Kelchi – Ragdoll Kitten of the Month

Kelchi Moccasins 11 weeks
Kelchi Moccasins 11 weeks

My Ragdoll kitten, Kelchi, was born on October 7, 2012 and is now eight-months-old.  Kelchi joined my pet family, a one hundred plus pound Shiloh Shepherd named Colter and my mixed tabby cat, Moshie, right after Christmas.  Since I love Native American history and collect artifacts and artwork from those cultures, I decided to give my kitten a Native American name.  Kelchi means “moccasins” in the Navajo language.  The name is pronounced KELL-chee.  As you can see from her pictures, she has little white moccasins on her feet.

Kelchi 8 mos
Kelchi 8 mos

When I decided to get a second cat, I started looking for Maine Coon breeders in my area.  I was familiar with that breed because a Shiloh friend of mine out east is a breeder.  (I am from Minnesota, so she was too far away for me to get a kitten from her.)  I liked the looks of that breed, as well as their friendly, doglike personality.  Somehow in my Google search for Maine Coon breeders, I stumbled upon the Ragdoll breed.  I had never heard of Ragdolls and became intrigued.   Thus, a new Google search began.

As I researched the Ragdoll breed, I was very much taken by their striking beauty, large size, and friendly personality.  I also liked the idea that their coats don’t typically mat and don’t require a lot of maintenance.  Then there were the eyes… I absolutely fell in love with those BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYES!  I was sold on Ragdolls without ever seeing one

First Meeting 10 weeks
First Meeting 10 weeks

in person.  I found Gail Vettel of Angelkissed Ragdolls.  Gail resides near North Branch, Minnesota which is a little over two hours from me.  Angelkissed is a small cattery.  Gail’s cats are all part of her household.  Those two factors were important to me as I was looking for a breeder, along with the usual health and genetics issues.  I would highly recommend Gail.  She has been great to work with as a breeder and produces awesome kittens.  Kelchi is so beautiful and has such a sweet temperament.  I would get another cat from Gail anytime!

I planned to introduce Kelchi to my other two pets in a slow, methodical way.  I started Kelchi out in a room by herself, with the door closed, so she and my other animals could only smell and hear each other.  Colter was very intrigued by this new mystery.  My older cat pretty much ignored the whole thing and went about his usual naptimes.  The first day,

Kelchi and Moshie wrestle
Kelchi and Moshie wrestle

I sat on the floor in the room and let Kelchi get to know me on her own terms.  Within the hour she was on my lap and happily exploring the room.  I thought she would be in that room for a number of days.  However, after 24 hours of a closed door introduction to the others, I could see that Kelchi was ready for the next step.  So, I put up a child gate and opened the door.  Again, Kelchi moved up my time table.  By that evening, she was climbing the gate to see my very curious Shiloh Shepherd who sat on the other side.  And so, the friendship began!

Kelchi and Colter have become best of friends.  Colter has always been very gentle with her.  Kelchi thinks Colter is her own personal warming bed, as well as her best friend.   They cuddle together.  They play together.  The two of them are always waiting to greet me at the door when I come home.  I have a number of YouTube videos of Kelchi and Colter

best buddies
best buddies

together.  You can find them on my channel.  I also wrote a storybook for my first graders (I am an elementary school teacher) about Kelchi and Colter meeting.  It is called, “Kelchi Finds a Friend.”  You can find an audio-visual version of this book on my YouTube channel as well.

Kelchi and my other cat are getting along well also.  Moshie has gotten more active since she’s been here – which is a good thing!  Kelchi is definitely part of the family now, and truly “owns” my house.  She has become quite the acrobat (or should I say “acro-cat!”), climbing high up on the tops of walls and stair railings.  She is pretty much fearless.  Owning this sweet, friendly, intelligent, and beautiful kitten has definitely turned me into a Ragdoll fan.  After having her, a Ragdoll is now my cat of choice!

Peggy Bennett

Kelchi and Colter cuddle
Kelchi and Colter cuddle
Kelchi acro-cat
Kelchi acro-cat



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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. Dorinda Leise says:

    Wow, I think that Kelchi and my kitty are sisters! My ragdoll has the exact same birthday and came from the same breeder. I remember Gail had nicknamed her cougar girl for her distinct white markings and monkey girl was the mama kitty. I had a hard time deciding which kitty to pick and ended up with the seal mitted female. They were both so cute! I would love to exchange pics so feel free to look me up on FB.

    1. Peggy Bennett says:

      Yes, Dorinda, Kelchi is “Couger Girl!” How fun! I would love to see pictures of your cat as well. I will find you on FB and send a friend request. I have a lot more pictures of Kelchi on my FB page too, if you’d like to see more.

  2. Melissa Hammer says:

    Are idea on what it would take and or cost to get a cat to B.C Canada? I love to idea of a rescue and will be looking for a Ragdoll.

    1. Peggy Bennett says:

      I don’t know the answer to you question about getting a cat to BC Canada, Melissa. However, I know who would. Check out this Floppy Cats website where you can post questions. Floppy Cats also has a Facebook page where you can post your question. They might even have connections to Ragdoll rescues from British Columbia.

      Say, my dog is “Canadian.” He is from Prince Edward Island, where his breeder lives. So I have a multinational household, lol! 🙂

  3. I love the picture of them at the door and cuddling and ACRO-CAT!!!

  4. Oh. my. goodness. The pictures of the dog and the kitten are just waaay too cute for me to handle. What darling pets you have

  5. Hi, Peggy! Thanks for sharing Kelchi’s story with us. Hey, Kelchi and my girl (Pink Sugar) are Birthday Buddies as Pink Sugar was also born on 10/7/2012. 🙂

    Such cute and adorable pictures! Blindingly cute (as Lynn stated above)! Lurve the relationship Kelchi has with Colter is so amazing! Those pics of them together are my favs!

    Lucky little kitty to have found such a wonderful home with you and your other furry babies!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

    1. Thank you, Patti. I’ll think of Pink Sugar next time Kelchi’s birthday rolls around! 🙂

  6. Mimi Elandt says:

    Great story about a lovely ragdoll! I liked hearing about the cattery where you got her….nice information to have. Congratulations Kelchi!

  7. OMG- the cuteness in blinding me. That picture of Colter and Kelchi at the door waiting for you is wonderful. I love when dogs and cats bond and become best friends. Especially a big dog like Colter! Kelchi is a beautiful kitty and a wonderful representative for Ragdolls. Thanks for sharing her story!

  8. I love Kelchi! Love the name…the beautiful kitty with the beautiful eyes. We call those moccasins, “milk paws.”
    I have two not fullblooded Ragdolls….Gunsmoke and Miss Kitty. How much are your ragdolls? I have 8 cats most of which are Siamese crosses. I believe Miss kitty has some Birmese in her too.Both are very loveable with sweet personalities…

    Bernadette Bellanger
    Inez, Tx.

    1. Kelchi is full blooded Ragdoll. I love your names… Gunsmoke and Miss Kitty. Those are great!

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