Shaman – Ragdoll of the Week

| July 18, 2011 | 9 Comments
Seal Colorpoint Ragdoll mix, Shaman

Seal Colorpoint Ragdoll mix, Shaman

A Seal Colorpoint Ragdoll mix, Shaman came to me in 2006, when a friend “rescued” him from the woman who had raised him in her garage, because she didn’t want him on the carpet in her house. He was almost a year old then. Originally, he was a rescue cat at Merlin’s Hope and we were going to find him a great home, but Shaman quickly made himself right at home in our home; I think what won him a special place in my heart was the first night he came in the bathroom as I was running the bathwater and I saw that he had no idea what it was. He had literally never lived in a real home. He had never had a real life. Over the next few weeks, I was amazed at the things that entertained him: the bathtub, the television, the dishwasher, the toilet. Entertainment opportunities were endless for this poor boy.

Seal Colorpoint Ragdoll mix, Shaman

Seal Colorpoint Ragdoll mix, Shaman

It broke my heart, and I was determined that he was going to have the best home that he could have; that meant, of course, that he had to stay with me, so we took him off rescue status and he became a “MeLinda kitty” as my personal cats are known.

Shaman’s favorite toy is whatever shirt I am wearing. Yes, he loves to come and lay on me and suck on my shirt. I can always tell when he is feeling particularly needy. Shaman loves to watch the lizards in the window and pretend he can “chase” them through the glass.  He loves to play with his brothers Bastien, Saxon, and Gryffin. At six years old, he is in the prime of his life, and I like to think he is having the life he so richly deserves. He loves to come running across the room, hop on the bed, and then hold me hostage

Shaman and his sister Nimue (DSH white)

Shaman and his sister Nimue (DSH white)

while he sucks on my shirt. I guess you could say I am his favorite toy! How very lucky I am.

MeLinda and the “MeLinda kitties”

Shaman gets to lay in the sun for the first time

Shaman gets to lay in the sun for the first time

Shaman makes himself at home

Shaman makes himself at home

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Shaman's first day with us

Shaman's first day with us

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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. Leanna Steward says:

    Shaman looks almost identical to our cat except the dark on Shaman is a little darker than on Boo. Similar story as well. Boo is mixed. A stray cat had 6 kittens behind the abandoned house next door. Two had the marking of a Siamese. I took the cats and gave away the 4 and kept the two. They were covered with ringworm. I had to spend a lot of money to get rid of it and in the meantime my husband, myself, and my granddaughter all got it. It was so bad that Boo had no fur on his tail.

    We had to keep them outside in the garage. When they were about 2 mo. old I had to be gone for a week but my husband was here. When I got home they had disappeared (stolen actually). The female was really skittish and would not follow anyone so someone had to take them. I advertised and looked everywhere for them but nothing. About 6 mo. later, my husband came in and said he had something to show me. He took me out to the alley and there sat the cats. I called and Boo came to me but Bea didn’t. I grabbed Boo (stole him back actually) and he has been with us since.

    I searched the internet trying to identify him. I first thought he was Balinese but when talking online to a woman she said he is Rag Doll. I looked it up and ‘bingo’ Boo has all the characteristics, both physical and personality, of a Rag Doll. He is absolutely beautiful now and his tail is full of fur, is the most loving cat I have every had, and is the delight of our family. His coat has darkened and he is big and I was surprised to read that they do not get their full color until @ 2 and their full weight at @ 4. It will be interesting to see how much he changes and how big he will get.

  2. LauraC says:

    It breaks my heart how some people treat these beautiful creatures. Luckilly there are people like you out there too to give them loving homes and try and make it up to them. Shaman is gorgeous !

  3. Rebekah C says:

    LauraC took the words right out of my mouth. Shaman is very lucky to have you!

  4. Carrie Wehmeyer says:

    Bless you for all you do for the kitties, MeLinda! Shaman is a special (and lucky) boy indeed!

  5. Leanna Steward says:

    In case anyone misunderstand what I wrote earlier, we had to keep them in the garage as long as they had ringworm. We have a huge house and to have kept them inside would have created a huge job of disinfecting the house and we also had a dog and another cat to think about. Since getting Boo back, he has not left the house.

  6. Beth says:

    Thank you for giving Shaman the real home he deserves! And thank you, Leanna, for what you’ve done for those other sweet kitties!

  7. Pat Duerksen says:

    Breaks my heart when I hear of the mistreatment of ANY animal. The picture of Shaman’s first day in the sun, made me say “aahhhh”, out loud. I have a Ragdoll mix rescue as well…..I believe they know they are “rescued’. How lucky are we?
    What a beautiful kitty Shaman is, happy happy both of you!!

  8. barb Stewart says:

    I am so glad you rescured Shaman. How could anyone do that to a cat.

    I think a cat is more important than any rug!

    He looks like my ragdoll named Joey, whom I love very much. You can have a cat

    or you can have a perfect home. One or the other!

  9. the zoo says:

    Shamans very cute and lucky to have the great home he does.

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