We welcomed Coby home in August 2016, she was born in June. She is a seal-mitted beauty and came from Marilyn at Ragalong Ragdolls, Briar Glen farm on Vancouver Island, arriving by float plane with two other kittens – she’s the fluffiest on the left in the photo of the crate. It took a while for them to get in because everybody who came in contact had to stop to ooh, ahh and aww at the cuties inside. Coby is short for Cobalt, for her lovely blue eyes.
I had always yearned for a cat but was concerned that my dog, a Cairn terrier, may not accept or tolerate living with one. Research showed ragdolls’ affectionate and gentle nature and when I cuddled a ragdoll kitten belonging to a colleague, I was a goner. Turns out I needn’t have worried – following the breeder’s good advice, Coby stayed safe in the bathroom for a couple of days while Angie the dog stood guard outside. They met while on leash and shared treats in each other’s presence. Within a week, they were fine with each other. Angie regards Coby as a member of the family and not a cat; she still barks at outside cats, but greets Coby every morning with licks and much tail wagging. If the licks get too much, Coby will swat Angie in the face and take off, then the chase is on!
Coby is sweet, full of personality and an independent young miss. She loves looking at birdies in the garden or playing with her many toys from fluffy balls, plastic jumping straws to feathered wands. If we let Angie out in the yard and forget Coby, she will meow in protest quite loudly by the door. Besides napping, kneading on Mum’s blanket or fending off the dog’s licks, she can usually be found carrying a straw in her mouth or dragging a feathered wand behind her. One of her quirks is: she likes breaking toothpicks in half. Also, all the pencils in our house have had the erasers decapitated by you know who.
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Coby likes shoes, watching spiders and ants crawl, chicken (white meat, not dark), and car rides – where she will peer out every window and sometimes lie on the dash for a better view. The garage is her favourite room, probably associating it with going out in the car; she will grab any opportunity to sneak out and hang out under the car. Like any self-respecting cat, she must have a paw in every thing that goes on in the household and will squeeze herself into any inviting cupboards or closets with an open door. She usually goes #2 in the upper left corner of the litter box and will get the zoomies after that.
We are very thankful that Coby is a part of our family and could not imagine being without her. She has brought a lot of joy and laughter into our lives, not to mention love. While not a snugglebug, she will tolerate soft pats on her head and down the length of her back. She doesn’t mind tickling behind the ear or gentle neck massages either. I like to carry her facing me like a baby, will usually get a leg shoved under my chin as well as an offended meow in protest, but a few kisses will soothe ruffled feathers. When she’s in the right mood, Coby will wind herself between your legs and press her body against you – a sign she wants some attention or food. We love her to bits and hope she’ll have a long, happy and healthy life ahead of her.
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