Our four fabulous, social, loving kitties would love to spend a week with some nice cat loving people (or person) at our sweet little country house in Frigiliana, Spain. We live on a country road, about 5 minutes from the village of Frigiliana. It’s a peaceful, beautiful place, surrounded by avocado and olive trees, with a view of the ocean and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
My husband and I rescued our fur babies in Brazil, on the day they were born. Their mother, a feral cat, had been injured somehow and came to our yard for respite. We did not know that she was pregnant. We offered her water and peace to relax. We could barely tell that she was injured and she did not want us close to her. We left her alone and checked on her every 10 minutes or so. One check revealed a newborn kitten (Will), so we fixed up a box and scooped them both up. The hours that followed had us helping her to deliver the other three kittens! She could not care for her babies, so we did. We had her seen by a few different vets and they all said there was nothing to be done. She, sadly, did not survive. We hand raised the kitties from about 12 hours of life. We are all very bonded and connected. We love to travel and our top priority is having someone who will enjoy them and care for them (and watch out for them) while we are away. We have just moved here, to Spain, from the United States, just a few weeks ago! We have to return to the United States to get our visas from the consulate there, and the kitties will be here needing someone to stay with them and keep them safe and happy. This has been a big move for them (for all of us) and we hate to leave them so soon (about 6 weeks), so we are looking for someone who really wants to hang out with them and keep them company as well as taking care of their needs, and who will enjoy the peace and beauty out here in the country (it is about 5 minutes to get into Frigiliana and another 15 minutes down the hill to Nerja and the beaches).
Our Home & Location
We live in Frigiliana, which is a lovely village (very pedestrian friendly) perched in the hills along the Sierra Nevada national park. There are a lot of hiking and walking trails here, truly a hiking paradise. We are new here, so we have yet to figure it all out. Our house is out in the country amongst the avocado and olive groves. It is quiet and beautiful, with a view of the ocean. We love to enjoy meals outside, listening to the bees buzzing and the birds singing. The beach is in Nerja, just 15 minutes down the hill. There is a small store in Frigiliana, and lots of bigger grocery stores, etc in Nerja. There is a weekly market on Thursdays in Frigiliana and Tuesday market in Nerja. The house is a decent sized country house, with avocado, and some fruit, trees. There is a large tiled terrace and pool (not heated, but great on a warm day). There is an upstairs deck that is set up as our catiary, an outside refuge for the kitties where they cannot get out, but can still get into the sunshine and fresh air. The road is rough but not requiring an off road vehicle. It is paved concrete, but a country road. There is wifi internet and television with Spanish channels only. It's quite peaceful out here. There is an outdoor bbq - which we have not yet used. The kitchen inside is small but complete and is continuous with the living room and dining area. There are lots of places to sit, enjoy, eat, relax outside as well. There are two bedrooms downstairs. The kitties love to sleep with us - and they will love to sleep with you, if that is something that you welcome. Otherwise, there is the second bedroom (or upstairs) where you can close the door at night. You can pick avocados from the trees immediately around the house and have fresh, delicious avocados! There are also lemons getting ready. The upstairs has two small bedrooms with two twin beds each. One is our daughter's room and the other a guest room. All the beds are made up and ready to go.
Responsibilities & Pets
The kitties need to be fed 3x per day plus a nighttime snack. One of them has a small stomach and cannot eat much at a time, so we devised this feeding schedule to which they are all accustomed. They need to have water bowls cleaned and refreshed daily, and their boxes scooped 2-3x per day. They are strictly indoor cats and it is imperative that they do not get out, so you have to be diligent and careful (and dedicated to keeping them in, because sometimes one or two of them will get eager and start making efforts to escape). The front door here, is a big heavy door that has to be locked to be closed, so it's a bit of a dance at first, to keep it closed and be going in and out, but it's easy to learn and manage. The cats are accustomed to human company, and are happy just having us around, even when they're doing their own thing. They are very loving and curious and social. The boys are snuggle bugs, total lovers. The girls are a little more aloof. They are very loving when they want to be, and otherwise just do their own thing. Being a calico and a tortie, they both have a bit of an attitude, but all the kitties always do really well with their sitters. They are well loved by all who have spent time with them. I know that, even though they miss us, they will enjoy the time without their little brother - my 21 month old son - yelling and running around. The house is fairly low maintenance, just sweeping, as the dust accumulates quickly out in the country. We keep the outside reasonably swept, and you might need to throw a chlorine tablet into the pool, or add a little water with the hose. We will "top off" all pool maintenance before we leave and it will be no problem.
May 2017 | Bernd