Misha – Ragdoll Kitten of the Month
Misha – A Cream Mitted Ragdoll Kitten
(submitted September 8, 2016)
I first became interested in Ragdolls in the mid-1980s, when I saw a picture and an article in a German pet magazine. I was fascinated! Two years later, I came to live in the United States. I got my first Ragdoll shortly thereafter in 1987. This was at a time when Ragdolls came just in four colors: Seal, blue, chocolate, and “frost”. Well, fast-forward a couple decades and some life changes later, I got the opportunity to help my friend establish a Ragdoll cattery. My unique perspective on having watched the Ragdoll breed develop for nearly 30 years, and our sharing the same heritage and culture, brought about this venture into the cat fancy.
I waited several years for just the right time and opportunity, and I adopted my cream mitted kitten Misha from Ritterkatz Ragdolls. Yes, I highly recommend them. The cats and kittens are well cared for and socialized, and never caged. They also have an early spay/neuter policy and pet kittens get “fixed” before leaving the cattery. I have the pleasure and privilege to visit kittens from an early age, and I’ve witnessed 2 queens give birth! But back to Misha . His name is the nick name of the Russian “Mikhail”. For his pedigree name, I picked “Ritterkatz Cptn. Navarre”, as “Ritter” is the German word for knight, and Cptn. Navarre was the hero in my favorite movie, “Ladyhawke”.
Misha is now almost 5 months old; his birthday was April 24, 2016. He is very, very playful, assertive and not at all afraid of my other resident cats. He constantly purrs. He hates baths, so I’m considering giving him “baths” with a waterless shampoo from now on. In the future, I might enter Misha in a couple of cat shows, and see how far I can take him, if he likes it. For this reason, he will not be neutered until he is about 8-9 months old, sooner should he start marking. Misha has also captured the hearts of my 11 year old son and my husband. I had to put a thick, sherpa – lined blanket over the foot board of our bed, as little Misha right away got into the habit of fearlessly leaping down almost 6 feet from the top of the cat tree to our bed resulting in a loud “thud” as he was hitten the wooden foot end. Hoping I can find a Superman cape for him for Halloween.
Currently, Misha still eats Royal Canin Mother- and Baby Kat dry food, and he gets 2 servings of raw ground chicken, as well. When he is older, I will switch him to 4 Health Grainfree Indoor Formula cat food, which is what my other cats are currently eating. I do supplement my cat’s diet with raw food on a weekly basis. Eventually, I will switch to raw completely, as this is what’s best for cats. I am researching nearby vendors for quality raw food at the moment. Misha is allowed out on the balcony under my supervision, and considering his young age, very patient when I take pictures. I am totally smitten with my kitten; I had to wait so long for the right time. Petting his luxuriously soft coat and looking into those captivating blue eyes, he’s got me completely wrapped around his paws!
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he is really wonderful…. and he reminds me of our kitten Kimba (kitten of the month April 2017) …. he has quite same colouring and the eyes are the same too….. this furry paws…. (thihi)….
But you are not in Germany any longer? Ritterkatz is so deutsch…..
Rikki from Berlin
Wow, Misha is such a gorgeous boy!!! Lots of love and best wishes to you from Debbie!
Thanks. Misha is not quite a kitten any longer . He is nearly 9 months and weighs over 10 lb. I just had him neutered end of December. I might post an updated picture on the Floppycats FB page .
Oooooh, Misha is SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!! Lurve the cream Ragdolls! Someone once posted they look like a toasted marshmallow/coconut. Such a great description of this color pattern I think. HE IS STUNNING! Lurve those toasty gingery stripes on his tail!!! He’s obviously a very special kitten!
So glad you are smitten with him. Wishing you many years of love, happiness, good healthy and purry goodness and adventures with your boy!
Big hugs & lots of love!
Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3
Thank you so much for sharing your GORGEOUS kitten, Misha, with us! He is absolutely stunning and I bet will be the champion at the Cat shows if you decide to show him. Love those piercing blue eyes of his too! Wishing you and Misha a very happy life together and let us know how he does at the cat show!♥♥♥
Misha is an absolutely beautiful kitty. He would have me wrapped around his little paws too. I wish you well with him in whatever your endeavors are with him in the future. “Ladyhawke” was also one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing Misha with us.
Misha is definitely a kitten to be smitten with! What a beauty- his coat looks so soft and that pink nose is to die for. I bet he will be a gorgeous adult cat. Thanks so much for sharing him with us!
Misha is beautiful. If you have a balcony you may consider what we did-we ordered some plastic “chicken wire” from Amazon and put it up to keep our Ragdoll from trying to jump over the edge. It has worked and I let him out, mostly supervised, but not always. Just another level of safety for these precious kitties. We wish you many happy years with your beautiful Ragdoll. Chris chocallo Sarasota Florida
Thank you, Chris, I will.