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The Ragdoll Cat – All About This Fascinating Cat Breed

It is easy to fall into the depths of a ragdoll cat’s glowing sapphire eyes, but the real enchantment of these pointy cats with the silky, medium-length fur is their gentle and loving personality. The Ragdoll cat has a reputation for being a lap cat, and many enjoy being carried around like a baby. Among the largest breeds of cats, a ragdoll ranges in weight from 10 to 20 pounds or more, but this breed has a surprisingly small, soft voice.

People who are looking for a calm, relaxed cat to fill their “empty nest”, to travel with in a motorhome or to be their companion at work, will find the people-loving Ragdoll cat a good choice. Although he doesn’t mind dozing off all day when you have to go to work, he will want to be with you or around you when you are at home.

Ragdoll cats love to stay on the sofa with their humans. Photography by Tetsu Yamazaki.

Living with a Ragdoll Cat

  1. Ragdolls love to do whatever it takes to be with their humans, including playing fetch, going for a run when called, and exploring the outdoors on a leash.
  2. Choose this breed if you want a cat that will stay at floor or sofa level instead of climbing over the curtains to the highest point in your home.
  3. When it comes to grooming, the ragdoll coat cannot be easily matted thanks to the lack of an undercoat. Brush or comb it thoroughly a few times a week to keep it healthy, beautiful, and tangle-free. Expect a ragdoll cat coat to fall off in the spring and fall.
  4. Ragdolls who have access to an outdoor play area are known to hunt squirrels and hunt bugs. If you go outside, you should limit yourself to a securely fenced area or take it out on a leash.
  5. Ragdolls are good for families with children who treat them gently. They are also known to make friends with dogs – they are called “puppy cats” for good reason – as well as other cats.

What you should know about the breed

  1. The lifespan of a healthy Ragdoll cat is more than 15 years. A Ragdoll cat named Rags lived to be 19 1/2 years old, of course.
  2. Ragdolls can be prone to a common feline heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Fortunately, cats can be identified with the gene that causes the disease through a DNA test. This enables conscientious breeders to produce cat-free cats.
  3. It is not true that ragdolls are pain resistant. Like any cat, they can get injured or feel uncomfortable.
  4. The best people for a ragdoll cat will enjoy combing this cat’s gorgeous, bunny-soft strands. They love having a cat on their lap and they don’t mind if Ragdoll is constantly monitoring their activities.

A ragdoll cat.

The ragdoll cat breeds have their roots in the 1960s. Photography by Tetsu Yamazaki.

History of the ragdoll cat

  1. The Ragdoll cat breed dates back to the 1960s when a Californian woman named Ann Baker bred a free-roaming white cat with long hair into a stray black and white male with white paws or gloves. Their kittens – a solid black male, a two-tone female seal, and a long-haired brown male – became the ancestors of the ragdolls, a name derived from cats’ tendency to loll around in a lap or be carried around unopposed.
  2. The Cat Fanciers’ Association, the International Cat Association, and the American Cat Fanciers Association recognize the ragdoll.
  3. According to the 2017 Cat Fanciers’ Association registration statistics, the Ragdoll cat is second only to the Exotic. In the International Cat Association, it ranks second after Bengal.

More fun facts about the breed

  1. Ragdoll kittens are white at birth, but their spots and patterns appear by 10 days of age.
  2. Similar to an old-style Polaroid photo, it takes some time for coat color and length to fully develop, and usually reaches its maximum display by the time the cat is 2 to 3 years old.
  3. They reach their full weight when they are around 4 years old.
  4. Ragdolls come in four designs:
    1. Two-tone (White plus monochrome, both evenly distributed)
    2. Of (White with small darker spots on top of the mask, on the ears and tail and occasionally on the body)
    3. Mitted (four white paws, a white chin and a white belly stripe)
    4. Color point (classic pointed markings in solid, lynx, tortoiseshell or tortoiseshell and lynx, without white on the fur).
  5. The patterns are available in six colors:
    1. poetry
    2. blue
    3. chocolate
    4. purple
    5. red
    6. cream

Tell us: Do you have a ragdoll cat? What do you love about this breed?

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