Two years ago my neighbour chose a tiny Ragdoll kitten as her family pet. I fell in love with him straight away, she called him Monty and he’s the most dog-like, sweet, cuddly, funny and floppy kitten ever!! I was so sad when she moved away (probably to get away from me…LOL) but I hope that one day I will be able to add one to my family. Here’s all you need to know about Raggies!!
History: Raggies are large and muscular semi-longhair cats with a soft and silky coat. Developed by American breeder Ann Baker, it is best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. The name “Ragdoll” is derived from the tendency of individuals from the original breeding stock to go limp and relaxed when picked up.
In the 1960s, a regular non-pedigreed white domestic longhaired cat named Josephine, who had produced several litters of typical cats, was injured in an accident involving a car and taken to the veterinary hospital at the University of California. Josephine was of a Persian/Angora type and had litters sired by several unknown male Birman or Burmese-like cats, one of which had the Siamese point coloration. After Josephine recovered, her next litter produced kittens with a docile, placid temperament, affectionate nature, and a tendency to go limp and relaxed when picked up. When a subsequent litter produced more of the same, Baker purchased several kittens from the owner who lived behind her, and believing she had something special, set out to create what is now known as the Ragdoll. The breed was selectively bred over many years for desirable traits, such as large size, gentle demeanor, and a tendency to go limp when picked up, as well as the striking pointed coloration.
The Look: Ragdolls come in 6 different colours: red, seal, chocolate and the corresponding “dilutes”, including blue, lilac, and cream. They have four different patterns: pointed, mitted, bicolour and Lynx.
Kittens: Are born pure white and don’t start developing their colour until they are around 10 weeks old, it’s not until they are between three and four years old that they develop their full coats. The cost of kittens depends on it’s bloodlines.
Temperament: The perfect family cat. ragdolls will curl up with you on the sofa, follow you around your home (even to the toilet), they will run to greet you when you come home. They are very docile, great with children, dogs and love their humans. They are very easily trained and will not jump up on your countertops if trained correctly. Most people choose to keep these beauties indoors and to do so means preparing your home with lots of cat trees, scratcher, shelving to keep them entertained throughout the day.
Grooming: Surprisingly they don’t require as must grooming as you would think, all you need is a steel comb to brush out loose hairs and tangles. Like all cats, they get super fluffy in the winter so they may need a little extra attention and shed in the summer. Generally they are low-shedding.
Size: Females can weigh a whopping 15 pounds and males up to 20 – 25 pounds and 3ft in lenght. That’s a lot of pounds to pick up for a snuggle and a lot of weight sitting on your lap.
Health problems: Raggies are no different to any other cat. It has no major health problems. Some recorded problems have been urinary/bladder infections. These can be fatal to your cat if left unchecked. One other recorded problem is heart problems. Some ragdolls have been known to suffer from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy which causes a thickening of the heart wall.
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