Long term housesit anytime in December – February (2mth flex) in Majorca SPAIN – Cat Sanctuary
The owner is offering recompense for your support – e.g. meals, local AirBnB if you find the number of cats in the accommodation a challenge. Also the care/ duties will only take mornings & evenings (after week 1). Afternoons are free. Owner’s car available for use.
DO YOU LOVE CATS..? Then we’d value your help at the cat sanctuary in Majorca!
Our Cat Sanctuary is looking for a person to run it as the owner needs back surgery. The dates of the operation are flexible at the moment, and we’ll work around your availability,however, the operation is urgent so the sooner the better. After the operation, the owner wont be allowed to bend or go down on her haunches for 4wks. We need housesitter/s to help from just before to approx 6weeks after the operation. In the first 4 weeks the owner will not be able to help with chores but will be on hand for guidance.
The Sanctuary came to be as the owner spent 10 years+ catching street cats for spaying/ neutering. The goal is to implement the CNR system, catch, neuter, return. However, they are not always returned due to illness, disability, old age, safety etc.
SCALE OF SANCTUARY
There are many many cats and as they do not pass through, this is their forever home. The property is 19000 sqm and the cats are enclosed with a cat proof fence of about 2000 sqm. The cats have freedom to enter the house, 120 sqm, not all of them do as they are too timid and will sleep on a half covered patio on outdoor furniture. There is a rug and baskets inside and in winter they gather close to the wood burning stove. There is no central heating.
They eat a late breakfast and dinner. There is no washing of plates or bowls as the plates are plastic and washed in the dishwasher and because they drink bottled water everyday new water bowls are cut from the bottles and the old thrown away.
There is a laundry room at the back of the house. House shoes are worn as opposed to street shoes and a lot of disinfectant cleaning takes place. It is always a precautionary procedure because of the numbers. If it rains there are a lot of muddy foot prints to contend with.
Being an enclosed area there is cat faeces to pick up everyday from the garden and there are 3 cats boxes inside the house. This is important.
Some of the cats get immune boosting treats in the morning due to various conditions and if need be antibiotics have to be administered.
The rules of the Sanctuary are there is no fighting allowed and they don’t. One cat does like to fight and he is on relaxing tablets, stay away from human food and no sneezing , re the domino effect.
They vary in ages from 6 months to an estimated 16 years old and share the common factor of all coming from similar backgrounds. Every cat has a story and a name and though it would be impossible to learn all their names it would be nice if someone could learn some as they do all know their names and I think they’d be more relaxed around a stranger if they heard the knowledge of the their names.
The cats also vary from sitting on your shoulders, cuddle me all day, to mildly tame and don’t come near me or touch me. This is fine as long as I see they are happy, comfortable and healthy and you are ok with it.
Like all cats, love a full tummy, sleep, warmth, love and attention and play. They also like to listen to classical music.
The owner would ideally like a quiet lady housesitter to take care of them as her husband works abroad and they are used to this. She is 50 years old.
There is also a sheep on the property. She is lame and needs to be turned and walked everyday, unless it is raining, then only turned. She drinks water twice a day, needs a large amount of hay 3 time a day. Because she is lame her feaces has to be picked up and a fresh bed of hay made everyday. She has a big personality and can be quite a princess. It is understandable that not everyone will agree with her way of living and feel she may be better off being put to sleep.
Half the house is fenced, and there is a cat free patio and garden at the rear. As well as the rest of the land which is mostly shrubs, trees, earth and stones, no grass.
The house is situated in-between the towns of Sineu & Santa Eugenia (5mins).
Palma is 25mins by car.
CAR AVAILABLE for your use dependent on suitable license.