Hendricks – Ragdoll Kitten of the Month

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Submitted May 24, 2019

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About 14 years ago I first discovered the Ragdoll breed through a friend of mine and my blue lynx Martini came into my life. About a year after that my second fluff monster, Mojito (seal bicolor) came to live with us. What can we say about Ragdolls? Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of a Ragdoll owning you would say ‘nuff said’. These cats are just fabulous.

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When my boy Mojito passed away from HCM last fall, I knew I had to start to look for a new baby. And I knew to get one from a reputable breeder would take time. Through Floppycats, I read about a breeder in my area and contacted her for an interview (Willetteragdols in Massachusetts). I found out from the breeder, Bette that I was a long way away from a kitten. But good things come to those who wait. She interviewed me to be sure I was a good fit, and I also interviewed her! All in all, I was able to wait until spring for the new baby.

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Meet Hendricks. Blue Mitted boy. He was born on March 1, 2019 and came to live with us this past weekend. My 14-year-old Martini was pretty lonely and he and Hendricks are getting along just fine even before a week is up! Proper intros were made slowly over the first two days. And yes, there is still some hissing on the part of the old man when he is chased down the hall by this little fuzzy peanut. I swear I see a smile on both their faces when this happens! Many of you might know this already, but let me tell you, when you have senior cats for a while and a baby comes into your life, it is a shocker as far as cuteness and ENERGY. Sometimes Martini looks at me with the ‘thanks but what the hell were you thinking?’ look! And like with human babies, playtime and excitement for 30 minutes, tends to translate into Hendricks having a collapse and snooze situation wherever he might end up (like the back of the couch!). Just be careful to look where you are walking!

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A note here on good breeders like the one I used. Bette’s kittens are raised underfoot and exposed to noises, other cats, people, vacuums, etc…so little Hendricks “ain’t afraid of nothin’”. LOL! He loves to follow you around and I swear he knows his name already. He eats like a little piggy too and loves his food time. Even before a week in his new home he is eating next to Martini already. Favorite toys are his butterfly machine, his scratching pad with the turbo ball, twinkle balls and his plastic springs. We also have a squirrel toy that he carries around in his mouth all over the house and drops it at your feet (or in my slipper). He is a toe licker, so I am cognizant of that when I walk about barefoot! He loves to sleep near you, and some nights I wake up with a fluffball snuggled against my neck. So cute…I guess I have to lay in bed until he wakes up (darn)! Purr monster for sure….and he gives you kisses when you come back from running errands, etc.

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I hope you enjoy the photos! This little boy is fabulous! I am really glad that I put a deposit down on kitten number 2! When you have 2 kittens and an old man, it can be better since the ‘youngins’ will play together more and not bother the senior kitty as much. Our second kitten is coming in July….so stay tuned for another kitten of the month!!

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PS in one photo you will notice Hendricks practicing Yoga like his mom does.

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  1. TYSVM for sharing such a SUPER PAWESOME & FABULOUS Kitten Love Story about your SUPER GORGEOUS & AMAZEBALLS boy, Henricks! HE is STUNNINGLY HANDSOME! LURVE ALL THE PICS SOOOO VERY MUCH! He sounds absolutely delightful and soooo freakin’ adorable I can barely stand it! 🙂 <3

    Wishing you, Martini & Hendricks (and the rest of whatever family dwell in your marvelous home) all the very best with many more years of good health, happiness, love, cuddles & purry adventures!! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love & purrs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3 <3 <3

    P.S. Please accept my very sincere and heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved Mojito last year… BIG HUGS! 🙁 <3

  2. Hendricks is adorable! (and a very good gin, too…) I’m sorry you lost your Mojito boy – losing kitties is always so hard, but especially so if they were ill. I’m glad Martini is enjoying his new companion and you now have a yoga partner. I bet the second kitten will be just the perfect addition. There really is nothing like a Ragdoll kitten to bring joy to a home. Thank you for sharing his story.

  3. Hendricks is just gorgeous!!! Loved the pics and the story about your “little fuzzy peanut” joining the family.

    And – if a ragdoll’s best feature is their beautiful blue eyes, why do they look so utterly ADORABLE when they’re sleeping??? The pictures of Hendricks sleeping face-down on the lounge and curled up in the bottom of the side-table made me *sigh* out loud…

    Your boy is a real heart-breaker and I’d love to see an update of him as Ragdoll of the Week when he’s all grown-up!!! He’s going to be impossibly handsome!!!

    Love from Pam and FLUFF
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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