A colleague of mine started a Ragdoll craze at work. I had never heard about the breed until she got her two kittens and started showing us photos and telling us about how special these cats are. We went straight to the same breeder and picked out our kitten, a male. A few months later, we took Tyler home. He was our wedding gift to each other and he was the only reason we were excited to return from our honeymoon!
Another colleague took Tyler’s sister home, and she tragically died of FIP. We had Tyler tested and the vet said his blood test showed high levels of the Corona Virus which put him at high risk of developing FIP. For the next few months we were very worried and apprehensive – we had already fallen totally in love with Tyler and we were afraid that he could get sick at any minute. He’s 7 years old now and, thankfully, he’s still in great health.
Personality-wise, Tyler is a text-book Ragdoll –very laid back, floppy and affectionate. He does, however, have some interesting quirks. For example, he goes nuts whenever we cut a cucumber, cantaloupe or watermelon and won’t stop meowing until I give him a small piece. He’s also a complete paper fiend…you know that excuse “the dog ate my homework”? Well, I can honestly say that the cat ate mine!
Tyler also loves to hang out with me ever time I take a bath. He’ll hang right over the edge and play with the water or drink it (which seriously restricts my use of bubble bath!) He once jumped right in with me, but he got a bit of a shock and didn’t try that trick again.
Tyler can be a little bit stubborn, and I swear he thinks he has the power of invisibility – but usually, he’s just a complete cuddle-bug and very entertaining. He’s a wonderful and very handsome companion and I can’t imagine life without him!
Maria Birch is Tyler’s owner and she runs the site Catnamesplace.com where Tyler and Lilly are featured.