Popeye and Olive
At the beginning of this year, I had to make one of the most difficult decisions. I had to have my wonderful cat, Enigma, euthanized. Enigma was a black and white domestic short-hair cat. I loved him so much and I miss him a lot. I feel like I lost a part of me. We shared 13 years of our lives before his health disappeared. I feel better when I think that I gave him everything I could in order for him to have THE better of the 9 lives! Since I am a cat lover, I decided to adopt another cat who needs THE better of the 9 lives, but I ended with the decision to adopt 2 cats, to give them THE THE better of the 9 lives. About 10 years ago, I went to a breeder exposition. I saw a lot of very interesting breeds but there was one that attracted my attention more than others. RAGDOLLS. Why? They are cats that act like dogs (continue to read to see what happened), their fur is like a rabbit’s, they always want to be with you (if not on you), they wait at the door when you come home from work, they are calm and learn fast, etc. Thus, I decided to adopt 2 Ragdoll kittens.
On July 6th, 2013, I’ve adopted Popeye at 5 months of age. Popeye is a beautiful seal point-white ragdoll kitten born on February 2nd, 2013. He is an Aquarius. I adopted him from a breeder. Before I adopted him, the breeder sent me pictures of him with his little eye missing (this is why I called him Popeye). I remember saying that he looks like a big boy. Yes, Popeye was born with a very small right ocular globe, which was removed through surgery to prevent infection. His right eye has been closed completely. I was so happy when the breeder confirmed that the surgery went well and that he was healthy! I went to visit Popeye before his surgery and I found him very special the first time I saw him. This cat has charisma and self-confidence! He is a strong player and a very good mate for my tinny Olive. On the first morning after his adoption, I was playing with him in the sitting room and he brought me back the fur ball I had just thrown (and he did it a few times!!!). I was so impressed and happy. To me he was saying: “Eh, I’m right, I feel great and I am happy to be here and play with you! I am sure you’re a good family for me, we will have fun!”. This is my big boy.
I adopted Olive on July 6th, 2013 at 3 months of age. Olive is…so cute!!!… a blue point/mitted Ragdoll kitten born on April 10th, 2013. She is an Aries. I also adopted her from a breeder (different from the one of Popeye). I’ve never seen a kitten to eat so much, sleep in weird positions and even if Popeye is bigger than her, she stands up! (and sometimes a bit too much…poor Popeye…). At first, I was really scared that they do not love each other and become like cats and dogs. Olive was not really well socialized when I got her (she didn’t know how to play, she was scared, etc). I gave her a lot of attention, play with her a lot and with Popeye at the same time and she started to copy what he was doing. Popeye helps her to gain confidence and to enjoy play time (and tuna time…). Only after a few days together, they started to groom each other. Yes! Mission accomplished! This is just puuurfect! During 2 months, I was anxious that it will not work, but I think that the time invested playing, speaking to them, creates THE link we need to be happy together.
To finish, I would like to recommend one toy. Popeye and Olive are crazy of “Fur balls” (pictured below) (which have small things inside doing a little noise).
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,