You know, a year ago if you told me I’d be the proud mum of 2 cats, I’d have laughed in your face. A firm dog person since childhood, the rate at which I got attached to Peggy, my first ragdoll cat, was immense. And as soon as we got her, I wanted another one, as I mentioned in my post about owning a ragdoll cat. Primarily to keep her company as ragdolls hate being alone. And on Saturday, April 21st, we picked up Percy, our beautiful little boy!
I definitely didn’t take as many photos of Percy as I did of Peggy when we got her. It was definitely a case of second child syndrome. There were no “Pets at Home Hauls” (because we waited until the last minute to buy beds/toys/litter trays so Peggy couldn’t mark them with her scent), no introductory posts (because we didn’t choose him from a litter as much as got assigned him by the breeder when we said we wanted a boy, and had to wait over a month to hear if our landlord would let us get another cat), and no attempts at vlogging (that fell through, didn’t it?). That doesn’t mean we aren’t super excited to have him here with us!
Percy is a lilac bicolour ragdoll, and absolutely tiny. Seriously – I don’t think Peggy was ever this tiny. He feels like he might break, and Peggy suddenly feels incredibly heavy!
He’s a very affectionate kitten, and loves a good snuggle. He loves falling asleep in our laps and isn’t the slightest bit shy! He also loves playing with his toys, his sister, and our feet. He’s also quite the greedy boy – today he’s already eaten 2 entire bowls of food, and seems to want more!
Percy settled in with us so quickly, immediately making use of his litter tray before tucking into his food and having a drink of water barely 20 minutes after stepping out of his carrier. In comparison, Peggy took a full day to eat, drink, or use her litter tray.
The day we brought him home was very stressful though. It started at 5am, when we woke up and I fed Peggy. At 6am, we put her into her carrier and set off on our way to the breeder’s house, a good 3 hour drive away. 20 minutes into the journey, Peggy let out 2 very sad meows, and then proceeded to throw up inside her carrier. Cue 10 minutes of me giving Peggy a nice cuddle whilst Tom grabbed a pack of tissues, half a bottle of water, and tried to hose down the carrier.
Peggy then spent the rest of the journey complaining, and when we got to the breeders house, made her displeasure at being in a place filled with small kittens well known! For all my talk about what a little sweetheart she is, she did her best to discredit me. She spent the whole hour we were there hissing, spitting and growling at the poor kittens. The breeder also had a fixed male, that can only be described by the words “Gentle Giant”, that desperately tried to befriend Peggy. She wasn’t having it though and just hissed at him every time he came close.
As we packed her and Percy into the car to go home, just across the back seat from each other, they hissed and growled at each other for the whole journey. Great start! When we got home, Percy came into the living room with me so he could acclimatize and have a play, whilst Peggy stayed in the hallway with Tom. After a couple of hours, we introduced them. And yes, there were fireworks. I’m planning to write an “Introducing your Ragolls” type post soon, where I’ll fully explain what happened. But after 24 hours, the pair were chasing each other and play fighting as if the previous day hadn’t happened! Seriously?! Here she is, sleeping next to him to keep an eye on him:
It’s still going to be a few days before we’re sure we can leave them alone together. But as I’m almost finished with university (one exam to go!), I’ll have the full summer to make sure they get on, before heading off to Orkney. The primary reason we got Percy was so that Peggy wouldn’t be alone when Tom was working full time and I wasn’t here. So we need to be sure by then that they’ve bonded!
The sole purpose of this post was just to introduce Percy to the blogosphere and beyond. As we did for Peggy when she first came home! It’s only fair! Less pictures and excitement though, because he is the second child!
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