Pearly – Ragdoll of the Week
Pearly – Ragdoll of the Week
This is my beautiful Ragdoll girl, Pearly, and here is her story.
On a sunny day in October of 2001, my sons and I were in a pet store looking at the animals in the corner of the store that was dedicated to SPCA adoptions. I had no intention of getting a cat that day as we already had two dogs. Little did I know that I was about to be smitten by a big, hairy, lovable kitty.
As my oldest son leaned over to peer into Pearly’s cage, she walked determinedly from the back of the cage, her gaze never leaving his, and reached a fuzzy paw through the bars and flipped his glasses up. We all gathered around her cage as she spoke to us in quiet mews and looked us each in the eye. We fell in love with her right then, I mean, how could we not?
She was seven years old at that time, and had, unbelievably, been in the SPCA for quite some time. This was her last trip to the pet store’s adoption corner, and if she wasn’t adopted she would have been taken back to the shelter and euthanized. When I expressed my shock that such a beautiful cat had not been adopted yet, the attendant said that it was probably because of her age. “People want kittens”, she said, “And this cat is beautiful, but she’s getting up there in years.” I had no idea at the time how long a cat lives, but I knew that Pearly was worth saving. She had looks and personality all day long. As we were at the checkout with our new girl, plus all the supplies she was going to need, the staff gathered around to say goodbye to her. They were all in love with Pearly and had been hoping that someone would adopt her.
When we got her home she settled in immediately. She didn’t waste any time at all showing the dogs that there was a new sheriff in town. She was unlike any cat I had ever had. First of all there was her size. When we brought her home she was 21 pounds! Then there was her adorable and intelligent personality. Whenever we had company she would sit right next to the guest, staring at them and putting a gentle paw on their arm, or face, if they refused to acknowledge her. She would do the same thing to me and the kids if she decided she wanted some attention, which was often! We would feel a gentle paw on our arm and turn to see her gazing lovingly into our eyes. She woke me up in the morning the same way, with a paw held on my face until I stirred.
She loved to meet new people. There were many times I would have friends over for coffee and Pearly would be right there, sitting on her own chair and occasionally meowing when she had a point to make about the discussion we were having.
She loved to play fetch too, although with Pearly it wasn’t exactly ‘fetch’, it was more like, grab whatever toy I threw and carry it off to parts unknown. She loved to be where my boys were too, introducing herself to their friends, making herself available for gentle pats and belly rubs. She was definitely a people cat.
The years passed, as did both of our dogs, eventually the kids moved out, and it was just me and Pearly, alone in the house. She would follow me from room to room when I was home, even following me into the bathroom. When I came home from work she was always there, waiting at the door, and would greet me with a gentle mew. She loved nothing more in her later years than sitting on my lap, watching TV and getting her hair brushed.
More years passed. The day she wasn’t at the door when I came home from work, I knew that her age was catching up to her. A trip to the vet told me that she was in renal failure, due to her advanced age. One year of special kidney food, and sub Q injections helped her to have a quality of life that she otherwise would not have had.
In spite of all my efforts there came a day when no measure I took to save her was enough. I held her and sobbed my heart out as I realized that there was nothing more I could for her. She would languish on the couch for hours, sometimes not even lifting her head when someone new entered the room.
On November 23, 2014 my sweet Pearl passed away at the age of 20. I still miss her and will for a long time. She was such a joy. She gave me a love of the breed and I will be picking up my new Ragdoll kitten in January! Thank you to Pearly for introducing me to her special breed, and teaching me that an older cat is so worth welcoming into your home.
Miss you my Pearly Girly.
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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,
Thank you so much for sharing your love story with your beautiful & precious Pearly Girly! I have tears running down my face right now as I type this, as your story about Pearly really touched my heart. What a wonderful life you gave this gorgeous 7 year old girl (she was in her prime when you adopted her)! I am so glad that you and your boys found such a marvelous kitteh that day back in 2001! Your Pearly Girly (lurve that name!) was such a doll!! And what a purrsonality! Just a lovely big ol’ kitty, no doubt! So glad you had her in your life! <3
Bless your heart for adopting an older cat and giving her the love, care and respect that she deserved. And bless you, Pearly Girly, for finding your furever family (whom I'm sure you are waiting patiently to see again one day in Heaven)!
Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3
What a wonderful story about Pearly and how special she was to you and your family. So very sorry for your loss. She was so blessed that you saved her and gave her many happy years at your home. She was a true angel and know she is looking down on you now and wishing you well in your efforts to get a kitty in January. Wishing you all the best. ♥♥♥
Thanks so much for your beautiful story about Pearly. It was wonderful that you could save her life and then she provided so much back to you. I wish all the adult cats in shelters could end up in loving homes like yours. I hope your kitten brings you much joy in the coming year. Pearly would want it that way.
Pearly was your angel and you were her angel, too! After you rescued her, she made you happy every day for the rest of her life. What a big, beautiful bundle of love! 🙂 Thanks for sharing Pearly’s story and reminding everyone what wonderful companions adult cats are. Unlike kittens, their personalities are already formed so you know what type of pet you’ll have. I have a feeling Pearly will guide you to choose just the right Ragdoll kitten…
So hard to get through your story without crying.
She was beautiful, loving little soul.
We lost our beloved Lucy this past May, from renal failure. She was 15 yrs old. I am still grieving.
I would like to thank you for sharing your wonderful story. You were so lucky to have had such a rare opportunity to adopt a Ragdoll from mainstream resources. Pearl was lucky too. Clearly meant to be. A relationship with a Ragdoll is precious and should never be taken lightly with their long lifeline.
I am glad you found another too. A home is empty when you lose one.
I’ve said this before…and will continue
ONCE YOU GO RAGDOLL, YOU NEVER GO BACK!
Thank you again for your loving story
What a wonderful story! I bet you miss her every day. Ragdolls are special cats for sure.
As I’m sitting here sobbing, I just want to say that I’m so sorry for your loss of your sweet Pearly Girl and please make sure you pass along some pictures of your baby Ragdoll when you get him or her in January.
What a beautiful story (with tears streaming down my cheeks). Thank you for sharing 🙂