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Austin Farm Ragdoll Cattery
References From Past Ragdoll Clients
May 5, 2006
I cannot say enough about Kimberly and her gorgeous healthy Ragdolls kittens. This woman is dynamic!
I had search around for a Ragdoll kitten for my son, and emailed and spoke to a few catteries in Rhode Island, Mass & Ct. I soon realized that I didn't feel comfortable with a few cattery's long evasive questionnaires or upon visiting a couple self proclaimed "neat and friendly" catteries, discovered them to be cramped and not so clean conditions.
Kimberly was kind enough to respond in a timely manner, was pleasant and asked me questions without making me feel as though I was being interrogated. I liked the fact that she stayed in touch with her past clients, and also that she continually updates her website.
Obviously her past clients feel the same as she has quite a collection of Ragdoll kitten photos on her website as well and wonderful letters of recommendation. Not only did I check a few of her references, but I also was also recommended to her by 3 different veterinarians!
Kimberly's home and her kittens are beautifully maintained and obviously she gives plenty of attention to both! My new boy Abraham is full of life! He arrived to me well trained, very spoiled and has lit up our home with his antics. My vet says he is in perfect health and a very vibrant happy kitten.
Kimberly stayed in touch with us weekly, informed us of each vet visit and outcome, gave us updates and sent photos, She was never to busy to answer any of our endless questions, that new excited "parents" can come up with and has even continued to stay in touch to see how the new little one is thriving.
My family cannot get enough of watching him play, seeing him with our dog, who has become his best friend, and not even having any adjustment issues! My son and daughter are thrilled with their new Ragdoll! My husband who was never a "cat" person, suddenly can't get enough of "his" kitten, LOL! and has nicknamed him "Hammer"!
My family is very happy that we chose to get a Ragdoll kitten from Austin Farm, and already are considering a second kitten. I cannot say enough about Kimberly and her cattery. It is obvious why she was given the TICA Outstanding cattery award as she has earned every point!
I highly recommend Kimberly and Austin Farm Cattery to anyone who is in search of a lap loving, spoiled healthy Ragdoll kitten. Her kittens are just beautiful and her pleasant, warm demeanor is a wonderful addition to making anyone feel comfortable when purchasing a new Ragdoll.
Warmest regards, Dawn C. and family
May 7, 2006
I will without hesitation recommend Kim's Ragdolls. After adopting our Zoey, I can say that I could never have any other in our home. Our Ragdoll came to us so socialized, litter trained, and just the smartest kitten in the litter, I'm sure. She is just a joy, it's obvious she was given the attention, care so necessary. I read the first 12 weeks will determine what kind of cat you will have, well 2 thumbs up for Kim.....Zoey just couldn't be any better....if and when we ever get another Ragdoll, it will be from Kim and after having a Ragdoll, we could never go back to having any other kind of cat.
Arline and Larry Bacon
July 10, 2006
July 11, 2006
I just recently acquired my very first Ragdoll kitten from Kimberly. From the very beginning of my correspondence with Kimberly, I felt extremely comfortable and confident in choosing Austin Farm Cattery. Kimberly was so very helpful, and always answered my questions -- and I did have MANY, being a first time Ragdoll parent!
I live in Boston and rely heavily on public transportation, and had no way of making it to her home to pick up my kitty. But, Kimberly actually went out of her way to meet me at a train station! I am so grateful for her understanding and kindness!
But, that?s just the beginning. My little Bijou is absolutely EVERYTHING a Ragdoll should be, and more! She?s affectionate, playful, loves to snuggle on my lap and give me kisses, she follows me around everywhere, and comes running when I call her name! She?s completely litter trained, as well. And SO gorgeous and healthy! I just love her so much, and couldn't even imagine my life without the company of this sweet little jewel. Bijou is my first kitten of any breed, and I'm boy am I glad I decided to get a Ragdoll! They are truly amazing. However, everyone knows that Ragdolls are only as good as their breeders?and Kimberly raises purrrrrfect raggies!!! Needless to say, I highly recommend Austin Farm Cattery.
