Mittens – Ragdoll of the Week

Mittens - Ragdoll of the WeekWhen my beautiful, loving 13 year old chinchilla Persian passed away from kidney disease last August, I never thought I would recover enough to care for another kitty. Silver was the light of my life, and I was utterly devastated by his passing. Several weeks passed, and I found myself desperately missing feline companionship. My fiancé suggested I check out different breeds and start looking for another kitty.  I thought of getting another Persian, but then realized that the memories of Silver might be too much for me. I remembered seeing a Ragdoll at the last cat show I went to; and thought how adorable they were, so I checked them out first, and was immediately interested in seeing them for myself.

The description of their personalities and the fact that they love spending time with their owners was definitely a plus, and I became more and more anxious to find one.

Although all Ragdolls are gorgeous, I was particularly drawn to the blue mitted ones, and I knew that I wanted another little boy. I quickly located a breeder close to my home, and made an appointment to meet one.

Brightstone Ragdolls was a wonderful experience! My only complaint was having to decide between the two available blue mitted brothers that Dave, the owner brought out to me.  They were both absolutely adorable at 12 weeks old, one kitty let me hold him almost the entire time, while his brother was much more rambunctious, and ran around the well-maintained house. While I stared into the striking blue eyes of the kitten in my arms, I knew I wanted to take him home.

Mittens - Ragdoll of the WeekI decided to call him “Mittens”, because of his stunning blue mitted coloring, and his adorable little paws that looked as if they had white mittens on them. Mittens took to  his new home right away; he was curious about everything and could not stop exploring!

As a kitten, Mittens was extremely affectionate. He kept me up many a night by licking my ear, and playing with my hair; even taking over my pillow!  In the mornings, he follows me right into the bathroom, and waits for me to rub his belly before I shower.

Mittens also has a 6 foot kitty condo that he loves to watch the action from. He has become very adept at fetching; which is one of the “dog-like” traits of the Ragdoll.

Ragdoll kittens have big growth spurts, and Mittens was no exception.  By 8 months he was quite a big kitty, and the dark points of his coat were coming in nicely. He is really getting more loveable and beautiful by the day. He is now 14 months old, and our bond keeps getting stronger. I am so thankful to have Mittens in my life. I know that Silver is smiling down at both of us.

Mittens - Ragdoll of the Week

Mittens - Ragdoll of the Week

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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. selmaberman says:

    Love Mittey cannot wait to see him in person. He is a wonderful house guestcat.

    1. Gina Cosentino says:

      Hi Selma,

      Mittens loves to visit you, because you always give him extra love and attention!

  2. June Fuller says:

    Love Love Love him!!

    1. gina cosentino says:

      Hi June,

      Thank you! I am crazy about him too!

  3. Mittens is a gorgeous boy! In addition to his namesake, he has a beautiful, ever-so-delightful blaze too. ; )

    Sometimes, I just stare at my Raggie’s white paws and they always make me smile…so I get why you are so charmed by them.

    1. gina cosentino says:

      Hi Geo,

      Thank you! Just spending time with Mittens makes me smile—I’m crazy about his blaze too!

  4. Mittens is a beautiful guy! I am glad he is so affectionate. I know you think you chose him, but I think he chose you and then charmed you into thinking it was all your idea! Thanks for sharing your sweet story.

    1. Gina Cosentino says:

      Hi Betty,

      Thank you for your comments. I never thought about it that way, but I think you are right! He definitely charmed me. As a matter of fact, Mittens has me wrapped around his paw—he can do anything he wants. I am glad his story touched you.

  5. Mittens sure is a beautiful boy and love your story. Hope as he grows, you will share more of his photos with us.

    1. Gina Cosentino says:

      Hi Teresa,

      Thank you so much—I was glad to have the opportunity to share his story. I will send updates as he gets bigger.

  6. Mittens is really handsome and he knows he is 🙂 That’s why he strikes some perfect Ragdoll poses for the camera! Thanks for sharing his pictures and your story 🙂

    1. Gina Cosentino says:

      Hi Beth,

      I am happy to share the story, and appreciate all the positive comments. I am definitely a proud mommy! Mittens is quite a beautiful boy, but surprisingly,he can be somewhat camera shy. There are times when he just wont let me get a good picture of him, but as you can see, sometimes, he just acts like the “Heidi Klum” of cats.

      1. Don’t worry, Gina – soon Mittens will realize what a “hunky” fellow he is and will pose at every opportunity 🙂 Ragdolls are natural models and SO delightful!!! Some show boring pictures of grandchildren but we Cat Mommies can hold our own with our feline portfolios 🙂

  7. So beautiful! I love the picture with his front leg outside the tree- he looks very regal and in control of the entire situation, whatever that situation might be!
    Thanks for sharing your story.

    1. Gina Cosentino says:

      Hi Lynn,

      Thank you–that is one of my favorite pictures of him also. He really does have a majestic presence. Your kitty looks quite adorable–beautiful ruff. I am happy to share my story, and appreciate the feedback.

  8. Mittens is absolutely precious. We are getting a kitten in a few days and I pray mine is as sweet and affectionate as yours! Good luck to you!

    1. Gina Cosentino says:

      Hi Janet,

      I’m excited for you! Are you getting a boy or girl? From everything I have read, Ragdolls are very affectionate, and I am sure yours will be as well. Enjoy your little one.

      1. We are getting a boy named Finn. He’s a seal bicolor. I’m a little nervous because the breeder has not been great about sending pictures. Saw him at 6 weeks so I have no idea what he looks like now! The latest picture I got at about 10 weeks was not so good as he was squinting. They change so much. She’s a wonderful breeder so I’m sure he’ll be what I hope for. I feel like a new mother – buying tons of stuff to get ready! There goes my peaceful and toy-free house!

        1. Gina Cosentino says:

          As long as you are confident about the breeder, I’m sure Finn will be perfectly adorable! It is a really exciting time getting ready for a new kitty addition to the household. I’m curious to see what he looks like when you get him; so please update me.

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