Monique tells about her Maine Coons Boencho, Spike and Loki

Monique tells about her Maine Coons Boencho, Spike and Loki

Monique lives with her husband, her two Malinois Shepherds and three handsome Maine Coons in the village of Heinenoord in South Holland. And they have a great time there together. The village is cosy, their house on the dike is beautifully located and the garden has room for a cat run.

Why are you going to make a cat run?

My cats are absolutely not allowed outside at the moment. The road on which our house is situated is very busy and the cars drive fast. So it’s dangerous for my three cats. And besides, they are beautiful pedigree cats, so I am afraid that someone will take them away.

But cats like to be outside. Since we have a large garden behind our house, we decided to build a cat run. Then my cats can safely enjoy the sunshine and all the exciting things that happen outside.

When I saw Loki, it was clear: he belongs with us!

You mentioned earlier that you have three Maine Coons. Who are they and where did you meet them?

Boencho is now 15 and I bought him from a breeder. He is my first Maine Coon and I fell in love. It was true. When I was at work I raced home. I just wanted to see him again. Spike is 10 years old now and was a bit older when I got him. Loki is only 15 weeks old and has only just moved in with us. We were actually going to look for another kitten, but when I saw Loki it was decided: he belongs with us! Spike and Loki also come from the same breeder as Boencho.

Tell us about the character of your cats

Maine Coons are really great animals. I knew that already, but since I have them I understand it even more. They are impressive to look at anyway. They are quite big. And with such an imposing cat, you naturally expect an impressive character. But that is not the case. Maine Coons are very gentle – they have a small heart. Boencho has a worldly character, I will never find a cat like him again.

My cats are so sweet too, although they are very different. Spike is shy and modest. Boencho has a worldly character, I will never find a cat like him again. He is a real buddy, is wise and not easily impressed. Also not of the dogs. That really suits the character of Maine Coons – they are always in balance.

And Loki, of course, is still small, but his character is also great. He is very busy, naughty and a real comedian. But also very soft and sweet. And clumsy, haha. And all three of them love to cuddle. Also typical for a Maine Coon.

So your cats are cuddly. How can you tell?

They are always near us. When I am lying on the couch, Boencho is on my chest. Spike is perhaps the biggest cuddler. He always crawls into bed with us when we go to sleep. Then he is the one on my chest with his big woolly paws. And he can purr like the best of them. And Loki makes fun of us again. He sleeps between us, on his back with all four of his paws in the air.

So your bed is their favourite place in the house?

One of their favourite places, yes. But since we bought a new scratching post, they mainly lie there during the day and evening. They are very happy with it because they can sit and sleep there without the dogs coming near them.

What does a day with you and your Maine Coons look like?

All the cats are in bed with us. But as soon as one of us moves, Loki wakes up and follows us everywhere. Spike sometimes takes a shower with us or stands with his paws in the water. Downstairs they all get something to eat and Boencho gets his insulin, because he has diabetes. After that we go to work to come home later and find three very happy cats at the backdoor. Spike is sitting on the kitchen counter waiting for a cuddle, Boencho is sitting on his stool and Loki is everywhere.

The last question again: why do you like cats so much?

I have had cats for more than 30 years and am still happy with them every day. Cats are sociable lap-sitters, love to cuddle and have a mind of their own. And it is also nice that they do not need to be walked every day.

Monique was looking for a sturdy scratching post to suit all her cats. She chose Turnpike 190 in the colour cappuccino. Because it is suitable for older cats and kittens. And it has enough sleeping space for all of them. She is still happy with it every day, just like her cats!

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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