Soy Daisy – I’m Daisy

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Hola,

Me llamo Daisy, pero creo que prefiero ser llamada Maus. Por lo menos este es el nombre que me hace parpadear con gusto.

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Llevo más que un año en casa de acogida con la Lydia, la Stephanie, y su gata Bisou. Aún soy muy tímida, pero ya bastante acostumbrada a mis humanos. La Bisou es una gata que es muy tranquila y le encantan sus humanos. Yo aún no estoy segura qué hacer con ellas. Por ahora prefiero mantener mi distancia y disfrutar de mi mejor amigo, el radiador. Las chicas me pusieron mi camita al lado y así disfruto mucho de mi lugar cálido.

Os quiero explicar un poco más sobre mi: soy una gata joven, de color gris, con patitas negras muy suaves, y unos ojitos preciosos. Al principio tuve muchísimo miedo – a todo: a los humanos, los ruidos, a la Bisou, a todo el nuevo entorno de un lugar cerrado. Por miedo bufaba y gruñía siempre cuando se acercarban a mi los humanos. Pero nunca les quería hacer daño y de hecho sólo una vez le arañe a la Lydia – por miedo – ya que se acercaba demasiado a mi. Pero todos hemos aprendido y después de esto ya no pasó. Cuando se acercan aún me entra miedo – por las malas experiencias con otros humanos que tuve anteriormente. Pero ya no hago daño a nadie. A veces las chicas trabajan mucho conmigo y dejo que me toquen, pero todavía tengo miedo. Yo era una gata callejera. Me gustaba mi libertad. Pero entiendo que las calles de Barcelona resultan ser muy peligrosas para una gatita pequeña, y así mi reto es acostumbrarme a humanos que me quieren y a un espacio cerrado por ahora. Ya que no tengo ninguna enfermedad, El Jardinet dels Gats me quería dar la oportunidad de acostumbrarme a vivir en una casa, con humanos. Ahora me gusta mucho mirar por la ventana. Me gusta buscar a la Lydia y a la Stephanie por la mañana, cuando es mi hora de desayunar. Hablo con ellas con mis pequeños ‘Miaus’ para hacerles entender que ya es hora. Me encanta la comida en general y hace poco, que me he atrevido por primera vez a coger un pequeño trocito de jamón dulce de la mano de la Lydia. Ha sido mucho para mi! Un pequeño paso para la humanidad, un gran paso para mi. Por la noche les hago entender con miradas y ‘Miaus’ que ya es hora de cenar. Después nos entran ganas de jugar a la Bisou y a mi. A pesar de eso, y en general, la Bisou no me hace mucho caso y creo que me gustaría estar con un gatito pequeño o un gato que me quiere mucho. La Bisou está muy pegada a sus humanos y lo entiendo. Pero yo aún necesito más tiempo y creo que un gatito que me ama me ayudaría mucho. La Lydia me compró un gatito peluche y al principio dormía con el, pero ya no. Pero el otro día me ha hecho un gran regalo: se pusó a coserme a mano una almohadilla rellena de la hierba valeriana – me encanta. A veces me la da para jugar y me pongo súper feliz y loca. Es un premio grande para mi. En general me gusta jugar mucho. Ahora también juego a la cuerda con ellas! Hago pequeños pasos, mejoro lentamente. Ahora descanso en la misma habitación con ellas. Ya no les tengo tanto miedo. Les estoy muy agradecida – a ellas y al gran equipo del Jardinet dels Gats, que cada día rescatan a gatos como yo de la calle y de los peligros que hay allí fuera.

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Lo más importante para mi es encontrar un lugar seguro, con humanos que me quieren y que me dan la oportunidad de mejorar aún más. Mi propia casa! Que ilusión! Sé que aquí con la Stephanie, la Lydia y la Bisou tengo un lugar seguro y definitivo por ahora, pero si no mejora mi relación con la Bisou, una casa definitiva con un gato a que le gusta jugar conmigo y que me quiere mucho, no me iría mal. Me gustaría además si todo esto fuese dentro de un entorno rural – quizás siendo parte de una familia que vive fuera de Barcelona en un pueblo, o por lo menos en las afueras, dónde haya acceso al campo y a la naturaleza. Me gustaría poder salir sin correr peligros allí fuera.

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Bueno, ahora mismo la Lydia y la Stephanie tanto como yo esperamos que todo mejora aún mucho más y que me acostumbraré completamente a ellas, a la Bisou, y la Bisou a mi.

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Os agradezco con todo mi corazón gatuno si habéis leído mis palabras y si además dais a ‘Me gusta’ y compartierais mi pequeño artículo. También tengo un perfil en Instagram dónde podéis seguir mis aventuras y pequeños, grandes pasos.

