Widget – Ragdoll of the Week

Widget – Ragdoll of the Week

Widget - Ragdoll of the WeekThe story of Widget, our Ragdoll, begins as so many others, with the loss of our beloved 18 1/2 year old rescue kitty. In 1996, we found two black kittens that were only several days old and kept them alive with eye droppers and doll bottles until they were old enough to eat on their own. They were Rags and Riches. Rags died at 16 years of age, and we lost Riches at 18 1/2. We were so devastated by his loss that we decided not to get another cat.

I am the real “cat person” in the family, but one day my husband said that he thought getting another kitty would be good for us. I had heard a little about Ragdolls, but always had rescue kitties my whole life. We went to a cat show in Largo, FL and met a young lady there whose Ragdoll was expecting a litter. I agreed to purchase one of the kittens and the wait started. It seemed like time went so slowly! Sheena of Widget - Ragdoll of the WeekLollicats, kept me posted with pictures every so often. When our kitten was three months old, she delivered him to Tampa and we picked him up. He slept in his carrier all of the way home to Sarasota and was immediately at home with us. He slept with us for about two weeks and then I guess after he got used to the condo, he decided to sleep on his own and roams around at night. I wake up with his toys in our bed sometimes! As we are both retired crew members from Delta Airlines, we named him Widget, the triangular logo on all of the airplanes.

Widget - Ragdoll of the WeekHe was one year old on April 13, and weighs about fifteen pounds. He follows us around all day and has to be into everything that is happening. He ONLY drinks from the faucet in the bathtub, so we have to be sure that he has water dripping often through the day. He does not like wet food but loves freeze dried chicken snacks. He loves to play with his laser light and his “feather toy on a stick” but his favorite thing is his tunnel, which he incidentally is getting a little too big to scoot thru. Widgy does not have the floppy body that most Ragdolls have, but he does have the beautiful rabbit-like fur, and amazing blue eyes. I have bought a kitty stroller and take him for rides to get his nails Widget - Ragdoll of the Weektrimmed around the block from where we live. We are on the 15th floor and have not let him out on any of the balconies, without his harness and leash, which he does not care for. He is still a kitten and we don’t want to risk him jumping up on the table and sliding over the edge! Before Widgy arrived, my friends gave me a surprise “kitten shower” with champagne and cupcakes with his baby picture on them. He has brought so much fun into our home and we have just love our Ragdoll!!!


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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. Thank you for giving Rags and Riches a wonderful Forever Home and a great life with you! 🙂 Thanks also for sharing lovely Widget’s picture and his sweet story!

  2. Oh my gosh- a kitten shower! That’s such a cute idea. Widget is a doll- love his pink nose and lips! Don’t you love waking up to “presents” in the bed? Always makes me smile when I step on stick toy by the bed when I get up. Someone did a lot of work during the night to drag that upstairs! Thanks for sharing!

    1. chris chocallo says:

      Lynn: The surprise kitty shower was such a fun event! Was never expecting it. It is a great idea and does not have to be very fancy. However the champagne and cupcakes made it extra special. Received some great “kitten loot” too. Someone made a poster with his baby picture on it saying “Welcome Widget.” It was as if everyone knew him by the time he arrived! Thanks for the kind words. Widgy rocks.

  3. chris chocallo says:

    Hello all: Thanks for your wonderful and kind comments. Only those cat lovers like we are can understand the joy having cats in the home. We love our Widget and hope as loving and caring parents, we can provide a good home to Widget for many years. Too many cats are not as lucky as he is. Thank you Floppycats for all that you do!!! Chris Chocallo Sarasota FL

  4. Kathi Branch says:

    Sweet baby, love the computer picture let me know when his great ameri-CAT-an novel is published. He looks very smart,happy and loved!

  5. Teresa Reid says:

    Widget is so gorgeous! Looks like he has the purrfect parents too! Love how he brings his toys to your bed – just so precious and shows he loves you so much he brings you lots of “gifts.” Wishing you all the best! ♥♥♥♥

  6. Patti Johnson says:

    Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely story about your very handsome boy, Widget! (Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your beloved Rags and Riches. Those names sound as priceless as they were!)

    Lurve the name Widget, too. Seems to fit him just purrfectly! The pictures you shared show that he is a happy, contented playful boy. Just so GORGEOUS, too, with that big poofy tail of his! What a sweet face he has!!!

    Wishing you many years of love, happiness and good health together!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  7. ABarletta says:

    Widget is one handsome guy! He sort of blends in with your furnishings, even your kitchen counter and cabinets! He is one “coordinated cat”. Probably not intentional, but fun all the same. Love how he is attending to your pc on the kitchen counter. Does he get replies to his messages? Enjoy your wonderful little fur man.

    1. Patti Johnson says:

      lol…he certainly is coordinated! 🙂 <3

    2. chris chocallo says:

      Hello all: thanks for the sweet comments. Widget is an amazing kitty. He does blend in very well with our redone condo. He is always on my iPad keyboard!!!!

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