Gracie, Josie & Annie – Ragdoll Cats of the Week

| January 13, 2014 | 35 Comments
Gracie, Annie and Josie

Gracie, Annie and Josie

I have 3 Ragdolls & it started with Gracie who just turned 2 Dec 19 of this year. She is a Seal/Flame Tortie bicolor & is absolutely the sweetest girl! Her eye color is almost purple, they just glow. She was more of a lap kitty when she was younger but she sleeps with us every night. Sometimes I wake & she’s laying on my shoulder, or my chest, or tucked into my side. She greets me at the door everyday. I bought her from a breeder in VA called Heartnsoulragdolls & yes I would recommend them, very helpful, knowledge, they breed the sweetest Ragdolls & I still email her today sharing stories & pictures.

Josie on the left & Annie on the right the breeder sent me. How could you choose between the 2!!!

Josie on the left & Annie on the right the breeder sent me. How could you choose between the 2!!!

When Gracie was 6 months old I knew she needed a friend so I contacted Heartnsoulragdolls to find a sister for Gracie. Well when she showed me pictures of the kittens she had I couldn’t decide which one to choose! I was going back & forth between a Blue bicolor who looked like a show kitty & a Seal bicolor that I was sure had attitude & boy was I right! So which did I choose?? BOTH! I brought Gracie home 2 sisters who actually happened to be her cousins. The little Seal bicolor I named Josie & the Blue bicolor I named Annie. Josie was the smallest of all 3, but has grown into the largest at a little over 13.5 lbs. Carolyn my

meal time. The little black kitty is Lola, she's a rescue. She's not a Ragdoll but we love her.

meal time. The little black kitty is Lola, she’s a rescue. She’s not a Ragdoll but we love her.

breeder is amazed at how tiny this girl was to be the biggest now! Josie & Annie are 1 1/2 years old.

Josie follows me from room to room & when she wakes from her nap regardless of where she falls asleep she comes walking out crying & crying just like a baby till she comes to me or flops down close on her back to get her belly rubbed. Josie, I would say is the most attached out of the 3 or maybe just the neediest.Ā  Annie my beautiful show kitty is the kitty who is into everything & will knock something over just to watch it drop. She’s actually better now about knocking things off but she will take things & carry them in her mouth, like straws, ink pens, pencils, paper, hair ties. She also has a great personality & so athletic! She can

Gracie & Josie

Gracie & Josie

jump in the air & completely turn around in mid air when she’s playing with her wand toys. Her favorite toy is Da Bird & a toy called GoCat Cat Catcher Teaser Wand with a mouse on the end. When they hear that toy hit the floor they all come running. Play time!!

Josie & Annie are completely bonded. You never see one without the other. They are always together & yes they get a little huffy with each other sometimes.

The 3 of them will race through the house across the coffee table, next to the back of the sofa and can land on the kitchen table. They are so active & so much fun to watch. We have an open concept house we built. The kitchen, dinning & living room are all one room & they make great use of the space!! They also love looking outside. I put their Cat Power Tower in front of a large window & they all spend a lot time lounging on it & sitting on top the spinning thing. It’s amazing how they balance on top of it!

Josie on Cat Power Tower

Josie on Cat Power Tower

I have lots of kitty hair floating around, sort of like tumble weed I’d say, but I love having them in my life. Regardless of all the work they bring me a lot of joy!!

I became interested in Ragdolls because my Daughter bought one & I fell for the breed. My daughter has a Blue Mitted ragdoll she named Apple who is now 3 yrs old. Gracie, Josie & Annie are my first inside kitty’s I’ve ever had & I’m so glad I do! šŸ™‚

Thank you for letting me share the story of my Ragdolls with you.

