Ask US Anything: Ragdoll Cat Making Sounds Whilst Bringing Toys, Bored 6-yr old and Ear Hematoma

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Our “Ask US Anything” is a series of posts on the site where I share the questions/concerns/ideas that readers have sent in and then the responses from our readers about those questions/concerns/ideas.

Ragdoll Cat Making Sounds Whilst Bringing Toys

Pat wrote in, “My 11 year old Ragdoll Zoe has started to bring me her toys and makes a horrible sound. I have praised her like she has brought me a mouse. Why do.you think she has started suddenly doing this ?”  

I responded telling her that my parents’ cat, Murphy does this.  But I asked her if she wanted me to ask on Facebook.  She was game.


6 yr old seems bored.

Vinnie wrote in, “We rescued her from my son. Only after his family realized that two of his three sons were allergic to the cat. We have had her for a few years now. She has always been an indoor cat we’d like to keep it that way. We just feel that she’s bored I recently bought her a few toys and she doesn’t seem interested at all and we would like your advice and perhaps some not terribly expensive toys that she actually might be interested in we’d appreciate any help you could give us thank you in advance for your help. Vinnie”

I replied:

Hi Vinnie,
I have posted your inquiry on our Facebook page and there are so more responses there.

She has gone from 3 kids to no kids – so no wonder boredom would happen =).

I am glad you guys could take her in, though.

These are cat toys we love – that’s my website, so the videos and what not that we have done will be on the individual listings, so you can decipher which ones she might like.

You will probably need to engage with her more too – with wand toys, etc.

Please let me know if you need further help.

Thanks,Jenny


Ragdoll cat ear hematoma

Nancy wrote in, “”I wanted to share with you an incident we had with Baxter. Five weeks ago I was doing his nightly brushing and felt a dime sized bubble in the pinna of his left ear. His vet was able to see him right away and said that it was an ear hematoma more common in dogs, caused by the shaking of their head from trauma, ear mites or infection (he had a mild infection) and thought we had caught it early enough to try letting his body absorb it rather than doing surgery. She advised us that his ear would not stand upright again with either option. He was put on an antibiotic and a low dose steroid. It took almost three weeks to begin to absorb and as it did slowly pulled his ear flap forward. He’s so very sweet natured and those big, round eyes and now wonky ear, make him even more precious to us. Could you ask your followers if anyone else has experienced en ear hematoma? In the picture attached, taken yesterday, you can see how his left ear folds forward.”

I posted it on our Facebook page for Nancy:


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  1. Always a SUPER FABULOUS & PAWESOME Series Post with these Floppycatter Questions/Issues, Jenny honey! 🙂 <3

    Great advice on the toy bringing with the weird noise issue. Miss PSB brings us her toys to play fetch all the time but she just makes a normal meowing/chirping sound if we don't respond right away (in case we are busy and don't notice she brought us one of her toys immediately…such an impatient puss!).. 🙂 <3

    Also, great advice on the boredom issue, too! 🙂 <3

    I have no experience with ANY hematoma issues so I hope the Floppycatter FB Community can provide their always valuable & helpful input! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love & purrs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3 <3 <3

  2. Hi Jenny, Nancy,
    I have a ‘ton’ of experience with a feline ear hematoma. I had a rescue orange tabby with a severe hematoma or ‘crunchy’ ear as I called it.
    When I adopted Tyra ( my tabby ) her hematoma was stable, had been treated prior so I have no active history. In the nine years Tyra was with
    me she never had any problems with her ear.

    Your kitty’s hematoma look much less severe than my Tyra. Tyra only had a small portion of her outer
    ear flap ‘up’ The balance had migrated to sort of a hard knot.

    The concern I and my Vet had was should her ear become severely infected ( which it never did) there were few options beyond surgery to access the ear canal
    etc. As a preventive measure I took Tyra twice a week for a Vet Tech cleaning of her ear of wax, oil etc that she was unable to remove because the scar
    from the hematoma left her ear canal and outer ear nearly closed. The cleaning was brief and a bit annoying, but she became accustomed to the process.

    Throughout Tyra’s life ( I lost her to kidney disease ) she’d clean her little ‘crunchy’ ear the best she could and showed no pain, discomfort whatsoever. From
    a personality standpoint Tyra was my ‘Rags’, a once in a lifetime friend and incredibly beautiful…. because of her ‘crunchy’ ear.

    If I knew how to send photos I’d be happy to share.

    John : )

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