Miss Lilly and Maddison - Ragdoll Kittens of the Month
I have loved cats all my life and have cared for them in all shapes and sizes for over 40 years, some pedigree, a Persian, a Chinchilla, a few from rescue centres and even a couple who turned up at our back door on a cold winters night.
However Ragdolls are pretty special . After our old cat died in March this year we said never again as we were so upset but missed having a cat around and after a few months decided it would be nice to have a kitten in the house. However as you can imagine when we saw them no way could we come away with just one!
A friend had a Ragdoll some years ago and he was always getting into mischief but was so loving it was hard to give him a row.That stuck in my head and when we learned though our vet that a breeder lived fairly local to us it seemed like a good idea to make contact. I was delighted to learn that a litter was expected but as usual they never arrive on que and 10 weeks seemed like an eternity. Even after they arrived safely we had to wait to meet them once they had their first set of vaccinations.
I was so excited I could hardly sleep.
When we met them it was almost impossible to decide as they were all gorgeous. However I believe that you don't choose a cat ...they choose you and that's what happened. Miss Lilly played around me and Maddison pulled at my husbands heart strings ...well at his shoes laces ! We were besotted and decided on them both.
They are two sisters one is a seal point/Lynx mitted called Maddison and the other is a blue point called Miss Lilly . They were born on the 29th of April. This is my birth month so it seemed a good omen.
We decided on their names from a long list Miss Lilly looking and behaving like a princess so she needed a pretty name and Maddison is adventurous and brave and we thought it was a lovely modern name. Only time will tell did we get it right!
We bought them from a breeder called Callaird in Avonbridge near Falkirk in Scotland. We would recommend them over and over as the kittens apart from being beautiful are very sociable loving and not frightened of new people or new experiences. The breeder Mrs Scott never seemed to mind me emailing her ....frequently to check on how they were progressing and she was kind enough to email a few photos every couple of weeks showing them growing.
I started to count down the sleeps and had my friends doing the same. We collected them on a Sunday afternoon and had made everything ready for them, but we had to go out and buy two of everything.
They settled in very quickly to our home and a new routine. When they first arrived they explored the utility room where we had put their beds and litter tray,then the hall and when they felt braver went up the stairs to the living room where we had put out some toys. Within a short time it was like they new this was their for ever home and explored the rest of the house 1 room at a time .we followed them and was really excited to see how they reacted to each new area smelling everything as they went. That first night we slept with our bedroom door open just in case they were upset and needed some reassurance but since they were together they were fine. Bed time is 10 o'clock and we have found no problem in getting them into bed after a wee supper and they sleep till around 7 when we get up.Miss Lilly often greets us with one eye open!
They are great fun to have around and love to play. We have lots of fun together and have been out in the garden A few times .They loved the grass under their feet and smelling the plants and flowers. However it needs two of us to watch them even with a harness on as they'd be off ! Their favourite toys are scrunched up tin foil and anything with feathers. We have a small tunnel which they charge through chasing everything they find ....or on occasions sleep in it.They seem to have mad half hours and then collapse for a quick 10 min rest ...that's when we rest too.!
We now have a water fountain which they have learned to use and love the fact it is in the kitchen beside me.This is where I work most during the day. .they interrupt me if I am not playing with them.
We are training them to come when we whistle and so far it's working well especially when there is a nice treat at the end of it roast beef or chicken treats.
Although two sisters they like different food ,one wet (missLilly) the other dry. Miss Lilly has already worked out what the fridge is for and thinks every time it's opens it must be something yummy for her. Maddison is a bit more laid back and prefers dry food she can munch on all day.
Both adore cuddles and they snuggle into my hair anytime they get the chance. It's like little kisses. When my husband comes home or if I am out, when they hear the door open they come running down the stairs to meet us...its just adorable.
I have a Facebook page for them where my friends can view a daily photo and find out what they are up to. "The M and M ragdolls aka Miss Lilly and Maddison."
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