Ragdoll of the Week – Whitie

| September 2, 2013 | 10 Comments

WhiteMy name is Martha.  I love Ragdolls.  I have two bi-color Ragdolls but this story is about Whitie, my seal bi-color male.  Whitie is an “in-door” only cat.

I researched the temperament of various cat breeds and although had initially considered a Maine Coon, decided that the Ragdoll temperament would be more suitable for me – especially since Maine Coons are known not to like being alone without other companionship for more than 3 hours.  I looked into adopting but was unable to encounter any Ragdolls for adoption, younger or older.

I searched the internet for months until I discovered an impressive Ragdoll breeder’s site from Long Island, N.Y..  I reside in the Bushkill area of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.  I was not excited about any of the breeder sites closer to where I reside nor in the states of New Jersey or Connecticut.  I recommend LuveleeDolls wholeheartedly as you not only get a quality kitten but one that has been well taken care of, socialized and treated as part of their own family.

WhitieWhen I went for a visit to pick out my kitten I became charmed by a friendly older kitten moving about so I inquired as to who he was.  I was told that he was the kitten pictured on their website (he was about 6 months old and had not found a forever home at the time).  I had seen the kitten on the internet (he had a long slim face when he was younger) but wanted a younger kitten.  This kitten (called “Whitie” by the breeder) was so mellow.  I asked if I could take his photo (I was informed that they don’t usually name the kittens but since he had been there longer than usual, they had to call him something.  I practically fell out laughing when I was told that his name was “Whitie”).  When I opened my handbag to retrieve my camera, Whitie tried to place his paw into where I had unzipped my handbag – without extending his claws.  At this point I became more interested in the male kitten than in the female kitten born December 12th that I was there to claim.  Whitie was born on July 14, 2012; he was a year old this year.  I decided to keep the name “Whitie” as it seemed to fit him even though he is not as totally white in color as he had once been.

WhitieIt was on my drive from Long Island back to Bushkill that I made up my mind that I wanted both kittens and contacted LuvleeDolls as soon as I arrived home.  They were delighted and were able to accommodate me by keeping both kittens until the younger one and I were ready so that they could leave together.  I could tell that the breeder genuinely cared about the feelings of Whitie because when I was there for that visit, she expressed verbally (and non-verbally) that Whitie had seen kittens come and go and still he remained.  She said that everyone else that had come to pick out kittens had had a similar reaction as me.  It is possible that others had not been in the same position to suddenly purchase two cats when they had been planning on one.  The funny thing is to hear myself say that I had actually “connected with a cat.”

Whitie weighed in at my vet slightly under 14 pounds a couple of months ago (I understand that he was the largest kitten of his litter). He is not overweight but has large muscles.

WhitieWhitie likes to sit close to me.  He is progressing to becoming a lap cat – though this has been accomplished gradually through training with treats.  Whitie gets his fur brushed daily and I also clip his claws myself.  Whitie likes to observe and play in running water, though that is not to say he likes being in water beyond getting his face wet.  Whitie has approached and walked around a bathtub of water, has stepped into a bathtub without water and I suspect that he will someday step into a bathtub with water.  Whitie also gets his teeth brushed 2 or 3 times weekly (Ragdolls are inclined toward gingivitis).  Whitie enjoys racing up and down two flights of stairs chasing his Ragdoll sister Khari (born December 12, 2012).  Whitie also fetches things and moves them up and down stairs and to other rooms as he desires.

I am in the process of training Whitie to wear a mesh, lightweight, small dog harness.  I would like to be able to eventually have Whitie walk out of his carrier when he has to go for a vet or grooming Whitievisit rather than my carrying him.  He has progressed to allowing himself to be placed in the harness and has been able to remain in it without being too uncomfortable for about 12 minutes, while being coaxed to walk forward with treats. I was able to get him to step out to a deck but after sniffing the air a few times, he turned to push the door to return to the inside.  That is a wonder because when I return home from work, Whitie is the first one at the front door and curious enough to try to take a step toward the outside.

Whitie basically gets fed grain-free foods.  He has been eating most recently the following dry foods: Merrick’s Before the Grain Chicken, Fromm’s Surf & Turf and Fromm’s Four-Star Nutritionals Duck A La Veg), all of which contain fruits and vegetables. Certain of his dry foods contain pumpkin.  I think I can say that Whitie’s favorite is Fromm’s Surf & Turf.  I keep dry food out all the time as cats tend not to overeat as dogs do.  Whitie also drinks a good amount of water (probably due to his chasing around the house).  In addition to the dry foods, Whitie most recently gets the equivalent of about one 2.5 ounce pouch of Friskies Gravy Sensations food every other night.  WhitieWhitie had gotten very picky about eating the more healthy grain-free choices of canned foods to the point that he refused to eat any more patés.  It had gotten to the point that when I was opening a can, Whitie would look at me and walk off as if to say, “I know that is not for me.”  I had noticed Friskies Gravy Sensations food pouches in a PriceChopper so decided to try those rather than waste any more money on the more expensive wet foods that I have had to give away and/or discard.

