In the fall of 2005 I was looking at Lonerock-Catastrophe Ragdolls website & happened upon a showcat that was for sale. She was a choc. lynx torbie bicolorgirl, the original breeder was a gal named Debbie who was a friend of Sue Villareal.
Sue’s cattery is in Bancroft, Wisconsin. I had always wanted a girl Ragdoll with “chocolate bangs”. I already had one blue bicolor Ragdoll from Sue, plus a tuxedo male from the Humane Society.
Snuggler was born Sept. 12, 2005 & would be ready to go in December of that year. I was very excited ‘cuz she was so beautiful. After Christmas Snuggler was delivered to me via car. She was 4 months already & very outgoing & well adjusted. And she loved to EAT! And chew on anything she had her paws on. She had a knack for knocking pictures & knick-knacks off the wall, tearing up her fuzzy mice & chewing on electrical cords. In other words, a very mischievious torbie!
I would buy these mice & glitterballs of different neon colors. My two other cats, Bongo the tuxedo & Nuzzler the blue bicolor would love to race around & chase them. Snuggler was different. Besides grabbing them in her mouth & running with them, she would DUNK the glitterballs into her water dish & flatten them out like pancakes! All cats love to hide their toys – I would find smushed glitterballs in every nook & cranny upstairs & downstairs.
A couple weeks before Thanksgiving in 2006 I noticed my usually bouncy, meowing, romping showgirl was not herself. She would lay around & barely meow, let alone eat or drink anything, which was very unusual. Snuggler lived to eat, eat, eat. She would stick her whole head into the cat chow bag before I had the chance to pour in bowl. She had developed a strange habit of making “chomping” motions with her mouth, as if she had something stuck.
Several vet visits & Xrays later, they found a big blob mass in her stomach. Sure enough she had managed to swallow NINE glitterballs!! The vet had them removed & put in a plastic bag. After Snuggler’s overnite surgery & stitches, they put her on a diet of bland soft cat chow. She would not eat anything but crunchy hard food.
Upon returning home, I glitterball-proofed the whole house. I guess one cannot ever be too careful when kitten-proofing. As for toys, I must keep everything hidden & put away.
Snuggler is now a little over 5 years old, 15# & about 36″Long. Her “set-back” with the glitterballs did not deter her growth or appetite.
Her cat-show-circuit was a one-time only thing. After one show in Maple Grove at 8 months, she got fed-up with being handled & transfered from cage to cage. By her third ring she was hissing at everyone & couldn’t wait to go back home.