Who wants to be a king? January is their month. The Three Kings or Wise Men came a long and arduous way for a comparatively short visit. Still this visit is remembered and celebrated, not just, but especially on 6 January. What they brought to the Holy Family was material security, - one wonders whether Joseph had budgeted for the unexpected flight to Egypt- , recogition and hope. What they left to us is an example and the message that even a short visit can change lives. The lives of both, the visiting and the visited parties. When You visit the Csaf Cats it may well turn out to be a strenuous and frustating journey. It is important to contact us before you set out, to make sure that whatever you hope for - access, adoption or information - will actually be possible/available when you arrive. Also it helps, if you know how to find us.Similar to the stable in Bethlehem the Sanctuary in Bormla is not signposted . Still, many visitors find their visit well worth the effort! Because they visit the Cats. And for the Cats you will be royalty, no matter whether you bring wealth, hope, time or "just" yourself.
Time for change? February is a short and colourful month. The weather is changeable, the year is picking up speed. New Year resolutions we don't set into motion this month, most probably will remain in limbo. Whatever we want to change needs to be tackled now. Cats are not talking about weight loss or body building. What about adding the dimension of service to your life and personaliity? Not only monks and scouts found it beneficial and rewarding. Even in small doses it should noticeably brighten up most people's life. You may not feel up to saving the world, but you might enjoy committing a certain, regular amount of time to personally enhance the state of creation....
Green three-leaved growth, the sheen on the coats of sleek young Cats remind us of the mystery and flow of life. We all are part of it and we are allowed and allocated a role. Energy will flow as long as we allow compassion and relationship.
Life never ends and love never dies As every year April brings a strong mix of emotions to Cats and carers. Sun, light and kitten survival lift our spirits which in a split second may be plunged into sorrow and despair. Pregnant feral mothers on the loose, their sick or orphaned offspring cause constant worry. It breaks our hearts to let go of much loved, loyal companions who with our support held out against illness all winter. Now they move on, just as the days get longer. April's changes in Cat population impact on carers and on the Cats. We are grateful to ALL who understand, encourage, support and thus lighten the load. Those who redress and re- establish balance in so many, many (!!!!) different ways. Those who foster, those who care, those who garden and those who repair. Those who heal or alleviate pain , those who visit and those who hold us in their thoughts. Cats and carers are delighted with the pictures and messages from happily homed Ex Sanctuary Cats. April daily reminds us that - with help - miracles are still possible.
Carpe diem The year is growing up. Almost half-time. What did we achieve so far? What is still on the list? Are we on schedule or running (!!!) out of time? These questions are probably unthinkable to Cats. Yes , there is a Yesterday and also a Tomorrow. However, what matters to a Cat is the present moment. In a Cat's life the most important moment is NOW
Have you heard?
So many things are happening. We are getting more shade put up! Between Doll's house and Second Enclosure we now have another pool of shade for our siesta. And in the Doll's House we got air conditioning for Mothers and Babies . More trees were put in to filter the air and provide shade in the Palm Garden. Plants round the Car Port are getting established, reliably adding cool, freshness and beauty to our Sanctuary. We sit above them on the shelves to watch them grow.... Volunteers from Germany and Japan plan to visit us over the summer months. It's all very exciting. We Cats are concentrating on keeping cool. Let humans do all the action. We Cats practise the art of just being.
Cool in the carob tree
Do the Cats count their blessings? Carers cetertainly do: the shade so reliably provided by our two carob trees and by a most dedicated construction team, suspending netting between our enclosures. Taxi services to the vet provided for our patients in return for Sanctuary bording and care for strays. Volunteers flying into Malta from Bavaria and from Japan (!!!!) , giving up their holidays to care for Malta's strays during the hottest time of the year. Adoptions of care intensive, older Cats for whom carers never would have dared to hope More July blessings : the lady who declined the luxurious power of choosing "her" (?) Cat and instead adopted two kittens unseen, - kitten time in a free foster environment was up and they were bound for a Sanctuary cage . Another lady declined the happy option of adopting a carefree,trusting Sanctuary stray, but offered her home to a seriously traumatized house Cat instead. The July beacon of hope for a loving and caring community: The adoptive parents of ever so friendly, chronically sneezing Lemon discovered he was suffering from leukemia and, - they decided to keep him. Kindness can be learnt. Come to the Sanctuary for lessons free of charge.... ;-)
The Art of Balance
We cannot keep them any more. They are making a mess. And we can't look after them. It's expensive. And we have children......Some of the many pleas why the Sanctuary should accept Cats who in happier times had a home. Yes! Cats do complicate our life and possibly our relationships. Nobody says it's easy to provide longterm care for a Cat, alone, in our home and in our life. On the other hand we all found out that the best things in life come with complications and require constant commitment: Children, partners, vintage cars, boats, the perfect home, a prospering garden, to name but a few. They all make our life more complex, but also richer and hopefully happier. And we have to remember that it takes two to achieve balance. The challenge of providing happiness is also a challenge for your Cat (s). Have you ever considered that your Cat (s) might also be desperately trying to find balance in the mutual relationship? Together you might be able to find this balance. Keeping it should be enjoyable and rewarding for all involved.....