Tippy – Ragdoll Kitten of the Month

Submitted November 27, 2019

Tippy of Tempe Town

Tippy - Ragdoll Kitten of the Month IMG_1168 For years, my 8-year-old biological daughter, N, has been begging me to get a cat. We already have 2 dogs, but she has always insisted that we need a cat, too. We didn’t get her a cat, but we did get her a sister! In 2018, we adopted A, age 5 (now 6) from foster care. A had experienced a lot of losses in her life and suffers from PTSD and something called disorganized attachment, which means she has a lot of trouble attaching to other living things. Her therapies involve learning to build attachments and love via animals (horses, specifically) so we thought that maybe it would be helpful to bring a kitten home for her to practice with. Tippy - Ragdoll Kitten of the Month IMG_0017 We decided that if we were going to do this, we needed to choose a purebred cat with a health guarantee. Our daughter can’t bear to experience another loss. We started researching breeds and discovered Ragdolls! We have 2 dogs at home and 2 kids, so we needed a breed that would do well with our busy crew. Ragdolls seemed like the perfect fit. Tippy - Ragdoll Kitten of the Month IMG_0065 Then we had a tragedy: my husband’s parents died within 3 months of each other over the summer. That was what made us decide once and for all that we needed to bring a new kitten home. We needed something to help us find happiness again. We traveled from Arizona to southern California this fall to bury my husband’s parents’ ashes at sea. It was a beautiful ceremony and we said our goodbyes peacefully as a family. The next day, our chosen breeder, Cheryl Adams of Ragbenchers Ragdolls, brought our new kitten to us at our hotel. We fell in love immediately. Tippy - Ragdoll Kitten of the Month IMG_0097 Our kids named him “Tippy” for the white tip at the end of his tail. We are all adoring him with everything we have, cuddling him and playing with him nonstop. In fact, we couldn’t resist starting an Instagram account for him! He has many fans already. Tippy - Ragdoll Kitten of the Month IMG_0097 We can’t imagine a better fit for our family. Little Tippy has us all laughing and smiling daily. Even his furry siblings love him! We are so grateful to have learned about this incredible breed. Thank you to everyone who has ever shared stories about their Ragdolls. We listened, learned, and joined in! Happy to be a part of the fan club. Tippy - Ragdoll Kitten of the Month IMG_0911
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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. Anonymous says:

    we get our new kitty on Sunday, April 12th!! Yeah–I’ve waited about 20 years for this 🙂

    1. Yes, I will and will also remove your email address from the comment, so it’s not online. What an Easter gift that’ll be!

  2. Markolf Rosa says:

    One of my ragdolls has debris in her eyes daily. Is this normal or should I be concerned. The other one doesn’t have that problem (she is, however a mink ragdoll, the other one very light).

      1. Rosa Markolf says:

        Eye gookies. Is it normal?

        1. I would say it is based on the diet options commercial pet food companies offer…but I don’t think it should be a daily occurrence if their diet is right.

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