Freddy’s Cathouse – Feral Cat Rescue Charity in the Canary Islands

I recently met up to do an interview with Freddy of Freddy’s Cathouse in Playa Blanca, a town in the west of our island of Lanzarote. Him and his charity are totally dedicated to helping improve the lives of approx. 130-140 feral cats, with 26 feeding stations under his care.

Read the full story about this remarkable man and his work in my Catster Article.


Meet The Neighbourhood Meercat Named Watson

Watson is my neighbours’ 3 month old kitten. He is very cheeky and curious and does a fantastic meercat impression. 

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My 2017 Cat Calendar Is Out! Street Cats of Jerusalem

On my trip to Jerusalem in April of this year, I had the pleasure of meeting the friendly feral street cats that live all over this ancient city. My new 2017 calendar has 13 beautiful images of these cats, and makes a great Christmas present for both cat lovers and animal photography aficionados. 

€0.50 of each calendar will be donated to The Kennel Klub Lanzarote, one of our local animal charities.

Click on the image below to preview all the pages, and to buy… 


Meet the Campus Cat of Hildesheim University

I recently came across this interesting kitty whilst searching for some info on the town Hildesheim in northern Germany, where I was born. 

Tabby & white girl Fräulein Sinner has lived on the campus of Hildesheim University for 13 years now and she has become a fixture and a familiar sight for students and staff at this university. Here’s my Catster article about this intelligent little feline….


Photo Credit: Isa Lange


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Spider Takes Canna-Pet Natural Cannabinoids for Pets

Spider wasn’t well earlier this year. His kidney disease had got slightly worse and he also had to have a malignant tumour (an adenocarcinoma) removed from his right ear at the beginning of June. 

Sadly, there really isn’t that much we can do about old age symptoms such as kidney failure and cancer. The same as with humans, all we can do is treat the symptoms and work on the best quality of life that we can possibly give our furbabies in their twilight years. 

Since I’m a medicinal cannabis (oil) user myself to dampen the 24/7 chronic pain from my rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia that even the strongest painkillers won’t touch, I googled to see if something similar might also help animals with cancer, pain or other ailments. 

That’s when I found Canna-Pet, and decided to order a 2 month supply of their Canna-Pet Advanced for Small Pets.


Canna-Pet’s products are made exclusively from hemp, a non-psychoactive plant which represents a natural cannabinoid source for pet supplements. A study of pet owners using Canna-Pet for their cats and dogs showed that there was a lot of improvement in their pets, treating conditions such as allergies, digestive tract problems, seizures, muscle spasms and inflammatory illnesses. In many cases it also slowed down the re-growth of cancer cells and reduced vomiting and nausea. 

About a week after starting Spider (who is 17 years old) on his new meds, he started acting like a new cat! He has always been a picky eater, and over the last year he has at times completely stopped eating and lost half a kilo in weight. Since putting him on Canna-Pet, he has been eating really well and has put on all that lost weight again. For his age he is still very playful, but now he plays *even more*, and is more cuddly and much more active in general. The tumour he had removed in June also shows no signs of growing back.

Another thing that regular medicine (Gabapentin) could not help with, was Spider’s crying and loud howling various times a night, every night. For whatever the reason – pain, anxiety, senility – he stopped doing this after a week on Canna-Pet pills.

I am really happy that I found something that is helping Spider regain the quality of life that he deserves in his old age. While Canna-Pet obviously cannot reverse the natural ageing process or cure incurable illnesses, it does appear to help make sure that our pets are happy and relatively healthy… until the day they cross over to the Rainbow Bridge.


Lidl Pet Blankets – Warning: Diabolical Quality!

I bought this lovely pet blanket at our local Lidl here in Puerto del Carmen yesterday, but after only one day of use, it looks like *this*, can you believe it?!


The material is obviously totally unsuitable for use with pets, and after only one day it looks like it is a few months old.

When I went back today to ask for a refund, I was told that it has “already been used” and I couldn’t get a refund. They also said “oh well, cats do scratch”, but that doesn’t justify the material being crap and it looking like this after ONE DAY! I would expect it to look like this only after many months of use…

I’m not a happy bunny and have written a stinky email to Lidl headquarters, and will have to wait and see what they say…

In the meantime, anyone planning to buy one of these blankets from Lidl, I can’t say I warned you! 😉


This is the complaint I wrote to Lidl headquarters in Spanish: 

Compré esta manta para mascotas ayer, y hoy ya se ve como esto (ver foto adjunta)!

No me malinterpreten, yo esperaría que se vea como esto quizas en 2 o 3 meses, pero no después de sólo UN DÍA! Esta manta se supone utilizar para los animales domésticos, pero el material no es adecuado en absoluto.

Cuando fui a mi Lidl local en Puerto del Carmen para tener un reembolso, me dijeron que se ha utilizado el producto y no me devolvería el dinero, ni cambiarlo. Fue utilizado por UN DÍA SÓLO y no debería tener este aspecto!

Le agradecería si me hagan saber lo que puede hacer por mí, pero aunque no se puede usted hacer nada, esta manta no se debe vender para uso con animales.

Espero oír de usted pronto, muchas gracias.

Saludos Cordiales
Barbarella Silke Buchner


Meet Lugosi & Spider’s Daddy

Last month, David, who is the daddy to Lugosi and Spider visited us here in Lanzarote. Of course, the boys are never impressed about having their photo taken, but they did appreciate their daddy’s visit and attention…


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David’s wife Suzy (the boys’ step mum LOL!) also gave the boys some cuddles…



Cats of Jerusalem – My Catty Vacation in Israel

On my trip to Jerusalem last week, I wasn’t prepared how many wonderful kitties I would meet – I almost didn’t miss my own 3 rascals at all (but don’t tell them!). 

On the 3rd day of my holiday, I also got the chance to do a bit of volunteering at the JSPCA (Jerusalem Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and experience first hand how they work to help the animals over there – and they are really doing an amazing job! 

Below are just a few piccies as a taster, but CLICK HERE if you want to see all the cat pictures on Flickr which I took of the street cats and JSPCA cats last week.