I use the 14-lb. bags of Swheat Scoop multi-cat litter.  There is absolutely no litter box odor with this brand of litter.  Swheat Scoop can be purchased in the PetSmart stores.  However, I use Chewy.com for the delivery of most of my cat supplies.  Chewy is very reliable and, in fact, their Customer Service is phenomenal.

Whitie

 

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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. Lynn says:

    Awww- so sweet. Glad you followed your heart and got both kittens! Whitie looks like his fur is super soft. Love the picture of him looking out the window- shows his beautiful coloring. Thanks for sharing!

    • Martha says:

      Thank you for your comment. Update (1-29-14): Thank you for your reply/comment. Whitie weighed in on his last vet visit (Jan. 11, 2014)at 17.55 pounds. The seal (brown) markings on his body are at this time very dark, closer in color to the markings on his head. The slightly ginger color in the photos you saw are actually from Vet’s Best natural pepperment/clove oil spray. Whitie is not only heavy but has also grown in length, although he is not overweight. Whitie is strikingly beautiful.

  2. Lynn says:

    Awww- so sweet. Glad you followed your heart and got both kittens! Whitie looks like his fur is super soft. Love the picture of him looking out the window- shows his beautiful coloring. Thanks for sharing!

  3. GeoC says:

    Whitie is a very beautiful, uniquely colored Ragdoll. Cute how he stole your heart when you went to pick up your kitten. That little detail of how he put his paw in your bag is really touching. Great move to get them both!

  4. Betty says:

    Hi Martha – Whitie is beautiful. He reminds me of Andy’s coloring when I first found him. His fur looks bunny soft! Do you know that you can purchase a cat harness? I got the large and it fits Andy perfectly. It is built to fit a cat’s structure and I found that Andy stopped slinking when I changed from a dog to a cat harness. Enjoy your beautiful kitties – who chose you! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story.

  5. Lynn says:

    A great harness, more like a jacket, are the ones by Crazy K Farms. Emily took to immediately and loves her daily walks. It feels very secure and is easy to put on! I saw it on My Cat From Hell and knew it was what I was looking for. I posted a video a few months ago on Floppy Cats Facebook page of Emily walking in it. I highly recommend!

    http://crazykfarm.mybigcommerce.com/categories/CAT-PRODUCTS/Kitty-Holster®-Cat-Harnesses/

  6. Great story and information, Martha! Thanks for sharing! I’m so glad you were able to get Whitie and the other kitten together! Whitie is ONE GORGEOUS Raggie and ONE INCREDIBLY LUCKY kitty! Pictures are awesome! 🙂 <3

  7. Teresa says:

    Whitie is such a cutie!!! Am so glad you were able to get both of them and know that he was relieved to finally find a forever home with someone who loves him so much. He seems so sweet and know you will have years of happiness together. ♥

    • Martha says:

      Thank you for your comment. Update (1-29-14): Thank you for your reply/comment. Whitie weighed in on his last vet visit (Jan. 11, 2014)at 17.55 pounds. The seal (brown) markings on his body are at this time very dark, closer in color to the markings on his head. The slightly ginger color in the photos you saw are actually from Vet’s Best natural pepperment/clove oil spray. Whitie is not only heavy but has also grown in length, although he is not overweight. Whitie is strikingly beautiful. His fur is now very long. I will consider having Whitie groomed with a “lion” cut this summer (I was afraid that his fur would not grow back before).

      When I have some time, I am going to submit more current pictures and also do a little write-up about Khari, who was a year old this past December.

  8. Martha says:

    Update (1-29-14): Thank you for your replies/comments. Whitie weighed in on his last vet visit (Jan. 11, 2014)at 17.55 pounds. The seal (brown) markings on his body are at this time very dark, closer in color to the markings on his head. The slightly ginger color in the photos you saw are actually from Vet’s Best natural pepperment/clove oil spray. Whitie is not only heavy but has also grown in length. However, he is not overweight. He is strikingly beautiful. Both he and his sister Khari get their teeth brushed every night (cat’s toothpaste of course).

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