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.


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Last Night in Mad Cat Lady Land


We were dining at La Dolce Vita in the Old Town of Puerto del Carmen last night, and there were so many beautiful kitties skitting back and forth under the tables, manipulating unsuspecting hoomins to give them under table scraps, including this gorgeous longhaired meezer. 

After we left, this was the scene that we were presented with… 🙂

The meezer followed me! 🙂


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Lugosi & Spider’s Adoption Story


Hi furriends, Spider here. Since it was National Cat Day over in the U.S. of A. a few days ago, which promotes kitty adoptions, I thought I would share my and my brother Lugosi’s story of how we came to be with our mummy and found our forever home. 

I guess either of us was too young to remember our first weeks of life, but at approx. six weeks of age, we found ourselves in a pet shop in East London, where a nice enough couple bought us in around September 1999. However, only six months months later we were kicked out of our home because a new stinky, screaming mini-human had arrived that turned out to be allergic to us! So we spent 2 weeks outside in the garden in the wet and cold UK winter before a friendly face from the local RSPCA shelter picked us up. 

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Things got worse though. All the freedom of being outside was taken from us and we were couped up in a large cage at the shelter. But at least they put us in there together and did not separate me from my twin bro! 

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So that is when one day soon after we arrived at the shelter, this weird gothic / punky looking lady came to see us. We thought, she didn’t seem so bad, so we put on our cutest behaviour and big, noisy purrs, to make a good impression. And it worked! She fell in love with us there and then!

But then things turned worse again. Before this lady came to take us home with her, we found ourselves in a smelly, scary veterinary clinic and we heard words like “neutering” and “removing the testes” that sounded very frightening to us, plus we were stuck with various needles (something called “vaccinations”) on top of all that. It was the worst time of our lives! But we are still here and did survive it all, even though we lost our “crown jewels” somewhere down the road…

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Finally! The day came when the gothic looking lady (Barbarella) picked us up and took us both home with her. She had to sign some papers before doing so, and these sported our new names “Spider” and “Lugosi” – our previous names were “Pippin” and “Poo”. 

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So we were in this new house and we were scared as hell! We didn’t like all these new smells and sounds and it took us about a week to “come out” and enjoy our new forever home, with David (“the Daddy”) and Barbarella. 

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In 2003, David moved out though and I, in particular, missed him a lot because he would play Monopoly and the Pokemon Card Game with me and give me lots of treats involving beef.

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But then things got even worse again… Mummy moved to another country with us! 

We had to spend about 3 hours on a car journey to the airport, which my bro didn’t handle well and he was very sick and soiled himself even before we got there. We then spent another 5 hours or so inside the bottom of a noisy plane to fly to a tropical island called Lanzarote (Canary Islands, autonomous community of Spain), after which we spent the better part of 3 weeks under the bed because we were so frightened at living in yet another new place.

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All is good now though, and we are still going strong at 17 years of age. We also have a 7 year old ginger sister called Ruby, who can be annoying at times, but we love her anyway. 

So there you have it. That’s our story in a nutshell. Let us have your kitty’s story in the comments! 🙂

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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?!

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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! 😉

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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


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Harbour Kitties Puerto del Carmen – New Photos and Video


Met all these cuties at the Harbour a few days ago… 🙂


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Street Cats of Lanzarote 2016 Calendar


Last chance to get a fantastic Christmas prezzie for cat lovers!!!

The calendar is made up of the best shots that I have captured over the last year of some of the many beautiful feral street cats that live on our island of Lanzarote, and it has also been featured on Lanzarote Information

Click on the picture below to order yours – price €9.34 / US$11.50 (excl. of tax and shipping), and 50 cents of each calendar sold goes to our local spay/neuter charity 9 Lives Lanzarote. You can also flip through the pages to see all 13 pictures. 

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9 Lives Lanzarote Fundraiser at Highlander Too


A whopping €1,232.00 were raised at the fun fundraiser on Thursday night at the Highlander Too in Puerto del Carmen! A huge, huge thanks to everybody who attended and took part and help support the feral cats of Lanzarote…

:: Click Here for the Photos ::


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Just 10 Photos and the Cats of Lanzarote


I just found out via Twitter that I, and also 9 Lives Lanzarote , were mentioned in this wonderful article about the Cats of Lanzarote.

Thank you soooo much “Just 10 Photos” for giving me and our local cat charity some exposure… and I adore your photos! 🙂

:: CLICK HERE to read the article ::

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Home Needed for this Cutie


My name is JUMPY and I´m a ginger/white 4 month old tom cat. I am very friendly, playful, cuddly and get on well with other cats.
Mi nombre es JUMPY y soy un gatito macho de 4 meses de color naranja y blanco. Estoy amable, juguetón y mimoso, y me gusta otros gatos.

Please contact Barbarella via the contact form on this website if you would like to adopt me.
Por favor contacte a Barbarella utilizando el formulario de contacto en esta página web si usted desea adoptarme.

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Friendly Lanzarote Feral Cats need Homes


These stunning kitties are living on a tourist complex in Puerto del Carmen that I visited with Bernie from 9 Lives Lanzarote the other day. The more friendly ones are all up for rehoming, as the complex don´t want them there as they have had complaints from some guests about them.

Please contact Bernie of 9 Lives Lanzarote if you, or someone you know, is interested in giving one or more of these gorgeous felines a forever home.

:: Click here for the full set of photos on Flickr ::


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My article on Catster.com: The Feral Cats of Lanzarote


Woot! Fame at last! I have been published. 😉

Recently Catster emailed me asking me why I don´t write for them? So as a first effort, naturally, I chose the subject of the feral kitties on the island I live on and the charity work that 9 Lives Lanzarote does.

I hope you enjoy reading it, and feel free to leave a comment (and maybe even a donation for 9 Lives Lanzarote, hint hint….)

Here you go: http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/lanzarote-feral-cats-cat-rescue-adoption-canary-islands

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