Cattalk | Gabry with Amy and Noah

Cattalk | Gabry with Amy and Noah

Gabry about her cats Amy and Noah

Gabry (35) found cat Amy on the street and knew immediately: she belongs to me. Later, Noah joined them. A super sweet little male who immediately captured her heart. Here she talks about their special encounter and what the cats mean to her.

We’re very curious about your cats, but can you tell us a little about yourself first?

I am Gabry and I live with my husband in an apartment with balcony in the beautiful Hanseatic city of Doesburg. This is located in the province of Gelderland, near the Gelderse- and Oude IJssel rivers. They call it a city, but it only has 11,000 residents, so it feels very village-like. Our two cats and us are having a great time here.

And who are these cute cats?

Cat Amy aged 11 and cat Noah aged 10 – two ordinary house cats. But that doesn’t make them any less special. In fact, they are both very special. Especially to me.

Why are they so special to you?

My cats are special in so many ways. Amy is special because I found her on the street. I ran into her once already around 11 p.m. in the evening and she walked quite a bit behind me. Sweet of course, but I thought she had an owner, so I tried to scare her away a bit. Of course, I didn’t want her to lose her way.

One day later, I decided to drink my coffee outside for a change. I was renting a room in the old downtown area at the time, something I usually don’t do. Amy must have heard me, because she came running from the old basement and jumped into my lap. I had on a cardigan made of teddy fabric and she immediately began to munch on it.

I knew it immediately: this cat belongs to me!

I took her home, because she clearly needed me. But I was in a moment of my life when I needed her even more. So we belong together.

Figuring that someone would surely miss Amy, I registered her with Amivedi as a “found pet” anyway. But no one ever responded. Too bad for them, because Amy really is a great kitty!

And why did you decide to get another cat?

I thought it would be nice for Amy to have another cat buddy in the house. I wanted a cypher cat myself, so when I saw Noah I was immediately sold. He was still a real little kitten back then. Very small and incredibly sweet! He is not small anymore, but he’s still very sweet.

Are they best buddies?

They are really best friends. But Noah is a lot nicer to Amy than the other way around. That’s because of his character. He is very gentle and quiet. Actually, he’s sweether than Amy, but don’t let Amy hear that, haha.

Tell us a little more about their characters!

Noah is a hero in socks – he finds everything a little scary. That’s why he likes to sit up high. For example, he likes to sit on a high cabinet or at the top of their cat tree. He always goes his own way, but when I call him he comes right away. And he loves to lie on top of my chest and on my neck. So a real cuddler.

Amy is a bit of a weirdo – for example, she opens the freezer and throws stuff off the table. She is braver than Noah and acts like a real princess. And that’s what I often call her. She still nibbles on soft fabrics and we – after 11 years – still have a very strong bond with each other. Because everywhere I am, she is – meowing loudly. And that’s pretty special after all.

Other than that, they are both incredible sleepers. They are really good at that. I love the sight of them sprawled out on their backs sleeping. But these oldies still have their crazy fifteen minutes!

That’s really super funny. So I hope they continue to do that for a long time!

What is your most favorite moment with your cats?

Actually, I always find it enjoyable with them. When they come and lie with me on the balcony, when they do something crazy again or when they come and cuddle with me. But if I have to choose I think the morning is the most fun with them.

When they think it’s time for me to wake up, they run over my bed meowing, because: hungry! Like they never get anything, haha. So I take care of them first with a clean litter box and some food. And only then do I start my cup of coffee myself.

The very last question already: why do you find cats so special and fun?

Cats are independent and do their own thing. They all have their own character, are sweet, weird and most of all clean. And mine, of course, are the cutest of all – I really love them both dearly!

Gabry doesn’t have much room in the house, but wanted a sturdy scratching post. And one where there is plenty of room for her two cats to sleep. That is why she choose the Catharina 160 grey. That one is tall, has lovely hammocks and doesn’t take up much space. And it still looks – after 1.5 years – like new.

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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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