Un Miau y un abrazo gatuno para tod@s, Daisy (Maus).

Para poder conocerme visita mi perfil aquí.

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Hi there,

My name is Daisy, but I think I prefer being called ‘Maus’ – at least this is the name that makes me twinkle with joy.

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I am currently living in my foster home with Lydia, Stephanie and their cat Bisou for more than a year now. Although I am still very shy, I am already pretty much used to my humans. Bisou is a very laid back cat and she loves her humans. I, on the other hand, am still not sure what to make of them. For now I prefer keeping the distance and enjoying the company of my best friend, the radiator. The girls put my cushion just next to it so I am enjoying my warm spot very much.

I would like to tell you a bit more about me: I am a young, grey coloured cat. My black skinned paws are very soft, and I have beautiful eyes. In the beginning I was very afraid – of everything: of humans, noises, of Bisou, of all this new, closed off space. Because of fear I hissed and growled whenever humans came too close to me. But I never wanted to hurt them; in fact I only scratched Lydia once – out of fear – because she came too close. But we have all learned from that incident and it never happened again. When they come close to me, I am still afraid, because of the bad experiences I’ve had with other humans beforehand. But I am not hurting anyone anymore. Sometimes the girls work a lot with me and I let them touch me, but I am still fearful. I was a street cat. I liked my freedom. But I also understand, that Barcelona’s streets are a dangerous place for a small cat, and therefore my challenge is to get used to the humans that love me and to a closed space (as a flat) for now. Since I am a healthy cat, the Jardinet dels Gats wanted to give me the opportunity to live in a flat, with humans. Now I love looking out of the window. I like looking for Lydia and Stephanie in the morning, when it is my time to have breakfast. I ‘speak’ to them with my little ‘Meows’ to make them understand that it’s time. I love food in general and a little while ago I took a small piece of ham out of Lydia’s palm for the first time. That was a big step for me! A small step for humankind, but a big one for me. In the evening I make them understand through looks and ‘Meows’ that it’s time for dinner. Afterwards Bisou and me like to play. Apart from that, Bisou doesn’t give me a lot of attention, and I think I would love to be with a smaller kitten or a cat that loves me. Bisou is very focussed on her humans and I understand that. But I need much more time and I think a kitten that loved me might be helpful. Lydia bought me a a cat plush toy and in the beginning I slept with it, but I sort of got tired of that. Well, the other day she gave me a great present: she stitched up this little cushion filled with valerian for me – I love it. Sometimes she gives it to me so I can play with it and that makes me super happy and I go crazy for it. It’s my grand prize. In general I love playing a lot. Now I also play with the string with the girls! So I am taking small steps at a time and getting better slowly. Now I am resting in the same room with them. I am not afraid of them any longer. In fact I am very grateful – to them and the great team from the Jardinet dels Gats, that rescue cats like me from the streets and the dangers that are lingering out there.

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The most important thing for me is to find a safe place, with humans that love me and that give me the opportunity to get even better. My own home! What a beautiful thought! I know that for now I am having a safe and definite place at Lydia’s, Stephanie’s and Bisou’s home, but if my relationship with Bisou doesn’t improve, a forever home with a cat that likes to play with me and loves me wouldn’t be bad at all. Furthermore I’d love my forever home to be in the countryside – maybe a family that lives outside of Barcelona in a small village, or at least in the outskirts, where there’s access to nature and fields. I’d love to be able to go outside without encountering any dangers.

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Well, for now Lydia and Stephanie, just like me, are hoping that everything gets even better and that I get completely used to them, to Bisou, and Bisou to me.

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Thank you with all my feline heart for reading my words, and on top of that for ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ my little article. I also have an Instagram account where you can follow my adventures and my tiny, big steps.

Meow and a feline hug to all of you, yours Daisy (Maus).

If you want to get to know me, click here.

El Jardinet dels Gats

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Wandering around the Raval, especially when coming from the famous Boqueria Market, we passed this half open patio, that belongs to a huge house with no entrances, like a million times. It’s surrounded by a high and protecting fence – protecting something on the inside: a cat colony! There’s cats stretching on carpets, holding their noses and whiskers up into the warm sun of spring, playing with their mates and dozing away peacefully.

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I don’t know how often I was wondering who takes care of all those beautiful, rather rough looking felines – seeing all the blankets, the cat houses and cushions, the food and water bowls, and some wooden sheds in the back. But I never saw anyone inside. So I investigated a bit more and came upon their website and their Facebook page.

