Diddeke & cuddly Mina

Diddeke & cuddly Mina

Diddeke found Mina in a shelter. She was actually going to look for another cat, but came home with this black and white fluffy ball. A cat with a backpack, because Mina is afraid of many things. Hands, for example.

Diddeke (44) lives with her 15-year-old daughter and cat Mina in a lovely maisonette in Anna Paulowna – a rural village in North Holland. She really liked the place, but also took into account that she has a pet cat. There had to be enough room for everyone, including Mina.

Mina comes from a shelter. Why did you choose that?

Any cat is worth taking into your home. I often hear that people choose a certain breed or a cat with a special colour. And a perfect character. But the cats from the shelter are the nicest. Also the black ones. Mina had to wait three and a half months for her golden basket because of her colour and fearful character. And luckily this is in my home – I enjoy Mina every day. Especially because she is not perfect and because she has a backpack.

A backpack, what do you mean?

Mina was found as a kitten stuck under the bonnet of a car. So she really was rescued. And because of that, she has more fears than other cats. She is very afraid of hands, for example. And basically of everything she doesn’t know. Also new people.

I still can’t lift Mina because she is so afraid of hands. But she is very cuddly.

Is she becoming less afraid as time goes on?

Yes, she is doing really well. She has been living with me for three and a half years now and every day I gain a little more confidence. I see her growing and blossoming. I can pet her now and she loves it. But she also lies on my lap and talks all the time. At moments like that, I am so glad that she is with me. And also very proud of her.

Also when I see that she is learning to trust other people. In the beginning, she was really scared, but once she has met someone more often and sees that they are trustworthy, she gives in. In fact, if she likes you, she wants your full attention. It is very nice that she trusts others, because then I can also go on holiday. I would never leave her with someone she does not know or with whom she does not feel at ease.

Can Mina go outside?

No, I don’t dare. Mina is afraid of everything that is new and unfamiliar. So I am sure she would be scared of a lot of things when she is outside. Cars, bikes, dogs. I think she finds it all far too exciting. And that’s why I’m afraid I’ll lose her. So Mina stays safe in the house. But she also enjoys herself there!

Tell us, what does a day of Mina look like?

Mina has a very nice life, haha. Every morning, she gets a sweet first, because she loves that. When I sit down on the couch, Mina immediately comes to me and sits down to ‘kick’. While I am drinking my coffee, she settles down on my lap until she gets her wet food. Then I play with her for 15 minutes and she sits at the window and looks outside. But that never lasts long, because she prefers to crawl into her scratching box – the Dome 110. Then she races through the whole house: up the stairs, into the scratching post and back again. Then we play again and she gets some more wet food. In between she often comes to cuddle and talk to me. Very cosy. And it goes like this all day long.

Has Mina ever been ill?

Fortunately, no. Although she has been sterilised, of course. And this operation has strengthened our bond very much. Because after the operation, I stayed with her for three whole days and nights – to take care of her and to reassure her. The second night, she curled up against me for the first time. She felt safe with me and that was such a good feeling! Since then, she has never left my side. I find it very valuable that she lets me in and that I have gained her trust.

You obviously love cats. Can you tell us why you like them so much?

I like a lot of things about cats. Everything, actually. Cats are cosy and sweet. But perhaps what I like best is that they are so stubborn. Cats just do their own thing.

Diddeke doesn’t just have one Petrebels scratching post, but two! She started with the Dome 110 scratching barrel. And because Mina was so happy with it, Diddeke decided to buy her another scratching post. This was the scratching post Charlotte 180. Mina is very happy with it, because she scratches it every day, plays in it and loves to sleep in it.

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Katten slapen gemiddeld 16 uur per dag en doen dat vol overgave: er wordt gerekt, gestrekt en schaamteloos gegaapt. Heerlijk. De Luie Rebel is er wel héél goed in. Die laat rennen en spelen liever aan een ander over en ploft met gemak overal neer voor een overheerlijk dutje. Maar het liefst ligt deze Rebel in een lekker zacht mandje of hangmatje.

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Katten hebben van nature de behoefte om hun nagels te scherpen. Ze markeren daarmee hun territorium en worden er ontspannen en blij van. De Krabbel Rebel weet van geen ophouden als het om krabbelen gaat. Maak van je huis daarom een feestje voor deze Rebel en zet één (of meer) goede krabpalen neer.

