Kodak – Ragdoll of the Week

Kodak (bottom left) and sibs at 4 wks
Kodak (bottom left) and sibs at 4 wks

One day, my breeder friend called and asked if I would drive over soon and photograph a litter of eight ragdoll kittens for their 1st month birthday.  As it happened, I was able to get over there a few days earlier.  They were four weeks old when I did the first photo series.  There was one little blue mitted boy that kept following me with his eyes as I moved around to get better angles for pictures.  He would often try to get out of the basket.  His littermates all seemed content to stay in the basket and play or sleep.  But this little boy kept up his antics, determined to get my total attention.

I lifted him out and held him for a few minutes and he immediately went to sleep in my lap.  After a

Kodak (bottom left) and sibs at 4 wks
Kodak (bottom left) and sibs at 4 wks

short nap, I put him back in the basket with his siblings.

Then, when these kittens were six weeks old, I returned to take more pictures.  His breeder had moved their nest into another room and, while she went to get some of the kittens for me, all of a sudden here comes this tiny blue streak, running as fast as his little legs would go, coming to meet me.  He heard my voice, ran down this long hallway and stopped at my feet, looked up into my eyes, and meowed to me.  Of course I couldn’t resist, so I picked him up and walked back to where his siblings were.  But, all afternoon, he wasn’t satisfied to be anywhere except with me.


I was able to return when they were eight weeks old.  As I came in the front door, talking to the breeder friend, this little blue boy jumped off the cat tree and came running around the corner so fast his hind feet slipped out from under him.  Again, he got to my feet, stopped, looked up at me and spoke to me.  It was as if he was saying, “Where have you been?  I’ve been waiting for you.”

I got plenty of photos of him and his littermates that afternoon.  But, he was always there right by my feet.  After I was through taking pictures and sat down for a few minutes, he came over and climbed up my pants leg, settled himself in my lap and immediately went to sleep.  After about 30 minutes, his breeder smiled at me and said, “It looks like you’ve been bought and paid for by this little blue boy.”  Yes, he had stolen my heart.

And, because he was always wanting his picture taken, I named him Kodak Moment.


Kodak became a breeder boy for me.  Even though he only had a few litters for me, he did produce some of my favorite queens.  He made gorgeous kittens and they all had such beautiful, expressive, blue eyes.

Kodak was a great daddy to his kittens.  He loved to play with them and he would even lay down and let them pretend to nurse on him.  He and one daughter, Halle, were often seen like this.  Many times I have watched as Kodak would head butt Halle just enough to knock her down, then he would plop down beside her, with his tummy up, and she would start nursing on him.  All the while, his feet were kneading just like a mama cat does.


Kodak loves to be combed probably more than any cat I’ve ever known.  Even today, he will sometimes plop upside down right in front of me and not move until I get the comb.  There have been many times I thought his skin might even be sore from me combing him so much and for such a long time.  Every time I’d try to quit, he jump in front of my hands and plop down again.  All the while, too, he’s talking to me.

Kodak really thinks he is the king of our household.  He can be somewhat demanding whenever he wants something.  He really lets you know what he wants, too.  He loves to talk and will get louder and louder if you try to ignore him.  It’s so funny.

Kodak has been the light of my life now for eleven years.  He’s such a special Ragdoll.



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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. He is just beautiful.

    He picked you out to be his owner, thats just too cute.

  2. Carrie Wehmeyer says:

    Lovely story about baby Kodak. He is such a stunning boy! My cats don’t choose me, Peg chooses them for me. She is a great cat/person matchmaker.

  3. Paula Corman says:

    I loved your story about Kodiac. If I was able to have another cat I would love to have one of Kodiac’s kits. So cute as babies and so attached to YOU. How lucky you are………

  4. Peg, Kodak has always been my “Holy Grail” of cats. I don’t think I will ever have a blue mitted Ragdoll becuase I don’t think there will ever be another one quite like Kodak. Happy Birthday Big Boy!

  5. I have always heard that our cats choose us and not the other way around. That has been my experience with all of mine – but your story takes the cake – and the birthday cake at that! He is a beauty, inside and out. It was so nice reading such a lovely, happy story. Thank you for sharing it.

  6. Your story is such an adorable one! I loved reading it, Kodak truly is a special kitty to have known all along who he wanted to be with. That is such a special experience for you! I hope to find a cat like that or maybe he will find me ^^

  7. ‘Grandpaw.’ Perfect name. I love it!

  8. What a beautiful way to honor Kodak on his 11th birthday! He is a treasure.

  9. Thanks to everyone for the nice comments about my Kodak. Since he is 11 years old today, it was a wonderful treat that Jenny could post his story on FloppyCats. And, by the way, Kodak has a new nickname. My husband started calling him GRANDPAW as we have several of his grandkids here. And Kodak seems to smile every time we call him Grandpaw. After all, he was the backbone to our cattery. Oh, my, how I love this boy.

  10. Karen Hand says:

    This is the best story. And yes, he is beautiful!!!

  11. What a wonderful experience for you and Kodak. He sounds just amazing! Love hearing how he chose you. I had a similar experience and it was just so adorably sweet.
    He is a gorgeous boy and you two are so lucky to have found each other. ; )

  12. Rebekah C says:

    What a heartwarming story 🙂 I love it! and such an appropriate name for him too!

  13. This was a really cute story! Isn’t it amazing how cats can remember people?

    Personally, I think they choose us. 🙂

  14. He is absolutely gorgeous, a proper ‘lion’ kitty as I like to call it. And i love that he chose you not the other way round 🙂

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