Sincerely,
Lisa

my beautiful show kitty, Annie

my beautiful show kitty, Annie

Josie

Josie

 

Josie & Annie & Lola hanging out on the island

Josie & Annie & Lola hanging out on the island

Gracie as a kitten

Gracie as a kitten

Gracie as a kitten

Gracie as a kitten

Gracie now

Gracie now

Gracie now

Gracie now

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  1. ChristyB says:

    They are so beautiful and they match your house!!

    I’m so jealous that you have the Cat Power Tower! Even though I don’t have the room for it in my tiny abode, it’s on my wish list.

    In the teaser photo, the one with all three, Annie was my favorite but now seeing pictures of them all – no wonder you couldn’t resist. Good thing the breeder didn’t have six kittens to choose from, eh?!

  2. They are all just so gorgeous. Really they are! I love Josie! I ADORE Ragdolls, but especially the Seal Bicolor and the Chocolate Bicolor!
    I own a Blue Mitted (female), and a Blue Bicolor (male), the Blue Bicolor’s name is “Nico” and the Blue Mitted’s name is “Anya”. I once owned a Sealpoint Ragdoll (male), his name was “Tadpole”. Miss him, sweetest cat in the WORLD!!
    Anya&Nico are litter mates, born to the same parents and on the same date; both are 5-years old.

    Anyway, I love your cats and thanks a lot for sharing their story!

  3. OMG they are gorgeous!!!! Josie and Annie look almost exactly like my 5 and 7 month old boys! Now you make me want one more! My two are inseparable too. They are so much fun! I am always trying to get my one off the counter constantly. He just either doesn’t care or doesn’t get it. A least you have an island! Thanks for sharing. Just the best breed ever.

    • Lisa Reier says:

      I feed them on the island & they are always on the counters! Good thing I don’t mind. We have a yorkie who would eat all their wet food everyday so I just started feeding them up there now they sort of lounge on it.

  4. Jane Gill says:

    Your kitties are BEAUTIFUL!!!Thank you for sharing.Also,I love your kitchen!!!!

  5. Sheila says:

    My “raggy” gets awful hair balls on her chest, have to cut them if I can (she is not easy), other places too, but I can usually get them out before they are bad. My house is very dry, and I just got a humidifier (for both of us), she also sheds alot. I brush her almost daily, sometimes several times a day (if she lets me), use a number of different conditioning products on her, and just broke the Furminator..also have a number of different brushes, combs (which she hates) and other stuff. Got any advice? Oh, she is almost 2 and a half.

    • Hi Sheila,

      Have you tried taking her to the vet to be shaved? That might help with her mats on her chest. My Blue Mitted (female), Ragdoll gets mats like your kitty too, but I can cut Anya’s out without a problem. By the way, “Anya” is my cat.

      Or, have you tried giving her a bath before? Or is she not good with water? Lol. Daily brushing should help keep those mats down.

      TIP: But whatever you do, DON’T give her a bath if she has mats; that’ll only make it worse! Trust me, I found out the hard way with Anya:-(

      NOTE: one time Anya had a few mats on her chest too, so I took an oatmeal bath with HER! Guess what?!?!! IT GOT OUT THE MATS!!!!

      Hope this was helpful!

      <3

    • Lisa Reier says:

      Josie & Annie have different hair then Gracie, they have longer hair & seem to shed a lot too. I brush them a couple times a week which they love! Gracie of course I brush her too but she’s never had a mat or tangle. I use a comb & brush. I’m not sure how I feel about the furminator. I don’t know if it really brushes out the hair or breaks it off so I don’t use one. Make sure you don’t give her a bath with matts though, it will make them worse!

  6. Lisa, you are one lucky lady to have so many beautiful kitties in your home! Your three Raggy babies are SO VERY BEAUTIFUL! I lurve Gracie’s coloring and markings! Just GORGEOUS!

    What a great story you have shared with us. Thank you so much for that — I was laughing and nodding my head at the antics you shared. (My blue bi-color lynx Pink Sugar loves to knock things off of tables just to watch them fall, too!)

