Smoke and Mist – Ragdolls of the Week
My husband and I adopted our little Ragdoll girls Smoke and Mist in December from Lake Norman Ragdolls (Denver, North Carolina). Although each had given birth to a litter a couple months before we adopted them, I find it hard to think of them as mothers. To me, they’re babies.
Mist, a blue lynx mitted, has gorgeous eyes—glowing sapphire blue. She’ll be two in March 2018. Her fur is incredibly soft. She loves to eat any kind of food (and she eats really fast!), monitor our trips to the bathroom, watch birds at the feeder, play with toys (especially her fish toy, which she throws up in the air and catches over and over), and play chase with Smoke. She has grown noticeably bigger just in the time we’ve had her.
Seal lynx mitted Smoke is a little over two years old. She has crystalline blue eyes and a sweet, kittenish face. She loves to sharpen her claws, investigate the contents of trash cans, sleep on top of bookcases, and look out windows that have long vistas. She’s a gentle, introverted cat, one who often prefers to watch the action rather than take part.
At first, Smoke was intimidated by Mist’s exuberance and occasional aggression. Gradually, Smoke began to stand her ground, and now she chases Mist almost as much as Mist chases her. Sometimes she’ll even give Mist a bop on the nose if Mist is being too annoying. The two girls have recently started sleeping next to each other, touching.
We wanted two cats so that they could keep each other company if we went out during the day and so that we could get some work done without the cats always wanting pets and cuddles and chases.
We decided on Ragdoll cats because (1) we wanted lap cats and (2) we’d had enough of cats jumping on the furniture, scratching it, and knocking bowls, lamps, and other breakables to the floor. Somehow, Smoke and Mist never got the memo on either Ragdoll rule. They jump and climb nearly as much as any other cat we’ve had (four over the 35 years of our marriage). They’re a little calmer since being spayed but not much!
Smoke and Mist are both affectionate cats, but neither has learned to sit on a lap yet. Mist has made the most progress. She’s begun to climb on top of me then go over to my husband and climb on him, then come back and climb on me, then go to my husband, and so on, purring all the while.
Smoke will stand or lay quietly next to us, purring loudly, but won’t climb on us yet. I hope they both will soon be lap cats. I know I’m impatient; we’ve only had the cats seven weeks, and we all need to get used to each other.
Smoke and Mist had different names before we brought them home. The breeder’s young daughter was allowed to name both. She chose “Twinkle Kitty” for the cat we renamed Smoke and “Snow Tiger” for Mist. “Snow Tiger” was a good fit, but “Twinkle Kitty” wasn’t.
My husband and I are 61. Mist and Smoke are probably the last cats we’ll have. I think we’ve made a good choice and look forward to many years with them.
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Thank you so very much for sharing your Love Story about Smoke & Mist (Lurve those names, btw!!!)!! Your girls are GORGEOUSLY STUNNING!!! Those eyes just melted my heart!!! The photos are great…especially Mist with her fish toy!!! They sound absolutely delightful and PAWESOME!!! 🙂 <3
Give them some time to mature and I bet you'll find that their interest in sitting with you, cuddling with you and relaxing a bit more will definitely increase!!! Our Miss Pink Sugarbelle was VERY INDEPENDENT as a kitten and young adult. Now (at age 5) she is so much more affectionate and chilled out (although she does get the crazy cat zoomies bright and early each morning). She sits with each of us (my hubby and me) in our recliners during the evening hours and follows us around faithfully wherever we go if she is awake. 🙂 <3
Smoke & Mist sound like The Purrfect Companions for the rest of your lives. (Miss PSB is also our last kitty, too, as I am 58 and my hubby is 72.) 🙂
Wishing all of you many more years of great health, happiness, love & purry adventures together!!! 🙂 <3
Big hugs & lots of love!!!
Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3
PATTI, thanks for your comments. It’s reassuring to think that they will mellow out as they get older and get more affectionate with us and with each other. In the weeks since they were Ragdolls of the Week, I think I see them becoming less wild and moving toward one day being lap cats. Smoke will now occasionally sit next to me with her back or paw touching me; Mist will sprawl across me like a furry bag of potatoes. What characters they are! But very sweet.