July 19, 2006
August 16, 2006
I felt the need to write about my experience with Austin Farm as it turned out to be a wonderful experience for my husband and myself. I have been searching for a Ragdoll for about a year and also, anytime I met someone with a "Raggie" they told me to go to Austin Farm Cattery in Rhode Island I had heard horror stories from others who had purchased from catteries saying that their web sites did not quite match what they found when they arrived to pick up their kitten, but not a bad word was ever said about Kimberly or Austin Farm Cattery.
My husband suffered a heart attack a six months ago and underwent a quadruple bi-pass and has been home bound ever since. We live in Florida, but vacation here in Rhode Island during the summer months. I have spent a good amount of time on the Internet while in Florida searching for catteries, and was not impressed. Once in RI, all I heard was "write to Austin Farm", from everyone! A local waitress, our nurse at the hospital, the lady at the pharmacy counter, even a girl sitting next to us on the beach in Narragansett! I called a few vets, and they too, recommended Austin Farm Cattery.
I checked her website and was impressed with her cats, her updating her website, her "Look at me now" page. Kimberly's website reflects how much time she devotes to her kittens along with her clients. Her letters of recommendation was what impressed me the most, that many letters from happy clients! Kimberly must be pretty unique.
I contacted Kimberly a few months ago, when she was anticipating a litter. A entourage of letters from me followed, even the smallest question was answered quickly, accurately and politely. Having never purchased a purebred via the Internet before, I had no hesitation in doing so when reserving a kitten from Kimberly. She spoke with me on the phone, was very sincere, open, and knowledgeable about her cats and the Ragdoll breed.
The day finally arrived to pick up our kitten, and we had been given prior instructions as to what she would need for her new home, and Kimberly even told us where to shop for the best deals! We had to change pick up times on a few occasions, but Kimberly was never bothered by it, and adjusted her schedule to fit ours, never once was she put off or snippy.
I entered Austin Farm mid morning, and was greeted by a beautiful woman, and numerous stunning Ragdolls, and an impeccably clean house. Not even an odor of a litter box! Her Ragdolls would not even cross the threshold to go outside as she held the door open for me. She had trained them well! I looked around and not a speck of cat hair, dust or sprayed litter was anywhere to be found. Her cats were groomed, shiny, healthy and huge. They played with my purse, my pant legs and hopped onto my lap, and I had noticed all of their nails had been trimmed as well.
Kimberly had a kitten kit set up for me, boxes or treats, a bag of cat litter, paperwork of kitten care, and her contract, which she took the time to go over every section of it with me. She brought out my new kitten and I instantly fell in love. The kitten was already box trained, eating dry Iams, and happy, chubby and playful. Kimberly also showed me how she had trained the kitten to flop, stand up on her hind legs and play, and wave a paw. I was amazed at how much time she had spent nurturing her kittens. Kimberly explained to me the standards of a Ragdoll, describing her profile, her body shape, the distance between the ears, and etc. I was also given a very thorough health report by her vet as well.
My husband who could not make the trip to Austin Farm due to his health was thrilled as am I. The kitten has become "his" new companion as well as help me get through our ordeal. I cannot thank Kimberly enough for all she has done for our family by providing us with such a loving companion. I too, will be added to those who speak so highly of Austin Farm Ragdolls and Kimberly as she is truly an amazing woman.
October 9, 2006
We have had an exceptionally positive finding and owning experience Seal Point Rag Doll kitten raised by Kimberly at Austin Farms. I have been in touch with Kimberly ever since we bought and she has promptly answered all my questions and been very helpful along the way.
Gus is a beautiful 4 month old kitten with a silky soft, cream colored coat, grey-blue mittens, tail, and brown ears and face. And, he doesn't shed! Gus is gorgeous but more importantly he has a very calm temperament, is bold, and very playful (we own 2,100 lb. Labrador Retrievers and 3 grown domestic short hair cats, and 2 ferrets). Gus fits right into our family and I think one day will rule the roost.
In addition to being beautiful, cuddly, and soft Gus has a marvelous personality. He is extremely playful, intelligent, and quick to learn new tricks. We have taught him to shake, roll over, he came to us knowing how to play patty-cake, and he gives kisses on command. He has never nipped or scratched anyone and loves the dogs and ferrets. He’d like to be friends with our older cats but they aren't happy about having a kitten around at this point.
is the story of how Gus (short for August) came to us. When we lost 2 of
our indoor/outdoor cats (eaten by coyotes), we decided that we wanted a
cat that wouldn't want to go outside.