    Your little Lola is lovely, too! I really lurved all the pictures! (Your kitchen island is beautiful! I want your kitchen and your kitties! lol)

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar šŸ™‚ <3

    • Lisa Reier says:

      Thank you Patti! Yes Gracie is very beautiful, I think her name fits her! She is so gentle & the “mother” to the rest. Pink Sugar sounds like Annie! Little Lola is nothing like the Ragdolls. She’s very timid, always running & darting off. We found her in a bean field taking a walk, no houses around, so she wasn’t socialized like she should have been. Once in a while she’ll come up on my lap but it’s rare. She gets along great with the Ragdolls so it was a happy ending!

  7. Lynn says:

    Wow- beautiful kitties X 3! Plus, a sweet rescue. Lucky you! Love your descriptions of their personalities and little quirks. Isn’t it funny how different they can be? I agree- how could you decide between those two sweet faces in the picture the breeder sent- maybe that was her plan all along??
    Thanks for sharing their story!

    • Lisa Reier says:

      Thank you Lynn! Yes, their personalities are all very different but sweet they all have in common! The picture with the 2 together from the breeder when they were babies…I had already choose BOTH at the time! lol There was 5 in the litter. I kept going back & forth so I called & sent a deposit on both so she sent me that picture of the girls together which I thought was so nice!

  8. patricia says:

    oh my they are such beauties!! i love the look of josie, she looks like a sassy pants. thank you for sharing your story and the photos of those beautiful cats.

    • Lisa Reier says:

      Thank you ! haha yes she is a sassy pants! She’s the only one that I can’t trim her nails by myself. I have to take her to the groomers for nail trims which she hates or sometimes my daughter can do it quickly if she’s being distracted. She’s full of attitude & a baby at the same time.

  9. nancy harkness says:

    Hi Lisa. your ragdolls are beautiful. Presently we have two raggies: Sophie is 8yrs old, and Jedda will be one on February 14th. How fitting as he is truly a love. He loves to cuddle. We lost our first raggie ( Andy, a blue mitted)to kidney failure. It broke our hearts. I miss him so much. Anyway Andy had terrible mats. All the brushing in the world did not help. The solution: we had him shaved. I was reluctant to do this, but it was one of the best choices I could have made.I didn’t want him to develop a complex so we had Sophie done as well. I have to say they looked like miniature lions, so cute. I don.t suggest that you do this before the warmer weather sets in. They get too cold. Thank you for sharing. Hope this helps.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Nancy! Thank you & so sorry about Andy! How old was he? I have thought about shaving them but I’m not sure I could. I have read sometimes their hair comes in darker or not the same coat. So I’m not sure… They won’t be 2 until June so I’ll probably just continue to brush them & run the dyson alot! haha I have thought they shed more because they are younger plus they are so active. They are always busy! That’s great you did both so one wouldn’t feel bad. Good thinking! I bet they were cute!

      • nancy harkness says:

        Hi Lisa,
        Thank you for the compliments.
        Andy was a few months shy of being 10yrs old when he passed just a year ago this month.
        His death was somewhat premature for this breed.
        Sophie’s fur grew back in with the same silkiness and color. Jedda has a huge amount of fur at only 11mos old.
        Because of the cold weather right now I won’t have him shaved at least until Spring. I will post some pictures the next time I do it. They really do look sooooo….cute.
        Nancy

        • Lisa flowers says:

          Hi Nancy, yes that is young for this breed. I would love to see pictures of them shaved! You can add me on Facebook if you want. My name on FB is Lisa Flowers Reier. Josie my seal bi she has tons of hair & she’s had a few hair balls that I worry about so I might consider it when it’s warmer. Way too cold now!

