Ragdoll Cats and Kids?

| February 2, 2014 | 31 Comments
Mason holding Mitzy (my grandson)

Mason holding Mitzy (my grandson)

Jenny, some might wonder if cats and children make a good combination? I wanted to share my story with you as it has been such a blessing and huge success!!!

I have had a pet free daycare for over 30 years. This past September, I brought home two baby Ragdolls, Mocha and Mitzy. I fell in love with them instantly and was excited for the kids to do the same.  Having no experience with kittens and children, I just did what comes naturally with children. I introduced Moch and Mitz as babies and needed to be treated as such. I would never leave an infant unattended with children, therefore did the same with the baby kittens. I let the children know that they were just like the babies in daycare and taught them to treat them the same. With supervision the children were slowly introduced to the kittens handling them only with me right there.

When we do preschool, they are right  with us. Many days they end up with paint on their paws.

When we do preschool, they are right with us. Many days they end up with paint on their paws.

This has been amazing as now Moch and Mitz are as much in love with the kids as they are with them. Mocha and Mitzy wait by the door for the kids to arrive and have to be everywhere they are. My kids are gentle and respectful of how to handle and treat them and it has truly been the best addition to our family and daycare. We love them so very much.

Adding Mocha and Mitzy has been so wonderful in so many ways.  The kids love them, and even more importantly, Mocha and Mitzy love the kids.

I have wonderful pics from day one of the small fur balls being held gently by the kids. I have pics of their little faces deep in their fur kissing them. I wish I could share them but I am a licensed daycare in Minnesota and it’s illegal to share their little faces online.

As I have said, I am no expert with cats and kittens. I

just treated them as babies that need to be treated with tender loving care, and for us it worked.

I have two cats that are content, mellow and the most loving and they are that way with everyone they meet. I am so grateful!

Trini kissing Mocha good morning

Trini kissing Mocha good morning

This is my favorite one taken today. The kids kids are playing and Mitzy is sleeping in the chair near them. Every now and then one will come and gently pet her. She just lives it. Ragdolls are so amazing!

This is my favorite one taken today. The kids kids are playing and Mitzy is sleeping in the chair near them. Every now and then one will come and gently pet her. She just lives it. Ragdolls are so amazing!

These are my grandsons and my daughter in law with my babies Moch and Mitz and their little ragdoll Bella. After I got mine, the got there's two weeks later, cuz as you see they were hooked

These are my grandsons and my daughter in law with my babies Moch and Mitz and their little ragdoll Bella. After I got mine, the got there’s two weeks later, cuz as you see they were hooked

See how relaxed they are right near the kids playing.

See how relaxed they are right near the kids playing.

Sammy saying good morning to Moch

Sammy saying good morning to Moch

Preparing the craft of the day, Moch surprevising!

Preparing the craft of the day, Moch surprevising!

 

My grandson Mason getting love from Moch and Mitz as he wasn't feeling well. Mason gentle pets his tail and Moch lays there purring in approval.

My grandson Mason getting love from Moch and Mitz as he wasn’t feeling well. Mason gentle pets his tail and Moch lays there purring in approval.

Mocha playing with Legos with Jaidyn

Mocha playing with Legos with Jaidyn

Mocha is waiting for jaidyn to finish lunch. Isn't that adorable! It stormed here so I only had her so we baked cookies after lunch. Moch laid behind her waiting the entire time.

Mocha is waiting for jaidyn to finish lunch. Isn’t that adorable! It stormed here so I only had her so we baked cookies after lunch. Moch laid behind her waiting the entire time.

Look how Mocha is looking at Kevin. He crawled up and snuggled in his lap. He loves the kids so much.

Look how Mocha is looking at Kevin. He crawled up and snuggled in his lap. He loves the kids so much.

kids and cats

kids and cats

Here's where they wait in the morning to be pet and greeted by the kids.

Here’s where they wait in the morning to be pet and greeted by the kids.

 

Here is where Moch and Mitz lay while the kids play. They have to be near them at all times.

Here is where Moch and Mitz lay while the kids play. They have to be near them at all times.

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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. Ragdoll Mommy says:

    Lol, how cute!

  2. Lynn says:

    How great- you’re helping to raise a new generation to love and respect kitties!