We started researching pure bred/indoor cats and a friend told us
about “Rag Dolls.” We researched them and learned that they didn't
have “A hunting
instinct” and therefore were easy to keep indoors. They are known for
their playful and calm temperament, their intelligence, and beauty.
I Googled “Rag Dolls” and found that the closest breeder to
us was Kimberly in
We have been delighted with Gus. Kimberly obviously takes exceptional care of her cats and works with the kittens to socialize them once they are born since Gus came to us as an extroverted and very playful kitten, instead of shy and anxious. I had never thought of owning a pure breed cat, although we have always owned pure breed dogs-Labrador Retrievers because of their easy temperament and comfortableness with children. It makes sense to me, after having many domestic short hair cats and now a pure bred cat, that one should put a lot of thought into the personality of a cat that you will own for many years. Gus is the perfect cat. He is beautiful, non-demanding but attached to people, intelligent, and gets along well with all of our other pets. He especially loves the ferrets whom he wrestles and sleeps with.
Our next cat will definitely be a “Rag Doll” cat and we will use Kimberly again. Check out her website and the photos of her beautiful cats. Kimberly's cats are reasonably priced (I looked at other Rag Doll cats that were twice what Kimberly was charging) and worth every penny. We are thrilled with our newest addition and thank Kimberly for providing us with such a lovable pet that has brought our whole family hours of enjoyment.
Diana Hearst Ikeda, Ph.D.
November 2, 2006
To Austin Farm Rags/Kim
Thank you for the two ragdoll kittens we have had for the last few months. they are beautiful, playful, and my daughter Sofia, is the happiest 7 year old in the world. The kittens, are growing up beautifully, and are exactly as you said. thanks a million.
November 5, 2006
I’ve been planning to write to you for some time to tell you how much we are enjoying having Evie as part of our family. Because we already owned an older cat, we didn’t feel a kitten would be the right fit for our family, so we adopted Evelyn, an adult cat and one of the breeders you were retiring. She was shy with us at first, but after a week of getting used to us and her new environment she came around and started showing her personality. She is now very playful and loving, and enjoys interacting with every member of our family, including the children, spending lots of time on our laps soaking up the love! She also seems exceptionally intelligent for a cat. Our previous cats (not Ragdolls) haven’t been quite so clever and alert. Her coloring is absolutely gorgeous (we call her “Beautiful Cat”), and her coat is absolutely the softest of any cat’s I have ever touched. We are really happy that when we looked for a Ragdoll cat to adopt, you were right nearby and had adult cats for us to adopt. You took care of all the arrangements with the veterinarian and followed up with all the necessary paperwork, dealing with us very professionally. We would certainly recommend you to other families looking for a Ragdoll cat to adopt.
Thank you so much.
December 9, 2006
January 23, 2007
I just wanted others who may be looking for a Ragdoll to know about my experience with you and your cattery. First of all it is apparent how you put your cats and kitten's welfare first. And that translates into wonderful kittens. I was struck by your knowledge of this breed. My brother told me about them. We were not cat people, our family always owned dogs. My brother's wife was a cat person and over the years my brother came to adore their family cats....when my sister in law was dying from cancer, it was the antics of the two cats that made us all laugh. And when my sister in law died, my brother found such comfort from holding and petting the cats. So I started thinking maybe I would like to own a cat and my brother went on and on about Ragdolls. So my Internet search led me to Austin Farms and to the most beautiful kitten on the face of the planet ( I'm not biased now). I named him Blue and everyone who sees him falls in love with him. He is very intelligent and is with me everywhere I go in the house....I love the fact that he doesn't shy away from visitors, he loves the extra attention. I didn't teach him to fetch but rather he started the game all by himself. His favorite toys are wadded up paper and my chap stick...if you can just picture a kitten trotting around the house with a chap stick held in his mouth like a dog would hold a stick! That's my Blue! You have breed some amazing cats Kimberly and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for Blue.
