Renee and her cats Sherry, Kruimel, Bob and Brutus – Petrebels

Renee and her cats Sherry, Kruimel, Bob and Brutus – Petrebels

A look into the life of Renee, Joost and their four cats

Renee (33) had one cat. Her boyfriend Joost gave her three more as a present. And how special they are! One climbs like a squirrel in her scratching post and the other loves vegetables. Renee tells all about her cats here.

I have always had cats, even at my parents’ house. I really grew up with them. Joost did not, because his father was allergic to them. I therefore had to insist for a long time that we get cats. But once we had two, Joost was sold.

When one of our cats died, Joost took our Bob home – he thought it would be nice for our cat Sherry. Two months later he surprised me with Kruimel and as a Christmas present he took Brutus home for me in 2019. It was love at first sight!

So it’s a lot of fun at your place?

Yes, really! We now have four cats in the house and it never gets boring. They are fun and always make us laugh. Kruimel because she climbs like a squirrel and Sherry is a real chatterbox. She throws all her charm at us when we are standing by the cupboard with cat treats.

Special creatures, they are. Tell us more about them!

Sherry is a Scottish Fold lady of three years old. We always call her our princess, because when she doesn’t feel like it, she doesn’t hesitate to hit the other cats. Kruimeltje is also a three-year-old girl and is a cross between a Bengal and a Munchkin. A Genetta, they call her. She is our chatterbox. If she has to wait too long for attention she will really call me. She is only interested in me and Joost.

While Bob – a Maine Coon crossbreed of three years old – is a real friend of everyone. And Brutus is our Benjamin. He is only two years old and really a Maine Coon in character. He is a bit of a softie, because he always lets himself be picked up and cuddled easily.

They are all quite solitary cats. Although Brutus still likes to play with the other cats. Only Sherry never feels like it, haha.

Don’t they sleep together?

Since we got the new scratching post (the Turnpike 200) I find them there the most. It is also a nice and sturdy thing with lots of different sleeping spots for the cats. They are really happy with it. The pictures say enough I think!

But they also have their own favourite spots in the house. Bob likes to lie in a wicker basket in the living room, Kruimel on a fleece blanket on the sofa, Sherry on the back of the sofa and Brutus prefers to lie against me. They each have their own thing.

Cats are certainly known for that. Do yours have any quirks?

Yes, of course! Brutus loves wet food. You can really wake him up for that! Sherry is a terrible sloth and loves vegetables. She really does. We’ve already let her taste green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, peas and broad beans. She loves them!

Brutus was very ill as a kitten and so had a difficult start. But you don’t notice anything anymore – he is sweet and strong and can even play fetch. And Bob is a real outdoor cat who is very popular with the neighbours. When the neighbour has not seem him for a day, she goed looking for him.

So your cats can go outside?

Actually, only Bob really goes outside. And then I mean that he climbs over the fence and out of the garden. The other three cats are sometimes allowed in the back garden. And luckily they stay there. Although Kruimel did escape once. She crawled under a plank of the fence. Fortunately, Joost and a neighbour quickly figured it out.

I went outside and rattled the food bowls. Luckily, she recognized that sound. She came towards me and I immediately picked her up and brought her home. That was quite a scare. We immediately closed the hole under the fence!

And how do you do that at night?

Then they stay inside. Even when we’re not at home, because I think that’s safer. And cosy! Because at night Kruimel and Sherry are sleeping at my foot end. Bob lies snoring in the attic and Brutus often lies on Joost’s side of the bed. And in the morning they come downstairs with me. Then they get something to eat and rummage around in the living room while Bob goes for a walk.

Last question! Why are you so fond of cats?

I grew up with cats. And I have always loved them because they are so sweet and cosy and they all have their own special character. Renee was looking for scratching furniture with enough sleeping places for her cats. Her cats sometimes like to be on their own. She chose the Turnpike 200 scratching post because it has lots of soft baskets, houses and hammocks. She is very happy with it. The scratching post is nice, sturdy and has many thick scratching posts. Very versatile!

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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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