Cat sit in Malta
My wife Kathy and I are retired detectives, having served with the Metropolitan Police in London. We've always had pets - dogs and cats - and currently own four cats, all of which live on the property and don't venture outside the confines.
We've been living in Malta for 25 years and have recently downsized our property in order to travel. I'm a keen golfer and ex-captain of the Royal Malta Golf Club. Temporary membership could be arranged, if required. Kathy has recently taken up creative writing....
Our daughter lives and studies in Australia, and John's two daughters from his first marriage live in London. He also has two grand daughters. + More info
Our Home & Location
Our house, in an alley, is set over three fours with a reasonably large room on each.
It isn't grand or luxurious but is homely and very comfortable.
You enter through a tiny porch into the main living area (photos attached). At the far end of the room is a stone staircase which is rather steep (photographs attached) and should be taken into consideration when considering whether to apply for sitting. Also there's a small office space, an air conditioning unit and a doorway leading to a balcony overlooking the yard.
The stairs lead down to the bedroom, shower room area and up to the kitchen and dining area (photos of both attached).
As you'll see from the photos, it's a quirky property requiring little maintenance. The living room has two large settees, a small office area with internet (wifi throughout), cable TV with a DVD player and a large selection of DVDs.
The kitchen is equipped with an air conditioning unit, a gas hob and oven, large fridge/freezer, dish washer, tumble drier, microwave and an electric water heater under the sink. There's a dining table and three chairs and a breakfast bar with two stools. There's also a small toilet and hand basin beyond the dining area. Off the kitchen is a terrace with table and six chairs with a partial view of the bay and Kalkara bastions. This is ideal for eating outside....
The bedroom has an extra spacious king size bed, a large shower area and hand basin, with a geyser to heat the water.
There's also a small separate toilet area with tiny hand basin and a washing machine. It's a cool, dark room but has plenty of lighting and there is a fan (as well as a wall heater for winter). There's a yard off the bedroom area where Button and Jasper, our outdoor cats, live.
It's a five minute walk to the closest beach and a two minute walk to the harbour, local shops and restaurants.
Malta is a unique fortress island which was a UK colony for over 150 years. Driving is on the left, English is widely spoken and the sun shines almost every day of the year. It is hot in summer and is typically in the mid 30s but has been known to rise to 40+ on occasions. The capital, Valletta, is European capital of the year 2018.
Our house is quietly situated in one of the older, typically Mediterranean villages, Kalkara, and from the top floor has glimpses over the bay. A fifteen walk around the bay takes you to the ferry and a ten minute ride to Valletta. It operates from early morning to midnight each day during summer with reduced hours in winter. The Maltese are friendly and welcoming and Malta has much to offer, particularly for those interested in history. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
To look after our four cats; two indoors, Minnie and Mitzi, and two (rescue) cats, Button and Jasper, living outside in the yard in their own houses with a separate covered toilet area.
The cats need little, other than food twice daily, fresh water and a litter change. Button is friendly once he knows gets to know you and loves a cuddle but Jasper is extremely reserved - still almost feral.
Minnie and Mitzi love company and will sit on your lap at every opportunity. They are a little jealous of one another and can have the odd spat but nothing serious....
As well as watering our few plants, ( a couple outside the front door, some on the balcony, in the yard and on the terrace) and keeping the house clean and tidy, you'll have plenty of time to explore Malta and its sister island, Gozo. + More info
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