Happy Birthday to My Beautiful Rags!

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My Rags would have been 23 today.  How fun would it be to have him around.  I miss him so.  This website would not exist without him – and that’s the reason his name is one of the tabs on the black navigation bar on this site – and he will forever be on a navigation bar on my site.  Before he died, one of the things he said to the animal communicator was that he wanted me to continue on with Floppycats.com, that it was important work…and so here I am!!

Rags passed away at the age of 19.5 years old on March 30, 2009 after a 3 month battle with chronic renal failure.  You can read a little bit about my history of Rags through the poem I wrote when he died, Ode to Rags.

When I had my session recently with Sonya Fitzpatrick, he told her that he would coming back to me as my next cat – let me tell you how hard it is not to go and get a cat today!

Of course, we cherish all of our kitties – but do you have a kitty that is extra special because of the time in your life you had them or something they were a part of that made an impact?  I want to hear about it!  Please share your story!


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  1. Awwww Jenny! Happy Birthday to Rags! I love how much you love him…and how big of a piece of your heart he will ALWAYS hold. My Spikekitty was the same for me…in as much as you KNOW I simply ADORE my Mooshu…Spike was my heart & soul. I saved him my freshman year in college at ASU as a stray, mite & flea infested 3 month old kitten. In turn…he saved me ten fold for the next 18 years. He knew how to comfort & console me…protect me from scrupulous boyfriends & roommates…he knew when I needed to hold him…and he let me…ONLY me. I miss him everyday…with all my heart. He sends me signs every so often to let me know he’s okay…last week he walked across my legs when I was sleeping. It wasn’t Moosh cuz he sleeps downstairs (i dunno why…weirdo cat! lol!) But yeah…they will always be with us…in one way or another! <3 xox

  2. Happy birthday Rags!! Such a beautiful soul..you can see it through his eyes. Every time i read your blogs about Rags I tear up..makes me remember my loss as well. My special boy Max. It’s been 13 yrs now since he passed and the thoughts of our time together still brings a smile to my face..along with tears of missing him. The loss was soo hard for me..I didnt think I’d ever get another cat until last year..and now i have two 🙂 Max still visits me in my dreams sometimes. I know one day we will be together again 🙂

  3. I too lost a sweet boy recently; Oreo was a real part of our family and left us at only 11 years old. There is not a day that I do not remember him. Interestingly enough though his passing led to adopting Leo, our Ragdoll/Siamese mix. We wanted to find a loving and attentive kitty like Oreo and the more I read about this Ragdoll breed, the more I knew we would have that love again! Your site has given me so much information! Keep up the good work you do in Rags’ memory!

  4. Jenny, I can see that it would be hard to to go get another cat, but this time you will have to wait and hope you read the signs so that Rags can be there for you again. I have lost too many cats to say which one was my soul cat – maybe none yet. There are ones I miss, the cuddle, snuggle bums that would sleep cuddled up to me. Not one of the current Hooligans do that.

    1. Don’t feel bad Rebecca…my Rag Mooshu doesn’t snuggle up and sleep with me either…except at 6m…and that’s just so he can bite my nose to wake me up to feed him. Hahaha!

      1. You won’t need money because you and Rags the Second will live happily ever after on L.O.V.E. – besides, he will bring you heavenly good luck 🙂

  5. The space in your heart where Rags made his home can never be filled however, your heart is big enough to open another spot for a new kitty that wants to share your love. We always want our babies to live furever and, knowing that even 20 years is a short time, remember each day for the special love we shared with them and them with us.
    Happy Special Day Rags. I am sure your Mom will tell her new kitty all about you.

  6. Hi Jenny –

    Happy birthday memories to you and Rags. Loved ones never really leave us – they just move to another dimension. Charlie & Trigg are such characters – perhaps Rags guided you all together to fill your life with happiness. He knew what you needed. Enjoy them now and rest easy knowing that Rags is always there for you.

  7. Jenny, your deep love for Rags is so touching and sweet. He really changed your life in a brilliant way! You will always be a part of each other. All my past pet losses have been heartbreaking for me…and left me internally ‘in a shambles’ –so incredibly SAD. Thinking about this difficult subject makes me want to really appreciate my sweet angels that are alive and here with me now. My three beautiful Ragdolls are the light of my life. I hope I will always remember to savor every moment that we have together.

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