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post #1 of 7 Old 06-15-2014, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Meet Ragnar- Our "rare" Siamese Barn Cat

So on my boss's farm, in just the past few years we have unexpectedly have had our black cats produce white babies with dark pigment skin- and when they mature they have blue eyes and develop dark points like any siamese.

All we have are brown tabys, a couple calicos, and a lot of black (& white) cats. Never a white or grey or even a hint of siamese. Not even toms around like this, not even the neighbors have siamese. So we figure that this rare white one was a throwback to a cat my mom had years ago who was half siamese. Now Belle was our first ever and she was just so dear to both me and my boss but unfortunately Belle was not with us long, she had had a stroke and had to be pts. Then a couple years later, Ellie came along and again she was loved right from the start and she was just the sweetest thing ever... but one night after work I accidentally ran her over when i thought i was given the all clear from my boss... Both were extremely heartbreaking losses. And then a feral black cat shows up and produces two beautiful kittens, one a blue eyed siamese taby named Snowy and the other a siamese with white paws named... Kitten lol. Both are still alive probably due to the help of their mother's feral nature being passed to them. Snowy is feral like her mother, but Kitten is still friendly but its on her terms. (she is also pregnant now and due soon) :)

Anyway this spring we had a surprising number of 3 white babies born. Honestly we thought Belle was an extremely rare case and when ellie came along it was like lightning striking twice soo 3 babies!? I was sooo excited!

But unfortunately a feral aggressive tom killed two of the 3 and the other was abandoned by a bad mother... So i placed the remaining kitten in with a mother who had given birth a couple days prior, the mother i knew would be a good mother to him. And he did really well for the first few weeks but then the kitten started crying desperately, he was smaller than the others and he just was not getting enough to eat.

Determined not to see him suffer and starve to death i bought formula and began bottle feeding him. He took to it right away. It was a lot of work making sure i fed him enough everyday but it was worth it to see him grow. He is now about 6 months old and he has grown into just the sweetest beautiful little guy. I named him Ragnar, after the actor on Vikings, for his stunning blue eyes.

I did recently have a scare with him these past couple days as one day he was just not himself, just sleepy and weak. I treated his ears with ear mite meds and also dewormed him (he was feeling thinner than he should be) and I've already seen a good improvement with his attitude and appetite- he wolfed down some tuna tonight like a champ. Im keeping a close eye on him for now in case i have to take him into the vet on monday but im hoping that he is on the road to his old self.

I just fell in love with this little monster. He knows his name and comes when i call him, or when i get to work and he hears me he comes running. He loves to be held and will stay in my arms all day if i would let him. Loves to cuddle or sleep in my arms. He is such a darling little kitty. He was totally worth every minute and penny saving him. :)

Anyway here is my special little man!
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-15-2014, 12:13 AM
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Love the name! I used to be a Vikings fan but haven't had the time to keep up with it lately.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-15-2014, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you and same here, I watch it if it comes on but i'm really behind in watching it. lol I HAD to come up with a better name than what my boss did... Achmed... you know the dead terrorist puppet from Jeff Dunham's show... yeah Ragnar was going thru an ugly duckling stage then but I didnt want that name to stick... tho it was kinda amusing lol
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How cute! One of my cats came from a black and white mom and an orange dad and she looks exactly like your cat! Her litter had literally one of every color lol I guess anything is possible color wise with the way cats breed!
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-15-2014, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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And here are a couple more pics with Ragnar and his adopted brothers. Clark is the black one, Lewis and Casper are the two orange boys. :)
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This spring we had soo many colorful babies, it was also the first year we had orange tabies born too. We've had orange toms around but never any orange babies til this year. Lewis, the second pic from the bottom is just a ham, and is a jealous lover, so he always has to have his turn being petted too ;)
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-16-2014, 11:05 AM
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Bless your heart for taking such great care of the babies!!
May I ask why your boss doesn't get the females spayed? I know, from experience, that after a female has multiple litters she can start having weak or deformed babies (probably older ova) or her uterus can tip, babies get stuck and she dies trying to give birth. Besides that the cats are just healthier overall when fixed.

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