All the best,
Red Dress Racing
February 1, 2007
Your cat's are gorgeous and I'm so grateful to you for Maddy & Mac ,they are a constant source of joy for our family..we love them very much!!. Here is one more pic of Madisyn..she is such a pretty girl
April 27th, 2007
It has been one week since we picked up our beautiful Seal Mitted kitten Paddington. We want to say thank you for such a well adjusted kitten he behaves as if he has been here much longer than a week. Following a short period of hissing and spitting, Paddington and our five month old Seal Point Siamese are the best of friends. Paddington is well worth all the prior confusion ( my fault ) in getting directions to your home. We are very pleased with Paddington and would without reservation recommend your cattery to anyone in our area looking for a ragdoll.
P.S. the four nines prior to "thank you" on the subject line are courtesy of Paddington who just walked across the computer
June 19, 2007
I can not thank you enough for letting us add Sweepea to our family. It was obvious that a young kitten wasn't right for us and you were so accommodating. We are all convinced that Sweepea is the best Ragdoll in the world and even our vet agrees. She purrs constantly and loves the kids. She has adjusted so easily and brings us all smiles. I look forward to adding another ragdoll in the future and will be in touch.
Thank you so much!
June 26, 2007
To whom it may concern,
Having looked around online for sometime, I finally came across Kim's website and knew that her philosophy on raising kittens matched mine- she raises her kittens in her own home and is concerned that they be sent to loving homes. That being said, she did not appear manic in the way that other breeders I'd contacted had, who'd asked me everything from my personal family history, to my willingness to use only organic litter. Kim is a sensible lady who knows her stuff- when my family and I visited to pick up our litter guy, I was impressed not only the the kitten knowledge she presented to us but also with the vet tech she makes sure is on call for the kittens and who stays in her home when Kim is on vacation.
Our baby boy is the sweetest and most loving cat anyone in the family has ever met, He loves to be near people and it seems his greatest joy is to be held. We are looking forward to a long, happy and healthy life with him.
To Prospective Ragdoll Kitten Owners Who are Viewing this Website:
I have been a cat person since I found my first stray kitten, Thomasina, when I was seven years old. Her daughter, Robin, was my loving companion until I was twenty-three years old and in Graduate School. Since that time, I almost always have had multiple orphan cats who found me by various means and the idea of paying for a kitten was not in my lifestyle.
But, there always was that special cat among the group--the one that was always loyal and always there when solace was needed or just a constant companion during the course of everyday activity. I happened to come across an article many years ago about Ragdoll cats and thought that they had the attributes that my special cats possessed. I was intrigued and thought that I wanted to better my chances of finding a kitten with the Ragdoll characteristics. When I was ready for a new kitten, researched Ragdoll breeders intently because I wanted a breeder with integrity that would deliver a kitten with the Ragdoll attributes that I desired.
There are many enticing, flashy web sites with music and pretty visuals that promise beautiful kittens from award winning parents. I found that many of the sites have not been updated in months and I, personally, did not have good email or telephone response from the breeders. Kimberly is different. She answers emails promptly and updates her website so often that I find myself enjoying a furtive glance at her website during work hours. Kimberly is a smart, beautiful woman who continues with her day job while she pursues her Austin Farm cattery with conviction and professionalism.
I brought a beautiful, loving male seal bi-color with perfect markings and a female rare solid blue tortie kitten, with the sweetest face possible, home several weeks ago. My family and I are so happy because their disposition is exactly as I had wished. I decided to round out my kitten family with two more of Kimberly's beautiful, unique kittens. I know most purchasers will not want two sets of kittens and my situation may be a bit extreme. However, I highly recommend buying two Ragdoll kittens at a time, if it is possible. The antics of sibling kittens are heartwarming and stress relieving. Everyday, we hear about the negative effects of stress and about how important it is to live in the moment. Trust me, watching two Ragdoll kittens playing and relaxing is blissful and better than television. Working with Kimberly is stress-relieving in itself.
I am very happy to recommend Kimberly and her beautiful kittens to all who are interested. I wish you all feline companionship of the quality of Kimberly's Ragdolls!
In Good Faith,
August 13, 2007
August 24, 2007
Wanted to send you a few pictures of Gussy!!! These were taken a few weeks ago!! He is , of course, bigger now!! Last Saturday , August 18th , at his vet appointment, he was four pounds plus. He is really growing very quickly and developing beautifully!! Gussy is a wonderful addition to our family. Nancy C.
