WARNING ABOUT BEHAVIOUR CATTERY SEELAH MAEW (NETHERLANDS)
from CATHELIJNE KEERS !!!!!!!
On June 2nd 2014, I was asked by Cathelijne Keers, owner of cattery Seelah
Maew in the Netherlands, if I would be willing to shelter one of her cats.
That cat had been here shortly before, for a mating with one of my boys.
After a short story about how Cathelijne was having problems with RSPCA and
also an unsteady private situation, with only income from social security
and no house of her own, but staying with friends, she also revealed that
her new boyfriend didn't like cats. All these factors combined, made me
realize the cat was in a poor situation, so I decided to take her in,
thinking this was only for a few days. After a while it was clear that the
cat didn't get pregnant from the mating, but at that time, I actually was
relieved because otherwise she might have gotten the litter at my place, or
would have had to move back to Cathelijne highly pregnant. Days turned into
weeks, weeks into months, with no sign from Cathelijne. Not once did she ask
about the cat! I send mails and pictures, but never got response. By
September I wanted to get some clarification on how much longer the cat
should stay with me. By this time she was fully integrated in my group and I
myself had grown fund of her. Because I got no answer at all, my friend
Susanne van Leeuwen also started mailing and phoning with Cathelijne,
getting the same result: nothing! We then decided to call in the help of the
cat club that Cathelijne is with. Finally she managed to pick up the phone
and spoke to my friend Susanne, to make sure she fully understood what
needed to be said, as I don't speak Dutch and the conversation in English
would have resulted in misunderstandings. Susanne made clear that the cat
needed to get picked up, or stay, either way, a decision had to be made!
Cathelijne then agreed to let the cat stay with me for good, but..... she
wanted a future kitten in return and she felt I owed her money for the
mating. Susanne explained that Cathelijne had paid for a mating, NOT for a
litter and that Cathelijne had nothing to expect back, but on the contrary,
Cathelijne still had to pay ME!
The mating fee was never fully paid and taking care of the cat was set for €
6,- per day. (Pensions take between 8 - 12 euros per day/per cat) By the
time of the conversation this amount was close to 1000 euros! (Needless to
say that I never got a cent for petrol costs and I drove 360 kilometres to
Mrs. Keers house and back home !!!!) She then agreed to give me the cat and
there would be no more talk about money from either of us. All would be put
in a written agreement and that was it. Susanne then send the agreement in
Dutch in October to Cathelijne and again she ignored us! Phoning, mailing,
texting, nothing seemed to get her attention. After again contacting the cat
club, finally the silence was broken and Cathelijne made an appointment with
Susanne, that the pedigree could be picked up on November 11th at 19.00
hours. Susanne drove over there and about 10-15 minutes before Susanne was
to arrive, Cathelijne send a text message, wanting to cancel the appointment.
Susanne texted back that she was just minutes away from the house and had no
intention of turning the car around, it would all be settled in a very short
time, so whatever the excuse was, a quarter of an hour wouldn't make much
Well.... Susanne did arrive on time, to find a house with the lights on and
nobody answering the door!!! Cathelijne had shut off her phone and was
hiding behind the sofa, even with the doorbell ringing for 5 minutes
straight !! Needless to say how angry that made us!!
The conversation after that turned sour real quick, as there was no more
room for politeness, after such treatment. All Cathelijne postings on her
Facebook profile, were answered by us, with remarks about her neglecting her
cat, not holding up to the agreement and that the clock was still ticking,
no matter how hard she was ignoring it! We warned her that we would make the
story public, but besides a friend of her that wrote some unfounded comments,
there was no reply, so we then contacted her father, a veterinarian in the
Netherlands, asking if he could at least provide us with details about the
vaccinations of this cat and maybe tell his daughter to take care of her
business and animals!
The apple doesn't fall far away from the tree, as the reply was in poor
language with spelling mistakes you would not expect from an educated person.
He could not say whether the cat was vaccinated, but wrote it would be wise
to just re-vaccinate her. This was my first time ever, dealing with a vet,
that didn't have any documentation or records of the animals that he treats
in his practice!!!
On the other hand... he does have the same thick skin as his daughter,
because the message didn't seem to bother him, or at least make him feel
ashamed or embarrassed!! In the meantime the cat is here since June 4th, so
that's 7 months, or 212 days!! (212 x 6 = € 1272,-)
Cathelijne has blocked Susanne on Facebook, probably because the comments
were unwanted. Instead of taking them to heart and taking care of business,
she continues to ignore the whole thing. The cat is fully integrated in my
group and I have no intention of ever giving her back to this shame of a
breeder. Even though the RSPCA is breathing down her neck and she had to
rehome many of her cats, even though she doesn't have a steady income, a
boyfriend that as of today is her fiancé who hates cats and even her
children taken away by social services due to the lack of care , she is
still selling kittens on a Dutch advertising website and pretending that her
world is a happy place. No need for fancy pictures, or showing/ holding the
kitten well, as long as the message comes across: he's for sale, come get
him...... am I holding a kitten or a bag of potatoes ? She has issues with
many people, selling cats without papers, selling cats with mistakes (kink
tails etc) for big money overseas and even has been named & shamed on a
Dutch website (
) that warns for scammers and frauds, where she has been named a puppy mill
We will continue to get this solved, but feel that more people should be
warned about this horrible person,
that only has dollar signs in her eyes.
If you want to see the evidence, please do not hesitate to contact us, we
have all E-mails, SMS and screenshots for proof in this case.