Sky – Ragdoll of the Week

A ragdoll cat looking at the cameraHere is our beautiful seal torbie point, Sky.  Sky was abandoned by her former family in February when they moved.  When they left for their new home, they left Sky outside in the middle of the second-snowiest winter in recorded history where we live, in Columbus, Ohio.  Not only did they abandon her outside, but they had declawed her at some point previously.  I don’t see how she could have survived, except for a good Samaritan who came to her assistance.  A neighbor caught her and brought her to a shelter.  When I saw her on the shelter’s website, I was immediately captivated by her unique beauty and soon went to the shelter to meet her.  She was very frightened and shy, but still wanted human contact.  I fell in love with her immediately.

2014-02-01 15.32.25The shelter gave her name as Queenie, but she didn’t answer to it, so we re-named her Sky because of her eyes.  The first few weeks we had her, Sky mostly hid in the back of a closet.  She doesn’t like to be picked up at all—I suspect she was mishandled a lot in her past—and she was terrified of dogs (I’ve included a picture of when she first met our 16-year old husky mix).  She may never follow us around the house, as in “classic” ragdoll behavior, but she loves to sit on the back of the couch when I am sitting there, and lately she has started to sit next to me.  She also enjoys lying in bed with us.  Though she is still skittish at movement, especially sudden movement, she can’t seem to help wanting to be near us when we are still—and she is starting to purr a lot!  She really enjoys being pet and scratched on her head, and she is willing to play when invited, and has even started to chase the early spring flies.  She also loves laser pointer lights, shoe strings, and balls.  I can see the beginning stages of self-confidence and friendliness starting to appear.  We are being patient and gentle and predictable with her as she learns to trust us.

The shelter’s vet and our vet both agreed that she has probably just reached four years old.  Our vet said she has a slight hernia from her spaying.  Poor Sky.  It seems she didn’t have much luck in her life before she met us.  But that is definitely changing for her now.   She is getting plenty of love!

2014-05-05 10.04.16Since she was a rescue cat, we will never know her lineage for sure, but her coloring, her long silky coat, her floppy nap-time pose, and her ice blue eyes definitely speak of ragdoll influence.  It’s hard to find pictures of seal torbie point cats online, but in my opinion that is the proper name for her coloring.  She has a lynx face, a cinnamon nose with a dark outline, white “eyeliner,” and mottled paw pads.  She has tortie coloring on her legs and the back of her ears.  I’d be interested in the opinion of others as to the description of her coloring, and the likelihood that she is at least a ragdoll mix.   Most of all, though, I’m glad she found a home with us.

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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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  2. really neat markings,face is like a tiger,so glad you rescued sky!

  3. Eva Marie Wolfe says:

    Thank you all for your comments. Sky is doing very well! Every week she gets a little more confident. It is great to see her personality start to shine. She is so loving and I am very glad we found each other. We will have many happy years together. I was a little nervous about getting a rescue cat of her age–wondered if she could overcome her past experiences. But she is learning that her life is more predictable now and she is much more relaxed. She is a great cat and we love her!

  4. I am so happy Sky has you as a mom! You seem very loving and patient. She is beautiful. I have a ragdoll baby and I can see some ragdoll in Sky. She also looks like a Maine Coon/Ragdoll mix. Either way, Sky is gorgeous! God Bless

  5. Dementia Boy says:

    I have a soft spot in my heart for torties and torbies. And an even softer spot for cats whose guardians betrayed them =(

    Thank Bast you found each other. A song I often sing to my cats is Sheryl Crow’s “Safe and Sound.” I think a sense of safety is the best thing you can offer an animal (or child, for that matter). And it sounds like Sky has found that with you. I love her name. To me, it represents not only her eyes but also her potential.

