Ollie – Ragdoll of the Week

Day One of living with Ollie
Day One of living with Ollie

Finding Ollivander (Ollie) was an adventure in itself. I always knew I wanted a second cat after my Juno (Maine Coon mix) lost her roommate after college. I searched shelters upon shelters, never finding the one (mostly because Juno hated all of them.) Finally I gave it one last try and reached out to a breeder. I had never gone through a breeder, but I read a lot about what to look for.

I decided to try for my dream cat: A flame blue eyed Ragdoll. In a way I guess I kind of rescued Ollie in the end. He was originally chosen by a family, but when they finally met him they bought his sister instead. The breeder dropped his price in hopes to find him a home while he was still young. Upon meeting him, I knew he was the one I had been searching for.

After his first vet visit in which all the techs swooned over him.
After his first vet visit in which all the techs swooned over him.

When I tried to name him, I knew I wanted something around the lines of Oliver, but he needed something as royal as his mane. As a lover of Harry Potter Ollivander was a natural fit. His full name is Ollivander November September, but we call him Ollie for short.  He was four months old and the silliest little man I had ever met. He cried all night and all day until finally when I couldn’t take it anymore, I opened the door to let him meet Juno.

This is the swinging butler door I mention for Ollie's poor life decision on that fateful day.
This is the swinging butler door I mention for Ollie’s poor life decision on that fateful day.

At first she was confused. WHAT IS THIS, WHAT DO I-, HEY GET OFF THAT. Then she was mere annoyed. But finally, after a day of him romping around playing, she accepted him and groomed his little face. Talk about happy ending for everyone.  Ollie will be turning two in June 2014. He is quite internet famous with my friends and family, but not for the reasons he should be. I like to compare him to Joey on Friends, all looks no brains. He even has his own hastag: #folliesofollie.  In the span of a month he visited the vet five times. I had noticed a lot of vomit around the house. A lot more than usual hair balls. That was visit one, but the medication they sent home didn’t work, and he was brought back immediately the next evening. After six x-rays and an overnight stay in the hospital that was hard for all of us, it was finally determined: He had swallowed a litter pellet accidentally as he is always seen chasing them around the house.

All looks, no brains.
All looks, no brains.

Back home and healthy he was back at the emergency vet two weeks later. Ollie loves to play. A LOT. He had pushed all his toys behind my swinging butler door one morning and with his bottom facing the corner of the door, he bumped it closed. Right onto his poor tail. I rushed him to the e-vet where his tail was shaved and he received six stitches. See what I mean? Follies of Ollie. Regardless of his follies, everyone loves Ollie and Ollie loves everything. I would recommend food, toys, beds, and more, but Ollie literally loves everything. So in his words I think his recommendation would be: “I LOVE ALL THE THINGS.”  And we love him for it.

Day Two with Ollie. Juno is still in her annoyed phase.
Day Two with Ollie. Juno is still in her annoyed phase.
Ragdoll cat wearing a bowtie
Regardless, he’s quite the dapper gentleman.


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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. Your Ollie looks just like my Jack, a flame point. He is super sweet but dumb as a post. He follows me everywhere in the house but hates to be held. He doesn’t ‘flop’ either. Does anyone else’s rag doll behave like this?

    1. Hi, Kirsten!

      lol 🙂

      It’s amazing how some Raggys love to be held and cuddled and some don’t, isn’t it?

      Now, our Pink Sugar will tolerate being held for about 30 seconds and then she wiggles and wants to get down and do schtuff. She also doesn’t curl up in our laps but, rather, she lays between our legs when our recliner footrests are in the extended position. She likes to stretch out between our legs and rest her front paws and back legs across one of our legs. Hilarious & adorable. Also, she divvies up her time between laying between Daddy’s legs and Mommy’s legs. Soooooo cute! There’s “Daddy Time” and “Mommy Time” each day. Usually she’s in her daddy’s chair for most of the morning hours and then she’s in my chair for afternoon/early evening hours. 🙂

      But, I must admit. I do envy those Raggy owners who have kitties that want to constantly be held and cuddled (especially in bed). Pink Sugar lays between my body and my sweet hubby’s body at night in bed. But she won’t actually sleep on top of either of us like other cats we’ve cherished in the past. A long time ago I used to have a beautiful cat name Tina who, as a kitten, slept on the top of my head on my pillow! Loved THAT! 🙂

      Hope this info helps a little!

      Lurve, lurve, lurve those beautiful flame points!

      Big hugs!

      Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

  2. Ollie is adorable and so is Juno! My friend has a Maine Coon kitten named Ollie – he is a cute little clown, too 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing Ollie’s story with us! I lurve his full name! Perfect. 🙂

    I have such a special place in my heart for the flame Ragdolls! I think their beauty is truly under-appreciated! (I lurve gingers!) I just think they are SO GORGEOUS and your Ollie is a perfect example of how BEAUTIFUL a flame Ragdoll is… Oops! I meant “HANDSOME”, Ollie. (Hey, Ollie! How YOU doin’!) Love the Joey from Friends comparison! lol 🙂

    I am so sorry to hear that this adventuresome fella has had so many trips to the vet. My goodness. I can’t even imagine how many grey hairs his antics must have created! I’d be a nervous wreck. 🙂

    Your Maine Coone girl, Juno, is so pretty! (Lurve those big Maine Coones, too!) So glad she accepted Ollie!

    Wishing you, Ollie & Juno a wonderful Happy New Year with less adventures that lead to bodily harm!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

  4. what a wonderful and funny (sort of) story. a typical boy, playing and getting into trouble. he is gorgeous and i’m so glad your other cat approves. best for the new year!!

  5. Dementia Boy says:

    A baby William!! Not the sharpest claw on the paw, but all heart, loving everything and everybody. Thank you for sharing him with us–and for a flood of wonderful memories.

  6. Ollie is beautiful! Hope his “adventures” slow down and he doesn’t have to visit the vet so much. Know that must keep you on your toes having to watch him and making sure he is safe. WHEW! He is just adorable and so happy your Juno welcomed him in!

  7. What a great Ragdoll for the last week of 2014! Ollie is quite regal looking even though it sounds like he’s a clown at heart! Thanks for sharing his story!

  8. He’s adorable! I like how he’s all flopped out and relaxed even with his cone on – maybe he thought it was a modern way of wearing a crown?!

    I made dog/cat bow ties this year as gifts. I’m not crafty but they were super easy and cheap! I bought a $2 tie at Goodwill and made 6 various size bow ties. Super easy and super cheap – that’s for me! I used this tutorial:

    Hope 2014 brings many #folliesofollie but none that require visits to the Vet’s office!!

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