I retired from my demanding job in Washington, D.C. on the finish of 2020, and I knew I would wish one thing to occupy my time. My expensive Maine Coon-mix rescue Garrett had handed away at age 17 the earlier Christmas and I felt I used to be prepared for a brand new cat in my life. Many years in the past at an area cat present, I fell arduous for the big, fluffy, sweet-natured ragdoll cats. Every proprietor raved about his/her ragdoll’s straightforward companionship and easy repairs. Knowing I lastly had time to be a full-time pet dad or mum, I figured a ragdoll kitten can be an ideal retirement current to myself.

The day after Christmas, one of many breeders I had been following posted a few new kittens on her web site. There was a traditional male seal level with probably the most lovable mittens born on November 22, 2020, and he was obtainable! I shortly put down a deposit with Rockstar Ragdolls (close to Roanoke, VA) and waited impatiently till I may make the four-hour drive to select him up on the finish of January. Melissa the proprietor was a fantastic communicator and despatched me pictures and a video of my little man to assist me by way of the lengthy month.

In my household, we normally pick a cat title after which search for a shelter or rescue cat that matches it..Because this kitten was my first from a breeder and a purebred, I made a decision to ship round his pictures to family and friends looking for a suitably severe title. After in depth session with my son, I had an inventory that included McAllistair, Montgomery, and Hudson. However, the one title this little fluffball responded to was Sawyer, which was conveniently advised by my son’s girlfriend. I prefer it as a result of it sounds literary (Tom Sawyer), I’m a lawyer (it rhymes) and it’s pretty distinctive.

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Sawyer was one in all a litter of 9 (!) and his vet wished the little man fattened up (he weighed 1.4 kilos at 2 months). At 9 months, Sawyer suggestions the size at 13 kilos and has heaps extra to develop. I feel Sawyer needed to battle for meals and perhaps to guard himself from his many siblings. So whereas he could be a candy purr fest making starfish paws on my shoulder, he tends to speak lots along with his enamel – I need to play (chew), I don’t need to put on my collar (chew), what is that this torture that entails trimming my claws (chew), hey these toes appear like tasty toys (chew), and so forth. The bites are largely playful however I do sport some ankle scars I didn’t have earlier than.

Fortunately, I appear to be the one one who receives the enamel kisses. Sawyer may be very relaxed round firm, typically operating to greet friends on the door and leaping onto my chair in the midst of a cocktail party. He additionally has an uncanny skill to seek out the one particular person within the room who’s allergic to cats and makes a particular effort to imprint himself on the hapless visitor. When not making my pals sneeze, Sawyer goes loopy enjoying with wand toys with elastic strings (a Hartz one with a goldfish is a fav), zooming round the home terrorizing small felt mice, making off with jigsaw puzzle items, and rummaging by way of rubbish cans. He has a wierd attraction to water as effectively, leaping into my bathe after I step out, sitting on the sting (and falling into) the bathtub when my son takes a shower, and clumsily scaling lavatory vanities to drink from the tap. Like most ragdolls, Sawyer follows me up and down stairs (love these pantaloons on parade) and sometimes sleeps at my toes (the higher to nimble on tempting toes).

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I had forgotten how a lot work kittens are however Sawyer has introduced a lot to my life. I like selecting him up and snuggling into his mushy fur, enjoying fetch with him, and spoiling him with new toys and treats (he’s studying to make use of the Litter Robot 3 as I write this). When I depart the home, I can depend on my good-looking man to be ready on the window seat by the entrance door to welcome me residence, I like my feisty blue-eyed furball!

I’ve advisable ragdolls to each cat lover I do know – they’re the right pet, and Sawyer is the right floppycat for me..

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