Bruce, Isis, Yoda and their owner Bianca

Bruce, Isis, Yoda and their owner Bianca

To her great sorrow, her sweet Siamese Bruce died of cancer at a young age. But there is new happiness in the life of Bianca (45) from Oude-Tonge. Because she now lives together with her catgirls Isis and Yoda – two cats with a very special character!

First of all, how sad that you have lost Bruce

Yes, that was hard for me too. Bruce came to live with me in August 2020. I took him over from a friend when I had just separated from my husband. A tough time that became a lot nicer with the arrival of Bruce. I really loved him immediately – a beautiful Siamese with a very gentle nature. He chatted the ears off my head. And that was exactly what I needed at that time. But in December of that same year I had to say goodbye to him. He had an aggressive form of lymphoma and unfortunately there was nothing more to be done.=

And what is your family composition like now?

I have two daughters. My youngest daughter Soraya still lives at home and Amber – my oldest – with her father. She comes to visit us every now and then. My two cats Yoda (5 months) and Isis (7 months) complete our family. Fun fact: Soraya came up with the names for the cats. Isis is named after an Egyptian goddess and Yoda after that nice wise guy from Star Wars.

Tell us more about your ‘cat girls’!

Isis loves to lie on my neck, has a beautiful black and white coat and is a cross Bengal. I came across her online and couldn’t get her out of my head. So I picked her up. Isis really always looks super sweet and cute, but she is also a feisty lady. And a little anxious at times too. That’s the Bengal in her. She loves to play with toy mice. She likes to pick one of my tampons out of the packaging. She could really play with that for hours!

Yoda is a cuddly dog who is always happy when I come home. A cream-colored Oriental Shorthair that I bought from a good breeder. She is a great chatterbox, very enterprising and not afraid of anything. Oh yes, and she has absolutely no respect for my personal space – she prefers to lie on top of my face. And she is incredibly similar in character to Bruce: as if he has been reincarnated into Yoda.

Are they real friends yet?

That’s starting to come around a bit now, since they haven’t known each other very long, of course. And Isis had me all to herself for a while, so she had to get used to the fact that she had to share my attention with Yoda. But that is getting better every day. They often play with each other and when I’m not looking they also sleep together secretly in the cat tree. So that’s going to be okay!

What cute cats you have! You must be very careful of them?

Yes, that’s why they’re not allowed out unsupervised – they’re far too important and valuable to me to roam the streets alone. I may live in a quiet street and have a garden, but I still don’t like the idea. So now I train them to go outside with a harness on. And that goes very well.

So you never lost them?

No, thankfully not! In the house they have a lot of fixed spots. At night the ladies sleep comfortably in my bed. And during the day they sunbathe on the windowsill or they snore in one of the four hammocks of their Skyline de Luxe scratching furniture.

So actually I always know where they are. And when I can’t find them, I only have to call their names. Because then they immediately answer and stick their heads up.

You love cats too, that’s obvious

I am a fan yes! After all, cats give a lot of love and comfort in difficult times. And I get very calm from their presence – especially when they are both sleeping in my neck. But they also make me laugh quite often. Like when Yoda greets me meowing loudly or when Isis makes a funny face. Isn’t that wonderful!

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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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