Bruna and her Ragdoll Nyna

Bruna and her Ragdoll Nyna

Bruna (36) lived in Brazil until recently with Lucca and Sofia – two cats she rescued from the streets. Now she lives in Baarn with her husband Jan (38) and cat Nyna (1). Lucca and Sofia were also supposed to move with her, but unfortunately things turned out differently.

That sounds like an impressive story, can you tell us a bit about Lucca and Sofia?

Yes, it was not easy. I was living in São Paulo when I adopted Lucca and Sofia. They were both cats rescued from the streets. First Lucca came to live with me and then Sofia – she was just a month old.

I felt very good to have saved another life. And everything went very well. Until I found out that Sofia had the Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV). This is a contagious virus that can cause serious illness in cats. And it cannot be cured.

Terrible, of course. But I decided to keep her and give her the best life I could. Because she deserved it – Sofia was such a gentle and sweet cat. She always showed me that she felt safe with me and that she was very grateful. We really had a great time together, but less than a year later I had to make a difficult decision. She became very ill and I had to let my little angel go.

Gee, that must have been really though for you.

Yes, it was very difficult to say goodbye to her. I had wanted so much to take her with me to my new life in Holland. But that was no longer possible.

I also had to say goodbye to Lucca, but in a good way. She stayed behind in Brazil. I still lived with my family and Lucca was very attached to my youngest sister and the life there. So it was better for Lucca to stay there. And I am happy to see her every time I go to see my family in Brazil.

Then you went to live together in the Netherlands with your great love Jan?

Yes. In April 2021 I married Jan. I didn’t want a new cat because I felt guilty towards Sofia – it seemed like I would replace her. But that is not the case, of course. She is irreplaceable and will always have a place in my heart. Therefore I decided to look for a litter of Ragdolls.

Sofia will always have a place in my heart.

And that is where you met Nyna?

I had just lived in the Netherlands for two days when Nyna’s litter was born. When I went to see the kittens, I immediately knew that Nyna belonged to me – she looked at me and came straight to me. We immediately had a click with each other. It is really special to see how much Nyna has in common with Sofia. She is just as gentle and very affectionate.

Zelfs de manier waarop ze speelt, hoe nieuwsgierig ze is en hoe ze me aankijkt doet me in alles denken aan Sofia. Ze maakt me ook vaak aan het lachen. Ze kan tegelijkertijd heel schattig en grappig zijn, vooral als ze aan het spelen is. Ik ben echt ontzettend blij met Nyna in mijn leven.  

You must be very caring with her!

Yes, I am sure. When Jan and I go on holiday, she goes to my parents-in-law. She is safe there, well looked after and they are very fond of her. I don’t like to let her go outside, I think it’s too dangerous. She is only allowed to go for a walk in my parents-in-law’s garden once in a while under supervision. Otherwise, she stays inside with us.

And how does Nyna enjoy herself in the house?

Oh, she always enjoys herself! I usually work from home, so she is hardly ever alone. During the day she is very active. She runs around the house, plays with her cat toys and scratches and climbs in her scratching tree.

What are her favourite places in the house?

She likes to lie on the window sill or on our indoor balcony in the sunshine. She loves that. And if she is not there, she lies in her scratching post. She sleeps in one of the two hammocks or lies in the lounge basket at the very top. There she is in her element, being a real princess.

She also likes to lie in our bed. She sleeps with us every night and as soon as Jan wakes up at 06:00 she goes out of bed with him. She then gets something to eat and follows him everywhere. But as soon as Jan has gone to work, she looks for me again. She can also lie on my lap for hours and cuddle with me.

The last question again: What do you love about cats?

Cats are very sensitive. They can sense how you are feeling and let you know that they love you. And Nyna is of course extra special. She is a real chatterbox, loves to cuddle, is incredibly sweet and very gentle.

Bruna was looking for a scratching post for her Ragdoll Nyna. She chose our Catharina 160 because it is high enough, Nyna can play, climb, sleep and of course scratch on it. Bruna also likes the good quality and the colours: they match her interior perfectly.

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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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