Melissa raised cats Lazy and Proud herself with the bottle

Melissa raised cats Lazy and Proud herself with the bottle

Melissa loves her cats Proud and Lazy (and she got a beautiful tattoo)

Melissa bottle-raised her cats. They are both affectionate, yet very different in character. Lazy is a good-natured clown and Proud a feisty lady. And who is the cat on Melissa’s shoulder?

Melissa (29) lives with cat Proud, cat Lazy and dog Evie in a single-family home in Drenthe. A day at Melissa’s house is never boring. Even before the alarm clock rings, Proud is already meowing loudly. She is hungry. When Melissa goes downstairs, Proud is already waiting for her, together with cat Lazy. Because he is also hungry for some treats. French Bulldog Evie stays in her basket, because she doesn’t like all this early-morning fuss. And when Melissa comes home in the evening, Proud is already waiting. Ready for some treats, a cuddle or to play with her or Lazy.

What unusual names the cats have. How did you come up with them?

I got Proud when I was still living with my parents. We were then a foster home for cats. Proud came from a litter of four kittens that I raised by bottle. She had the hardest time of all – she was small and it was hard to feed her. At one point we were even afraid she wouldn’t make it. But eventually she got better and better. And we were so proud of that brave little creature that we named her Proud.

Lazy is named after a kitten we had previously fostered in our foster home. That kitten sadly passed away. Lazy came to us on exactly that day and he reminded me very much of that kitten – who was also called Lazy. That’s why I named him after that kitten.

You have a special bond with both your cats I think?

Yes, it certainly is. I’ve had the cats with me since they were three days old. And I bottle-raised them both. Proud is now eight years old and Lazy three, and I have a very strong bond with both cats. With Proud in particular – I am the only one allowed to lift, groom and cuddle her. From other people she doesn’t want to know anything at all. Not always convenient, but I also find it a bit flattering. Because by doing so, she indicates that she trusts me completely.

How would you describe your cats’ characters?

Lazy is playful, active and shy. He loves to cuddle and can act like a clown when he plays. He often makes crazy jumps that make me laugh terribly. And when he sees something exciting outside, he goes into a sulk. He then sounds like a baby goat.

Proud is sometimes playful, lazy and a feisty lady. She likes to let you know what she likes or dislikes, which I can greatly appreciate. She loves water and likes to go for a bath on a sunny day. She prefers to drink from the tap, but I am not so happy about that. So we compromised and bought her a drinking fountain. If it’s accidentally not on she’ll let me know right away, you know!

Your cats must be pretty spoiled, right?

I take very good care of them. First of all, because they mean a lot to me. They are a real support to me and I believe they didn’t just come to me. I think they deserve a good life and I do a lot for that. I moved into this house because it has a garden so I could make an outdoor enclosure there. There are scratching posts throughout the house, but they also have their own cat room. In there is everything they need and also another extra-large cat tree. Because I think they should have a place where they both have space to play, scratch and sleep.

Is that their favourite place in the house?

Proud and Lazy prefer to be in their cat room and outdoor enclosure. But they also like to do power naps with me on the sofa, as they love cuddling and attention. And very sometimes they sleep with me at night. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does I think it’s super cute, of course!

The last question: why do you love cats so much?

I find cats special a very fascinating. I think what we humans could learn a lot from them. But of course my cats are the cutest of all! I love them both equally, but because Proud was my first cat of my own and my bond with her is so special, I had her tattooed on my arm by Stacey Lichtendonk. I guess that shows how special they are to me.

Melissa has several scratching posts in her home. Her latest purchase is cat tree Lookout 198 in the colour pepper. She is happy with it because the scratching post is large and has enough space for both cats. In addition, it is stable, sturdy and she thinks its quality is top.

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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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