Natascha about Pip’s bad start and Snufje who loves showering

Natascha about Pip’s bad start and Snufje who loves showering

Animal lover Natascha took two feral farm cats home. Because they both needed love and good care. But unfortunately, this did not work out right away. Read their story here and how well they are doing now.

Natascha (24) and her boyfriend (28) live in a small corner house in the Twente village of Denekamp. First just the two of them, but in the meantime their cats Snufje and Pip have joined them. Not from a litter or from a breeder – Natascha found the fluffy balls in a wild state in a forest near a farm where she herself lived temporarily. Because the kittens were not well cared for there, Natascha decided to take them home and give them the love and care they deserved. The cats really needed that.

Jeez, that sounds like an exciting story!

You could say that, yes. Snufje was only five weeks old when my friend took her in. Fortunately, she integrated quite well immediately. A month later, we picked up another kitten from the same farm, because we really wanted a friend for Snufje. And that was Pip. But with him it all went very differently. He was very sick and weak when he came to us. Pip had so many worms that he really let everything go – if we lifted him up, we ourselves were covered in poo and pee. My friend made a small wooden house for him so that he would stay in one place and the house would not get all dirty.

And after that it went a lot better with Pip?

Yes, fortunately. He is a real fighter. Although we haven’t been able to teach him much because of his bad start. Snufje, for example, goes with us into the shower and is not really afraid of anything. Pip is. He is scared of water and terrified of rubbish trucks and lawnmowers. In fact, he’s terrified of anything that makes loud noises. Then he runs and hides right away. But fortunately the cats are already four years old and very healthy. And we have been able to teach them both to go outside on a leash.

So your cats are allowed outside?

Sure, but only on a leash because I’m too scared to lose them. That has already happened once. When Pip escaped, my friend and I sat outside until half past midnight waiting for him to decide to come home. That’s why we immediately taught them to wear a collar and to go outside on a four-metre leash when they were kittens. And fortunately, this goes very well. As soon as we take the leashes, they both start meowing at the door. And sometimes we take them fishing. But they like to be inside just as much, because they enjoy themselves there as well.

Tell me, what do they do in the house?

Pip has a lot of energy and likes to play with his ball. If I throw it away, he will come and bring it back. Snufje loves a fishing rod with a toy attached to it. And most of all, they sleep a lot in their scratching post. We recently bought a new one and they are very happy with it – in fact, they always snore in it. And as soon as we switch off the light in the evening, they know: bedtime. Then they both crawl into bed with us under the blankets. Then it is nice and quiet in the house. Until they wake up, because then they run through the house again.

Do they both have so much energy?

Pip in particular can be busy and ask for attention. He plays a lot and likes to lie with me. Snufje is much less active and more on her own. She only comes when she feels like it. And among themselves it goes well. They can’t live with each other, but also not without each other. Pip, for instance, is very rebellious. He likes to bother Snufje while she prefers to go her own way. Sometimes I really have to separate them. We could stick them behind the wallpaper sometimes, but we really love them!

Everyone knows that we love cats. But why are you and your friend so fond of them?

Our cats each have their own character, they are sweet and it is very cosy to have them in the house. They really belong to us and we are very happy that we can give them a good life. Because they deserve that!

Natascha wanted a scratching post with enough space for both her cats. She chose our Turnpike 190 cat tree because it is sturdy, high and the parts can easily be replaced. She and the cats are still happy with it every day. And everyone who comes in says: ‘Wow, what a beautiful cat tree!

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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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