Likes: Love and affection when he meows loudly for it. Treats when he meows loudly for them.
Pet-Peeves: He is really scared when someone unexpectedly comes into the house. He hides and asks questions later. He is currently peeved that Missy still hisses when he comes near her.
Favorite Toy: Stick, string and 3 feathers. Very favorite and fun toy! I whip it around and he flings his body into the air as high as 3'.
Favorite Nap Spot: Willy's favorite place to sleep is outside in his cat enclosure on a warm sunny day. Otherwise you can always find him lounging on the couch.
Favorite Food: Temptation treats!!! and Fancy Feast
Skills: When he has a craving for some affection you know about it. He is very loving, but only when he is in the mood.
Arrival Story: I searched the newspaper for weeks to find my ragdoll cat. I found an ad that said there was 1 kitten unsold available. A woman was desperate to sell the last kitten because she had plans to go out of town in one week. She said 5 other people were coming to her house to see the kitten. So I said that there probably was no use going to see the cat then. She said that the first person to put $350.00 into her hand would own the cat. It took over an hour to get to her house, but I was lucky enough to be the first person to show up to buy him. Willy is so adorable! His pictures do not reflect just how sweet he really is. I fell in love with him at first sight. Willie has accepted his little sister Bella into his home. They spend endless hours playing together and they wash each other's face and ears. It is a relief that they get along! If you pet him when he isn't in the mood, he will bite you. When you say "No", he rubs his teeth on your skin.
Bio: Ragdolls are best known for their docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. They are perhaps the gentlest and most easy-going of breeds. They are non-aggressive to the point that many cats cannot or should not be let outside for prolonged periods as many will not defend themselves and most do not hunt. The name "Ragdoll" derived from the fact that many of these cats go completely limp and relax when picked up. Ragdolls typically take up to 4 years to fully mature physically. An adult male can weigh between 15 and 25 lb, while the females can weigh between 10 and 15 lb, making them about three times bigger than "regular" cats! Ragdoll is the largest cat breed in the world and it's even mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Although Ragdoll's long coat may look like a big job, it is actually very easy to take care of. Ragdolls have a mat-resistant coat which needs hardly any care at all. It is good about once a week to brush or comb the coat to remove loose hair. This controls shedding and prevents hairballs.
Birthdate: January 27,2005
1. I make a funny face when told "No".
2. I sleep at least 20 hours a day.
3. I am the boss kitty in my house.
4. When we are playing with the stick, string and feathers I can jump 3' into the air 3 times before I need a rest.
5. I always put my favorite toys into the water dish.
6. I am mummys first boy kitty.
7. When I get a craving for love, I follow my human around and cry pitifully until I receive it. Then I purr very loudly.
8. When Bella is sleeping I walk over to her and give her belly a good hard bite. She screams and runs away and I sleep in her warm toasty bed.
1. I could have sworn I heard the can opener.
2. Do they REALLY think I'm gonna come running
just because they called me?
3. Why doesn't the government do something
4. I wonder if Morris really liked 9-Lives, or did
he have ulterior motives?
5. Hmmm ... If dogs serve humans, and humans
serve cats, why can't we cats ever get these
stupid dogs to do anything for us?
6. This looks like a good spot for a nap.
7. Hey -- no kidding, I'm sure that's the can opener.
8. Would humans have built a vast and complex
civilization of their own if we cats hadn't given
them a reason to invent sofas and can openers
in the first place?
9. If there's a God, how can He allow neutering?
10. If that really was the can opener, I'll play
finicky just to let them know who's boss!
Catnip is a herb that contains a system of chemicals called terpenoids that will in some cases dramatically alter the mind set of your cat. The chemical within catnip, Latin name Nepeta cataria that is psychoactive within cats is called nepetalactone.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA and several other studies, nepetalactone has a toxicity LD 50 of 1350 mg per kg of body weight. Vitamin C is considerable more toxic !
Catnip is NOT essential for your cat.
Catnip is a very effective tool for
use in stimulating and rewarding positive behavior. Old cats, or cats which are sluggish may benefit from the increased cardiovascular activity brought on by catnip.
The response to catnip is an inherited autosomal dominant trait (genetic). Cats which have a genome originating in geographical area where catnip is not indigenous like SE Asia, typically do not respond to catnip. (Siamese, Burmese, Himalayan typically do not get very kooky around catnip) Maine Coon cats on the other had seem to be real big fans of nip sniffin')
Catnip has been used in herbal remedies with
humans since at least the 15 th century. It is an effective treatment for colic, indigestion, minor aches and pains, and as a nervine. In fact, catnip tea was the most commonly consumed herbal beverage in Europe prior to the importation of teas from the orient.
Catnip is a member of the mint family of aromatic herbs, and has been naturalized in North America from it's indigenous roots in temperate
Eurasia, and Northern Africa. Catnip is extremely common in the wild throughout the Eastern USA, Midwest and into Washington state.
There are millions of plants within this ecosystem. Catnip prefers to grow in dry, semi arid places, and can be found along hedge rows and fence lines. Also catnip is abundant along railway lines and within abandoned waste places, like old buildings, and dump sites.
Give kitty catnip at most once per week. Use it to reinforce positive behavior. I think that the best way to give catnip to your cat is by growing your own catnip plant in a pot, and then give the fresh leaves to your cat. A novel idea which I use to keep kitty from the growing plant is to place the plant into a bird cage. You may find kitty hanging off the cage, but unable to acquire the minty package inside. Catnip seeds are available from most garden supply shops. Ask for either Nepeta cataria, or Nepeta mussini. Both are very easy to grow, and result in very attractive ornamental plants, which are perennial.