Thunder – Ragdoll of the Week

Stef,Fluffy,2005 020We had two beautiful Ragdolls, litter mates named Biscuits and Shadow. The household was perfect with them.

Then, 9 years ago. we received an email from the Animal Rescue League, that a relative of a volunteer had a Ragdoll named Thunder who needed a home. Well, you’ve all heard the expression that Ragdolls are like potato chips, you can’t stop at one or two. We couldn’t resist looking at him. Wow, he was gorgeous in his photograph. My husband and I answered the call for help. We asked if he had any strange behaviors. The answer was no; so, we made arrangements to meet Thunder with the probability of bringing him home.

Once in the owner’s home, we found out a little more about Thunder. Turns out, his first nine months as a kitten were spent in a carrier because he was a gift for an elderly woman who could not handle him. The current owner had serious allergies to Thunder. Since he had fallen in love with him, the man tried every kind of medicine he could get his hands on in hopes that he could have a life with his beloved Ragdoll. He really loved him. Unfortunately for him, nothing worked. So, this was the reason we were at his Cats05--Thunder Fuller Microchip picturehouse…to meet Thunder and take him home. While we were there, Thunder ran around like crazy, from his carrier, to the other side of the room and back into his carrier. The name Thunder was very appropriate. I got on the floor and tried to pet him and received some pretty strong bites. He never let me pet him. I didn’t care for this but my husband had faith.

The owner gave us Thunder in his carrier along with a 6 foot cat tree, a special water fountain, some combs and brushes and a box full of toys. The man was crying as we pulled away with our new baby. I was also crying because I wasn’t sure we had made a good decision. This cat did nothing but bite me! I wasn’t used to that behavior coming from a Ragdoll!

Once home, we gave Thunder his own room along with his tree, some food and water, litter pan and toys. Of course we spent as much time as we could with him. The next day Thunder raked the side of my husband’s face, he bit me on my face, and we couldn’t get near him. I wanted to bring him back but it was really too late, we couldn’t put the previous owners through that again. My husband decided it might be best just to introduce Thunder to Biscuits and Shadow.

Well, I came home from an errand only to find three cats in my kitchen. Little Biscuits

Thunder July 2007 002was sitting on her tree hissing and hacking at Thunder like crazy; the Queen “B” had spoken! Shadow merely passed Thunder to let him know he was there first. Well, it worked. The hierarchy was set and all is well! It was just a matter of time for Thunder to realize that we had nothing but loving intentions for his life with us.

Thunder is so awesome! There are times he resembles the behavior of a dog. When called, he will come. He is more vocal than our other two. He will ask to go “out” on the porch or he will ask for us to open the basement door so he can sit on the basement steps. My husband also finally got his “lap cat”; something he has never enjoyed with our other Ragdolls. Thunder kneads on his chest and stomach with all 4 feet, while he’s watching TV and he does it in circles all at the same time…..quite a nightly dance.

Thunder in his bags 001The one thing that scares us though, is Thunder’s desire to go out with absolutely no fear of anything. He has to be the fastest cat in the East! If that door opens, he is out! For this reason, we had him collared with 2 ID’s, a bell ,and micro-chipped, something we never had to do with the other two. Yes, he has jumped out of the house without us even seeing him go. We did have a couple of scares when it took us a while to find him. One morning, my husband took the trash out without realizing Thunder had escaped. My husband came in and told me, “Don’t start your car! I heard Thunder’s bell outside and he might be in your motor!” So, he went back out since I wasn’t dressed yet, looking for Thunder. Every time he would call Thunder, Thunder would respond with a big “Meow”! My husband was frantic…he could hear Thunder but he couldn’t see him. My husband opened the hood of my car and there was no sign of our baby. He ran up and down the driveway calling Thunder and Thunder would reply. Finally, the little girl across the street yelled out, “He’s on the roof”! Yes, there he was in all his kingly glory, on the peak of our roof talking to his dad.

