Avery – Ragdoll of the Week

| January 25, 2016 | 10 Comments

Avery – Ragdoll of the Week

Avery - Ragdoll of the Week 2Over ten years ago I was watching a show on Animal Planet called Cats 101, they profiled the Ragdoll breed and I immediately fell in love with the breed. At the time I had a domestic long haired cat, Mesha, who did not like other cats, and I would have to put a hold on owning a Ragdoll.

In the spring of 2014 Mesha’s kidney failure took a turn for the worse as she had gotten a uti which went to her kidneys. At the age of 17 we had to make the decision to say goodbye to her. My heart was broken as we had been together since college and had moved across the country twice. When I Avery - Ragdoll of the Week 2started looking for a new cat I visited local animal shelters, but I just didn’t feel a connection with any of the cats. I decided I was going to look into the Ragdoll breed and contacted several breeders. I came across Willowtreerags and the breeder, Mable, had posted that an owner was looking to rehome her two cats due to her having medical issues. I contacted both the owner and breeder. The owner said that because I owned a dog, she didn’t think it was best her cats come to live with me as the female was very shy. The breeder had 2 litters available, and she said I was welcome to adopt one of her kittens. She was great at answering all my questions and would send me email updates along with pictures and videos.

Avery - Ragdoll of the Week 4Avery was born January 31st, 2014 to Timeless and Hans. Originally the breeder was going to breed him, but she changed her mind. I explained to her that I didn’t care about the color/pattern, I just wanted an affectionate cat who would love to snuggle, she said she had a boy that was exactly what I was looking for. Since he was originally going to be used for breeding, he was 16 weeks old when he joined our family.

Avery got his name from my favorite television show, Grey’s Anatomy. The character Avery Jackson has gorgeous eyes, just like the Ragdoll.

Avery - Ragdoll of the Week 4From the moment Avery arrived at his new house he was full of purrs and snuggles. He was always sleeping on my pillows or head and would purr loudly. At first Avery was scared of our dog, PJ.

It took the two of them about 2 weeks to get a long, now they are best of friends and Avery will cry for him when PJ is not around.

I feed Natural Balance and Wellness Core dry food. I have tried many times to get him to eat canned food, but he wants nothing to do with it. The breeder said that Averys’ Dad, Hans, was a very picky eater too. Avery really doesn’t use the cat beds, he prefers to use my electric blanket. He also won’t sleep on my side of the bed, he prefers to be on my boyfriend’s side of the bed by his feet. When I shower Avery sits on the tub and won’t leave my side until I’m done. Avery loves to be brushed and enjoys watching the birds in the neighbors yard. Avery is my love. I look forwarding to owning more Ragdolls in the future.

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Teresa Reid says:

    Oh my goodness Avery is sooo precious and beautiful. Your story is almost exactly like what happened to us with our Angel passing away from kidney failure and then the breeder had a kitty who she was going to keep but let us adopt instead. Think in both of our circumstances, our kitties were heaven sent. Bet your Mesha played a very big part in sending you just the right kitten too. Love all the beautiful photos of Avery and you pup. Wishing you all a very long and happy life together.♥♥♥

  2. lrunning says:

    Oh my goodness- so sweet and gorgeous! I just love when cats and dogs are buddies. So sorry about Mesha- that kidney disease is just the worse. I love the picture of Avery sitting outside. Such pretty markings and his eyes are super-blue.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Lynn

  3. Patti Johnson says:

    First, I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious Mesha. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. BIG HUGS!

    Second, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful love story with Avery!!! He is GORGEOUS (and so is PJ, your dog, who reminds me very much of a Springer Spaniel we once were fortunate enough to have in our lives)!!! What awesome pics!!!

    Avery sounds like a darling and a love bug! What a sweet and cuddly fella he must be!!!

    Wishing you many years of good health, happiness and love with Avery and PJ!!!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    • Andrea LeBlanc says:

      Thank you Patti!

      Mesha was the first pet I had to put down as an adult. Even though she was sick and it was best to put her down, it didnt make it an easier. I felt guilty for the longest time.

      I’m so happy to hear you had a Springer Spaniel, PJ is my second one. ❤️

      • Patti Johnson says:

        You are most welcome, Andrea. (Been there many times in my lifetime. Too many. So hard…) <3

        My three favorite gun dog breeds are:

        1. Springer Spaniel (we had a liver and white like your beautiful PJ named Lady with the most beautiful ticking…which I lurved to call her "freckles" and then later we had a gorgeous black and white boy named Rocky..they both used to crawl in our laps…lol. We had to put both of them down due to age and illness many years ago).

        2. Yellow Lab (we had a gorgeous girl named Megan who was so gentle and lurving and lurved all of our kittehs in the house…we had to put our girl down due to age and illness as well).

        3. Golden Retriever (we had a very handsome boy named Buddy who was also the world's biggest lap dog…he was a big boy who we had to rehome when we moved to our small apartment in 2009. He lives with a very loving family in the Kansas City area and they have a huge fenced in yard and lots of kids he adores.)

        I consider these three gun dog breeds the Ragdolls of the Dog World…. lol 🙂 <3

        Big hugs!

        Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  4. Wayne Robinson says:

    So sorry to hear about your beloved Mesha. It’s heart-wrenching to lose such a beautiful companion as a cat. I’m going through that now, having recently lost my angel Toby at the age of eleven under very similar circumstances.
    Toby was my second seal point Himalayan and he was the love of my life. After much agonizing, I’ve decided to go with a Ragdoll this time around as they don’t seem to have all the health problems typically associated with Himmies.
    I’ve found a local breeder in Newcastle, Australia, who has really impressed me with her diligence and her love for Ragdolls. She currently has a litter of seven to a blue mitted girl and a chocolate point boy.
    They’re only four weeks old, so I have an agonizing eight week wait!
    Your little boy, Avery, is a dear little man. I can see why you love him so much. Wishing you a long and happy life with him.

    • Andrea LeBlanc says:

      Thank you Wayne!

      I’m sorry to hear about Toby, he was so young. Since Avery won’t eat wet food, I bought him a cat fountain, has multiple water bowls and he loves to drink out of the faucet. All we can do is try to give them the best life possible.

      I’m so excited for you to get your new babies. . I look forward to seeing your babies and hearing their stories.

  5. Kimbakitty says:

    Gorgeous! Both of them! May I ask what colour he is?

    Kimbakitty

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