Luna – Ragdoll Kitten of the Month

| November 18, 2015 | 10 Comments

Luna – Ragdoll Kitten of the Month

Name of Kitten: Luna
Color/Sex: Solid Blue Mitted Female
Birthdate: 10/28/14

Luna1After my beloved 14 year old cat Shadow had to be euthanized, I perused the internet looking at articles on grieving a pet, as well as comforting kitty pictures. I wasn’t looking to get another cat so soon, but came across a Solid Blue Mitted Ragdoll and immediately fell for her. Luna didn’t look at all like my previous cat, nor did I want that, as the reminder would have been too excruciating. But there was a familiar and comforting look about her, without the pain.

While her brothers and sisters were quickly reserved weeks before becoming of age to go home, Luna was still available and actually “on sale” at 16 weeks. Perhaps it was because she was awkward and rather gawky looking as a younger kitten or maybe her introverted and timid personality left her behind. But when I discovered her, she had already begun to blossom.

Luna - Ragdoll Kitten of the MonthWhen Luna first arrived, she was very withdrawn. Naturally, her long journey from Louisiana to NYC must have shaken her, but there seemed to be a deeper cause. She hid under the bed and came out only to eat and use the litter box. When approached, she’d first make the motion to run, but then become so paralyzed with fear, she’d completely freeze, flattening herself against the floor, as if awaiting her “fate.” Or if I tried to pet her, she’d squeeze her eyes tight, bow her head and shrink into the floor as if willing either she, or the world to disappear. I had read that cats with overly gentle personalities sometimes get picked on and bullied by other cats. I wondered if Luna had lost her self-confidence as a result.

On the 9th night, as I lay on the bed, with Luna underneath it, I started calling her name. She whimpered hesitantly, so I kept repeating her name for several straight minutes – it must have been at least a couple of hundred times. Her whimpering became louder until finally, she leaped on the bed. And there, she slept the rest of the night, albeit several feet away from me. From that night onward, she officially came out of hiding. She still kept a safe distance, and refused to make eye contact with me. But I soon realized that she was shadowing me wherever I went, even as she pretended not to, making sure I was always within her line of sight.

Luna - Ragdoll Kitten of the MonthOver the next few weeks, Luna gradually transformed into a more confident, playful and affectionate companion. Her reflex is still to bow her head when I reach for her, but she doesn’t cower in fear. When held, she will purr, while ever so gently stroking my face the entire time. She now makes constant eye contact. Even when off playing with a toy, she’ll glance up every few seconds, as if looking for encouragement and affirmation to continue having fun and that all is safe. And though not particularly vocal, she chirps like a delighted bird when happy or excited.

Luna quickly learned that 5:45 am on weekdays is breakfast time. During the weekends, no matter what time I go to sleep, I still choose to wake up at 5:45, instead of relying on the auto-feeder. Why? Because Luna acts like it’s Christmas every morning! It’s such a pleasure watching her bounce toward the kitchen, with her fluffy high tail bobbing in great anticipation.

Luna - Ragdoll Kitten of the MonthLuna is completely unfazed by noise, whether it’s the vacuum, hairdryer or even a power drill on a bathroom tile. I was so surprised at first that I momentarily thought she might have a hearing issue, then remembered she comes running when I call her name. She also loves to splash in the water and I have to remind everyone to keep the toilet seat cover down.

Because she isn’t bothered by loud noise or water, it makes deterrents very challenging. For instance, she is highly food-motivated and climbs on the counter to get into the kitchen sink, foraging for food. I placed several mats with pointy nubs on the counters and bar stools. While quivering and shaking her paws in obvious pain with each step, she will still soldier through. I tried countless other deterrents, but the promise of a soaking food bowl was just too great. After finding pieces of broken glass in the sink or seeing her white paws stained orange from a soaking bowl (post turkey chili dinner), I finally put away the bar stools.

I named her Luna, originally because I thought she was so out of worldly beautiful, like an alien cat from the moon. But now, being such a voracious eater, she has grown round and fluffy. And her poufy face, with those Bugs Bunny eyes, often reminds me of a beaming moon.

Luna’s fur is extraordinarily soft and I love it when she rubs her cheek and downy body against me. I’ve actually had dreams of floating through a cloud while cuddling with her! Sometimes I think Luna is a sweet angel sent by Shadow. She brings immense joy to our home and I’m incredibly grateful to have her in my life.

Luna - Ragdoll Kitten of the Month

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Luna - Ragdoll Kitten of the Month

Luna - Ragdoll Kitten of the Month

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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. ABarletta says:

    OMG, Luna is exquisite! I love your story. Basically you rescued Luna. She might have been bullied by the other cats, or in some way mistreated. If she had gone to another family they might not have been so gentle and patient with her. Luckily you found Luna and she found you. I am happy for you both.

  2. Brent Golden says:

    What a wonderful story about a wonderful little cat. I too, am looking, but not too hard, for another Ragdoll, having lost my best little buddy on Oct 25. Its funny how ragdolls have so many of the same amazing traits. Thank you so much for sharing…………..

  3. Patti Johnson says:

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious Shadow. I am very happy that you found Luna as a new best friend!!! Luna is GORGEOUS!!!! STUNNING!!! She sounds like a wonderful silly, loving girl. I am so happy for you both and wish you many years of love and fun!!!!

    The pictures are wonderful and reflect your silly girl’s outlook on life which is pure enjoyment and sharing lots of love with her momma!!! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs!!!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    NOTE: Teresa Reid, I think we may have found Miss Gracie's Almost Twin!!!!

  4. Pam Lancaster says:

    What a beautiful story of love and patience 🙂 Made me cry and smile. Thank you for sharing your precious Luna with us. She is certainly a special soul, as are you!!!

  5. Becca says:

    What a heart warming story. Thank you for sharing. Luna is a living doll!

  6. lrunning says:

    Wow- I’ve never seen a solid Blue Ragdoll! Luna is beautiful and her coat really does look like it has a blue tinge to it! The pictures are wonderful- the one in the toilet is priceless. What a personality. Kudos to you for taking time to let her blossom and not forcing the issue, which probably would have caused permanent problems. I loved the story of her determination to get to the sink. Thanks so much for sharing Luna’s story!

  7. Teresa Reid says:

    So sorry about the loss of your sweet Shadow and totally understand the devastation of losing her. Love Luna’s name. She is so gorgeous! I particularly have a strong affection for blues with teal eyes just like your Luna. My Gracie came to me just as you said your Luna came to you as one of the last of the liter. Luna and Gracie could be sisters they look so much alike. From the photos you shared, especially the one of her on her back, they also share a quirkiness that is so hilarious. If you get a chance, please come and join us on FB at Heart of Grace. See if you think Luna and Gracie look very similar. I felt like Gracie was sent to me by my Angel kitty who passed away one month earlier before Grace was born. So many similarities!

    Wishing you and your sweet Luna (love her name) a very long and happy life together. ♥♥♥

  8. plmcat says:

    lol.. her name is perfect! she has a look of very old wisdom and sassy confidence. she has a “mona lisa” look to her.. like she knows something no one else does. she is adorable. i love the photo of her with her feet over her head. that’s so funny. thanks for sharing her with us, she is delightful!

  9. Beth says:

    Luna’s “blue” coloring is different but very beautiful! Her eyes look green in the pictures – are they blue, too? She certainly has the gentle Ragdoll personality and I fell in love with her right away! Thank you for taking such good care of her and making her feel safe! It was sweet of you to share her story and pictures with us! 🙂

  10. Shelia Love says:

    Love your story of healing and love 🙂 Luna is lovely and she is helping your heart heal and I think you helped hers do the same…

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