Tinus, Lola and their owner Jeroen

Tinus, Lola and their owner Jeroen

Tell us: how, where and with whom do you live?

I live with my wonderful wife Sandra (45) and my two cats Tinus and Lola in a semi-bungalow on a green strip in Heemskerk. It’s like a vacation park. It took us three years to find this house, because we had a lot of requirements. For ourselves, but also for our cats. They are an important part of our ‘family’. The street had to be low on traffic and the surroundings green. Because there the cats can hunt and play safely.

A semibungalow?

Yes, that’s a bungalow with another half floor on top and an enclosed patio garden. Most of the house is ground level and the roof mostly flat. And that’s great for the cats to walk on and to safely peek at everything and everyone that walks by. A real cat’s paradise.

How old are the cats and where did you meet them?

We both adopted cats from a shelter in IJmuiden. My wife and I once volunteered there and decided on the spot that we would always adopt our cats from the shelter. Not from a litter or anything like that.

We saw Tinus (now 9 years old) first. And that was really love at first sight. He was 7 weeks old and still very small and a bit bald – a real little rascal. He didn’t get along very well in the kitten group and was therefore put aside. But he did not agree.

So when we entered the enclosure he started meowing very loudly and climbed into the bars of the cage.

‘One hug further we were sold’

Lola is also 9 and we met a few weeks later. She really played hard to get. She clearly showed that she was not interested in us. And we found that funny. She is a real ‘redhead’ in terms of build and character – super strong and very independent. Although in recent years she has begun to warm up to us more and more and shows that she secretly loves us.

What makes them so special?

Despite being so tough and strong, Lola is super cute to look at. She is quite small, wonderfully soft and has freckles on her nose and mouth. We also hug her very often. And Tinus is special on many different levels. He needs a lot of attention and is very focused on me and my wife – goes looking for us when we are too far away from him. Or he calls us. Super cozy so. And he is champion at giving headbutts!

But he also has a use case. First of all, he is very fearful in nature. He scares easily and doesn’t trust anyone, only us actually.

‘And he’s scared of the dishwasher, placemats and boiled whitefish (no joke).’

On top of that, he has been sick for a very long time and is still not completely well. Therefore he needs a lot of care and we can’t go on vacation for about three years now. But we are willing to do that for him!

What are the cats’ favorite spots?

Tinus lies everywhere we are. And in the evening he first lies in the luxurious Artifort fauteuil I inherited from my grandmother and then on my lap. And recently he sits on top of his new cat tree. And it is really different from all the others we had before, much more stable and stronger. Tinus can easily climb it and sit on it.

And Lola can be found wherever the sun shines, on the windowsill and outside when the weather is nice. In winter she lies on a rug on the heating and later with us on the couch. My wife always wraps her up in a blanket, just like a pita bread. She loves it!

And their toys?

Lola is most happy with a real mouse. But inside she also likes to play with toy mice. And Tinus loves the cat-rod with a feather on it, he really chases after it. Or a piece of paper, he loves that too!

The final question: why do you like cats so much?

I really like all cats. Young, old, fat, thin, breed or no breed. It doesn’t matter to me. Cats are just beautiful and honest animals with a quirky character. And often very sweet and funny too.

Jeroen was looking for a classic scratching post and bought the scratching post Savannah 86 cream. And he likes it very much, because the scratching post is 20 centimeters thick and the base is weighted. This allows the cats to climb and scratch to their heart’s content without it falling over.

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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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