she’s sitting next to me on the couch and give her little kisses with my eye blinks.
9. Nap time – what’s better than snuggling next to your human when it’s time to take a nap? Humans are the ultimate cat warmer.
10. Gifting – I haven’t killed any live animals, but I sometimes take my catnip banana and drop it at Mom’s feet. I love my banana and will only share it with my Mom.
How many things on this list do you do?
Lukey the Love Bug
April 4th 2013 5:28 pm
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Mom finally had time to sit down and help me type my answers for the Spring Tag game. Thank you Samhain for asking me to play!
Five Things I Love About Spring:
1. Open windows – it’s like watching big screen TV in hi-def.
2. Bird watching – who can resist watching those little critters in action? They build nests, they dive bomb each other, and they are very interesting to watch. The only thing better would be Bird Tasting!
3. Going outside in the backyard and eating those succulent blades of grass – only problem is that the grass blades often come back up after I’ve swallowed them – yack!
4. Shrimp on the Barbie. Usually the peeps make us chicken, but occasionally we get shrimp, too. Nothing better than a backyard barbecue!
5. Longer days, more sunshine, and more outdoor time – we all love it, even the peeps seem happier.
If you haven't yet played, consider yourself tagged!
March 10th 2013 10:48 am
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Guess what furiends? Today marks four years that we have been on Catster ~ WOW! Where did the time go? Tully and I were not quite a year old when Mom first found Catster and made us pages. Now we are almost 5 years old, so we’ve practically grown up on Catster.
We've had lots of fun times here. I’ve been reflecting on these past years and thinking about all the reasons why we have loved being here and why we still enjoy being here.
Here is our Top 10 List of reasons we still love Catster:
#10 – Friends - We have made so many awesome pawsome friends on this website, so many kitties and their humans who have touched our lives in so many ways. Our Mom has even met some other Catster Moms in purrson. Kitties across the U.S., in Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, all over the world – where else can you meet so many furtastic people united in their love for cats?
#9 – Diaries – We have always enjoyed reading Catster diaries, that’s one of the reasons Mom got addicted to Catster in the first place. Funny, poignant, entertaining diary entries are always enjoyable to read. Sometimes the diaries are sad, especially when a friend is sick and journeys to the Bridge. We’ve probably cried as much as we’ve laughed over the diaries, but it’s how we stay connected to many of our friends.
#8 – Catster Honors – even though we are not as active on this site as we once were, all of us have enjoyed the honors bestowed on us – Cat of the Day, Diary of the Day, and Daily Diary Picks. We have received many beautiful mementos over the years from Catster pals celebrating our birthdays, Gotcha Days, and Catster honors – we will always treasure these wonderful memories.
#7 – World’s Coolest Dog and Cat Show – it’s a crying shame that it’s no longer around, but when Catster and Dogster held its annual photo contest with different categories such as Playful, Outdoors, Sleeping, etc. we loved looking over the photo entries and casting votes for our favorites – we even entered a few photos of our own in the contest. We really miss it and wish Catster would bring it back.
#6– Zach’s Parties – Our buddy Zach loves to throw parties in his diary, and we have enjoyed going to a few of them ~ we’ll never forget his Mardi Gras party, that one was over the top!
#5 – Samoa’s Dreamboat List – Tully and I were honored to make Samoa’s Official Dreamboat List in 2011 and Sammy was named a Dreamboat in Training in 2012. It’s always nice to get attention, especially from the ladies!
#4 – Free Gifts – We love, love, love when Catster has free gifts in the gift shop. With 4 cats in our family, our monthly zealie allotment is never enough. We love to be able to send birthday wishes, Gotcha Day, Bridge Day, and special honor rosettes and gifts to ALL our friends, but sadly we always run out every month and cannot always send a gift when we’d like to. I hope Catster continues to have free gifts, especially on or around holidays so we can send some love to our Catster pals.
#3 – Forums – we don’t visit the forums as much as we used to, but Mom has learned so much about feline health, nutrition, behavior and so much more, through the Catster forums – lots of great info and sharing of information there.
#2 –Groups – We have joined many groups on Catster over the years, unfortunately some of them are no longer active, but we always find the groups to be a fun and safe haven where we can see familiar faces, share a few laughs, and hang out with our friends.
#1 – Friends – This will always be the top reason we love Catster - the love and support we’ve received from our Catster pals has been the #1 reason we’ve hung around for 4 years and hope to be around for many more!
December 23rd 2012 10:13 am
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I thought I’d give my Mom some grey hairs last week by acting lethargic, not eating, and vomiting on the bedroom carpet in the middle of the night. Mom has never seen me as sick as I was, and it really worried her. She took me to see our Vet Lady the very next day who wanted to look in my ears and mouth, squeeze my belly, listen to my heart and lungs, and stick that dreaded thermometer up my bum ~ sheesh. She asked us all kinds of questions. Were there Christmas decorations, tinsel, or anything new in the house I might have gotten into and eaten? Nope. Did we change food recently? Nope, nothing Mom could think of. I acted as though I had a really bad case of the flu.
Vet Lady said I had a fever and probably an infection going on, inflammation in my belly, or maybe both. She told Mom we could start conservative with medications and fluids and see how I do over the next couple of days. If I wasn’t feeling any better, I could come back for an ultrasound and some blood work. I forgave Vet Lady for sticking that thermometer up my bum after she said I was very handsome and had “gorgeous whiskers.”
The past few days have been up and down for me, with occasional bouts of throwing up, but I am finally starting to eat a little more and show signs of improvement. I even jumped up on the bed this morning and licked Daddy on the nose, a definite sign I am feeling more like my old self. Thank you to every buddy who pawmailed and sent me POP and purrs. We really appreciate all the love and caring from our pals.
September 22nd 2012 7:10 am
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Since I woke Mom up at the crack of dawn this morning, she’s been up for several hours now drinking coffee and looking out the front window watching all the leaves drop off the tree in the front yard. It reminded her to change our Catster page backgrounds to fall themes - no more beaches of Santa Cruz, surfboards, and waves washing up on the shore. Summer is over and fall has definitely arrived.
When Mom changed our backgrounds, she moved some of our photos around and guess what? Every single caption is missing from my photos, all 164 of them. Darn fleas. I am meowless, I don’t know when we’ll be able to rewrite all my photo captions. Hope everyfur is having a beautiful Caturday and enjoying the fall leaves.
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