Frostie & Hatchi and their owner Sigrid

Frostie & Hatchi and their owner Sigrid

It is pleasantly busy in the house of Sigrid (33) with a husband, daughter and two dogs. Her two cats complete the family. Frostie is a cuddly animal and Hatchi an outdoor cat who is prone to lose her way for several days. Where do you think she found him?

It’s crowded in your home!

You can say that, yes. I am married to Jonathan, 32, and together we have a 5-year-old daughter. We also have two dogs and of course our two Rebels Hatchi and Frostie. But we love it – we are all having a great time together.

Where did you actually meet?

Both cats come from my aunt’s litter. They have the same mother and are therefore half brother and sister. Hatchi (now 9 years old) came to us first and we fell in love with him immediately. Frostie was born a year later and she’s a lot of fun too! The cats are very different by the way. Frostie is quite scared and a real cuddly ass. And also nice and lazy, just like Garfield. Hatchi is a real alphamna – he even is the boss of the two dogs.

And he is also curious because he just walks in on other people. Fortunately that is not a problem, because he likes to be seen in the neighborhood.

Where do you live?

We live in the village of Hofstade. That is located in Belgium, close to Aalst. We used to live in an apartment, but that became too small for all of us. And because our Hatchi likes to go outside, we thought it was better to live in a single-family home anyway. That’s just easier.

So Hatchi is a real outdoor cat?

Yes really! Since we moved into the house it has been impossible to keep him inside. In the beginning he kept coming in to give us cups. He was so grateful! By the way, Frostie can go outside too, but she doesn’t really care. She’d rather be inside. Unless the sun is shining by the way, because then she is sunbathing on the terrace.

Have you ever lost the cats?

Actually only Hatchi. Even twice. The first time he did not come home in the evening and that typically never happens. We were concerned, but eventually had to go to sleep. And then all of a sudden he was standing next to our bed in the morning, meowing very loudly – as if nothing was wrong. And the other time we lost him for two days. We were really worried then. It turned out that he had walked into the neighbors’ house and accidentally got locked up in their guest room. When Jonathan came to pick him up, Hatchi ran off the stairs and jumped into his arms.

And Frostie?

We have never lost Frostie. I think that’s because she’s a bit anxious by nature and prefers to stay indoors. We know her permanent places in the house like the back of our hand. At first she was always sleeping in our shed under the stairs, but we didn’t like that very much – we missed her a bit. That is why we bought a cat tree and put it in the living room. And ever since then she has always been sleeping there. Nice and close to us.

And how do you like that scratching post?

We think it’s fantastic. We found it on the internet and drove to the Netherlands especially to buy it. Because Frostie in particular is quite strong, we were looking for a stable cat tree with soft and strong hanging baskets with enough space for both cats. Also, it’s very easy to clean.

What nice names by the way!

I know right?! Hatchi is a male and we named it after the dog from the Japanese movie Hatchiko. We had just watched that movie and thought it was a perfect name for him. And our Frostie is called that way because she has such a beautiful red color. Just like the tiger on the Kellogs Frosties packaging.

And finally, what cat toys do you make them happy with?

Our cats don’t really play with cat toys. I think Hatchi is too smart for it. And of course he has a great time outside, so he mainly comes home to eat and sleep. I can sometimes make Frostie enthusiastic with a laser light. But I recently read that that’s not good for them at all, so I’d rather not do that anymore. By the way, I make them super happy with pillows filled with catnip.

Frostie and Hatchi love sleeping in the hammocks of their scratching post. They are very happy with it. And Sigrid is also happy with her purchase, because its beautiful grey colour makes scratching post Vista 170 look great with her interior too.

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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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