Annie – Ragdoll of the Week
I’ve had cats most of my life, and found out about Ragdolls about 15 years ago. When I was looking to adopt a kitty after the death of my last pet, I wanted a Ragdoll.
Since I prefer to give homes to those kitties that need it, I went looking for a Ragdoll rescue. After scouring shelters, ads, and the internet for months, a friend discovered a shelter about 40 miles away that was listing a Ragdoll, and off we went.
At the shelter, we saw more than 60 cats—including the advertised ragdoll—but none of them were “speaking” to my heart. Mean time, the administrator of the shelter who was taking us around kept asking me a lot of questions. Finally, she said that she wanted to show me one final cat that she kept separate in the office because she had been declawed (awful—that’s another story). When I saw the kitty she had in mind, it was intense love at first sight. She was a glorious mitted sealpoint Ragdoll with a blaze.
The administrator said that Annie had been at the shelter for almost five months, and she had been carefully searching for the right person to give her a forever home. I realized that all her questions had been for a purpose, and I had passed the test! We have had Annie now for three and a half years. The private shelter from which we adopted her had rescued her from a county pound and saved her life.
They did not know where Annie came from nor her precise age, but at the time of my adoption the shelter’s vet was guessing that she was about three years old, which makes her over six years old now. To say that Annie is special and incomparable does not do her justice. Her character is even more beautiful than her stunning looks.
She is gentle, smart, loving, enjoys being brushed, and has the softest and longest fur and the most amazing sapphire blue eyes. And did we say that she is a big girl? She weighs about 18 lbs. She refuses to eat wet food; so I feed her grain free, human grade dry food. She is also fastidious, which requires that I clean the box 3-4 times a day!
Early on, we discovered that Annie comes when one whistles, and she has an abundance of “doglike” behaviors—over and above other ragdolls—and obeys some commands.
We asked about these behavioral traits to couple of cat experts, and the consensus was that Annie may have been raised and trained as a cat actor, possibly declawed for liability reasons, and when her acting life was over, the production company and/or her handlers may have turned her in to the pound. Annie loves being in the same room as her humans, but avoids sitting on laps at all cost.
At first, she was a bit reticent about human contact, but now loves being petted and sometimes will sit next to her humans. Although there is a basket full of toys available to her, she gets bored quickly with them, but loves boxes and will jump into one whenever available, even though she otherwise dislikes confined spaces.
She likes to play through the stair banister slats; making us think that she may have been caged, and learned to play through the cage wires. Like many Ragdolls, she sleeps akimbo, with her mittens pointed up and her beautiful white belly exposed.
Annie is the feline love of our lives, and we consider ourselves very fortunate to be her humans. If only she could live forever… And lest I did not mention, almost a year ago, we adopted a companion for our beloved Annie: our beautiful and mischievous cream bicolor Ragdoll boy, George—whom we also love dearly. His story on another day!
Submit Your Cat Story
Ragdoll of the Week or Floppycat of the Week on Floppycats isn’t a contest or really a selection process – as long as you follow these guidelines (that keep us sane), and submit your story and photos in full, your kitty will be next in line for Ragdoll of the Week or the Floppycat of the Week. If you are interested in submitting your kitty as Cat of the Week, we welcome you to share stories and photos of your cat or cats with us and Floppycats.com’s readers.
We know that not every Floppycats.com reader has a Ragdoll cat. And we’re not Ragdoll cat exclusive, so we started a Floppycat of the Week so that readers that don’t have Ragdolls could share their kitties too! Or readers that do have Ragdolls and other kinds of kitties, could share their whole house of kitties individually.
Read more on how to share your cat story.
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,
ANNIE,Sounds really special,and really large for a girl.What a beauty.
Thank you so much for sharing your story about The Feline Love Of Your Lives, Beautiful Annie! And bless you for adopting this special big girl! She sounds absolutely amazing and is SOOO GORGEOUS!
I am so happy she has found her Forever Home with you and your family!
Beautiful story! Just lurvely!
Big hugs & Happy Holidays!
Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbeanie 🙂 <3
P.S. Can't wait to read Boy George's (see what I did there?) story!
So glad you enjoyed our Annie’s story. Thank you! George’s story is very different; hope you will enjoy. Will wait a while to send it in so I’m not boring the readers.
A Happy, fuzzy New Year to you and Miss Pink Sugarbeanie.
Thank you, amosam, and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, Annie, George and the rest of your family!!!! 🙂 <3
Wow- what a beauty. Her dark face really makes those gorgeous blue eyes pop! Thank goodness for that shelter administrator. Thanks for sharing Annie with us.
Thank you for your note. I am grateful for the lovely lady who ran the shelter every day. In fact, we named Annie after her!
Love the pictures and the story of Annie!
What a wonderful happy ending/beginning for all of you. Annie is just gorgeous!!! Her fur is so luxurious too! So happy for all of you that you didn’t give up looking and finally found her.
Really hope that you can gradually switch her over to wet food only because it will lengthen her life. Hydrating her kidneys helps prevent the dreaded renal issues/failure long-term. If you go slow, it can happen and know you will love not having to dip the litter box so much and the decrease in smell is wonderful too. Wishing all of you a very happy holiday season!!!♥♥♥
Thanks so much for your kind note, and appreciating my Annie. Your point is well taken, and I agree with you that I would prefer to feed her wet cat food. But after a month of us trying, (Wellness, Healthy gourmet, Instinct, Tiki Cat) and Annie losing 2 1/2 lbs., it was still a bust. One issue is that she is allergic to chicken, so I have to be very careful that nothing I feed her has any type of chicken or chicken meal or by-products in it. And unfortunately, she does not seem to like fish—so that leaves us with venison, turkey, or rabbit. What I have been doing is cooking turkey breast in vegetable broth, and hand feeding her little bits. If I’m very lucky, she will eat a piece or two. I also tried raw frozen, and that was really a non-starter for her. Thank you for caring enough to write!