Welcome to CuddleRags Cattery!
Update for 2024:
This isn’t a message we thought we’d be writing anytime soon, and there’s no easy way to say it, so we’re just going to say it. Our first litter of 2024 is our only litter of 2024 and our last litter of babies. In other words, we’re not going to be breeding anymore.
As we’re sure most of you do before the start of a new year, we’ve been reflecting a lot on goals and intentions for the future, and have realized that we need to simplify and try to find a better balance in all areas. While we wish our cattery could provide an actual income, that’s just not possible if you’re breeding well and responsibly while trying to keep these babies reasonably affordable.
What you see on social media is typically the highlight reels, with some of the heartache and hard times being shared. What you don’t see is everything that being a good breeder sucks out of you.
- Planning trips around when we hope to have babies
- Daily chores instead of TV, Reading, downtime, snuggles on the sofa, etc.
- No family visits because you have babies on the way, mamas to breed, little ones at home, etc.
- Family emergency – who can we trust to house sit? How many babies do we have? The guilt that comes with asking someone else to watch and take care of these creatures that YOU decided to have in your life
- Up all night – sometimes multiple nights – waiting for mamas to go into labor then trying to function the next day at work. And bottle feeding – oh man the bottle feeding if it’s needed
- Emergency C- Sections – Do they really need one? Should I take them in? Have I tried everything I can? Will mama make it? Will babies? Will we have to bottle-feed?
We both work full time outside of the cattery, and our parents are getting older and having health issues associated with that…and having living creatures dependent on us makes our schedule way less flexible than we’d like to be able to help. Add to that they live states away, it’s not as simple as driving for a few hours to help out.
Our children are also getting older, and we know we only have a few years left with them at home. They’re amazing kids, and we are so incredibly proud of them and they have been so incredibly helpful with the cattery and we couldn’t do it without them. But they have their own lives and we want to be able to enjoy every moment we have left with them at home.
And the final kicker – during the time leading up to our last mama’s delivery, we realized that I am allergic to these amazing animals. We’ve suspected it for awhile, but a snuggly mama cat in my face all the time timed with my coughing fits and severe eczema flareup on my face was not a coincidence!
Between boys who spray, girls who get hormonal and spray/vomit everywhere, trying to keep the house even moderately presentable takes several hours every week, and to be quite honest, we are tired. Our evenings, nights, and weekends don’t belong to us….what should be time and space to rest and have family time belongs to these cats. Even though we love each and every one of these fur babies, it’s hard to not have moments of resenting how much of us they take and how little of us is left for the HUMANS who are so important to us.
So all that to say we appreciate each and every one of you and the support you have given us on our journey. We love you, and you’ll always be part of our family.
We are a small TICA (The International Cat Association) and CFF (Cat Fancier’s Federation) registered ragdoll breeder of some of the best ragdoll cats and best ragdoll kittens in Carver, Massachusetts serving the New England area. Located within a reasonable driving distance from Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont we offer traditional blue eyed ragdoll cats along with mitted ragdoll cats and mitted ragdoll kittens, bi-color ragdoll cats and bi-color ragdoll kittens, pointed ragdoll cats and pointed ragdoll kittens, non-pointed ragdoll cats and non-pointed ragdoll kittens, mink, sepia, and lynx ragdoll cats and ragdoll kittens.
We take great pride in the ragdoll breed and have enjoyed having adults and kittens for 10+ years. All of our ragdoll breeders and ragdoll kittens live in our house with our family and our dog. Our kings’s have their own Condo rooms to make sure that we don’t have any unplanned breedings. In addition, this ensures that our boys do not fight and cause injury to one another. In conclusion, this is their house…not ours as they rule the roost. They are very social, shown lots of love and attention, and very spoiled. All visitors to our house are amazed at how our ragdolls are always eager to meet you and do not know a stranger.
We have quickly determined the true love and joy that we get out of breeding is the relationships we have built when we add somebody new to our CuddleRags Family. There is no greater happiness than receiving an updated picture, video, or story of how much people are enjoying their new family member. To help us share in some of this enjoyment, we invite you to check out our CuddleRags Family page as we will be updating this often with shared photos we receive from our ever growing family.
For those familiar with the ragdoll breed, we encourage you to check out our award winning Kings & Queens. New to the breed then check out our about the breed page. Here you’ll learn some interesting facts and why we fell in love with this bunny rabbit of a cat. Many say ragdoll cats are as close to owning a dog as you can get.
All of our breeders have tested negative for HCM & NPSVI and all kittens before going to their furrever homes will have had their first wellness check with our local veterinarian and be current on their vaccinations & dewormed. We abide by the voluntary code of ethics set by TICA standard.
If you’re looking for the most adorable kittens that will melt your heart, check out our available kittens. Please check back often as our kitten availability is always updating and we encourage you to follow us on Instagram & Facebook for more real time updates & videos.
Planning on adding a ragdoll into your home? Check out our recommended items to prepare for your new addition to your family.