Our Story

Wine Whiskers was started by Iryna Zima, who is a lifelong cat lover to promote playing with your pets by offering a large selection of toys and to support the health, sterilization initiatives and food supply of stray cats in Mallorca, Spain.

When Iryna moved with her husband to Mallorca in 2017, she was heavily impacted by the number of stray cats that roamed the island. Iryna volunteered her time and resources by working with different stray cat communities in Palma. One day a very sick cat, who she now calls, Stranger, appeared on her doorstep begging for help. She quickly realized he wasn’t just begging for food or shelter. He had gangrene on his damaged tail and only three working legs, with the fourth one looking like it had been severed from a trap intentionally set out for feral cats. With immediate help from Amics Cans i Moixos Sóller, Stranger was taken to surgery at Clínica Veterinaria Amics Sóller. Unfortunately, his tail had to be amputated completely. As cats need their tails for balance, Stranger had a long road to recovery, and with only three legs and no tail, he succeeded at winning Iryna’s heart. He now lives in her garden and comes and goes as he pleases.

Iryna Zima and her mother

Iryna Zima and her mother

Stranger

Stranger

It was Iryna’s love and passion for cats, especially after seeing what happened to Stranger, that led her to adopt a small colony of cats down the street and get involved with organizations on the island geared to bringing like-minded cat lovers together to advocate for their protection and find them permanent homes for adoption. These organizations also take on the important task of ensuring stray cats are taken to the vet to be spayed, neutered and then released, that way controlling the cat population and avoiding more unwanted kittens.

Inspired by this local cat advocacy, Wine Whiskers was born out of Iryna’s desire to help provide food, sterilize and eventually build shelters for the street cats of Mallorca. Currently, 10 percent of every purchase on the Wine Whiskers website goes to charitable organizations on Mallorca that support and sustain the cats living there. The ultimate goal of Wine Whiskers is to have 100 percent of all the website sales to go toward donations.

Through Wine Whiskers, we’re going to document our journey of interacting and helping the volunteer cat community in Mallorca while offering a large array of cat toys and treats for sale. Our business is sponsored by Zima & Bouvier Agency SL.