Pet sitting in the countryside of Cyprus

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Posted or Updated: Jan 30,2024   Reviews (1)   Applications: 0

Location
Pera Oreinis, Nicosia
Nicosia Cyprus

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From: Aug 23,24  
To:      Sep 7,24
Days:  16, Short Term

We are looking for someone (preferably 2 people) to house sit our pets while we will be away next summer. We would prefer someone renting a car (a car will be useful for you to go around the island and also just in case of vet emergency). Summer in Cyprus can be quite hot, so having a car will give you the flexibility to have day trips to the sea or to the mountains. 

We live in a rustic house with a small garden in the center of a traditional picturesque stone village in the countryside of Cyprus. From our house it is just a few minutes walk to reach the valley where several nature paths start (This is where we walk our dogs daily).

Our village is 30 minute drive from the capital Nicosia. We are also 30 mins drive from the nearby Machairas mountains where there are several pic nic sites and possibilities for trekking. Troodos mountains are approx 1h drive. Seaside destinations can also be reached within one hour drive.

If you like cycling you could also use  our mountain bike. 

We have 2 senior dogs who will need walking preferably 2 times per day mins each), feeding 2 times per day and cleaning of their yard once per day. In the summer, because of the heath, the dogs needs to be walk early morning (no later than 8.30-9am) and in the evening after 6.30-7pm.

At the moment we have 13 cats. They will need feeding 2 times per day and changing of the cat litter once per day. The reason we have so many cats is because in Cyprus there is a big problem with stray cats, so every year we may have an additional visitor to our garden or we may rescue a new kitten from the street or help a sick cat. Clearly, having a cat colony is not the same as consciously adopting one or 2 pets to live in apartment. Most of the cats we feed are friendly and like to be pet and spend most of the time in the garden. Some others are more shy and just show up at feeding times and then go wandering around the village. Few of the cats spend most of their time in the house  (3-4 cats sleep indoor in the living area). We are doing our best to keep everyone well fed, neutered and taken to the vet when necessary. Many times we had found lovely families (in Cyprus or abroad) to adopt some of the kittens/cats.

We have our flight out of Cyprus booked for the early morning of 25th August, so we will need you to be here few days earlier to show you the place, the animals, and explain everything.
We will fly back to Cyprus on the 7th September late evening. Depending on your flight possibilities you could stay additionally 1-2 days or you may have to leave -2 days earlier (in that case we can arrange with some friends/relatives to pick up the key and look after the animals for the extra day),

House Sitter Feedback / endorsements (1)

“ Sara provided very detailed information which was very helpful. A picturesque village with many old buildings and churches and walks close by. ”

Sit Dates Dec-27-23 - Jan-13-24 Sitter waikawa58X, Member Since Nov-13-09

Sara was very organised with print outs of duties which I appreciated and both Sara and Tassos were friendly and helpful with local and housesit information when I arrived.
I enjoyed exploring the old village and surrounding countryside while there & the two local shops had all I needed.  Winter is quieter than tourist season and a lot of cafes, attractions etc are closed (but there is one close by open weekends. )
I was walking & feeding two dogs twice a day ( and cleaning up after them) . Feeding 5 indoor cats twice a day ( and emptying kitty litter regularly) plus feeding 7-8 strays outside twice a day.This routine does take some time and I think it's important the sitter has realistic expectations.  
It suited me as I enjoyed the history and nature of the immediate area and the company of the inside cats and dogs .
I feel the sit is best suited to people who enjoy peace and quiet ,small village life and the company of both cats and dogs.  
There is a lot to explore in the surrounding vicinity, I had very few days with rain in January, I found I had useable outside spare time from about 10 am till 4 pm and even in January it was mainly sunny with temperatures around 14- 18 degrees during the day, then after feeding duties it was inside by the cosy fire with a book. 

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