The project ‘El Jardinet dels Gats’ (The Cats’ Garden) founded by Mari Borràs and Paco Salvador in the end of 2004, officially became a nonprofit organisation back in 2008 – being run solely by volunteers. The ‘garden’ that you can see by peeking through the fence is the place where once various abandoned cats lived under very poor circumstances. Today the Jardinet dels Gats rescues, neuters, microchips, tests, deworms and vaccinates abandoned cats in the Ciutat Vella (the old historic part of Barcelona) and finds them foster and adoptive homes. The more unfortunate ones that are unable to live with humans, mostly due to horrendous encounters with those cruel ‘persons’ that tortured them, or the ones that need a lot of special attention (medication, special care) and which makes it harder – but not impossible – to find them a forever home, are permanently living in the Jardinet and its volunteers take care of them on a daily basis by feeding them, keeping their litter and their whole space clean, checking up on them (and helping them if they need medical attention) and playing with them – giving them the love they deserve so much and never experienced, before living in the cat colony. Furthermore the city of Barcelona currently funds 60 sterilisations per year.

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Mari and Paco sadly passed away in 2013 and the volunteers keep up their amazing work as a homage to them and their love for Barcelona’s feral street cats. Àlex – their daughter – says that it is due to them that she’s learned and experienced the love for life, and the respect this deserves, and that whatever you can do to help another creature – be it a dog, a cat, another human being, be it whatever it is in need – you shouldn’t hesitate and just help – even if it requires some effort. Her goal and the one of all the Jardinet’s volunteers is to get the feral cats of Barcelona off the streets and into a safe environment – preferably a forever home.

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Cris (left) and Àlex, the daughter of the founders of El Jardinet dels Gats: Mari Borràs & Paco Salvador

All volunteers of the Jardinet have their normal, all day life works and routines, and they usually have cats, of course. Àlex, as a matter of fact has 5 at home. I myself signed up as a volunteer (foster home) last year. I’m already sharing my life with one beautiful cat (Bisou), that was found on the motorway when she was a kitten: she rolled herself up into a ball and the cars passed over her until people stopped and risked their lives to get her out of there. And then this beautiful soul came into our life and became our baby. She’s the most amazing creature and the most loving soul, I’ve ever had the luck to meet and I am so deeply grateful to have her in my life. So we decided to foster and are currently fostering our second cat from the Jardinet – Daisy. Daisy is a street cat. She’s had horrible experiences with humans and hates us dearly – but we want to give her all the time she needs in order to find peace and harmony, and rehabilitate. She made some very big steps – she’s not hissing at us anymore, demands her food when it’s time for food, lets me touch her head, plays with Bisou, even decided to stay in the same room at night. That’s a big reward and personally I can only recommend working with traumatised animals – it’s so satisfying when they finally come around and you feel how happy they are that they were able to experience other things from humans than bad ones.

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So there’s always urgent cases: young, abandoned baby kitten being found constantly, abandoned cats that are not used to living outside on the streets, injured cats being brought in, old and / ill cats that need urgent, continuous attention and medical care, etc. The list is long and so is the list of beautiful felines that are waiting for someone to give them a chance and the love they so much deserve – be it in form of a temporary foster home (if you can’t make the longterm commitment) or their forever home. The Jardinet is always in need of foster and adoptive homes, and even if you know, that due to a cat allergy or the fact that you’re not allowed to have pets (by your landlord), or simply don’t have time for pets / don’t want to have pets, you can still help by becoming a teamer donating 1€/ month or sponsoring and donating money or cat food, etc. (see the Jardinet’s link for more info). Or you can become a volunteer and help them rescuing cats (if you like adventures during nighttime especially), you can help them feed the cats and clean their litters, donate blankets, cat food, your cat’s abandoned old cat toys – anything that makes a cat life worth living! All donations are directly destined to the rescued cats. And the volunteers are struggling everyday to keep this nonprofit organisation, that made and still makes so many differences in a lot of cats’ lives, alive and running. And if you consider having a pet, please, consider adopting a feral cat. There’s the right cat for everyone – if you need a cuddly one, or a distant one, one that makes you feel that there’s someone else around and you’re not alone – there’s a cat for every need. And there’s a million positive effects about having a cat and it makes you an even better human if you responsibly adopt a street cat. Don’t hesitate to make a difference – be the difference!

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I need you & will love you unconditionally – don’t hesitate to adopt a street cat!

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Donations in all forms and shapes are highly appreciated!

Finally I want to say that I am writing this blog post in English because there are so many English speakers living in Barcelona – and I know from my own experience that sometimes it is hard to get involved in community work because you doubt your Spanish or Catalan skills. But don’t let this come between you and the good you could be doing. Plus there’s volunteers working in the Jardinet dels Gats that speak a lot of different languages, apart from Spanish and Catalan: English, French, Italian & German! So what are you waiting for? Get up and help the ones that can’t defend and help themselves!

A Forever Home

Become a feral cat’s forever home!

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