House Sitting

Caring for Alfie – a Catalonian cat


We’re back in Spain again after spending 3 months house sitting in the UK and France.

We are an hours or so drive from Barcelona staying in a small town 5kms from Sant Feliu de Guixols in the Costa Brava region. This area of Spain is gorgeous, we are close to beautiful ‘blue flag’ beaches and there are an abundance of walking and cycling trails literally at our door step.

Our assignment  for the next 24 days is taking care of Alfie, a healthy 12 year old cat that was ‘adopted’ by his owners when he was a wee kitten and was practically brought up by their dog Oscar  who recently passed away.

Alfie is not your ordinary ‘pampered’ cat. He spends most of his time outside, evidently rolling around in dirt as it wasn’t uncommon for him to arrive all dirty with a smattering of cobwebs on his coat.

Generally during the day Alfie would be outside and would return anytime between 8-10pm. Some days we would find him sleeping on the outside furniture and if we were honoured, Alfie would let us pat him, but often he was nowhere to be seen.

Alfie did take an immediate liking to Glenn’s lap in the evenings and as the days passed he became more comfortable with both of us giving him lots of stroking and ear rubs (this was his favourite).

Alfie enjoying lap time and ear rubbing

As well as caring for Alfie we ensured the owner’s home, pool and gardens were well looked after. The pool had an automatic cleaner but each day we skimmed the pool to remove the excess leaves and checked the filter for debris and replaced the chlorine tablets as needed.

Alfie’s home was situated on one acre with lots of beautiful garden beds and trees so we also spent time watering, pruning, weeding and mowing the lawn.

Other than that, we had lots of spare time to explore the Costa Brava. Chris and Diane had two bicycles available for us and we certainly made good use of them, cycling most days and visiting the surrounding areas on the ‘via verde’ or greenway. This is a linked network of three old, disused, narrow gauge railway lines covering 136km that have been converted to walking and cycling tracks. We hired a car for this sit and were able to explore the local area visiting many other places including Girona, a fantastic coastal town called Tossa de Mar, dormant volcanoes and medieval villages.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

If you want to read more about our travels in this area, please click here to visit our separate travel blog.

Alfie’s mum and dad returned from their holiday in the USA and it was time to say goodbye. I think we will miss Alfie more than he will miss us.

What the owners said“…Would we engage Glenn and Jacqueline again?  Most certainly without any shadow of a doubt what so ever. They take on the responsibilities very professionally are fully trustworthy and were the perfect house guests...”

To see the full testimonial click here



2 thoughts on “Caring for Alfie – a Catalonian cat”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s