  10. Beth says:

    Gracie, Josie, Annie and Lola are such BEAUTIFUL ladies šŸ™‚ What a joy it must be to have three Ragdolls at the same time! I’ve always preferred male cats but currently we have four girls and a wandering boy who can’t be convinced to live anywhere. Seeing your kitties on the island really made me smile šŸ™‚ Mine go where they wish and do as they please, too! If anyone objects to fur balls and cat hair, handle it as I do. Tell them to leave and not return… we love our cats and our cat houses just they way they are šŸ™‚ Your only visitors will be fellow cat lovers which is PURR-fect!

    • Lisa Reier says:

      Hi Beth! Thank you, we love all 4 girls! Ha ha, I have heard comments from people about them being on the counters & table but I tell them everything washes but I really don’t mind them being up there. When I’m in the kitchen all 4 are usually up there to watch & see what’s going on. Ragdolls like being where the action is! I usually have 2 on the bathroom counters when I’m in there too. 2 of my girls are jumpers. They can jump up on things I thought were too high but they do, it’s amazing! So they aren’t all ground cats. I was thinking about a male when I was getting Gracie a friend but it just worked out with both the girls. Take care!

  11. Martha says:

    Thank you for sharing — your cats are absolutely beautiful. Just wanted to make a comment about shedding: I have two Ragdolls (Khari, age: 1 year/1 month and Whitie, age 1.5 years). They are both long haired and shed. I was recently informed that fish oil supplements work well for some cats just as for some humans, for all the same reasons they can work for humans. I have not tried this yet but made a note to try a product called Grizzly Salmon Oil Dog & Cat Supplement – Omega 3 fatty acids. It comes in different sizes, with an 8 oz pump being $8.49. You can check this out on Chewy.com where I order most of their foods and supplies.

    • Lisa Reier says:

      Thank you Martha I’m going to give the supplements a try! I have wondered if it’s the food or something they are lacking in their diets. I feed them wet food 2 times a day & have them on the limited ingredient because Josie seems to have soft stools & with her long hair leads to a poopy butt way to often & she’s a nightmare to clean up! I’ve tried the rabbit limited ingredient which didn’t help, they won’t eat the turkey. Currently they are on the Chicken limited. But I certainly give the fish oils a try! Thanks!

      • Just curious – which limited ingredient food do you feed them? My two are on Nature’s Variety Instinct Single Ingredient Turkey which cleared up my older one’s soft poop issue. I know the nightmare you are talking about! Finn used to get poop all over his butt and would walk in it. He does not cover his poop. Guess mom never taught him. I was always cutting the hair with poop off. Such a nightmare and always after I would hop into bed. Ugh. Thank god that issue is long gone but I thought for awhile I was going to go mad!

  12. Lisa Reier says:

    As of a month ago I bought the Natural Balance limited ingredient Chicken. Before that I have used Nature’s Variety Rabbit for the longest time, but it didn’t work, also the Turkey limited but they wouldn’t eat it. Or not very well. Before that I tried the Royal Canin Rabbit that my breeder recommended & also one Vet too, but that didn’t work either. I also bake chicken thighs for about 5 or so min then run it through a food processer & they love that! I’ve tried the Nature’s Variety raw but the packages were always freezer burnt. So much ice inside the bag I just didn’t feel like it was healthy. I’m not sure about what vitamins extra to give them to go completely raw so that’s why I haven’t done that, seems complicated. I do put out a little dry to nibble on but their main diet is the wet. I so know what you mean about walking out with a butt full of poop!!! lol Josie has done that so many times.. she just walks out & struts her stuff & I smell it before I see it.. and say OH NO! not again… haha she doesn’t cover her poo either. Neither does her sister Annie, not sure why. Gracie my seal Tortie who I got first does but the other 2 don’t! I am thinking about trying this Tiki Cat. I wish their was a simple or even just a solution to the poopy butt issue, it’s not all the time, seems to go in spurts. I am going to try the Salmon oil that was suggested for the shedding.

