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Our last weeks of December 2019

Hello my absolutely wonderful friends! It took me all that time to finish my post… Unbelievable, but our days just have been that way, where I can’t get anything finished, because so many other things had to be done.

I really have to thank you all again, just so that you know how much all of your kind messages and comments mean to me and how thankful I am for all that support and love.

December 18, 2019

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In the morning of December 18, 2019, little boy Hero had his neutering surgery. Everything went well and he did not seem to be in any pain at all. Just a bit tired and so he basically went to sleep not long after we arrived back home. Since we didn’t sleep much that night, we all just went to have a rest… Ralph, I and the cats in the bed.

At some point, I got woken up because my phone rang. It was the Crematory in Gleisdorf, where my sweet Murli had been cremated. Gleisdorf is a little less than half an hour away by car, depending on traffic. I was informed that I can pick up her Urn whenever I want. So I quickly looked up the times for the trains going to the town and told them I would arrive the next day at 11am. The Crematory is close to the train station.

December 19, 2019

In the morning, one of the first things I did was to finally free poor Samantha from her cone. I wanted her to be free of it and able to go to the toilet herself while I was gone for a few hours, to pick up Murli’s Urn in Gleisdorf.

Samantha simply looked exhausted after two weeks with the cone.

Samantha after I removed her cone

Thankfully the train I had to take was one of the local trains, which stop at all the stations, including the one that’s near our home, so I didn’t have to go all the way to the main train station in Graz. It’s not even 5 minutes from us with my bicycle.

The train ride itself lasts about 30 minutes, but it feels much shorter. It goes through the countryside with lots of woods and is really lovely. The train arrived a few minutes before 11am and I walked straight to the close by Pet-Crematory.

The Crematory Murli was cremated at

I thought I took many more photos from in front of the Crematory, but it seems the photos never saved on my phone. Something went wrong, which had probably more to do with the state I was in.

The sweet Lady I had already talked to one the one a few times greeted me as I walked in. It’s beautiful there. Much more beautiful than the Crematory for humans I’ve been to. It feels comforting as soon as you walk in. Friendly and warm. Not to mention that the people I had talked to and the sweet young man who picked up Murli, have been amazing. So understanding and kind. I knew about them for years and so I knew who to contact right away on the morning of Murli’s passing.

The Lady brought me to the room with Murli’s Urn. As soon as I got there, I greeted her as I always did with “Hey baby” and started crying right away. For quite a while. But they were just so kind there. They leave you alone, or stay with you, however you wish. You can also stay as long as you feel you need to before you leave with the Urn.

Murli’s little urn. The certificate has all the information of the cremation on it, as well as my and Murli’s personal info. I also kept the rose and dried it. It’s now with Murli’s urn.
Murli’s fur and her paw print on a ceramic heart

They offer to create a paw print on a ceramic and let you decide on the shape of it. I wanted it to be a heart, and the paw print in black, since Murli is a panfur with black paws. I had also asked them for some of Murli’s fur, back when I chose the Urn and paw print.

The Lady helped me to pack it up carefully, making sure it’s safe during my little travel back home. We also talked for a while, as she has cats herself and knows what it all feels like.

And so with Murli’s Urn safely with me, I went to catch the next train home. It definitely feels better now to have her urn back home with us.

It’s still going to be very difficult for quite a while, but that’s what I deal with within my own mind and soul. I want to be my normal and happy self for the other furkids, Samantha, Sonic, Lisa and Hero.

Everyone of you knows what it is like, so I don’t need, or even want to write about the sadness. Instead I want to remember and be grateful for every year, every day I got to spend with Murli my life. Murli was happiness, empathy, love and warmth all packed into a beautiful feline. All the kitties loved her right away. They all felt comfortable around her. When Hero and Lisa first came to us, and they were still absolutely frightened, they were for some reason feeling relaxed and less scared when they were near Murli. Her soul is alive and well and my bond with her will remain forever. I’m so grateful for my life with my beloved little family, which Murli will always remain part of.


We worried a lot about Samantha too, as she was really unhappy with her cone. Also, we think any movement for her felt uncomfortable, since the cut was really deep, since the Vet had to make sure to get everything during her surgery, to make sure weird growth can restart in that spot.Β  Samantha was on pain meds of course, but it might still have been uncomfortable in some way.