Thunder 017Thunder, (AKA Thunderhead, Bad Cat, Big Boy, Baby Boy, Rough and Tumble, Sweet Baby, Funny Guy) has turned out to be the coolest cat! He loves to be in bags and boxes. He hates closed doors yet he loves his carrier. He has a plastic fetish where he just loves to lick, lick, lick plastic bags. Thunder loves to hide under rugs. He has turned out to be the most affectionate boy and he respects his older sister with submission (sometimes) and has some good old fashioned wrestling matches with his older brother. Are we sorry we took him??? Not in a million years! We would take 10 more just like him…

June and Bob Fuller
Auburn, MA.

Dolfinns Ragdolls Thunder
Sire: Champion Morning Dove
Dame: Blue Christmas

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A ragdoll cat sitting in a box

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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. that was a wonderful story of how it takes time and the right family. I still feel so bad for the owner before after trying so many meds he could not keep the cat. I am glad you have a new member to the family and that the other rag helped teach him how to behave.

  2. Dementia Boy says:

    What a lovely story–and a lovely cat. Heart-twisting that his carrier still represents comfort to Thunder.

    Bless you for your patience with him. So many people would have given up. But Thunder’s family now. Purr…

  3. I saw the picture on the homepage of Thunder in the box and was so confused – I couldn’t figure out why my cat’s picture was posted?! My cat, Prossimo, looks kinda similar to Thunder.

    What a great story with a very happy ending of him finding his place in your home and hearts.

  4. I love Thunder’s story – it is a rags to riches story – no pun intended! He found his way to wonderful forever family. Your photos are great and I laughed out loud when I saw the rug over him! Thanks so much for sharing your story – I needed one today. 🙂 I wish you all many years of fun and friskies!

  5. June Fuller says:

    So glad you all enjoyed Thunder’s story !
    Thanks for all your kind remarks…..June

  6. Denise Grande says:

    Thank you for sharing your amazing story with Thunder! He is so beautiful! I am so glad things worked out for you, Thunder and your other babies! Hugs and head bumps xoxo

  7. Thank you so very, very much for sharing Thunder’s amazing story with us! June & Bob, you are just wonderful for taking in this kitty who had such a need for affection! I sympathize with his previous owner with the allergies and how it must have broken his heart to not be able to hold his lovely kitty. Such a bad situation all around. So happy that you two were able to come to the rescue! Yay!

    Great pictures! Thunder certainly is a rascal! I know what you mean about his being fast! Our gal Pink Sugar can move lightning quick when she wants something bad enough. I didn’t expect that from such a large breed. lol 🙂

    What a beautiful fella Thunder is… Lurved all the pictures but I really found the picture of your three Raggies together at the top of the stairs looking down. Hilarious! Thick as thieves!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing the story of Thunder! I enjoyed reading it.

  9. Wow, he is so handsome! Love his markings/pattern. I have a Blue Mitted Ragdoll cat that looks kinda like your Thunder! Her name is Anya. She has a brother named Nico, who is also a Ragdoll (a Blue Bicolor). Thunder is just too handsome! Thanks for sharing his story with us!

  10. Janet Knowlton says:

    Such a remarkable story in so many ways! I cannot believe the little guy was kept in a carrier for 9 months. No wonder he had some issues initially. Thank god for you! You are a saint. So happy there is a happy ending. He is a gorgeous boy!

  11. What a great story- glad to know I’m not the only one who had some doubts about a rescue at first. My Emily clawed my face the first day I had her home! Thunder is beautiful and the picture of your three lined up eating is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing Thunder with us!

  12. I am so happy you wrote this and were honest about your initial feelings and Thunder’s behavior…proving that any cat can act pretty aggressively, and it’s just a sign they are scared to death….clearly he came around quickly to being AWESOME.
    I hope you send pics and updates to his former Dad. Thunder, and your family are all lucky! ♥♥

  13. Thunder is simply gorgeous! This reader would love to reach in and just scoop him up, to get a feel of his magnificent coat. Obviously June and Bob have keen insight into what makes for healthy, happy pets. I love the pic of the three having ‘lunch’ together. It’s clear Thunder knows he is a welcome, much-loved part of the family ‘pack’. He exudes a very calm air and confidence that says, “This is a sanctuary of some very cool cats!”

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