Alicia about her great happiness: Tobi and Lio

Alicia about her great happiness: Tobi and Lio

Alicia enjoys every moment of her cat brothers Tobi and Lío. These two pedigree cats come from the same litter and are the best of friends. And they are smart, like to chat and can do all kinds of funny tricks. Which ones? You can find out here!

In the beautiful town of Harderwijk in Gelderland, Alicia (27) lives with her boyfriend Mark in a lovely family home with a beautiful garden. She has everything her heart desires – a beautiful forest practically in her backyard and the lively boulevard of Harderwijk within cycling distance. But Alicia is happiest with her Tobi and Lío – two very cute and special cats.

Tell us! Why are your cats so cute?

Jeez, have you got a minute? I love so many things about my cats! Let me start by saying that they are both incredible cuddlers. They love each other and do everything together. They sleep together, give each other lots of baths and can also play very actively – running around the house chasing each other like crazy. They fly over the dining room table, crawl on their backs under the sofa and climb in their scratching post. And when they lose each other, they call each other very loud!

Lío is clumsy and often falls.

They also love me and my boyfriend and are always up for a cuddle. And they follow us everywhere. For example, if I go upstairs, they will follow me. Because they are so focused on us, we are not going on holiday for the time being. We will try that later, when they are a bit older.

Do they look a bit alike?

Quite a lot in terms of appearance and character. But they also differ. Lío is a real lout and a bit clumsy. He regularly falls off the table, the couch or one of the scratching posts. And Tobi is still a little baby.

How old are your cats anyway? And where did you meet?

Tobi and Lío come from the same litter and are therefore the same age: they are one year and three months old. Still teenagers. They have been living with us for ten months now, so we got them when they were about five months old. The previous owners had to get rid of them because one of them had an allergy. I used to be allergic to cats too, but I got over that.

Luckily, because I have wanted cats all my life! When we were renovating at home, we lived with my parents-in-law for a few months. They have two and then I knew: I want cats! Actually, it was not convenient yet, because our house was not finished. But I saw Tobi and Lío somewhere by chance and when I saw their faces I was head over heels in love.

And you still are?

Yes, I enjoy every moment of them. They are incredibly sweet and beautiful. They are also curious and very vocal – which is typical of their breed. They are Bengals, they talk a lot. And they are super active. They can run through our house like wild horses and make the craziest jumps and somersaults. That is great to watch. My boyfriend and I hardly need TV anymore because of them, it is so much fun to watch them fool around. But they can also fall down very lazily afterwards – then they can sleep very soundly.

Lío asks nicely if he can go to bed

Where do they prefer to sleep?

At night, they go upstairs because otherwise they break up the living room. Then they usually go to their own room. They have a running wheel and can play and sleep in one of the two large scratching posts. Sometimes they sleep in our bed. In the morning they go downstairs again, but never before we have cuddled. Tobi jumps immediately on the bed and Lio first asks if it is allowed. And as soon as I say something, he joins in. Very cute!

Why are your cats the cutest?

I like all cats. They are cosy and nice and stubborn. But Tobi and Lio are really sweet and special. The Bengal is a really great breed of cat – I have never seen cats that are so incredibly clever. We have taught our cats to fetch and they can sit on command. Bengals are also very present. They always let us know loud and clear what they want. When we come home after a working day they are always waiting for us and run to us as soon as the door opens. It is important to note that Bengals have a lot of energy and need a lot of challenge and variation. Therefore, we provide many active toys in the house and we will soon make a (safe) outdoor area in our garden. Fortunately, they play a lot with each other. And sometimes we are allowed to join in.

Alicia’s cats are Bengalis. They are active cats who need a challenge. Therefore, she was looking for a scratching post where they can climb and play, but where they can also sleep. She chose the Panorama 188 Deluxe scratching post because it is high, stable and has lots of nice, soft sleeping places.

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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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