Jazz – Ragdoll Kitten of the Month

DSCF0210I’d like you to meet Jazzy Blues, aka Jazz.  He is five months old and a handful! Why a Ragdoll? Sad story, but with a good ending.  I had two Scottish Folds, Rascal and Scotty.  Rascal was my “Baby Boy”.  When he was five years old, he was diagnosed with HCM.  He put up a valiant fight for over 10 years, but in February of this year, the specialist told me it was time.  We said our final good-byes on Valentine’s Day.  It was heart-wrenching because he had been with me since he was five months old.  I lost my best friend.  Scotty, who soon will be 11, was alone for the first time.  He missed Rascal and my daughter who had moved out on her own a few months earlier.  We were a pair to be sure!!

DSCF0213Over the years, I had seen and heard a lot about Ragdolls and had often thought about adding one to my house.  I did some research and found a great breeder in Cincinnati less than an hour away.  Kristie at BigCityDolls was wonderful.  She answered my questions and listened when I needed to talk about Ras.  I told her I wanted a male, blue if possible.  Well, it took a few litters to finally get one!  Jazz was born April 26.  I think I feel in love with the first picture.

Finally, Jazz came home July 19.  I decided to keep DSCF0215him in my bedroom for the first few days and slowly introduce him to Scotty.  I thought he’d be afraid, but was I ever wrong!  I opened the carrier door and he searched every corner of the room and bathroom in 15 minutes.  He wasn’t afraid of me and even slept with me the first night.  He hasn’t stopped since!  The introduction between him and Scotty was a little rough and didn’t go well because Scotty was sick. After four weeks of high fevers, meds and exploratory surgery, finally Scotty felt better and was not so grumpy.  They’re not best buds yet, but getting there. I found them Sunday, sunning themselves in front of the patio door with Jazz snuggled up against Scotty’s back and a leg over his shoulder.

DSCF0214Kristie told me Ragdolls don’t like heights so I shouldn’t have a problem with him climbing.  Oh, Jazz doesn’t fit that one!  He’s on the dining room table, the kitchen counter, the back of the furniture.  He’s become familiar with a spray bottle!  Even when he’s doing something he shouldn’t, you can’t help but love his sweet face.  He looks so innocent!  Jazz loves to play in water.  While I brush my teeth or wash my hands, I have to leave the water running a little for him to play.  He splashes water everywhere.  He even likes to share my shower.  I dry him off after I dry myself!    He has several different toys, but I think he’s favorite is Scotty’s tail! It’s always moving and he’s always trying to catch it.

DSCF0217Jazz loves to be held and cuddled and he makes the sweetest sound when I pick him up.  He follows me around everywhere.  He’s into everything-silk flowers, trash, books.  He even grabbed the end of the toilet paper and took off running one morning. He had most of it off the roll before I caught him down the hall!  Perfect words to describe him – loving, sweet, mischievous, energetic.  I love my Jazzy Blues!

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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. Patricia McDermott says:

    he is darling and so is your scotty. so sad about your other cat rascal. it’s so hard when you lose them. you have helped scotty a lot bringing another cat into your home. i think they know and morn too when one is missing. jazz looks like he is very confident and happy. best to you and your family.

  2. Teresa Reid says:

    So sorry for your loss of Rascal. So glad that you decided to get a friend for Scotty. Sounds like he is making fast friends with Scotty if he already has his leg over his shoulder. That is so sweet. Love that photo of them together. Jazzy is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing his story and hope you have a long and happy life together.

  3. When people say they’ll never have another pet, I think that’s the saddest thing of all. Our hearts break when our kitties pass away but we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of the happiness another can bring or turn away from pets that need homes. I lost my “Boy Baby” last October and your story of “Baby Boy” reminded me of him. (My little fellow, Sammy Mouse, had liver failure at seven years old.) I had – and still have – four older cats I dearly love but losing my youngest left a very lonesome space. I wasn’t looking for another pet but over the holidays two new kitties found me. Sarah Sally was abandoned in the countryside, terrified of people, and spent her first three weeks here hiding behind the couch. The kitten was introduced to me by my vet who was treating her for frostbite and pneumonia. Calliope (named for her loud purr) launched herself into my arms and my heart. She lost the end of her tail and the tips of her ears so she’s often mistaken for a Scottish Fold. I wish you and your darlings a lifetime of joy together… thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Patti Johnson says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us! I am so very sorry for the loss of your best friend, Rascal. So sad…. I know the feeling all too well. *BIG HUGS*

    Very happy to hear about your Jazzy Blues (awesome name!)! He sounds like a little pistol and is so BEAUTIFUL! Nice to know that he and Scotty are bonding.

    It certainly appears as though you have a new best friend and shadow in Jazz and that’s truly wonderful! Nothing like the love of a Ragdoll!

    Big hugs to you, Jazz & Scotty!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

  5. bbbellanger says:

    Exactly the kitten I want! I have one like him named Gunsmoke!

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