Me feeding Samantha with chicken, the only thing she would eat

Thankfully I was able to keep Samantha healthy during the whole two weeks with her cone; feeding her, giving her water with a syringe and carrying her to the toilet and everywhere else she wanted to be usually. Since she only ate chicken breast, I had to give her a supplement paste in the right amount, to make sure she still gets all the important nutrients and vitamins. When the day came to remove her stitches, Samantha was put on the scale and checked out properly. To my amazement, she had not lost any weight during that time and was well hydrated! The hydration was what I had worried about the most. I knew how much water an adult cat needs every day, and I tried my best to get as close to it as possible. Apparently it’s 50ml for every kg of body-weight.

Samantha started recovering from her ordeal and is doing really well again now. Her scar is healing up great! It’s wonderful to see her happy again.

Samantha now


To do something fun for the cats, I bought a little Christmas tree just for the balcony, so the cats have something interesting to smell at and investigate. They are only out for a few minutes at a time together with us, since it’s way too cold.

Lisa (left) and Sonic
Lisa is a little hidden on the left and Hero

The other decoration I had on the living room window, had been on there since the beginning of December. But I kept candles burning ever since the day Murli had passed. That’s what this window looks like:

Later I also put up a tiny little Christmas tree which I decorated and put somewhere Lisa and Hero can’t get to. Samantha and Sonic never tried anything too silly with our Christmas trees anyway.


I bought that little tree where I had bought the bigger one for the balcony. It still smells lovely! Just for fun and because the cats need some decoration they like, I added some colourful mousies as well. Everyone got some nice Christmas gifts and tasty food. The weather station you can see behind the toys is what I got from Ralph for Christmas, since I’ve been wanting one for many years. It’s awesome!

Toy mouse Christmas Decoration
Hero trying to decide which toy to play with now

The cats are having fun with their new toys!

Hero got to see the rail with the ball first, as the others were still sleeping

Hero and Lisa are great at playing together!

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Sonic and Hero

New Years

Their new toy was quite helpful in trying to distract the cats from all the noise from the fire crackers and fire works at midnight on new years eve! Sonic of course was not worried anyway, since he can’t hear, but Samantha, Hero and Lisa were worried. Though we did quite well in calming them down and making them feel safer. Luckily, it’s not as crazy where we are. It would be a different story right in the city centre.

I didn’t even look at the fire works, and instead stayed with the cats, comforting them.

The last sunset of 2019 was absolutely beautiful.

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And there we are, another year gone by. Actually, a whole decade gone by. But it does not feel like it’s been so long. Despite how fast the time goes by, I am thankful for every second of it. Every moment I got to spend with everyone I love. I am holding on and loving every moment I can spend with Ralph, Samantha, Sonic, Hero and Lisa. And I’m thankful for every single friend I found through posting about Murli and about our life now.

Thank you all for every lovely word of yours and for continuing to visit, despite me not being able to keep up with my replies lots of times. Though I do read and appreciate every single one of them and I’ll reply, even if I’m late.

Ralph, the cats and myself, wish everyone of you happiness for the new year. Wishing good health and wellbeing for human and furry friends, and may everyone be able to spend as much time as they want and can with their loved ones.

Lots of love from us, and purrs from the kitties!

Lisa and Hero with the red light of the sunset

26 thoughts on “Our last weeks of December 2019

    1. Aww, thank you! We wish you a happy 2020 as well! Yes, a new decade again! Decades seem to go by so fast now that I am older! Years are flying past like nothing. I wish they would feel much longer, as I love every day of life with my family. It seems like it is meant to be a lovely new year, with Lisa and Hero coming into our life so short before 2019 was over. So I’m hopeful! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you! πŸ’• Yes, it’s the most difficult thing when they leave. They’ll be with us forever in our hearts and minds. No matter how many more years will go by in my life, the love I have for every sweet cat of mine, will never fade, and I’ll miss them just the same. Though at the same time, there is a new year, with sweet Hero and Lisa in our lives. These two haven’t even been alive a year yet, as they’re about 7 months now.
      I wish the new year will bring something beautiful and healing for you, after losing your beloved kitty boys. I wish your heart will feel a little bit lighter again at some point, just like I hope mine will. It’s going to take time. Sending love and hugs and wishing you all the very best for 2020! πŸ’•

