Evelyne about her Serval, Savannahs and Kurilian Bobtails

Evelyne about her Serval, Savannahs and Kurilian Bobtails

Evelyne (29) from North Brabant cannot live without cats. She has twelve Savannahs, six Kurilian Bobtails and three ‘normal’ cats. Today we get to take a look into the life of this cat lover. Because how do you do that, take good care of 21 cats?

We are very curious: what does a day with 21 cats look like?

Busy, first of all. But because I love having cats around me, it’s especially cosy and fun! That all starts when I get up in the morning. There are always about ten cats in bed with us and they all want attention right away. Every morning i have to cuddle for at least half an hour before i get out of bed.

After all those cuddles, I take a cup of coffee and first let our Serval Mombasa out with his group of cats. Also the little doors of the stays of the other males are opened so that they can get some fresh air in their outside stay.

And then the “real work” begins. When you have animals you have to take good care of them, so I spend a lot of time on that every day. I scoop out all the litter boxes, clean the whole house and all the rooms, and give the cats food and fresh water. Then I go to my horse or work on our websites.

And how is it when you return home?

Coming home is also a party. I get a warm welcome from all the cats. Navarre (Savannah) usually jumps into my neck immediately and Kismet (also Savannah) crawls into my lap as soon as I sit down. The rest of the cats wait their turn – because they all want a cuddle or a treat.

So your cats listen well?

Yes they do. Look, with 21 cats you have to deal with many different characters. But in general, all my cats are affectionate and friendly. But also very active and above all not easily impressed by anything.

The biggest clown of the bunch, by the way, is Navarre. She is the one who demolishes toilet rolls and bin bags and steals our food. It is never boring in the house with her! But in general all my cats are very relaxed. In bed, they are all fast asleep. And during the day, they all lie in their new cat tree.

What kind of scratching post did you buy?

Well, even better. We got it from Dennis – co-founder of Petrebels! We have a Savannah 200. This is a very large and high scratching post that our cats enjoy immensely. They play and climb in it, but they also often sleep in it. Even our Serval climbs all the way up to the top or crams himself into one of the hammocks, haha. We are really very happy with it!

So in your home, everything revolves around the cats!

Definitely! We now run a professional cattery – CatVision – where we breed Savannahs and Kurilian Bobtails. And the TICA shows we go to with them are also great fun. But we will always have space for refugee cats.

We once started with five shelter cats that had been rescued from a very dirty home. Unfortunately, two of them were sick and we had to let them go. But our three HTK cats Dolcy, Fenix and Nose are still living with us.

And what are the names of the other cats?

I like to give our cats special names. I usually choose a name from a nice film or series. Onze Savannahs heten Cannelle Savannahs Ndidi, Felissavannah Khaleesi, SGC. CatVision Ramsey A Miti, CatVision Vivita Amora, CH. CatVision Akilah Joemana, CatVision Queen Baltimore, SavannahTemple Kismet, CatVision Navarra Hispaania, Classyspots Tamani, Wyldthingz Lord Loki, Alberta Ezra.

Our only Serval is called Mombasa of CatVision and our Kurilian Bobtails are called CH. Alphacat Bahira, Alphacat Gabrialla, Uvertura Krasbob, CH. Xenia Blue Blood, CH. Shonsbob Irtysh and Globe lightning Nazaro.

It’s inevitable: you are a real cat lover

Yes, I can’t imagine life without cats! I grew up with a cat at home and have always had cats myself. And my husband Andy (33) loves them too. Cats give so much love and pleasure!

And you must be very careful of them too?

My life revolves around my cats, so we take a lot of care of them. We even bought our house in Fijnaart especially for our cats. The house is in a quiet village and has enough space for all the cats. There is also plenty of room for the various outdoor areas, as our pedigree cats are not allowed to go outside without supervision. They are too dear to us for that. But in the cat houses, they can safely play outside and enjoy the sunshine in summer.

Do you have any tips lovers of pedigree cats?

The most important thing is that you take good care of your cat, because every species – whether breed or regular housecat – needs good care. They deserve it. And especially a Serval, that breed is absolutely not suitable for everyone. Servals may be felines, but they are not ordinary cats.

Tips from Evelyne for people who want to buy a Serval:

Servals need to be able to go outside but can only do so in a spacious outdoor enclosure or fully enclosed garden. The minimum dimensions of an enclosure for a serval are 25m2 and 2.5 m high with a lock. Because then the Serval cannot escape when you open the door. Important, because Servals are smart and escape easily. I also recommend that the roof of the outdoor enclosure is made of mesh panels and not nets – the latter can easily be bitten through by big cats.

A Serval absolutely cannot be kept in a flat or small house!

Servals need a good and varied fresh diet with vitamins and minerals added (such as Carnizoo). This is important, because poor nutrition leads to bone deformities, pain and disease. Servals eat raw (live is not necessary) day-old chicks, mice, quail, pigeon, chicken, hare and fish, but also meat rolls. We feed meat rolls and combine them with pieces of meat and prey animals.

Servals cannot be left alone for long. So you work all week, have a busy social life and enjoy going on holiday or weekends away? Then a Serval is not for you.

A Serval is very attached to its master and can never be reinstated. So a Serval is for life. So think very carefully before you get one.

Evelyne has 21 cats and is incredibily happy with the cat tree Savannah 200. This extra high scratching post has everything that its active breed cats need. The scratching logs are thick, the hammocks large and sturdy and there is more than enough space for all her cats. And she is also happy with the colour pepper, because it matches her interior perfectly.

Disclaimer: Petrebels does not consist of veterinarians or behavioral experts: all content, information and tips on this blog are intended to inspire and inform you. Does your cat have complaints or problems and do you have doubts about your cat’s health? Then always go to the vet or a behavioral expert.

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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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