Violet – Ragdoll of the Week

“Furreal Violet” the Ragdoll

My story starts on April 16, 2016, my seal point Himalayan, Tabitha , turned 20 years old that day. Tabitha had been with me since she was 13 weeks old. Unfortunately, the next day God decided it was time for Tabitha, who had been battling kidney disease, to travel to the rainbow bridge. I was devastated.

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I was scheduled to fly from California to Ohio to visit my parents in a couple of weeks and the time without Tabitha had been too much to bear. I decided that I needed another fur baby to help with the loss. A friend of mine researched breeds of cats and suggested a Ragdoll. I then started researching ragdolls and decided that breed was perfect for me, long living and very healthy. I read so many different articles and decided that if that was the breed I was serious about, I really needed to make sure I knew what to look for and what was and was not a purebred ragdoll.

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I read and searched many websites. Then one day as I was once again searching, I put in “real ragdoll cats” and I came across this website, “Fur-Real Ragdolls.” I read through that website page by page and thought.. WOW….these are great cats and this sounds like a wonderful breeder.

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I took a chance and called the breeder to see if there were any kittens available. I explained that I had just lost my precious Tabitha and I needed a new fur baby to love. The breeder asked several questions about where I lived and other normal questions any protective breeder would ask and I even texted her a picture of my Tabitha so she could see that I really was a good cat mom. The breeder sent me a text saying how much the mother of the available kitten looked a lot like Tabitha and she was right!

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The breeder said that she had a little girl that had been spoken for, but just that morning the customer called and decided to back out. However, she would not be ready to go home for another 6 weeks. The timing was perfect as it would be exactly 6 weeks before I returned from my trip. I asked that she send me a picture of the kitten and a video of the kitten with its mother When I saw the picture and the video I instantly fell in love with the little girl. I spoke some more at length with the breeder and got all of the information and asked for a contract to review. I signed the contract and sent in my deposit. I really felt that Tabitha had a paw in finding the exact little fur baby that I needed.

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I decided to call the little beauty “Violet”, she was so sweet looking and had an upside down heart on her little nose. I just could not wait to get home to go pick Violet up and start the healing process. When the time came to pick up Violet I was ready, a violet cat carrier, a violet collar and of course a nice fluffy violet colored towel for her to lay on. While at the breeder’s location there was one particular cat that kept trying to get in the cat carrier and loved the purple towel that was inside. The breeder told me that was Violet’s mother, Joy! So home I went with Violet in tow and she was such a good baby and so excited over all of her new toys when we got home!

Violet - Ragdoll of the Week The Nosey Neighbor

The breeder asked that I keep in touch and send pictures, which I faithfully did as promised. A couple of months later, I got a message from the breeder saying “You know, ragdolls do better in pairs and I have retired Violet’s mother and had her spayed. Would you consider taking Joy?” My response was “What is the charge?” She replied, “For you a special price, just God’s blessings.” Now how could I say no to that? A couple of weeks later Furreal Gina’s Pride and “Joy”, came to live with me.

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However, Violet and Joy had been apart just long enough not to remember each other any longer. This was quite a challenge. But, almost 2 years later they are loving each other again….well most of the time! You see Violet had become very territorial and everything for once was “just hers.” Since cats do not understand the concept of sharing it was a real challenge for Violet. She became the alpha cat in the house and keeps Joy in line, or thinks she does.

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I am so blessed to have both daughter and mother living with me. There is NEVER a dull moment with these two!

For anyone looking for a good breeder in Northern California, I highly recommend Fur-Real Ragdolls, they are honest and highly recognized for the TICA Ragdoll Breed Standard. All of their cats are HCM DNA tested to be negative for the Ragdoll marker. You can read more at

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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. Morgan Starchild says:

    I got The Great Gatsby at Furreal Ragdoll 4 years ago and he was ragdoll of the week some time after he turned 1 year old. I have been very pleased -my granddaughter named him and he has grown into his name. When he was around 9 months old, I realized he really needed a companion, so I brought in a rescue cat, a female I’ve named Mouse, and was really worried about Gatsby’s reaction to her, although she just rolled on her back and presented her tummy, he backed away growling. Then one night while I was keeping them in separate rooms with the door partially opened, one of them stuck a paw through the opening in the door jam and the game started. They have been fast buddies ever since then.

    1. Amy G Sherrick says:

      Hi Morgan!!
      Yes, Furreal Ragdolls are the very best!! I also have Violet’s mother, Joy, who was retired just a month after I got Violet. They were apart just enough time that they did not remember each other…. so it took some time for the two of them to become friends. Those two girls keep things lively! I love the name Great Gatsby!!

  2. Thank you soooo very much for your super pawesome Love Story about your STUNNING Violet and Joy (wow…so lucky to have gotten beautiful Joy for free!!)!!! Sounds like they have found the purrfect furever home with you and are best friends now!!! 🙂 <3

    I am sooo very sorry for the loss of your beloved and precious Tabitha. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences. It's always hard to move on from that type of loss. BIG HUGS! <3

    Lurve the pics of your GORGEOUS Girls!!! They sound like quite the pair and I adore how Violet believes she is The Alpha Girl!! lol So adorable!! 🙂 <3

    Sounds like you have The Purrfect Ragdoll Duo and I wish you all many, many more years of good health, love,happiness and purry adventures together!!! 🙂 <3

    You are truly blessed to have them both in your life and they are just as blessed to have been adopted by YOU!! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    1. Amy G Sherrick says:

      Thank you Pat and I am glad you enjoyed our story. I absolutely do have a perfect duo even if they are quite a handful at times….hahaha. Sometimes it is like living with toddlers!

      Thank you also about your lovely condolences for my precious Tabitha. She was quiet a girl.

      Indeed I have been very blessed to have all three of these lovely ladies in my life.

      I wish the best for you and Miss Pink Sugarbelle (I love that name!!).


      1. Thank YOU soooo very much, Amy honey!! At first, our darling girl was just named Pink Sugar by the lovely breeder we adopted her from (all her litters were named after apple varieties). After getting to know Miss Pink Sugar for a few months her name evolved into Miss Pink Sugarbelle (aka Miss PSB) as she is just such a feminine little Southern Belle in my eyes and heart with a quirky attitude and outlook on everything around her! 🙂 <3

  3. says:

    Thanks for sharing your sweet, beautiful kids. I also have a Violet! A 9 yo Blue bi-color. She’s a sweety too,. She has been a Ragdoll of the week before.♥
    Seal mitted is my favorite Ragdoll color!!

    1. Amy G Sherrick says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Please give your Violet my huggggsssssss!! They are such precious beings!

      I will have to check out your Violet’s story!


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