    I don’t know what in the heck you call her pattern and coloring!! For 18 years, I thought one of my cats was a torbie – the notorious Jolie, for other readers who have heard of her exploits–but then I went on a blog and was told she was a tortie because her tabby markings were the wrong color. An internet battle ensued, and I quietly backed out. I diluted her photo which I use as my avatar on YouTube and many people now compliment me on my beautiful silver tabby! (The “silver” is fluorescent orange.) Whatever pattern/color Sky is, she’s beautiful. I think 4 – 7 is the perfect age for a cat.

    I wish you many happy years together.

  6. I cant believe that there are such despicable people out there! Thank you for being a beautiful person and for rescueing Sky. With patience and a lot of love she will eventually find herself again and be a lifelong companion. You are a very special person. xxxxx

  7. Bless you for rescuing this beautiful kitty, Sky! I am so happy to hear that what started at as a horrible life for her has now turned into a Happy Ending with her new, loving family!

    She is GORGEOUS! I just love those colors on her and her face and front legs are BEAUTIFUL! Great markings!

    I am so happy that you found this lost little girl and gave her a loving home. I know that your relationship with her will just keep getting better and stronger as time passes. Teaching that darling girl about love and trust will definitely reap you tons of love and purrs in the future! Again, bless you!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

  8. Sky is very beautiful and so lucky to live with you 🙂 What could be more rewarding than the day-by-day progress a frightened rescue pet makes while in your care? All five of my kitties are rescues, each with a different story. How wonderful it is to earn their love – when they feel safe enough to trust us!

  9. Lovely cat. Thanks for sharing her story!

  10. Janet Knowlton says:

    I am so glad she has you. It just makes me sick that people can abandon their animals so easily. Sky is gorgeous and I am sure she will come around in time. Sounds like she has made great strides already. Thanks for sharing her story.

  11. You are indeed her angel and savior! Lucky for you both. Sky may eventually warm up to dogs a bit (maybe not puppies energy,) especially calm older dogs who are accustomed to cats. Some ragdolls don’t mind a harness and leash walk occasionally if she seems inclined to go outdoors. Best wishes to you both for long and happy lifetimes together.

  12. OMG! How could anyone do that to ANY of our creatures! It made me cry. Thank goodness that you found her! I have my 3rd Ragdoll and have found they are the most loving and loyal of any cat I have ever known. My Kobesan is the light of my life and I could not imagine life without him. My Kobe follows me around the house and even “cries” when he sees me outside or when my car drives up. He is the sunshine of my life and I don’t know what I did before I found him. He was also a rescue, but not from an abusive situation. His “parents” were moving to Alaska and he had a food allergy that required special food. Delivery of this food to Alaska was cost-prohibited. I feel that I’m so lucky to have found him!

  13. Thank you for sharing and thank you for saving Sky What a sad and happy story. Sky will get a lot better w/her new home I believe she will adjust as you will continue seeing her behavior improve. People like the ones that abandoned her should never have animals or be allowed to have them in my opinion. Wish they had laws that worked better to protect animals Sky is beautiful and deserves a good life Thank you

  14. Thank you for sharing and thank you for saving Sky What a sad and happy story. Sky will get a lot better w/her new home I believe she will adjust as you will continue seeing her behavior improve. People like the ones that abandoned her should never have animals or be allowed to have them in my opinion. Wish they had laws that worked better to protect animals Sky is beautiful and deserves a good life Thankyou

  15. Thank God she found you! What a beautiful kitty. Isn’t it horrible the way some people treat their animals? Just the thought of someone driving off and leaving that poor baby in the snow is enough to make my heart break. You are doing a great job of helping her to be comfortable and to trust again. Hopefully, she will eventually forget here past. Thank you for taking her in and loving her.

  16. Shelia love says:

    She is lovely and I have a soft spot for rescue kitties since I’m Mommy to four!!! Love the picture of her meeting the dog 🙂

  17. Sky is one stunning girl! As to what I think she is, I wouldn’t say she’s a Ragdoll; but a Ragdoll mix–which is still beautiful!! Thank you for giving this beautiful girl a forever loving home! ❤️❤️❤️

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