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Buitenkatten houden van hun vrijheid en van avontuur. Ze verstoppen zich vaak in struiken en houden de hele buurt in de gaten. Ze kunnen zich uren vermaken met rondvliegende insecten en nemen – als het even meezit – een echte muis voor je mee naar huis. De Outdoor Rebel komt thuis om gezellig met de baasjes te kroelen en rustig te eten. En stelt het op prijs als er een fijn plekje is om uit te rusten voor het volgende avontuur.

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Sommige katten blijven liever binnen. Of het baasje wil dit graag. Indoor Rebels vinden het heerlijk om naar buiten te kijken – naar al het spannends wat zich daar afspeelt. Je maakt deze katten blij door het binnen net zo spannend te maken als buiten. Prikkel hun instincten met speeltjes en krabmeubels waar ze lekker in kunnen klimmen, want dan blijven ze gelukkig en gezond.

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Cats sleep up to 16 hours a day with full commitment: lots of stretching and shameless yawning… Mhmm, delicious. The lazy Rebel masters this trait like no other and prefers to leave the running and playing to someone else. This lazy napper is able to lie down anywhere to take a well-deserved rest, but they prefer a nice and soft hammock or basket.

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Cats naturally have the need to sharpen their nails. This way they mark their territory. It also makes them relaxed and happy. The scratching Rebel will never stop when it comes to this. Transform your house into a “scratching paradise” for this Rebel and supply it with one or several good cat trees.

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Outdoor cats love adventure and freedom. They often hide in bushes to keep an eye on their surroundings. They can entertain themselves for hours with bugs flying around and they might even take home a real mouse for you! The outdoor Rebel will come home to cuddle with its owner and to eat peacefully. This adventurer would appreciate it if there is a nice spot in your house to rest before the next adventure.

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Some cats prefer to stay inside, this can also be a decision made by the owner. Indoor Rebels enjoy watching the outside world – and everything exciting that happens there. You can make these cats happy by making the indoor world just as exciting as the outdoor world. Stimulate their senses with toys and cat furniture in which they can climb. This way they remain healthy and happy.

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Katzen schlafen durchschnittlich 16 Stunden pro Tag und tun dies voller Hingabe. Sie strecken sich, dehnen sich und gähnen unverhohlen. Herrlich! Der faule Rebell ist sehr gut darin. Er überlässt das Toben und Spielen am liebsten jemand anderem und macht stattdessen lieber ein kleines Nickerchen. Am liebsten bevorzugt dieser Schläfer ein weiches Sofa oder ein gepolsterte Liegefläche.

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Katzen haben von Natur aus das Bedürfnis, ihre Nägel zu schärfen. Damit markieren sie zum einen ihr Territorium und verhindern zum anderen, dass die Nägel zu lang werden und einwachsen. Kratzen, wetzen und schärfen macht sie entspannt und glücklich. Der Kratz-Rebell kennt dann auch kein Halten mehr, wenn es ums Wetzen und Kratzen geht. Mach dein Zuhause also zu einer Partyzone für diesen Rebellen und stelle einen (oder mehrere) gute Kratzbäume mit viel Wetzmöglichkeiten auf.

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Freigängerkatzen lieben die Freiheit und das Abenteuer. Oft verstecken sie sich im Gebüsch und behalten die ganze Nachbarschaft im Auge. Sie können sich stundenlang mit fliegenden Insekten vergnügen, streunen herum und bringen im schlimmsten Fall eine Maus als Geschenk mit nach Hause. Der Outdoor-Rebell kommt nur nach Hause, um mit den Besitzern eventuell zu kuscheln und sich sein Fressen servieren zu lassen. Und er schätzt es über alle Maßen, wenn er einen schönen, gemütlichen Platz am liebsten auf einem Kratzbaum zum Ausruhen für das nächste Abenteuer angeboten bekommt.

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Einige Katzen sind reine Indoor-Rebellen. Entweder, weil sie es vorziehen in einem warmen und gefahrlosen Zuhause zu leben oder weil der Besitzer dies so möchte. Indoor-Rebellen lieben es nach draußen zu schauen – und das aufregende Leben draußen aus sicherer Entfernung zu beobachten. Diese Katzen sind glücklich, wenn man drinnen die gleichen Abenteuer simuliert, die sie draußen beobachten können. Stimuliere deren Instinkte mit Spielzeug und Kratzmöbeln, in denen sie herumklettern und toben können, damit sie gesund, agil und glücklich bleiben.

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