Nika is 4.5 years old and a blue bicolor. Nika has the most beautiful blue eyes but they just don’t show up in pictures. She is my first ragdoll. I learned about the breed when I was going through cancer and it was on my bucket list to be owned by a ragdoll!I got this sweet girl from Mark Vollmer at Rosehill Rags. Mark is an amazing breeder. His kittens are raised underfoot. Mark also shows some of his cats and has won awards.Nika is the sweetest quietest girl I have ever met. She is aloof and independent. She doesn’t mind being petted here and there and will tolerate being picked up and hugged but doesn't care for being carried and has never been a lap cat.She weighs about 16.5 pounds so I am fine with that!!! She sits great to be groomed, and has no issues with her nails being cut. I think she might have been pampered royalty in another life!For the first couple of years of her life, I was so very disappointed in not getting the ragdoll personality, and had huge regrets on the money I spent. I didn’t know that every ragdoll didn’t have all of the ragdoll traits. I wanted a cat that cuddled and enjoyed attention.After having another cat with very high anxiety, I have truly learned to appreciate the quietness and the peace and the beauty that comes with Nika. She is a gentle sweet soul and she isn’t the cat I would have chosen, but she is most definitely the cat I needed. She brings a peace to the household that I can’t describe.When she comes in a room there is a sense of quiet that comes over the room. She walks slowly, she lays down slowly, I swear even her tail wags slowly. Watching her is almost like a slow motion film. I have come to appreciate this more than I would have ever appreciated such a large cat wanting to be on my lap or on my chest. So in the end I got the cat I needed and I love her so much for just who she is.Nika has a few quirks, but her biggest is her habit of opening cupboard doors. She doesn’t go in them or mess with anything, she just opens them and walks away. I don’t care except the bathroom vanity doors because I run into them during the night. I have never figured out why she does it.Her other quirk is she will sleep at the foot of my bed only when this one particular lap blanket is there. There is literally nothing special about this blanket. It isn’t thick or even particularly soft. I have put nicer looking and softer blankets there but she wants nothing to do with it, unless it’s “her” blanket.Nika loves my two dogs and she is very sweet and very gentle with them, unlike my other ragdoll! Both dogs respect her and they will even approach her to cuddle up to.Both dogs greet her with a nose to nose greeting when she comes in the room and both dogs will comfortably sleep cuddled up to her. One time I accidently locked her in the crate with the two dogs while I ran to the store.She loves to crawl into their crate to take naps and I was in a hurry to go get milk and didn’t notice her in there (next time their dog bed needs to be a color so she doesn’t blend in). When I got home all three were sitting side by side looking at me like what the heck.Another cat might have freaked out, but she just calmly waited. Her breeder thinks that she is aloof because of her strong connection to the dogs, especially my little Chihuahua Ollie.Other than the dogs, Nika’s favorite toys are the Yeowww! banana and the tunnel.Her greatest joy is to sit watching out the window for the birds and squirrels that frequent my yard or she will sit and watch in the side window when the dogs are in the yard.
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