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post #31 of 42
Hey Katie, Sorry to hear things are a bit rough. Feel free to come here and "let it all go" anytime. Feel better soon.
post #32 of 42
Katie, as you know, it is a very tough job for those of us who rescue or deal with ferals. Although we wish we could, we can't just keep going and going and going. There comes a point where we have to say to ourselves, "Enough is enough, I need a break." I know it's hard but remember, you can't help those in need if you aren't 100% yourself. If you can, take some time to just be. It's a hard thing to do. You end up saying to yourself, "If I'm not trapping/rescuing/fostering who's going to do it?" You're not invincible though and it's better for you to take a few days or weeks off now than completely fall to pieces. I used to work and work and work with the kittens, sometimes only eating once in 24 hours or only getting three or four hours sleep in a day. At some point, I realised I was doing a disservice to the kittens by letting myself become so run down. I had to take a step back and tell myself it was OK to be 20 minutes late for a feed so I could have something to eat or it was OK to get that extra hour or two's sleep that I so desperately needed. So I guess what I'm saying to you is that, with all the other things happening for you at the moment as well, it's OK to take a break. We're all here for you.
post #33 of 42
Originally Posted by bossinova
Time, shmime. This is what we're here for! That's why everyone keeps replying to you...because we care! Please don't feel like you are taking up anyone's time. We are here to listen and offer kind words and thoughts. You've always been there for us...let us be here for you!
You took the words out of my mouth! (Did they taste good?)

Had to check in before turning in for the night, Katie -- spirits lifted at all? I hope so. Feel better soon.
post #34 of 42
Katie I have only just seen your thread. You work so hard and care for so many furbabes and people here. You go to the kitties rescue and you come to ours. It is bound to catch up with you. I think the crying is a natural release for all the tension and stress you must go through. Thank you for all the help and advice you have passed on to me so generously in the few months I have known you. Perhaps you need a bit of space and time for yourself amongst all this Katie. Burn out time is like catch up time, be as kind to yourself as you are to everyone else.Is there any chance of a small break away from everything, just for a short while, I know it's hard to let go, but it needn't be for long and then when you come back refreshed make sure you have some quality time for yourself hun. I wish I could come and give you a hug. This one will have to do.
post #35 of 42
Awww Katie i've just read this as well

I think of you all as personal friends and would like you to feel the same, all of you for that matter!.

If you want to talk babe you know theres always someone on the site no matter what time of the day it is, thats the beauty of being in different countries
post #36 of 42
I'm just seeing this, Katie. I am so sorry you have been having such a difficult time with so much stress. Thank you for sharing your feelings with us. You are such a wonderful person and the work you do for these sweet kitties is amazing! Never feel that you are taking up anyones time. That's why we are here. It is perfectly OK to cry and allow yourself to experience these feeings.
You are always here for us, please know that I am always here for you!
post #37 of 42
Hang in there sweetie. You'll be fine. We usually end up coming out stronger in these times of insanity! And believe me.... I have tons of those moments! (((HUG))) {And mzjazz2u doesn't hug much... not a hugger so if you get one, it's special}
post #38 of 42
don't want to show emotions....I don't want to expose my "humanness" to the world....but what else can I do?
Don't ever feel showing your emotions or humanness is a crime. If we didn't have these emotions, we wouldn't care so strongly about our furbabies and our friends and family or our causes.

Every post I read from you has caring all thru it. Accept the caring from us now. You're a good person. Its time to take care of that person.

post #39 of 42
Originally Posted by squirtle
I don't think you have offended anyone. I don't think you are seeing this right now, but every post you have ever made you are always looking out for the well being of our babies, the ones that can't speak for themselves. That is the first thing on your mind. You have seen firsthand what can happen to those babies and you do everything that you can to prevent it from happening to others. That is one of the first things I noticed about you. While it is true, you are one person, you can't save the world but I can promise you this, you make an impression on us all and you have touched the lives of so many. You do the best you can, if not more and you shouldn't think otherwise. Sit back and think of all the lives you have saved. All of the lives you have helped with the TNR program. And smile, you deserve it

If that doesn't say it all, I don't know what does!!!!!!!!!!!

Katie - the problem with "compassion" is that it comes with passion. You're obviously a very caring, compassionate person, but that comes with the flip-side of passion, and that means that you take things harder than other people do, and because you're intense and serious about your passions, they can more easily move and affect you - and others who don't take them as seriously can more easily anger or hurt you. It comes with the turf, and by loving so much, you'll find yourself getting hurt along the way. I wish it weren't so, but I wouldn't change one hair on that caring head of yours!

I just hope we can help you feel comforted, even if we can't help heal your pain. I also hope that you continue to find help, support and solice at TCS along with the lumps that sometimes come with it too.

(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((hugs!!!!!)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) ))))))))

post #40 of 42
I admit that I don't know you very well. But to see a wonderful person as yourself
so sad is awful. If you lived closer to me, I'd get a big tub of your favourite ice
cream, a big box of tissues, your favourite movie that we could watch if you wanted,
come over and give you a big hug, and listen to all you woes till you fall asleep.

All that's been said echoes my sentiments, but I found these
that I thought may cover anything else that has been left out:

RAINBOWS by Khahlil Gibran

If I could catch a rainbow
I would do it just for you.
And share with you it's beauty
On the days you're feeling blue.
If I could build a mountain
You could call your very own.
A place to find serenity
A place to be alone.
If I could take your troubles
I would toss them in the sea.
But all these things I'm finding
are impossible for me,
I cannot build a mountain
Or catch a rainbow fair
But let me be...what I know best,
a friend that's always there.

When God opened the window of the Heaven, He asked me: What is your wish for today ??? I said " Please take special care of the person reading this !!!!!!! "

Never say you're happy, when you are sad.
Never say you feel good, when you feel bad.
Never say you're fine, when your emotions dive.
And Never say you are alone, while I'm still alive.


When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit -
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things go wrong that you mustn't quit.


I hope today gets better for you.

Peace, Love, and Happiness, Always
post #41 of 42
Katie, I'm sorry to hear that you're bummed and stressed out. All of us know the feeling of having to have a "good cry". Hang in there.
post #42 of 42
Thread Starter 
Thank you all again...I woke up today and felt rather sick...so I called my rescue group and told them I wasn't coming to the event tonight....I feel bad.... I love spending time with the cats and talking to people about proper cat care etc. but I knew I needed a day. There are too many people to thank again....but you have all been the best!!

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