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    1. Yes, it feels good to have Murli’s urn home with us. It was really important to me.
      Wishing you all the very best for the new year! May it be a happy and good year and a great new decade for you.πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’• And thank you for always stopping by and leaving your sweet comments. You are awesome! πŸ’•

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    1. Les chats sont tout simplement merveilleux. Je me lie beaucoup avec eux. Ils sont de la famille πŸ™‚ Merci de toujours visiter mon blog! Et merci d’avoir laissΓ© des commentaires si amicaux! Nous vous souhaitons une bonne annΓ©e 2020! J’espΓ¨re que ce sera une bonne nouvelle dΓ©cennie! Passez une bonne soirΓ©e! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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    1. It is difficult to go into a new year without my sweet girl Murli, but at the same time, it was like Hero and Lisa came into my life at the time they did, because it was just meant to be. Their love and the love from Ralph, Samantha, Sonic and all wonderful friends, is helping me heal my sad heart.
      I hope it will be a happy year, without loss and sadness.

      We wish you all the very best for the new year, and the new decade! Hope it will be happy and beautiful times for you.
      Love & big hugs! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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  1. It is good to hear updates on all of you. You sound poised for a great 2020 which is what I wish for you. Your last picture is purrfect for saying goodbye to 2019. Β‘Feliz AΓ±o Nuevo! πŸŽ‰

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    1. Thank you! It’s sad to go into a new year without my girl Murli, and it’s still so difficult inside of me. But at the same time, I’m so lucky and I’m receiving so much love from everyone, it’s helping so much, and I keep my head up and enjoy having my little family of Ralph and the cats. It’s going to be beautiful, watching Lisa and Hero grow up and discover new things. I’m looking forward to spring and summer with them!
      Yes, Lisa and Hero were truly purrfect with that picture, saying goodbye to 2019! They have only been alive for 7 months 😊

      I’m also looking forward to update as much as I can on my blog.

      Thank you for always visiting and leaving such wonderful comments. I’m happy to know you thanks to Ralph! We wish you a happy 2020 and all the best for the new decade! Hope it will be a peaceful and beautiful time for all of us.

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m so lucky to have my little family, it’s really all I need in the world. You are right, Murli will always be with me. The love I’m surrounded by, is helping me cope and we’re doing fine now. I already know 2020 is going to be lovely, because I get so watch Hero and Lisa grow up!

      We wish you a happy 2020! May it be a great year and a happy, peaceful decade for everyoneπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you!!! We wish you all the best for 2020! May it be a happy and beautiful new year for you and your wife!
      And thank you for always leaving such kind comments! I’m happy to know you thanks to Ralph!

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  2. Dear Natascha, not easy life… not easy, but the good part, memories are with us. I know, I can feel you dear, but life goes on. I wish you All, Happy New Year, Love and Hugs, nia

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  3. What a touching & heartfelt post Natascha! I cried seeing Murli’s urn…reminded me of losing P SH & Nylablue & Mingflower. Then I watched Lisa & Hero’s video & continued to cry but the tears were happier….I am so glad you got Murli’s ashes. I so wish I;d done this for myself with Purrince Siddhartha Henry. Him being buried @ the Farm did not work out as I thought it would. But the deed is done. I DID visit P SH’S grave Christmas Day. I waited til I was alone & wept my heart out. They leave their paw prints on our hearts don’t they?
    Sorry it has taken so long to get to visit you….being hacked was a real PAIN!! Eleven days w/out PC was like a lifetime!
    So glad to be back.
    All our ❀ ❀ Sherri-Ellen & purrsss BellaDharma

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  4. Happy New Year to you both and all the fur babys. Murli’s urn and paw print is beautiful and will be a comfort, I hope, to you both. Beautiful sunset. We had a frosty New Year’s morning when it was almost too cold for our dog, Dante to go outside. He hurried, did his business and ran back inside. I wish you all health, happiness and prosperity for the coming year. xxx

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