Guimauve – Ragdoll of the Week
I am proud to introduce my Lynx Flame RagDoll named Guimauve (French for marshmallow) He is mainly white with a caramel coloured face mask and ears along with the same colour on his back and tail as well as the requisite blue eyes.
I lost my “Love of my Life” Chocolate Lab (named what else but Chocolat) on June 13th. 2011. She was just two weeks short of her 10th birthday. Needless to say, the house seemed very empty without her; so, because I was not ready for another dog, I opted to get a cat. I researched the internet and decided a RagDoll was exactly what I wanted. He does not replace Chocolat but is a beloved member of our family. I have never regretted my decision.
We traveled about 120 miles round trip to look at an all-white female at Joymagic Ragdoll Cattery near Sherbrooke QC. By the way, I would absolutely recommend this breeder. Guimauve had been neutered and had all vaccinations up to date. He was and still is a healthy boy!
Obviously, I didn’t buy the white female but lost my heart to a 4 month old male born March 23rd, 2011. When I picked him up, he nestled under my chin and purred. I had not brought a cage, as I was just “looking” but he made the trip home sleeping all the way nestled again underneath my chin.
I must admit he is not the typical RagDoll; he does not always relax in your arms. He’s not “touchy feely” but comes to us for petting and likes to be in the same room with us. He usually sleeps in his own bed in the bedroom but sometimes deigns to sleep on our bed. He is like a dog in a cat’s body, following me about the house, even to the bathroom, where he drinks from the faucet. He is intelligent, extremely curious, vocal (he will answer when spoken to) and a “Great White Hunter”. He rids the house of spiders etc. and just recently brought us a mouse as a gift. It was unharmed and my husband was able to coax it back outside. We just finished major renovations on the basement of our house (actually gutted everything including the cement floor). We think the mouse must have gotten in when the garage door was left open for the workmen. He is still on guard in case there might be more. He stalks birds and squirrels through the patio door and plays fetch with a favorite fuzzy ball. Company is not a problem…he greets people then retreats to another part of the room. He is wonderful with my 4 year old grandson; retreating to higher ground like his tower if necessary.
He is an indoors cat but loves to be outside with his harness and leash. I put him in a pet stroller in the shade while I work in my flower garden or in a cat playpen on the deck beneath the gazebo. If I leave him in the house, he meows till my husband brings him to me outside.
His diet is a combination of Royale Canin dry food during the day with the same RC wet food for supper. I kept the same diet he was fed at the breeder and it has worked very well. During the evening, I spoil him with a few Temptations treats. If I forget, he sits by the pantry door meowing! He really enjoys chewing the wheat germ I grow indoors for him. He has no hair ball issues, which I believe is due to the grass chewing. I try to brush him every day and as a result he has a soft silky coat with no matting and minimal shedding. I also use an attachment to a handheld vacuum when he’s mellow. He allows me to clip his claws and clean his ears.
He’s my Beautiful Boy and the Cat “Love of my Life”!
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