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Spring is coming, cat sitting and Ralphs apartment in Spain

March 24, 2019
Samantha

This afternoon was warm enough to leave the balcony door and the windows open! I put up the protective cat net on the living room window as well! It’s lovely. The cats really enjoy being out on the balcony and getting some fresh air on the windows. Samantha took the chair for herself right away of course, and had a nap on it. But we have enough chairs.

Murli was out too, but first she had her nap on the stove this afternoon. Just like the other day, when I took the following picture.

March 21, 2019
Samantha and Murli

But after her nap and having some food, Murli got some sun as well.

I put our umbrella up on the balcony every day now, because it’s just so bright in the kitchen otherwise, which easily gives me migraines. But it’s lovely at the same time that it’s finally getting warm.

I just took these pictures before I started this post. The trees are blossoming and there are primroses and daisies and all kinds of other flowers on the lawn.

Samantha is doing a lot better now with her tummy. The chronic inflammation has gone down and she’s not throwing up (except for furballs sometimes) or having the runs.

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Samantha just before, waiting while I was preparing the kitties food. That’s how she sits and looks at me when it’s time for food. 

Murli is doing perfectly well too. Her mouth is healing without problems and she’s eating properly. The latest blood test results came back a few days ago and it shows that she’s doing very well. The thyroid meds are working and everything else is perfectly fine. But she’s going to have her milligrams for her thyroid medication reduced, since the blood test shows that it’s just slightly above the desired level now.

Sonic is still on his month long treatment with the tablets that help his immune system and he’s the usual happy boy he always is. His eyes aren’t as runny anymore and his nose is better too. But he’ll be getting some long term medication for his auto immune disorder after this round of tablets is done.

March 24, 2019
Samantha and Sonic after they just woke up

In all, the cats are happy and doing well!

Also, we had an idea…

As many will know, I had to stop working because my migraines and my joint condition had gotten so bad, that I just could not do it any longer. That was in 2012. My day to day life feels so much better, but even with just normal household chores and/or grocery shopping, I reach my limits regularly. Because it does not take much for something to feel physically exhausting to me. Yet I still wonder if there is anything I can do. Now with Murlis quite expensive medication, I felt that it would be great if I could at least earn that little bit with SOMETHING.

Then Ralph said I should be a cat sitter, since I am good with cats, including cats that don’t know me, and I just love everything that has to do with cats. I did think about it before, but I thought there are so many pet sitters/cat sitters, that I would not have much of a chance without official cat sitting experience.

Still, if there is something I can do and that I can do really well, then it’s dealing with cats. I can do it physically and should not reach my limit, even if I had to visit a home with cats once or twice a day. It’s just a bit different and does not require a long stretch of strenuous activity, and does not cause stress. Even if I do get a migraine while visiting a home to care for cats, then I just take my medicine and let it work, while I sit down to pet the cats, or brush them, or play with them, without having to move around a lot.

Anyway, I thought why not. It’s not going to hurt to try. So I used my FB account to make a page for myself, offering cat sitting for Graz. You might have seen it in my sidebar already. It’s in German since it’s for my local area. But I’ll put 2nd description on it, that will be in English, since there are also a lot of English speaking people living in Graz.

What I noticed so far, and expected anyway, is that people looking for someone to feed / care for their cats in their absence, are asking specifically for someone experienced in that job. I mean I’d be really picky too if I would look for someone coming into my home while I’m not there, to take care of my fur-babies. That person would have to be really trustworthy and nothing but kind to the cats.

So we will see what happens with that adventure 😄

And another thing…

Ralphs apartment in Spain still needs to be sold. After nothing really happened with people wanting to buy it, we knew we needed to do something. So the first thing I did was to create a blog to show case the apartment, since ads usually have a limit on photos and text. Maybe some sites where I can put up ads will allow me to link to it. It will probably take a while, but it would be such a relief for Ralph if the apartment is finally sold.

That’s it for now 😊 The kitties and myself wish you all a lovely Sunday! It’s already past 9pm here, so I’ll be off to bed in a bit.

Love and hugs, Natascha and the cats 😺😸😽

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April 16, 2017 at 10pm Murli gets her chicken at night (Video)

Easter Sunday at night… Murli gets one of her favorite foods… cooked chicken😸Of course she can’t wait!

Earlier that day: We had laid down for a nap, because I hadn’t slept well at all and was really tired by 10am. Murli curled up next to me like usual. But when I woke up again at around noon, I instantly noticed something was going on with Murlis left eye. She was rubbing her paw over her eye, and blinking it, and it was watering a bit. But the eye lids were slightly swollen as well. Which gave me a good scare right away, wondering what happened. The eye itself looked perfectly normal, and there was nothing sticky anywhere, and the whites of her eye were white and the eye clear and normal looking. It seemed to me that the constant rubbing over her eye must have caused the slight swelling. And I know how easily and quickly eyelids get swollen up.

But I still called up the Vet with the weekend and holiday shift, since all the regular Vet offices have closed over the weekend. He also thought she must have gotten something into her eye, which could be anything from a hair, dust, or even a irritating substance. I should come by the next morning if it didn’t get better.

An hour after initially noticing her problem, she suddenly had stopped rubbing and blinking. Nothing seemed to bother her anymore about her eye. As I looked closely, I could see that her tears had washed out a hair of her own fur, a long one too. Relieved, I hoped that was it and that her eye will be fine now. Thankfully it was, as by the time I did this video, the swelling had already gone down a good bit. By the next morning, the swelling was gone. Nothing bothered her anymore and her eye is fine. So it really was just that hair getting caught in her eye and not coming out quickly enough.

I also did this video, to show furends how she was doing that night after her eye problem. I’m so glad she’s fine and it wasn’t anything serious.

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December 24, 2016 at 6:30am on Christmas morning

Morning of the 24th 6:46am

Woke up pretty early, at 6:30am and I just could not sleep anymore. Wanted to finish putting up the last few decorations on the tree, like my birdies and a couple more baubles. It was still completely dark outside and so I switched the Christmas tree lights on 😺 Murli was still soooo sleepy in that picture!

Morning of the 24th 6:40am
6:40am, shortly after getting up. Only the lights on the tree were on.

Morning of the 24th 7:09am

After Murli had her breakfast, she relaxed while watching me finish decorating the tree.

This whole week our city was covered in a thick fog, and it’s the same today. But at the same time it’s pretty lovely, since the Christmas lights are on everywhere, including many windows where people put lights and decorations. It’s definitely more “Christmasy” this way, than last year, where we had sunshine and 20°C outside, where it felt like we’re in the middle of spring.

Have a lovely day for now everyone!❤️