The Great Catsby – Ragdoll of the Week

The Great Catsby - Ragdoll of the Week 4The Great Catsby – Ragdoll of the Week

My friend told me years ago about these cats called Ragdolls. She couldn’t say enough good things about how wonderful they were, how loving and interactive with their owners. Well, being a cat person all my life, I was fascinated by her stories. But, they were quite pricy and at the time I couldn’t really afford one. I began to read more and the more I read the more my heart just longed for one. Then a couple years ago I made the decision it was worth the price and I set out to find a breeder within driving distance. After researching the internet I found a breeder about 50 miles from me. I contacted her and looked at all her litters on her web page– I was hooked– and I put a deposit on one of her little males. At about 10 weeks I picked him up. He was adorable! Since I knew they grow to be very large cats I named him “The Great Catsby”. He would surly grow into the” great” The Great Catsby - Ragdoll of the Weekpart. And he has not disappointed me, at two years he is quite large and very fluffy. His fur feels like a rabbit just like they had said, so soft I can’t get enough of petting him

The day after I brought him home I came down with the flu, so Catsby and I spent the first two weeks of our lives together laying in bed. To this day the place he enjoys the most being with me is in the bed. To my disappointment Catsby is not a lap cat. But he can’t wait for me to get in bed so he can snuggle beside me. He follows me around the house from room to room. I never go to the bathroom alone. With the sound of water running he comes running and sits on the side of the bathtub watching it fill up! Also one of his favorite places is the bathroom sink and he loves looking at himself in the mirror.

The Great Catsby - Ragdoll of the Week 3I spend a lot of time quilting and sewing and he is my partner as he sits on my sewing table and watches me all the time. I have to watch that he doesn’t try to grab the needle as I sew. He will get very close and watch it go up and down. I think he is making sure I do it right.

I am sure He and the dog have worked out a system. Catsby knocks my thread on the floor so the dog can chew it up!

He is now 2 years old and beautiful. When I leave he sits at the window and watches me back out of the driveway and he’s right at the door when I come home. He’s not much of a talker, but he makes his presence known with a head butt and that soft fur against my leg. And yes, he does flop when I pick him up-although he doesn’t want to be held for too long.

The Great Catsby - Ragdoll of the Week 6I must raise the blinds each morning so he can watch the lizards and birds and whatever else catches his eye outside. I don’t let him outside, I just feel he is safer as a house cat.

I love his quirky personality, I like how he runs when he hears the back bedroom door open because it is usually shut and he won’t miss a chance to get to explore a new territory. The other day I forgot he was in there and shut the door. About an hour later I heard the biggest racket and it took me a little while to realize it was Catsby wanting out of the back room that he so eagerly wanted to enter. He was very indignant when I opened the door to let him out. He wouldn’t even look at me for awhile.
I do hope one day he will become more of a lap cat. I read that some of the ragdolls do enjoy sitting on your lap more as they age, even the ones who don’t when they are young.

But, for now I enjoy him for who he is and the personality God gave him.

Titusville, FL

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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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  1. “The Great Catsby” is a splendid name for your beautiful boy! I’ve never seen a Ragdoll with stripe marking before – so different and cute! 🙂 Don’t worry about him not being a lap cat. Kitties have favorite ways and places of showing their affection. Obviously he’s attached and devoted to you 🙂 I wish you many years of fun and love with your sweet baby! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story with us!

  2. ABarletta says:

    Great Catsby is beautiful! And I can tell when he sets his mind to getting your attention, he is very charming!! Enjoy your precious boy. He is purrfect.

  3. Patti Johnson says:

    Dottie, thank you so much for sharing your story with The Great Catsby with us! He is a GORGEOUS fella for sure! I love his coloring and markings! Sounds like he has the purrfect furrever home!

    Our girl, Miss Pink Sugarbelle, will be three years old in October and she gets more affectionate as she ages. She enjoys sitting on her daddy’s lap now more than ever (she’s such a Daddy’s Girl) and she’s becoming quite the snuggler when she lays between our legs when we are relaxing in our recliners. She’s not much for cuddling in bed with us (you are so luck that The Great Catsby is a snugglebug in bed!) but I think it’s because we move around a lot in our sleep trying to get comfortable. But she’s always in the bedroom with us when we are sleeping. So I’m betting that as The Great Catsby gets older he will begin to migrate to your lap for some lovin’! 🙂 <3

    The pictures of your baby are wonderful! So beautiful! I'm so happy that you both are very happy together!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  4. he is a beauty and sounds very cute and funny. i like the picture of him sitting on the bathroom sink. he’s like “ah yes i know i am beautiful, you don’t have to tell me”. thanks for sharing the “great catsby’s” story!

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