Cattalk | Mandy and her cats Miley, Lizzy and Bohdi

Cattalk | Mandy and her cats Miley, Lizzy and Bohdi

Mandy and her cats Miley, Lizzy and Bohdi

Mandy (27) from Limburg lives with her Ragdolls Lizzy and Bohdi and European shorthair cat Miley on a farm near Leiden. Here she talks about her unconditional love for animals. And how she once almost lost Miley.

How, where and with whom do you live?

I was born and raised in Limburg, but have been living in a village near Leiden for almost four years now. It’s beautiful here, because I live on a farm, by the water, in the middle of nature and between the meadows. Wonderfully quiet!

I moved here with my cats Nola and Miley (indeed, named after Miley Cyrus) and long-haired Chihuahua Bentley. I took Miley in seven years ago as a buddy for Bentley – then he wouldn’t be so alone when I was off to work.

‘That was my best choice ever, because they’re still very close to each other.’

Meanwhile, my family expanded with another long-haired Chihuahua and Ragdoll kittens Lizzy and Bohdi of 6 months. So it is very cozy here at home!

What does a typical day with you and your cats look like?

I am usually woken up by the kittens. Bohdi likes to play with my feet very much because. I always greet all my animals with sweet words, a kiss and a stroke. And of course good food. And when I have had breakfast myself I let the dogs out.

Then I walk the kittens. Because they are pedigree cats I don’t want them to go outside alone, so I am practicing walking them with a harness on. After the walk they can play in the garden with the dogs, chickens and kittens of my neighbors Rob and Tessa. Meanwhile Miley goes her own way.

My favorite moment is when they get dinner in the evening. Then all five of them sit in the kitchen waiting for me. I find that so cozy! And when I go to bed, they all go back to their own place or basket for a beauty sleep.

So the cats are not allowed to go out alone?

Miley does, she walks in and out all day. But the little ones only under supervision or on a long leash. I’m planning on making a catio, because I don’t think I’ll ever like leaving them outside alone. Then they can go out whenever they want and I’m not so worried about them.

I try to keep Miley inside at night now, by the way, because she is suddenly so good at hunting that she brings me presents. Mice. Usually they are dead, but sometimes they are still alive. And I am scared to death of them!

Where do they sleep?

At night, Bohdi sleeps next to me on my pillow and Lizzy and Miley are at my foot end snoring. During the day I run into them everywhere. And with the arrival of the two kittens I thought it was high time for a good scratching post. I even bought two.

First I bought the scratching post Maine 90 and later the Panorama 188 De Luxe. Both in the color cappuccino which looks great with my interior. And the cats are very happy with it too! They all have their own place to play and can rest on a high spot and still keep an eye on everything.

Tell us a little more about the characters of your cats.

Miley is very stubborn and a real boss. But she is very affectionate and comes to me every day for hugs. She first studies visitors extensively and when she feels comfortable with them, she comes to greet them. She likes to go outside, but most of the time she is snoring on my bed.

Bohdi is the only male and really the man of the house. But also a real teddy bear. He always gives me kisses (licks) on my forehead, eyes and cheeks. He is a real Rebel – likes to scare me, is not afraid of anything and a real little eater.

‘Bohdi eats everything and always eats the scraps of the other cats!’

Lizzy is also a real cuddler. And she follows me everywhere. Outside she is just like a dog – she walks very well on a leash. And if she is on the loose and I call her, she immediately comes running to me. So sweet!

Have you ever lost a cat?

Yes Miley, and that was really awful. I was still living in my apartment at the time and a roommate had left a window open when I wasn’t home. Miley then fell down from three stories up and was taken to a shelter by the animal ambulance. But I didn’t find out until the next day. She had broken a foot and a torn lip. I felt so incredibly bad about that. But ooooh, how happy I was to have my girl back!

That you love your cats is very obvious! What makes them so special to you?

I love animals very much anyway – you get so much unconditional love from them. I find that very magical. And cats are mysterious, clever, agile, sometimes clumsy and above all incredibly sweet. I think they are wonderful animals!

Mandy’s Ragdoll kittens need a place where they can climb and rest safely. She has three cats and wants there to be plenty of room for everyone to scratch. That’s why Mandy bought two scratching posts: classic scratching post Maine 90 and scratching furniture Panorama 188 De Luxe. Both in the warm color cappuccino and nice and sturdy. 

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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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