September 18, 2007
Want to update you on our Zoey...she'll be 2yrs on 2/28.....I don't have a digital camera yet, but she is a totally spoiled baby,always with one of us,she doesn't like to be held for any length of time, but is totally affectionate. We made it through that "busy" first year with her flying, getting into trouble,etc, but I have never,never loved a cat like I love my "baby". Personality plus, for sure...I'll send you a picture one of these days when we get a digital....my photos are fixed in albums...she has a birthmark on her nose, but she is 1000%perfect in our eyes. I love to watch her run to our adult kids, like they're here just for her...I just never knew a cat could have such a personality and be so smart.....you probably don't remember me, but thank you for our "baby girl"......Arline and Larry Bacon
January 12, 2008
To whom it may concern,
June 17, 2008
August 14, 2008
Our beautiful Ragdoll, Raggedy Ann or Annie as we call her, is two years old today! What joy she brings to my life each day.
She is beautiful and so smart, of course. Never owned a dog that would retrieve like she does – it’s a game of which she never tires.
She follows me around the house like a dog and always sleeps at my feet at night.
However, if I become restless she is “in my face” checking on me!
And she is so happy to see me in my waking moments and she again is “in my face” and talking to me to greet the new day.
During the summer we spend endless hours on our front screened in porch watching the birds or taking a “cat” nap.
I have had cats all my life, but none can compare to Annie, our absolutely lovely Ragdoll.
Thank you again for being a part of the joy she brings to my life.
September 17, 2008
Hi Kim!! I hope you are doing well! I just wanted to
send you an
October 3, 2008
October 4, 2008
November 21st 2008
Kim I just want to let you know how wonderful my two boys are that I got from your Cattery, their temperament is so outstanding it shows how much love and affection they receive in your home. My husband and I have been in business for 37years, We own a Pet Styling and In Home Pet sitting service, plus we used to breed and show Samoyed's we always took pride in the fact that none of our puppies were caged, they stayed in the living area's with us, that way they were socialized and not afraid of anything when they left our home.This is the way your kitten's came to us. Peyton is now 1year and Montana is 9wks and they act like they have always lived here. I highly recommend people to be owned by one of Austin Farm Rags. If anyone wants a referral I would love to give it. Sharon Sparrow, Milford Ohio We are looking forward to a kitten next year!
July 27, 2009
Hi Kim, As promised here's a recent photo of Oliver (the new love of my life)! He is absolutely the most wonderful kitten! Thank you for breeding such adorable Ragdolls. I read about Ragdolls extensively before I purchased one from you, and I searched many websites. I found all your past references very helpful in making my decision. Oliver has all of the characteristics that I hoped for. He is loving, sweet, very smart and has beautiful markings. I also want to thank you for your great communication during the process of purchasing Oliver and your flexibility about meeting with us. I am so glad that I got my kitty from you and I'm sure you'll hear from me again someday when I'm looking for another one.
September 21, 2009
After loosing 2 cats in a house fire I decided it was time to buy a cat ... I started searching the internet for a cat that would be right for me and I ran across the rag doll .
I contacted a breeder which was a few streets down and after filling out a questionnaire and many e-mails and phone calls with no response, It was time for me to look at another breeder and very Happy I found you !
I found you to be very helpful with all my questions and the way you respond thru e-mail is amazing .
I will never buy from another breeder, When it comes time to maybe buy another ragdoll I will come right back to Austin farm cattery.
Zoey has made our home a Happy again and I glad I chose the ragdoll breed .
I would recommend Austin farm cattery to anyone looking for a Beautiful, Healthy, Happy, Loving ragdoll kitten,
Thanks a million for OUR Precious Zoey
Kim & Scott Hartley
I am so happy we found Austin Farm Cattery. I don't know what life would be like without my two baby girls! I can't thank Kim enough for Pita and Nya. My boyfriend and I intended on buying just one kitten, but when Kim emailed us with pictures of the 2 girls she had available, we fell in love. Both kittens are beautiful, lovable, and have great personalities. They adjusted very well to their new home quickly. Our families are in love with them! Kim has been amazing every step of the way. She is wonderful! I highly recommend Austin Farm Cattery to anyone interested in beautiful, healthy Ragdoll kittens!
Thank you Kim!
