Submitted Dec 18, 2018
Hello, I’m Aleisha. This is the story of how I became the proud owner of two beautiful Ragdolls, Ruth and Naomi.
I’m a student and still live at home with my parents. Unfortunately over the past year I’ve had some bad issues with my back. Due to these issues I was spending most of my time at home, and a lot of that time lying down. I wanted someone to spend time with so I approached my parents about adopting a cat. My father, who isn’t a huge fan of cats in the house, reluctantly agreed, and I began to look at local shelters and rescues for my future furry friend. After finding two kittens online and trying, unsuccessfully, to reach the rescue that was housing them I continued searching. I stumbled upon an ad for JoAnn’s Ragdolls in Newburgh Indiana. Now, in the past, I’d researched some breeds online and I immediately fell in love with the Ragdoll breed. I never believed that I would own one, much less two of the breed! Needless to say, I contacted the breeder and she had two 5 month old cream Ragdoll sisters available. We set up a time and drove to Newburgh to pick out one kitten, but there was a major problem, we just couldn’t come home with only one! that proved to be an impossible!
Upon our arrival to their new home they were scared at first, as would be expected, but they quickly overcame their fear and apparently deemed our modest home worthy of their feline presence. They then immediately proceeded to take complete control of their new domain. Because they look so much alike I wanted to name them something unique and different, as well as something that just seemed to naturally go together. I chose Ruth and Naomi because of the Bible story in the Old Testament book of Ruth. It seems to suit them.
Ruth and Naomi are 7 months old now. They are extremely intelligent and so sweet! I can honestly say I’ve never owned nor seen a cat to equal these two. Though they look very similar, their personalities are completely different. Naomi is always the first to jump right in the middle of things, and she gets offended if you accidentally leave her out of the “excitement”. Ruth is naturally more nervous than Naomi. She is much more cautious in her approach of anything new. Though she will eventually end up right in the center of the chaos, she takes her sweet time getting there. For example: Naomi loves to chase, pounce on, and smack the vacuum cleaner while it is on. Ruth, on the other hand, will sit at a safe distance and then proceed to chase, pounce on, and smack at it after it’s turned off. To Naomi there’s just nothing better than a good ol’ fashioned belly rub. While Ruth, although not opposed to the occasional belly rub, would usually prefer a good back rub while she gives your forehead, nose, or chin a thorough bath. They would rather me bring them home a new box than any toy I could buy. As soon as you walk through the door with a box they automatically assume it’s theirs and lay claim. They enjoy playing with pieces of paper, bottle lids, and any kind of string or rope. They get bored quick on their own and expect you to entertain them with their makeshift toys. Their antics keep us in stitches. Watching them run through the house chasing one another and play fighting is extremely comical and has had me laughing aloud more than once.
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I never would’ve dreamed that two cats could’ve made such a positive impact on my whole family, and not just any two cats, but two very special cats. I realize that this may sound strange to most of you reading this, but with my father being in the ministry for almost 30 years, I’ve been taught to give everything careful consideration and prayer. No matter how little or big the decision. As I began my search for a cat I prayed that God would lead me to the right one for us, and I believe, with all my heart, that He did. And to think! He gave us two! A double blessing! The way these girls follow us around endears them to us all. They meet us at the door when we get home, snuggle with me on my bed, and just want to be right with us at all times. They have brought more laughter to our home in the short time they’ve been with us than we’ve had in a long time. Every day is a new adventure with these two. Not a one of us, including my father, would take anything for them. I thank God for my girls.
I would like to say that I highly recommend JoAnn’s Ragdolls in Newburgh Indiana . Her cats are extremely healthy and happy. She does not leave her cats caged. She treats her cats and kittens as part of her family. She truly cares about where her cats are placed and she has been available for any questions I’ve had. I’m very grateful to her. I’m highly pleased with my experience and would recommend this breeder to anyone interested in adopting a Ragdoll kitten.
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