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NiLaMi’s’ Handmade Cat Items

Niki Lauda

NiLaMi’s is the brand name of Wendy’s handmade (knitted and other textile made) items for your cat which can be personalized. The name is derived from the two cats and one dog that Wendy took care of before she became cat pawrent of cat Puss.

In 1997 Wendy, living in the city of Deventer, The Netherlands, was offered a kitten which she named Nicky. A year later she took another kitten in, and she named him Lauda. Putting those two names together, you get Nicky Lauda.

This name was an intentional reference to the late Andreas Nikolaus "Niki" Lauda (1949-2019) the Austrian Formula One driver and aviation entrepreneur. He became a three-time Formula One World Drivers' Champion, winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984. Lauda is the only driver in Formula One history to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren, two of the sport's allegedly most successful constructors.


Small Business

In 2002 Wendy’s boyfriend (now husband) gave her a Jack Russell puppy and they named him Mikey. In the intervening period, she tried to set up a small business for herself. This went well, slowly and steady by trial and error.

However, the moment Lauda got bladder stones around the age of eight in 2006, Wendy and her husband dedicated all their love and attention to take care of him. It meant a setback too for Wendy’s own small business plans. Eventually, Lauda’s bladder problems got under control with the help of special cat food. Wendy and her husband have kept this up for six years.