Nina and her chatterboxes Swieber and Barry

Nina and her chatterboxes Swieber and Barry

A house with cats. That was Nina’s (31) dream. Now she has been living together with European Shorthair Swieber and crossbreed Maine Coon-Norwegian Forest Cat Barry for 5 years. And they still make her happy every day: “Every cuddle is a moment of happiness!

Nina lives with Gerard (30) in the rural village of Midwolda in Groningen. The village is quiet and the couple lives in a detached house with their two cats. The house has a garden with an outside run and enough space inside. Nina thinks this is important, because her cats must be able to play and run around.

So when you bought the house you already took your cats into account?

Yes, because I prefer to keep my cats inside. That is because Swieber’s brother was once hit by a car and died. Then I decided: my cats should never go outside again. That is why I wanted a house that I could furnish in such a way that the cats would enjoy themselves.

A garden was also important, because I understand very well that cats like to be outside. So we made an outdoor run and decorated it completely for the cats. There is a large scratching post, cat toys everywhere and shelves on the wall. A favourite of the cats when the sun is shining!

Where did you meet your cats?

Swieber comes from a litter from a farm. I bought him together with his brother, who unfortunately is no longer there. Barry is my first pedigree cat. It is a cross Maine Coon/Norwegian Forest Cat. I had to drive quite a distance for him, but that was a small effort. Because it was – just like with Swieber – love at first sight!

So you really love cats?

Yes, terribly! You don’t have a cat for a while, but for life. Of course, I see them every day and every day I melt. And they are also very sociable cats. They follow me everywhere and then look for a place near me. When I am in the living room they prefer to lie on their scratching post.

Do you like your scratching post?

Sure, the cats and I are very happy with our Petrebels cat tree! I like the scratching post because it is beautiful and its colour matches my interior. And it is of good strong quality. So it lasts a long time. And the cats love all the sleeping and hiding places. They are very soft and therefore very comfortable.

Barry’s favourite spot is right at the top, that really is his throne. And when Swieber is not on the floor, I find him in one of the hammocks of the scratching post. Handy, because then both cats are at stroke height.

I wouldn’t miss my cats for the world. I love it when they greet me when I come home and they both have such a sweet character and beautiful faces.

“EVERY CUDDLE FROM MY CATS IS A MOMENT OF HAPPINESS!

Tell us about their characters

Swieber would rather be lazy than tired. He likes to play, but not for too long. Then he will lay down and only hit the toy once in a while. Furthermore, he is a real chatterbox and cuddler. But only with the people he knows and trusts. Otherwise, he stays at a distance.

Barry is the more inquisitive of the two – he loves to sit on the window sill and see what all the excitement is about outside. He is very relaxed and likes everyone. Especially men. Ever since he was a kitten, he has sought out the company of men. I have no idea why, haha.

And do they ever do crazy things?

We bought a sort of racetrack with marbles – especially for cats, of course – and they both get very fanatical about it. That is very nice to see, although they make a lot of noise with their marbles. And we have taught Swieber and Barry a trick. Our cats can sit down on command. And that is quite special, because generally speaking you can’t teach cats much. It does help that our cats love sweets, so the reward afterwards definitely helped.

The last question: why are you so fond of cats?

I grew up with a cat at home, but after that there were really only dogs in the house. So I decided then: if I ever live on my own, I’ll get cats. Because I think they are such sweet and sociable creatures. I have always been crazy about them!

Nina was looking for a scratching post with lots of hiding and sleeping places for her two cats Swieber and Barry. But the scratching post also had to be sturdy. And match her interior. She fell for the cat tree Catharina 160. And she and the cats are still very happy with it every day!

Here you will find more fine scratching posts with soft sleeping places and hammocks. And they are just as nice!

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DE LUIE REBEL

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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DE KRABBEL REBEL

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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DE OUTDOOR REBEL

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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DE INDOOR REBEL

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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THE LAZY REBEL

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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THE SCRATCHING REBEL

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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THE OUTDOOR REBEL

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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THE INDOOR REBEL

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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DER FAULE REBELL

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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DER KRATZENDE REBELL

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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DER OUTDOOR-REBELL

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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DER INDOOR-REBELL

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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