My name is Natascha, I’m a Catlady Blogger, living in Graz, Austria with my wonderful husband Ralph and our sweet cats. The kitties are 17 year-old siblings Samantha (cat in chief here) and Sonic (can’t hear, loves colourful flashy lights), 1 1/2 year-young siblings Lisa (high-speed cat) and Hero (3 legged boy, extremely intelligent, strong and climbs everything he wants). Check out more about them in their about section: Samantha, Sonic, Hero and Lisa.
Ralph is originally from the UK, served in the Royal Army Signal Corps, lived in Spain for about 10 years after retiring and now we live together in Austria. I was born in Austria, my Mum was born in Slovenia, (Ex-Yugoslavia) and my Dad’s side from Tyrol and Graz. My Mum thought it would be very important for my future to learn English alongside German in daily life while growing up, so both languages are natural to me. Despite living in a German-speaking country, my blog and social media are in English because it’s my main language in everyday life and because it’s understood by so many more people.
I started to blog mainly to hold on to memories that would otherwise fade, and as an outlet to get things out of my mind and into text. Over time, I got to know so many lovely people, fellow bloggers, readers and many of them became very close friends, whom I can’t imagine not having in my life now.
INTERESTS – Aside from everything related to cats, I am also passionate and interested in birds, nature, taking photos and videos of our life, as well as science and mechanics, learning about everything I don’t fully understand as much as I can. I always want to know how something works, no matter what it is.
I also follow what is going on politically and in society in Austria, the UK and the US, but also the world in general. I am not taking anything for a granted fact, just because it’s on the news and like to dig into everything to find out the truth.
I love listening to podcasts at night in bed, as well as listening to songs on Spotify and reading books about history, current issues and events, cats and novels.
MY HEALTH – In addition, this blog and the internet in general are such an important thing for me to connect with others socially, since I’ve been mostly at home due to my chronic pain. The discs in my spine are getting worse, as do my joints, but it’s the chronic migraines that are the issue that is restricting my life in so many ways. For example I will get a migraine with anything that even slightly increases my heart rate for a few minutes, or affects my eyes with light and shadow differences, blinking and/or flashing, countless smells, loud noises and as well as many other triggers. Even just leaving the home to shop for groceries is enough to trigger a migraine nearly every single time.
I love life though and I would not even want a different life, nor be a different person. Because without things being as they are, I would not be here with Ralph and the kitties, and would not have found so many wonderful friends through this blog.
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