About me (Jamila):
My 1st cat:
I have always loved cats, my 1st kitten was at 4 years old, she belonged to my grandmother but I always called her mine. I remember her so clearly, more clear than somethings that happened last year. kiki moon was a solid dark gray persian like, that was my 1st connection with cats, I still remember she was so young when I held her in my arms, she was trying to nurse on my pink T-shirt, drooling all over it, with the loudest 1st purr my ears and heart have heard.
My 1st litter of kittens:
I was 5 or 6 at the time, when my calico cat gave birth to her babies, I remember the card board box, the smell of those very cute babies. Every time I have a litter born now, I always get that great feeling of happiness and excitement, just like a 5 year old all over again.
My years with cats in Libya:
1991 my dad took me to Libya, I was almost 7 years old at the time. I grew up being around cats, cats that are not as fortunate as ones here. I wanted to save them all, and took care of them the best I could. I did not have cat food, so I would eat my vegetables and other things and save my meat to give to the cats.
At a young age, I learned so much about cats and their health, I raised orphan kittens, I tamed wild ones, I loved them with all my heart.
As my mom was still here and I lived 1991-1995 without a mother, I filled that void with cats, they were my everything.
Returning home (to the USA):
With the help of the US embassy, I was able to return home Sep 13 2006. I had to start from zero, worked 2 jobs riding a bike from and to home. 2008 I got my federal job, got my 1st car and moved out of my small apartment.
My 1st Ragdolls:
2009 was when I started searching for Ragdoll kittens, I was only planing on one when I was searching. Things don’t always go as planned, I got Sicily and Prince with breeding rights.
2010 I brought Sicily home from the airport, it was one of the best days of my life, that’s when I fell in love with the Ragdoll breed.
Becoming a breeder:
I started breeding while still working at my Federal Job, at 1st my plan was Sicily and Prince only, ….. but then I got Khaleesi, Leah, ……………
As I obtained more Ragdolls, and more responsibility of raising these kittens. I left my federal job after 5 years of service, to dedicate all my time to these loving Ragdolls.
My Ragdolls are my life, I dedicate my life to raising them.
I work hard to keep them healthy and happy, My job includes so many things here are some:
1) Clean, clean, clean…
2) Grooming, feeding, and caring for these cats and kittens.
3) Trips to the veterinarian clinic.
4) Vaccinating and microchipping.
5) Training and socializing.
6) Taking pictures.
7) Managing the website and Facebook.
8) Responding to phone calls and emails.
9) Scanning and faxing.
10) Shoping for supplies.
11) Filing paper work; Sale contracts, medecal records, and other documentations.
12) Scanning and keeping recods of expenses, and more.
13) DNA testing.
14) Filing with the state of Texas every 3 months and submitting collected sale tax.
15) Registering litters, filing, and paying TICA.
16) Scheduling and conducting Vidoe chats, pickups, and deliveries with customers.
17) The list goes on……