Stella – Ragdoll of the Week

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Stella - Ragdoll of the Week

This is Stella. She is a 2-year-old Seal Point and is a true princess. She is also our first Ragdoll.

I’ve had cats all my life. Almost 3 years ago when one of our kitties passed away, I started considering different cat breeds and discovered these beautiful creatures. I researched markings and colors and fell in love with the Seal Point. We found a breeder, 4 hours away in Kansas City and made the drive out to meet our new baby shortly after she was born. Went back again a month or so later to pick her up.

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She was a little shy at first but soon found a friend in our 6-year-old Brittney Spaniel. It has been amazing to watch her grow and change over these past 2 years. She went from a tiny white ball of fluff with dark brown ears, nose, paws and tail, to the beauty she is today.

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She loves to watch the birds in the morning from atop her Kitty Condo in my bedroom or just relaxing anywhere she decides is comfortable including the bathroom sink.

She loves to be groomed. As a matter of fact, if you pick up her brush, she’ll follow you around. I don’t mind though. It gives us more bonding time. She’ll roll around purring, letting you keep brushing her until your arm falls off. It’s great because she always looks good and I’ve never had to deal with matted hair.

She wasn’t much of a snuggler when she was little but the older she gets, the cuddlier she becomes. The only bad part is, even with a lot of brushing, she still leaves you covered in hair. Small price to pay for such an awesome cat. I just buy lots of lint rollers.

As I was researching the Ragdoll, it said you should never let these cats go outside because they are so docile that wouldn’t defend themselves if attacked. However, the website shows lots of Ragdoll owners with their fur babies outside. Recently, I took my Stella outside but on a leash. I’m so afraid she would get excited and run off. Anyone else dealing with this dilemma? I’ve taken her out a few times now but I don’t want her to think she can just go out on her own.

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Last September, we took Stella on vacation with us to Florida. She did well. It’s a 13-hour drive that we took in 2 days. First time I attempted to travel with a cat. I purchased the largest soft sided carrier I could find. I left it open and in the floor for her to get used to before we left. She cried for about the first 30-minutes but once I let her out, she quieted down. She spent most the time either in my lap or laying on the console between our seats. I also bought a leash with a harness. When we were traveling, we kept the harness on her so that if one of us opened the door and she decided she was going too, we had something to hang on to. At rest stops, we would put her on the leash and let her stretch her legs a little.
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The house we rent is right on the beach and has a screened in porch all along the back. That was her favorite spot to watch the sea gull and feeling the ocean breeze. It’s almost like she feels like she is on vacation too. We’re going back again this year. Hope she does as well.

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Comments (2)

  1. Steeeeeelllllllaaaaa! (Sorry I had to do THAT Streetcar Named Desire reference!) 🙂 <3

    What a beautiful, gorgeous & STUNNING girl your Stella has become! And what an adorable kitten she was!!! Lurve the pics! So glad she has settled in nicely and made good friends with your dog, too! She sounds like a dream….a True Princess, indeed! 🙂 <3

    I lurve the pic of her on the console in your car as you traveled to Florida last year! I take it you either live in KS or MO? I live in Lawrence, KS myself. Howdy, neighbor! 🙂

    It's SUPER PAWESOME that she LURVES getting groomed!!! Yes, that remaining cat hair that always cover us Raggie owners is quite a challenge but if you have a Lilly Brush BFF or Lilly Brush Mini or two laying around the house and in your glove compartment then you're always Good To Go! (I highly recommend that pawesome product as it is so much better than a lint roller!) 🙂

    Wishing you, your family (including the Magnificent Stella and doggie) many years of good health, love, happiness and purry & barky adventures together! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  2. That Stella is a fabulous girrrl! Thank you for sharing. We now have a 7 year old male ragdoll, Mulsanne. Because we’ve always had a dog that we’ve leashed and walked around the neighborhood outside, Mulsanne would zoom outside when the door opened and then there was the comical chase through couple of neighbors yards to catch him when he was younger. Therefore, we do have the Lupine collar/harnessing system with leash (won from this site) that works well for him to take short walks with us around the neighborhood. But we still have to be careful at the door, because he may sneak out on us if we’re not careful. He is micro-chipped but has never been lost thankfully. We can also tie his leash (attached to harness system) to longer leash attached to a fixed post while in the yard with him for more leisurely time exploring the yard. He does like car rides also, but must be a second person in the car managing Mulsanne, so the driver can drive. The ragdolls are such a pleasure!

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