Danielle & Rai
November 2, 2009
June 2, 2011I had purchased my Kona from
you 2 1/2 yrs ago and he has grown into a
very handsome man!! He has the most unique
characteristics I have ever experienced. He
is so much fun to play with, friendly, very
lovable, talks a lot and is spoiled rotten.
I take him for walks in my arms at night
around the neighborhood and my neighbors
cannot believe he just stays there with no
wants of getting down (in Arizona will not
let him down when outside due to the many
creatures we have). I receive soooo many
compliments about him. I wanted to let you
know what a great job you do with the
breeding!! Every day with him is like the
first!! Thank you!!
June 15, 2011
September 24, 2011
There are no words to express how happy I (we) are with our furry family members. I did SO much research before I decided on a Ragdoll (my oldest son, 11, is very allergic...but not at all to this breed) ....and even more to find a breeder I felt 100% good about. YOU are one of the best decisions I have made in my life! My boys, Kashmir & Nyxx, are beautiful, friendly, snuggly, loving and exceptionally bred cats....we couldn't love them more....I could never trade either for anything.....they're like my "other two sons".
For anyone considering a Ragdoll....look NO further. Kim is a wonderful person....so friendly, informative and kind. When I arrived at her home....it was so clean, you would never know she had any animals there. No fur, no smell of litter boxes or anything else. I was 110% impressed. Both of our babies were completely litter box and scratching post trained....as per her word. They are healthy, gorgeous and everything a Ragdoll is supposed to be, from their build to their temperament. For someone as picky as myself, I know I could not have made a better choice. It's no wonder to me why her clients come back for another (and another!)....or why her kittens go so fast. My Vet was even jealous, lol.
THANK YOU KIM!!!!! I feel like you're part of our family just as much as our beautiful babies....I would recommend you to ANYONE looking for the cat of their dreams.....that's what you gave us. You're the BEST there is as far as me & my family are concerned. You gave us an exceptional gift....TWO of them :)
Sincerely & with much love (from all 5 of us),
Denise Macaris (and Sam & Luke....my human babies, lol)
May 17, 2012
May 18, 2012
Upon searching the web for catteries in New England. I found a breeder not far away by the name of Austin Farm Ragdoll Cattery in Rhode Island. After reading and checking out the website I emailed Kim telling her what I was looking for. Kim responded and was very accommodating and informative. She had one kitten left of a current litter. When it was time to pickup my baby, Kim was right on the ball with all the paper work and records I needed. She also wants to keep in contact with me as my Tobea (Toby) grows up to help with questions or whatever I may need along the way.
Lynn in Connecticut
May 27, 2012
To Whom It May Concern:
To Whom It May Concern,
To all potential new kitten owners:
Janaury 4, 2014Dear Kim:
Thank you so much for our adorable addition to our home, Mocha, formerly Mocha Latte. I know you do not name the kitties but select names to identify them. Well, Mocha is perfect for him and his beautiful coloring. He has a beautiful coat, awesome eyes and is so handsome. He gets along with our other ragdoll kitty just fine and has taken a liking to the dogs. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions prior to and after we took him home. You obviously love your work and have good information to share with pet owners new to the breed.
Thank you again for everything. It was a pleasure meeting you and having one of your beautiful cats as part of our family.
Anne Marie Izzi
June 22, 2014
After much research I decided that the
ragdoll breed personality was exactly what I
wanted in my next cat. The most important
thing to me was to make sure I got my kitten
from a reputable breeder to insure that I
got a happy , healthy, and well adjusted
May 5, 2016
Just wanted to send you a few updated pictures of Tinkerbell (and her adopted sister and playmate Tabitha) as she turns 10 years old today!!! Our little Cinco de Mayo baby!!
I can't believe it has already been 10 years since you so graciously let us become her new forever family. She is certainly the best kitty we have ever had. Our love for her still grows daily as she is just such a special girl. She still acts like a kitten, running crazy and playing constantly. We absolutely love that about her. And she is always with us where ever we go. She is a true buddy cat that's for sure. Everyone who meets her just loves her as much as we do because of her extremely friendly personality. It's so great!!
Thought you might like to know she is doing very well, very happy and healthy and living the good life being spoiled with lots of hugs and kisses daily.
Thanks again so much for letting us have her,
The Gautieri Family