Merlot and Izzy – Ragdolls of the Week

Merlot and Izzy - Ragdolls of the WeekI’ll start by saying I wasn’t a cat person, in fact I didn’t like anything with fur. I’ve always been fascinated with reptiles, ever since I was a kid. Up until a year ago they were the only pets I’d ever kept.

I guess the first sign of cats sneaking their way into my life was down to my girlfriends mum, she added two Norwegian Forest kittens to their family. As the years went by I obviously spent a lot of time at my girlfriend’s (Emily) home and watched the two fur balls grow up. I slowly started to appreciate what cats are all about, and see what positives there is to having a pet that actually wanted your attention (some of the time anyway!).

A couple of years ago the time came for Emily and me to move out and buy our place together. This was great for us, but it also meant saying goodbye to the two cats that I’d spent so much time with, and got to know so well….

Merlot and Izzy  - Ragdolls of the WeekAfter a year of being in our new flat (apartment), we were both very happy, but I still missed the two furry friends we left at Emily’s parents. Maybe it was after staring into the blank expression of one of my lizards that triggered the thought; “I need something furry in my life again”. So began the internet searching and magazine reading, which eventually threw up Ragdolls as being an ideal breed to join us in the flat. During the internet searching I came across the Ragdoll Rescue and Rehoming website run by Helen Hadley, located in Stourbridge (UK). A little bit far away from where me and Emily live, but after seeing the wonderful cats on her website, I decided to contact her and arrange a visit. Meeting Helen it was clear that she was someone who cared immensely for cats, and especially Ragdolls. She and her husband Allan work totally self-funded, rehoming and rescuing cats that are given up by their families for various reasons. On our visit to Helen we met two gorgeous Ragdolls, a 6 year old red bi-colour male (Merlot) and a 5 year old seal tortie female (Izzy). Merlot was big, laid back and lapped up the attention. Izzy a little more Shy, but still enjoyed some fuss. It didn’t take long to decide they were the cats for us. A month went by as we prepared the flat for our new family members, we then made the 3 hour drive to Helens and collected our two raggies.

So one year on with them, what can I tell you about Merlot and Izzy? Well both have some real strong Ragdoll traits, they love to flop everywhere and Merlot and Izzy  - Ragdolls of the Weekanywhere, usually the most obstructing places possible so you’re forced to give them a belly rub. They must be in the same room with you at all times and know EXACTLY what you are doing, so they can give their approval. Watching nature documentaries with me is also a popular past time, especially when there are birds on.

Izzy enjoys head butting cardboard, playing with shoelaces and stringy bits on clothes, hiding under blankets and making me think “oh my god Izzy has got out where is she!?!?!?” The best way I can describe Merlot is that he is like a toddler, pretending to be a dog, that actually looks like a cat. He is loud, REALLY loud, and vocal about every single emotion he feels. “Hey I lost my toy under the cupboard can you get it for me?” “Izzy’s sitting in my bed pleeeeeeeeeeeease tell her to get out” “Can you move along the sofa I need to sit down!” “Is that chicken you’re eating? Come on just a little bit please? Just a little? Please?” So although he is the most demanding, attention seeking, fur distributing (has to be seen to be believed) cat in existence, I couldn’t imagine life without him now.

Have they over taken my love for all things scaley? Hmm, my friends might say the number of Facebook photos of them says yes, but I’ll always say they come a close second 😉

Here is the page on Facebook for UK Ragdoll Rescue and Rehoming.

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Merlot and Izzy  - Ragdolls of the Week

Merlot and Izzy  - Ragdolls of the Week

Merlot and Izzy  - Ragdolls of the Week

Merlot and Izzy  - Ragdolls of the Week

Merlot and Izzy  - Ragdolls of the Week

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  1. Merlot and Izzy are such a beautiful pair! 🙂 Thanks for opening your heart and home to them… thanks for sharing their story and pictures with us!!!

  2. What a great story,both Lovely Kitties!Merlot I assume is that one with the reddish tone,looks huge and tall in the photos.I love all cats,but me and my husband are so amazed at the loyalty and intelligence of the Ragdoll breed.Im so glad you adopted these great creatures .Ragdolls truly love their homes,activitys and are usually very loving and loyal to their owners.CONGRADULATIONS on your lovely adoption.Sincerly Lisa,and my kitties!

  3. Patti Johnson says:

    Mike, thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful story with us about your beautiful Ragdolls, Izzy & Merlot! What a pair! The pics of them are simply GORGEOUS and they certainly sound like a lot of fun! I just adore how vocal Merlot is with you. Hilarious! Glad that your and your girlfriend’s lives have been enriched with this stunning and quirky kittehs!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  4. Teresa Reid says:

    Love your wonderful story about Merlot and Izzy. They are so blessed to have a great home now with people so kind and loving as you and Emily. Can see that by the way you told the story that they have truly stolen your hearts. Thank you so much for sharing their wonderful story and wishing you all the best for a long and happy life together.♥♥♥

  5. barbeesmith says:

    Gorgeous cats! Great story

  6. ABarletta says:

    Izzy and Merlot are gorgeous!! You said Merlot is bigger than Izzy? From that photo of Izzy at the television, she looks tremendous! They are both lovely creatures. Enjoy.

    1. Mike Parmenter says:

      Thank you for your lovely comments! The one at the TV is Merlot, trying to play with a bird lol.

  7. What a great story! I love the image of you “staring into the blank expression” of a lizard! Merlot and Izzy are both beauties. Funny how Merlot has his mouth open in most of his pictures- he must have been talking to you about how to take the best picture of him! Thanks for sharing this fabulous rescue success!

    1. RagdollCatMom says:

      Whoever said Ragdolls were quiet has never met yours and my raggies! I have Denali, a seal mitted mink who is NEVER quiet. He always has so much to say! Ragdolls are such amazing cats, you’ll never know how you ever did without them!

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