    • ChristyB says:

      Lisa, I feed raw and I don’t think it’s complicated. Admittedly it’s harder than feeding dogs raw because, well you’re dealing with cats!! I would much rather work a bit harder on the front end than have to deal with the “back end” issues though!

      Prossimo started with what’s referred to as “franken prey”. Which just means you’re cobbling together to create an approximation of prey. So say boneless chicken thighs, a tiny slice of neck, beef liver, pork heart.

      You basically want to feed 90% muscle meat, 5% organs (1/2 being liver), and 5% of bone. It doesn’t have to be exact.

      Now I feed whole prey. I buy whole mice, chicks and quail. You just give them the food and they eat it. Done!

      I started raw feeding 9 years ago. After about a year I could see how well the dog(s) were doing so I ventured into whole prey. It’s a lot easier! Also, after about a year I stopped stressing over exact measurements and percentages. Theres no need for that from the beginning but some people, like myself, can get obsessed over it.

      You can join some Yahoo! groups for guidance. One is specifically aimed at cats, “rawcat”.

  13. Lisa Reier says:

    ChristyB, thanks for the info! I need to do some more reading, research on it or maybe spend a day at your house! haha šŸ™‚ I would have to buy one of those things that chop bones, then when I read about adding pork heart… well those kinds of things aren’t available in my area or I’ve never seen them before. I’m sure there’s supplements too like Taurine is important. I will def do some more reading!

    • ChristyB says:

      You don’t need anything to chop bones, you cat’s teeth can do that for you! I had a foster kitten that was 9 weeks when she arrived and even she was able to chomp through chicken thighs, breasts and neck with ease.

      A good thing to start with for a cat is a Cornish Game Hen. If you go to the freezer section of speciality stores or Whole Foods they have frozen dressed quail. It’s a lot of bone so you would supplement other meals with lots of meat and some organ since it doesn’t have any.

      I used to take dressed quail and cut it up (regular scissors) into smaller portions for the bone content and then feed chicken or turkey thighs or chunks of beef or chunks of pork as a meal. I would also cut up very small cubes of organ and put them in the freezer so I would bag together the quail, the muscle meat and cubes of organ for a couple of weeks at a time of meals.

      Heavily used muscle meat (thighs and heart are great choices), are full of taurine. Any cut of meat that is used a lot by the animal it came from is going to have more taurine.

      I live in the most Stepford-Wife-Suburbia around and even my local grocery store has those offerings. Not a lot and not all the time but they are probably there – ask the butcher counter. If you can’t find pork heart, you can feed beef, chicken, turkey – whatever you can get your hands on.

      Whatever you do, good luck and here’s to less poopy butt!!

    • ChristyB says:

      I have a video of Prossimo eating quail but I don’t think most people would want to see it!

      You don’t need anything to chop bones, you cat’s teeth can do that for you! I had a foster kitten that was a sickly 9 week old when she arrived and after a week or so even she was able to chomp through chicken thighs, breasts and neck with ease.

      A good thing to start with for a cat is a Cornish Game Hen. If you go to the freezer section of speciality stores or Whole Foods they have frozen dressed quail. It’s a lot of bone so you would supplement other meals with lots of meat and some organ since it doesn’t have any.

      I used to take dressed quail and cut it up (regular scissors) into smaller portions for the bone content and then feed chicken or turkey thighs or chunks of beef or chunks of pork as a meal. I would also cut up very small cubes of organ and put them in the freezer so I would bag together the quail, the muscle meat and cubes of organ for a couple of weeks at a time of meals.

      Heavily used muscle meat (thighs and heart are great choices), are full of taurine. Any cut of meat that is used a lot by the animal it came from is going to have more taurine.

      I live in the most Stepford-Wife-Suburbia around and even my local grocery store has those offerings. Not a lot and not all the time but they are probably there – ask the butcher counter. If you can’t find pork heart, you can feed beef, chicken, turkey – whatever you can get your hands on.

      Whatever you do, good luck and here’s to less poopy butt!!

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