Huckleberry & Finn – Ragdoll Kittens of the Month

My family did not have pets growing up. As an adult I realized how much love, joy and peace animals can bring to your life.

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Huckleberry

After a number of years, a rescue dog and cat turned into three dogs, three cats (Lulu, Tucker and Jersey) and a Desert Tortoise. Unfortunately, with great love comes great loss in multiples.

Heartbreak

In January of 2020 we lost our beloved Lulu. She was 15 yrs old and had battled inflammatory bowel disease, a heart murmur, thyroid disease, and kidney disease for 8 years. I was devasted after losing her.

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Finn

Fast forward to 8/2020, we welcomed an adorable kitten from our local shelter and named her Poppy. We were still loving on our 12-year-old sibling cats (rescued from a box by the river as kittens) Tucker and Jersey. Life was fun and a little crazier with a kitten around and we were back to 3 cats~

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Finn and Huckleberry

Tragedy struck in February of 2021, Tucker passed away, unexpectedly, one morning in his favorite sleeping spot. Two months early he had received a clean bill of health. We were devastated and heartbroken. That same week, Poppy, who was 9 mo. old, was acting very lethargic. Long tragic story short, abdominal surgery showed she had massive inflammation in her stomach and they suspected FIP. She declined rapidly while we were awaiting multiple tests to verify FIP. Ultimately, we lost her 12 days after Tucker passed (test results came back positive for FIP). In short, we lost 3 beloved cats in 13 months.

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Finn

Hope

My family knew how hard I was taking our loss and encouraged me to get another kitten. I vowed never to love another animal again because it hurt so much (yah right). I had admired Ragdolls for years and followed many on Instagram (mostly bi-colors). I spent hours looking at Ragdolls, breeders, traits, colors, and patterns mostly to keep myself busy, never seriously considering getting another kitten.

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Floppy Finn

This is when I found Floppycats and all the information, pictures and stories solidified the fact that I needed a Ragdoll kitten. Then fate intervened and a local breeder just had a few litters kittens and not all were spoken for. We’ve never worked with a breeder before so we had no idea what to expect AND we were in a pandemic. Ragdoll Ranch (Reno, NV) was so helpful, knowledgeable and kind. I asked MANY questions and since visiting wasn’t an option, I received pictures anytime I asked. Ultimately, we ended up getting 2 males because I adored them both.

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Finn and Huckleberry

Healing

Huckleberry was born on April 10, 2021 and he’s seal mitted mink.

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Huckleberry

Finn, a mitted seal mink lynx with a blaze was born on April 17, 2021 (nothing like the bi-color Ragdolls I had been following).

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Finn

We are so in love with these boys! Huckleberry is more adventurous. He’s the 1st to try a new toy, chase a laser, jump in a box, or bat something around. His favorite toy is a crinkle ball that he carries around the house in his mouth. He is a true floppy cat and is very tolerant of being held by our granddaughter.

Finn is more cautious. He waits and watches his brother until he knows it’s safe. Finn only lets certain people hold and love on him. Food is Finn’s favorite thing and he is a full pound heavier than his brother.

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Huck

Catch the Tail Cat Toy is a favorite for them both (Blackhole Catch Tail Cat Toy). They love cat tunnels and have 3 different types and shapes (Kitty City large cat tunnel bed). They love the bathroom sinks to drink from and sleep in. I have not been alone in the bath tub or shower since they’ve been here (hence the reason for MANY bathroom pictures).

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Huckleberry and Finn

Finn has fallen in the bathtub trying to get the bubbles. They love to be brushed and will roll over on their back so I can get their bellies. They are a little weird in that they have to get in the litter boxes while I am cleaning them. They love to go outside (always supervised) but it causes me too much stress so we don’t go out often.

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lounging Huck

They are 6 months old now and have brought so much joy to our lives. While you can never replace the loved ones we lost, these boys have brought laughter and happiness back to our family. We love them so much.

Huckleberry and Finn - Ragdoll Kittens of the Month Finn

Thanks for the opportunity to share our story.

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Yawning Huck

How often should you brush a Ragdoll?

You should aim to brush your Ragdoll cat twice a week. This is enough time to prevent hairballs from forming and will help to keep your cat’s coat smooth and clean. Leaving it longer could result in hairballs, and their fur may get matted if neglected.

It’s essential to ensure that you don’t just brush their main body, but you get the problematic areas, too. If you want to brush your Ragdoll cat more often than twice a week, you can, but it’s unnecessary. Suppose it’s something that your cat particularly enjoys. In that case, it can be an excellent, calm bonding session for you and your kitty.

How do you brush a Ragdoll cat?

You should brush a Ragdoll cat slowly and follow the natural direction of the hair where possible. You may use different tools for the body and trickier areas, like behind the legs. Keep your cat calm and free from distractions so they lie still while you groom them.

It would be best if you started brushing your Ragdoll cat at an early age to help them get used to the brush and the grooming process. The later you leave it, the more likely they are to resist. Positive reinforcement – using a treat when the brushing is over – helps to let your cat know that brushing is a positive experience.

How do you stop a Ragdoll from shedding?

You can’t stop a Ragdoll cat from shedding. It’s a natural process for them. Instead, make sure you feed them a healthy diet to maintain the quality of their coat and brush regularly to remove shed fur so that it doesn’t become matted or get eaten as a hairball.

Some people recommend bathing your cat to reduce shedding. Still, it’s not usually necessary, and cats generally hate baths, so they can be more trouble than they’re worth. A healthy and balanced diet and regular brushing are enough to control your Ragdoll cat’s shedding.

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How often should you brush a Ragdoll?

You should aim to brush your Ragdoll cat twice a week. This is enough time to prevent hairballs from forming and will help to keep your cat’s coat smooth and clean. Leaving it longer could result in hairballs, and their fur may get matted if neglected.

It’s essential to ensure that you don’t just brush their main body, but you get the problematic areas, too. If you want to brush your Ragdoll cat more often than twice a week, you can, but it’s unnecessary. Suppose it’s something that your cat particularly enjoys. In that case, it can be an excellent, calm bonding session for you and your kitty.

How do you brush a Ragdoll cat?

You should brush a Ragdoll cat slowly and follow the natural direction of the hair where possible. You may use different tools for the body and trickier areas, like behind the legs. Keep your cat calm and free from distractions so they lie still while you groom them.

It would be best if you started brushing your Ragdoll cat at an early age to help them get used to the brush and the grooming process. The later you leave it, the more likely they are to resist. Positive reinforcement – using a treat when the brushing is over – helps to let your cat know that brushing is a positive experience.

How do you stop a Ragdoll from shedding?

You can’t stop a Ragdoll cat from shedding. It’s a natural process for them. Instead, make sure you feed them a healthy diet to maintain the quality of their coat and brush regularly to remove shed fur so that it doesn’t become matted or get eaten as a hairball.

Some people recommend bathing your cat to reduce shedding. Still, it’s not usually necessary, and cats generally hate baths, so they can be more trouble than they’re worth. A healthy and balanced diet and regular brushing are enough to control your Ragdoll cat’s shedding.

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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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One Comment

  1. Monica Skaggs says:

    I just want to reach out and pet both of them! They are adorable. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful love stories about all your cats. My sympathy goes out to you — we all know how difficult it is when they move on to the Rainbow Bridge. I can imagine how much light and love Huckleberry and Finn are bringing to your home! They are unbelievably cute!!

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