Liss and her 11 pedigree cats

Liss and her 11 pedigree cats

Today we talk to cat mum Liss (34) about her pedigree cats. She has no less than 11 of them and can’t imagine life without them. She talks about her very first cat, her cattery and how special her cats are. Read more about her 11 Rebels here.

It must be lively in your home!

Yes, it certainly is. I live together with my husband Jos (35) and three children – Mexx is 9 years old, Chase 4 and Kye is almost 3. And our 11 cats complete my family.

Where do you live?

We live in a single-family house by the water in the cheese town of Alkmaar. But in a quiet part of the city. We consciously paid attention to this when we bought the house, because we wanted a safe living environment for our cats.

Are the cats allowed outside?

Yes, they are allowed. But they are only allowed in our enclosed garden. After all, they are pedigree cats and I don’t want anyone to take them or for one of them to run away. So we have completely fenced off our garden so that they can go outside safely if they want to. Great for the cats of course, but also for me. Because then I don’t have to worry.

Do you worry a lot about your cats?

Yes, because I am crazy about them. And I have lost a cat before. Our cat Kycka – a beautiful tortoiseshell cat – has been missing for seven years. When I think of her, I get a lump in my throat, because I still miss her terribly!

Was Kycka your first cat?

No, before her there was Kay, a sweet and beautiful Ragdoll male and cats Kyra and Kaylee. And then Kycka came along. But I have been surrounded by cats all my life. My love for cats started in my parental home. Then we had Wammes Waggel – a black and white cat who lived to be 18 years old. I will never forget her, becuae she was the sweetest!

And now you have 11 cats!

Haha, yes. That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? But I love it. I really love them all. And luckily my husband and children are just as fond of them. We can’t imagine life without our sweet furry friends. They really are part of the family. That’s why the cat tree is in the living room, because then they are always cosily close to us.

What kind of scratching post have you chosen and why?

This is a very special story. We had some setbacks with our cattery and so Dennis (one of the founders of Petrebels) allowed us to choose a brand new scratching post. So incredibly sweet! We chose the Lookout 198 cat tree because it is high, sturdy and has enough space for all our cats.

Where did you actually meet your cats?

My husband and I run our cattery together. We breed Savannahs and Devon Rexes and have a litter now and then. The kittens from that litter grow up in our living room and are therefore immediately used to a family life with children. This way we know for sure that the kittens will go to their new owners well socialised.

Because we want to be sure that our cats give birth to healthy kittens, we have looked carefully at their origin. Some of the cats come from friendly breeders and some from abroad. With them we have bred some of our own cats and they are all very healthy, happy and free of inbreeding.

How old are your cats and what are their names?

The age of our cats varies from 1 to 5 years. We have four Savannahs and they are called Moses, Ngozi, Noë and Ya’din. Our seven Devon Rexes are called Undercover, Tessi, Tammy, Pomm, Teddy, Hayley and Tikki.

It is a large group of cats, but they get along so well! It’s special to see that even the two different breeds get along so well. I think this is because both breeds are very affectionate – they follow us everywhere, love to cuddle and like to lie on our laps.

And what makes your cats so special?

My cats all have their own character and habits. Tessi, for example, jumps from the ground into my arms. That is very sweet. Ngozi misses me terribly when I am away and cuddles along my legs when I get home. Tikki taps me when I stop petting him, Pomm is always the clown and Hayley loves my three children.

The last question: why are you so fond of cats?

I love all cats. But my own most of all, of course. They are sweet, sociable and often very funny with all their silly antics. Cats are part of me and I would feel very unhappy without them. I love my whole family and cats are part of that!

Liss has 11 pedigree cats and therefore needed a large scratching post with lots of places to sleep. So she chose the Lookout 198 cat tree in the colour pepper. An excellent choice, because all her cats can be found on it every day. Liss is also happy with it because it is very easy to clean, velvety soft and yet very strong.

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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