    • Donna says:

      Thank you! I had no knowledge of kittens, but they turned out to be just like children. It worked out well. I’m very grateful as everyone is happy with our little additions.

    • Donna says:

      Awwww that’s Awesome! You will be so happy as it is unbelievable the love that they bring to your family. I’m totally addicted to them. Good luck finding the right Raggie for you! I hope your story is just as amazing as ours was. 🙂

  3. Crystal says:

    So cute!! I’m set on getting a ragdoll now.

  4. patricia says:

    ditto what lynn said. i think whenever you can teach someone (child or adult) about animals and how they should be respected and cared for, you are doing the best work on the planet. we are guardians and we all need to learn that. animals are living, breathing, feeling, just like we are and we need to love and care for them and protect them from the worst predator out there.. ourselves.

  5. JLSW says:

    I live in Minnesota and have four kitties, three of whom are rag dolls. I may need to come visit! Great story!

  6. What a lovely, heartwarming story! I had such a big smile on my face as I read this story and after looking at all of the wonderful pictures I was still smiling and I had tears in my eyes from all the love I see here. Amazing!

    Mocha and Mitzy (and little Bella) are SO VERY BEAUTIFUL & ADORABLE! What a beautiful family you have and what lucky kitties!

    Ragdolls and children…perfect. The innocence of both the Ragdolls and children are a perfect match. Does my heart good to read a story such as this…Truly!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

    • Donna says:

      Oh Patti, thank you so much. I love sharing what little Mocha and Mitzy have done for all of us. It is truly amazing all the love and contentment a person feels from them.

  7. Eli says:

    If i had kids and lived in minnesota i would definitely want them in that day care 🙂

  8. Gaye Johnson says:

    How absolutely adorable!! <3 You are giving the children AND the cats an incredible experience. I loved all the pictures!

  9. You should be commended for doing this! Teaching kids from a young age to respect animals is just the best education for everyone. This is a great great story!!! I wish all kids could have an opportunity like this. Love love love this!

  10. Teresa says:

    What a beautiful story! Thanks so much for sharing it. Those kids are the luckiest children on earth to get to love on those wonderful babies. So great that they are learning how to respectfully play with those adorable furballs and get such great love in turn. You remind me of my daughter’s daycare when she was young (she’s 26 now) because they had such an amazing lady like you who loved animals and shared that love with them. Wonderful story♥♥♥♥

  11. What a heartwarming story! I would’ve looked forward to going to school more if they had Ragdolls 🙂 FYI I’ve also read that kids that are exposed to cats early are less likely to have allergies to cats.

  12. Nancy, H. says:

    Loved your photos. I just melt when it comes to “ragdolls”. I have two of my own.
    I would like to bring up a topic for discussion. I am having a terrible time clipping my kittie’s claws.I hate the thought of bringing them to the Vet or Groomer to do something I should be able to do myself. All the literature make it look so easy. I have tried all the suggestions. Anyone have a suggestion ( or solution)?
    Nancy

    • Nancy – I have two kittens (6mos & 8 mos) and I have found that I can easily clip their nails when they are napping! If I try and do it while they are awake then it’s trouble. Also, before you attempt it touch their little paws a lot and push their toes out so their nails are exposed. I did this too and I think it helped them get used to me clipping the nails. Once you are successful you will find it’s pretty easy. Good luck!

  13. Nancy, H. says:

    thanks, Janet. I have done this both when they are awake & napping. It muct be me.
    I’ll keep trying.
    Nancy

  14. Marilia says:

    Ragdolls are purrrrfects!

  15. Lisa says:

    So true,Ragdolls just radiate so much love too those their brought up around,in Mocha andMitzis case children.I think their story is so neat,how they love being around the children.Proof that Ragdolls become very envolved with family and the life they have grown accustom too,My two dolls have been raised around me and my husband that is now a crazy cat lady,excuse me a crazy cat Man,were both 50yrs old and we dance with them drag them around the house in a laundry basket fast is their favorite speed its good exercise,Ragdolls become very involved with those that raise and love them and want to be a part of mostly everything going on in our house if Im baking Murphys 2yrs old and totally investigates everything im doing.Ragdolls and people a great combo.Wonderful life you both have Mocha and Mitzi,Bye Lisa B

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