Apollo – Ragdoll of the Week
Apollo – A Rescued Seal Point Ragdoll Cat
One day my family and I (I still live at home) went to our local pet store to pick up a few things for my pet mice. This pet store has a section for rescue cats/kittens that have come from the Animal Welfare League and are up for adoption. I had been to the pet store so many times but I had never once taken any notice of the adoptive cats (purely because it breaks my heart knowing I can’t take them home..) however, this particular day my sister and I decided to check out what cats they have available for adoption. And that was the day that changed our lives! Their names are Yang (Siamese) and Apollo, and in order to adopt them, they needed to go home as a pair. They had been there for 2 weeks prior to us coming to see them, and no one had placed an offer. Perhaps it was that they needed to be taken home together or maybe because Yang has FIV that nobody wanted to take them. Scared little Apollo was curled up in his cat bed right at the back of cage, however when he saw us approach the cage he eagerly greeted us with a rub against the cage and a sweet meow. The second I laid eyes on him, I knew he was mine. I grabbed my mum and made her come over and look at the two of them, she said “we don’t need them.. We can’t afford them. Someone will take them..” however I knew, that she knew, that they were destined to be our fur babies. We left the pet store, my mum apparently “thinking” and me; well, in a hysterical state because I wasn’t allowed to bring them home that day. I remember specifically lying on my mums bed that night, begging her to let us buy them, it took a lot of convincing. I was scared that someone would take them home, I wanted to be the one to regime them! The next morning my mum and I woke up very early and raced down to the pet store, I think before it was even open haha! Apollo (and Yang) was still there, so my mum paid for them and said we would pick them up later that afternoon.
Before Apollo, I had never owned a ragdoll or ever really been in contact with one, so I wasn’t familiar with the breed. But the second I laid eyes on Apollo, I knew that his breed was perfect for me and my family, and I was right. He’s just perfect. Besides…how could you not just melt over his little face?!
Apollo is one year old. We adopted him when he was around 9 months old, so we still got to enjoy a few of his little kitten months and milestones, and I’m really glad that I got to be the one to celebrate his very first birthday with him.
If there’s one thing Apollo loves to do, it’s talk! There’s never a quiet moment in this house with him. He is always talking, but it’s nice because as I’m home alone every day, it makes me feel less lonely! I’m sure every cat owner can understand that as annoying (sometimes) it is when they don’t be quiet; it’s lovely to have a furry best friend to talk to. He’s not an active cat, but he has tiny bursts of energy where he goes crazy, but it doesn’t usually last long, then he’s out like a light! He isn’t a lap cat either, which I hope he grows out of eventually. But he does like to curl up next to us on the lounge, he is slowly getting used to letting us give him affection.
To answer the question about YouTube – he isn’t on YouTube! But he is on Instagram! @yangandapollo hehe.
There are a million things that I would definitely recommend to other ragdoll owners, but from my experience (and I’m sure so many owners will understand) that you could buy your cat a $30 toy and they would still play with a piece of rolled up tin-foil. 100% buy your furbaby a soft, fluffy blanket. Apollo has many and he loves them all! One of his favourite toys are those little fluffy mice that are like $2 from the pet store, he LOVES them! Ours are all tailless and are missing ears and eyes! They also love old cardboard boxes, perfect hiding spots and it also gives them something to scratch on! Speaking of scratching posts, Apollo loves his! I would definitely recommend.
Very lengthy story, but nonetheless I hope you enjoyed reading and have fallen in love with my little Apollo!
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I loved reading about Apollo! Thank goodness you were the ones to take him and Yang home and give them happy lives. I just followed you on Instagram and will look forward to seeing their adventures!
Oh how beautiful both Apollo and Yang are (I looked at your instagram!). Those eyes of Apollo’s just draw me in! They are so blessed that you took them even with Yang’s diagnosis and hope that he will be well despite that. Love can do amazing things! You haven’t missed all of Apollo’s kittenhood because Ragdolls don’t fully mature until they are 4 years old. So, you still have 3 more years to look forward to all the funny antics that kittens do and their added energy level. Thanks so much for sharing them with us! Wishing you all much happiness and good health.♥♥♥
Thank you for taking the time to read Apollos story and also to look at our Instagram! It means so much
It shocked me when we found out that no one had placed offers on them, despite Yangs FIV, he is perfectly healthy and as normal as a one year old cat can be ☺️
Oh wow! Really?! Apollo isn’t a crazy little cat anyway, so we are lucky! He is very relaxed and not energetic at all, so I’d love to see what he’s like when he’s fully matured haha! He won’t even move
Thank you so much for taking the time to read his story, we are so glad you enjoyed it ☺️
Sending you lots of love and happiness ❤️❤️
You are so very welcome. Just love your beautiful quality photos! I will check out their Instagram again too! Awe, Apollo sounds like an angel. Yes, bet when he comes to full maturity, he will be a really really mellow guy! So great that Yang is symptom free and know that his happiness with you plays a major part in keeping it at bay. They are so blessed from your kindness to take them together!
If you are ever interested, my 3 girls, Grace, Illaria and Mari, (2 Ragdolls and 1 Maine Coon respectively) , have a Facebook page called Heart of Grace. I haven’t posted since last year because of health issues, but you can see them and their antics and hopefully give you (and all Floppycaters) a laugh or two! Your beautiful pics on Instagram made me want to get back to posting again on FB or even beginning anew on Instagram!
Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/heartofgrace1/
Awwww, bless you and your dear mother’s heart for adopting this BEAUTIFUL Ragdoll boy and his buddy, Yang (I hope Yang is still with you and doing as well as can be expected with this FIV diagnosis). Thank you so much for giving this pair of lonely kitties a loving and safe home! And…thank you so much for sharing your story with us! 🙂 <3
Yes, one look at your boy's GORGEOUS face and blue eyes and I feel in lurve, too! 🙂 <3
I'm so happy that Apollo has adjusted so well and is quite the chatterbox. (He may have picked that habit up from his buddy, Yang, as I've heard Siamese kitties lurve to chat A LOT!) How lovely! Sounds he has found the purrfect furever home with you and your family!
Just wondering…what does Apollo think of your pet mice? 🙂 <3
Wishing you all many more years of happiness, love, good health and purry adventures together! (Praying hard that Yang will be able to live the rest of his days peacefully and not with too much discomfort.)
Big hugs & lots of love!
Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3
Ohh you are too sweet! Indeed yang is still with us, in fact he is sitting on the lounge watching TV! Luckily Yang is perfectly healthy and growing very well!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read Apollos story! It means so much and we are glad you enjoyed it ☺️
Funnily enough, Yang actually is not a chatterbox! He’s relatively quiet, except for the occasional night time cry Which is almost every night… he is a true baby!
Apollo will occasionally peak into the mice cage but he doesn’t really care for them! However Yang LOVES the mice! He could sit at their cage and watch them for hours
Again, thank you so much for your lovely words! You are such a sweetheart! It means the world ❤️❤️
Sending you lots of love and kitty hugs
P.S. Just viewed your Instagram. Yang is gorgeous too! It would have been impossible to separate them. They are so sweet together. Yang is really adorable!
Apollo is one beautiful fellow! You are a special person (your family is too) to adopt, especially for adopting two bonded cats, and one with HIV. That is wonderful. I wish you, your mom and kitties much love and happiness. You are all very precious.
Wow! Thank you so much for your kind words, and for checking out our Instragram! I hope you liked what we post Again, thank you so much! We wish you much love and happiness too ❤️