Gwenoviere – Ragdoll of the Week

Gwenoviere - Ragdoll of the Week

As a rising fourth year veterinary student, I was missing my dog from back home and desperately wanting the company of a pet (plus, it’s kind of expected that if you are a veterinary student, you have at least one fur baby in your household!). I knew with clinics starting soon, I would not be able to care for a dog. We’re sometimes away for 16 hours at a time, and I would not be able to make it back in order to walk him/her.

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However, I knew I wanted a loving, loyal, and cuddly animal to brighten my day whenever I got home. As I talked with my friends at school more, I discovered the wonderful personalities of Ragdoll cats! My classmate’s mom breeds them, and he invited me to meet two of his. I was in love! I immediately contacted his mom to see if she had any ragdoll cat retired breeders that were looking for forever homes, since I knew I would not be able to provide a kitten with all the attention it deserves while I am away at rotations.

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When I called her, I talked with her for an hour about Ragdolls and learned that she had two females available, one of which was 4-year-old named Summer. She sent me a picture and her beautiful blue eyes melted my heart! After buying all the necessities I could think of, the next weekend, I made a 5.5 hour drive up to New York to pick up my new friend. It was a pretty memorable drive, as the roads were snow covered in April and I got lost in the town I was picking her up from! On the way back, my little girl was pretty quiet, but would rub her head up against the carrier door – I knew this was a good sign, as I was hoping for a cuddly kitty! During the long drive back, I also had some time to think of a more perfect name for her, since she was too regal looking for a name such as Summer.

I ultimately decided on “Gwenoviere” (sometimes with “Princess” in front of it 😊 and “Gwen” for short) as a suitable name for her beauty and personality. Although it may have been a bit of a risk agreeing to adopt a cat that I had never met, I could not have been happier with the outcome.

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After about a week of adjusting, Gwen’s true personality began to come out as she would jump up on the bed with me and want cuddles for as long as I was willing to stay there. Unlike any cat I’ve ever known, Gwen enjoys sleeping underneath the covers with me! If she’s not able to get in on her own, she will demand that I make an opening for her by pawing me incessantly. She also loves kisses, not necessarily giving them, but rather receiving them! She’ll put her face right up to mine and press her nose into my lips if I start to make kissing noises!

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Gwen soon began exploring the rest of the apartment, although she still prefers my room. One of her favorite places, to my surprise, is actually the bathtub! I was shocked one day when she followed me into the bathroom and jumped right in, even though it was still wet from me taking a shower! I have not attempted to give her a bath yet, but I hope this is a promising sign.

A ragdoll cat sitting in a bath tub

Making the transition into clinics has been pretty tough, but Gwen is always there for me. Whenever I come home from a long day, I can usually find her buried underneath the covers on my bed. As soon as she hears me open the door though, she begins to stir and emerges to greet me (wanting kisses of course!). If I have to spend late nights studying, she’s always there to cuddle with me in my desk chair! Her playful nature is another source of amusement as she loves to pretend to be a ferocious hunter!

A ragdoll cat being petted

She truly is my little princess and I am so blessed to have her <3 She’s even slightly Instagram famous already with her own Instagram handle @prettyprettyprincess01

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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. Meredith Gurr says:

    Gwenoviere is beautiful! Like a very fluffy version of a Flame-point Siamese ❤️️. Just one of the lovely things about Ragdolls is the variety of gorgeous colours and your fur baby proves that! Thank you for sharing her with us.

  2. Awww, thank you sooooo very much for sharing your truly lovely story about your GORGEOUS & STUNNING girl, Princess Gwenoviere!! LURVE me some ginger Ragdolls so much! She IS SOOOO VERY BEAUTIFUL and truly does look like a creamsicle (as ABarletta pointed out in her lovely comment above)! 🙂 <3

    Gwen sounds like such a great companion and lovebug!! Her purrsonality is PURRFECT!! How lucky you were to find her as your very first Ragdoll experience!! I'm so very happy for you both! Seems like you were MFEO!!! 🙂 <3

    Wishing you both many, many more years together with good health, love, happiness and purry adventures!! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  3. Princess Gwen is gorgeous! I love the photo of you giving her kisses — so sweet!

  4. ABarletta says:

    Well Gwen is simply gorgeous! I’ve never seen a “ginger” Floppy before. She reminds me of a creamsicle pop! She looks very happy with her new mommy and I am delighted that you took her. For sure she will get the best of care! Thank you for sharing.

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