Ollie – Ragdoll of the Week
I wish to share my love of a Ragdoll with all – my own Ollie. I had found Ollie in the year 2000 when I had resided in the San Francisco Bay area. I had lived in the second level apartment above a woman that had more than one child and fortunately, in my case, each of her children came home with a kitten from the Vallejo Farmers Market. As you can guess, the mother had to find a new home for all of these kittens that were brought home. I stepped in to take a peak and I saw Ollie asleep on top of a dryer. Ollie was infested with fleas but I had to have him, so the first thing I did was give this little guy a bath. As you can see from his first photo, he was not too happy about this. I took him to the vet and she fixed him up in no time – he also feel asleep in her arms when she was giving me some background on Ragdolls – – so adorable. Nevertheless, I grew to fall in love with this little guy and named him Ollie. There is no particular reason for his name selection though at times, my niece used to call him the Ollie Llama. Ollie is my first male cat and what a treat – he is laid back, affectionate, and quite lovable. Having done research and talking with the vet, it was a strong possibility that Ollie was indeed a Ragdoll given his characteristics. He was 1.8 pounds when I got him and averages about 15 pounds his entire adult life. Given the math, Ollie is about 13 years old and I have had him almost his entire existence, thankfully. I have relocated with Ollie from California, to Georgia, and now in Pennsylvania. Although – he is not a big fan of the snow. In my journeys, I have had past roommates ask about Ollie and send Christmas cards wishing Ollie well. He really is a great cat – people LOVE these cats!
Some Ragdoll things I have experienced in my care for Ollie: he loves food! I feed him WD Feline which helps keep his weight down and maintains good urinary function. He is actually not a fan of people-food; does not care for cheese or even milk…strange? For awhile, he did like soy milk. Overall, I keep his diet fairly strict these days. Ollie loves his kitty grass too – very good for them! He loves his water too! As far as his grooming, I brush him about once a week. I only had one occurrence where he had experienced mattes but I then had him professionally groomed – lion cut of course! Because Ragdolls are so easy going and docile, he received an A+ at the groomers! They stated they never had a cat that was so easy to groom! He would rub his face against their brush…my favorite thing about Ollie is that he is quite comical. One time, he jumped up on a dresser where a candle was lit and he sat there for a moment – completely unaware he just lit his tail on fire! I had to chase him to get the flame out as he had no knowledge or urgency himself to remedy the matter. Sometimes I think the Rags can be a little spacey – but always endearing.
Ollie is true to his breed in that he not only flops over when held, but he is fairly large and follows me around everywhere in the house. He craves interaction which I found odd in comparison with my past cats. Ragdolls are engaging like a dog, but independent like a cat. Ollie has to sleep between my husband and I in our bed; he has my husband hooked and he was not a cat person with the exception of this Ragdoll. I am a newlywed, and this year for Christmas, my husband got Ollie a 36 can pack of moist food and wrapped it – so sweet! Also, Ollie loves his scratching post in the shape of the elegant chaise lounges – this I highly recommend as a scratch post – it is a little more expensive but well worth it in order to protect your furniture; besides he loves it! Most all that come in contact with Ollie are captured and fall in love with him. I hope to always have Ragdolls going forward. Ragdolls are the best and I am simply in love with this breed – I highly recommend.
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,
Ollie is one very lucky ragdoll and you are a very lucky person to have acquired him the way you did. I know what you mean about going forward with ragdolls, I lost my first girl at 13 to lymphoma and now have a male mitted lynx who is nearly 3. My husband wasn’t a cat person either, he loves dogs and we have two golden retrievers, but he loves ragdolls. I think it is because they are very dog like. Enjoy your Ollie for many years to come.
Ollie grew into a very handsome boy.Ragdolls are the best,thanks too a very good breeding program years ago.My husband wasnt much into cats either ,now my two year old luvs to sleep by him and my baby doll has to be near me,as much as possible hes a lilac and hes being neutured today,cant wait till 3.00pm to go pick him up,we all miss him and my Murphy who usually ignores him is searching the house non stop for him.Best wishes and health for you and your Doll,BYE LISA
Great story! Thanks for sharing. He’s a beautiful kitty!! Great name too!
What a precious boy. Love his name, his history, his age, everything about him.
Thanks for sharing. Ollie is beautiful. You are both lucky to have each other. Looks just like my Sophie. He will always be “the apple of your eye” Once a Ragdoll lover always a Ragdoll. They are the best. May you share many wonderful years together. Nancy, Sophie, & Jedda ( our Seal Point Lynx)
What a truly wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing!
Lurve that name Ollie (Ollie Llama — lol)! Ollie is a GORGEOUS boy and sounds like a real lovable, charming & funny fella!
I adore those kitten pictures! Soooo cute! And his adult pictures are so BEAUTIFUL! (I bet he’s even more BEAUTIFUL in person!)
Ollie was certainly a lucky little fella to have you come into his life. And…what a great Christmas present from your hubby to Ollie!
Please give Ollie a big ol’ cuddle and kiss from me and my gal, Pink Sugar! 🙂 <3
Ollie is gorgeous and adorable. Love that photo where he is all wet and know even though he didn’t like his bath much, he was definitely happy to get those pesky fleas off. Bless you for adopting him and giving him a wonderful home. Your husband sounds like a very kind man to even wrap his presents. Wishing you all the best. ♥
Lucky you and lucky Ollie Lama 🙂 You’re a match made in Heaven! My seal-mitted Ragdoll boys were both gorgeous rescues like Ollie and they gave us many years of joy.
thanks for sharing your story and photos. ollie is a beauty and bless you for saving him.
Aww, he is so cute! Thank you for sharing his story with us!
As Lynn’s aunt and Ollie’s great aunt I’m very proud that our Ollie made it to this website. I used to visit Lynn often when Ollie was just a kitten and he used to go everywhere with her in a basket. I never saw a cat that traveled in a car like Ollie did. Lynn would carry him into stores in his basket and he would just hang out and enjoy!! He’s a great cat!!!!
Thanks Aunt Linda!!!
Thank you for sharing. Ollie is a gorgeous boy indeed. Our 10m raggie is also seal mitted so will probably end up looking very similar to your lovely boy.
What a great rescue story! Sounds like love at first sight, on both of your parts! Hope you and the Ollie Lama have many more years together. Thanks for sharing his story- he’s a beautiful boy!
The Ollie Lama is adorable! I love the first picture where he’s giving you the stink eye in exchange for the bath.