Denali – Ragdoll of the Week

Denali – Ragdoll of the Week

DenaliFor some reason, all the cats in my life (until now!) have been females. When my old calico girl passed in 2006, I went in search of a pair (girl and boy) of Ragdoll kittens. (See Stormy’s story on March 7) I ended up bringing home two boys who were an absolute joy. Fast forward 5 years, and I still longed for my little girl Ragdoll kitten. I had stayed in touch with the breeder, and would visit from time to time to visit girl kittens but never had a “connection” with one of them. It was one of these visits that I met Denali.

Denali 1st day home
Denali 1st day home

My sister and I came to meet yet another girl kitten, but it was quickly apparent that it wasn’t a good match. As we were visiting, a litter of “chocolate” kittens playing in the living room caught my eye. They were different from any Ragdoll kittens I had ever seen, and the breeder explained they were Mink Ragdolls. I had no idea what that meant, but not only were these kittens adorable, they had blazes. I’ve always loved the look of Ragdolls with blazes, and especially admired Floppycats Charlie!

Denali - Ragdoll of the WeekOne kitten had a crooked blaze and one had a perfect hourglass blaze. The one with the perfect blaze had an amazing personality. He immediately came to see what I was doing and crawled into my lap. Then he took off to play with the rest of the litter, but came back to make sure he wasn’t missing anything where I was sitting. He flopped over (at 6 weeks!) and let me rub his belly.

I was falling in love, but my heart sank when the breeder told me it was a boy. I already had two boys, and really wanted a girl … she also told me he was the only one in the litter that hadn’t already been spoken for (so he was available). I told her I would think about it and let her know in a couple of days.

Denali - Ragdoll of the WeekIt was only 30 minutes later, while my sister and I were having lunch that I called the breeder back and said I wanted him. It was much more important to me that I have a good personality match rather than gender so the next thing I knew I was anxiously waiting the 4 weeks before I could bring him home.

Denali - Ragdoll of the WeekIn anticipation of his arrival, I had set up everything he needed in the guest room. I read all the information on about slow introductions. But Denali was having none of that, and within 3 days he was one of the boys. Dusty (one of my older boys) took him under his wing immediately and they are best friends to this day.

The personality that won me over the day I met him has been a blessing and a curse as he’s grown up. He was one of those kittens that was into absolutely everything. He meowed for attention and was a restless kitten that had a lot of energy! He was a year old before he slept through the night, and even now he has to be the center of attention at all time. Sometimes he meows incessantly if he thinks he’s being ignored and sometimes for no reason at all! He is much more outgoing than his older brothers and never misses out on greeting guests. He is a bit of a bully to Stormy and is always picking on him, but I’ve caught them snuggling together on rare occasions!

Denali - Ragdoll of the WeekI didn’t know anything about Mink Ragdolls, but they are amazing. They are born with their color, while their traditional littermates are born white and get their color as they mature. Denali’s color continued to darken until the age of 4 and some of his points are so dark they almost look black. The term Mink, however, comes from the texture of their coats. Ragdolls are soft, but Minks are even softer if that’s even possible. I don’t believe in fur coats, but imagine a mink coat and that’s what it feels like.

Denali Bear got his name from his father, Teddy Bear, and my love for mountains and dreams of visiting Denali National Park one day. There are lots of bears in Denali, so I thought it was a good name. Just like naughty children, he only gets called by his full name when he’s in trouble! Most of the time I just call him “Nali”.

Denali - Ragdoll of the Week

Denali - Ragdoll of the Week

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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,

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  1. Susan Cook says:

    I didn’t know until reading your comments that our 3 Ragdolls that they are Minks, Ollie, Wanda and their late sister Sofie belonged to that category, but their coats are so like touching the softest of silk.Sofie passed away at the age of 9yrs of age from Stage 4 Renal Failure. But she had the blaze of a little beauty and beautiful she was, her brother and sister nearly 14yrs old now do not have a blaze but are non the less real beauties themselves. They have very dark chocolate front legs with white mittens and dark brown faces and their backs are the colour of Mushroom gills. We love them so much and Sofie is always in our hearts.

  2. Teresa Reid says:

    What a stunner Denali is! Thank you for sharing his story! Wishing you all a very happy and blessed life together. ♥♥♥

  3. Wayne Robinson says:

    Denali is spectacular! I’ve never heard of the mink colour before, but he is certainly a beautiful boy. Thank you for sharing.

    1. RagdollCatMom says:

      I had never heard of minks either until I met him! They are amazingly soft, and so dark in color.

  4. Debbie Levin says:

    Wowie, what an extremely handsome fellow!!!!

  5. Patti Johnson says:

    Wow! Thank you for sharing Denali Bear’s (lurve that name!) story with us!!! He IS SUPER GORGEOUS!!!! Such beautiful colors and I lurve his blaze!!! And what a purrsonality he has!!! He sounds like such a delightful addition to your family!!!!

    He’s one lucky kitteh to be in such a loving home and to have his brothers to play with and snuggle with (when the time is right, of course). The pecking order is always fascinating, isn’t it? 🙂

    Wishing you, Denali, Stormy, Dusty and the rest of your family many years of fun, love, happiness and good health!!!!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    1. RagdollCatMom says:

      Denali is a handsome devil, and he knows it for sure! Don’t know what I’d do without him and his brothers!

  6. omg he is just absolutely gorgeous!thanks for sharing your story. wow, i can’t get over how beautiful he is. his color is divine!

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