The Ragdoll cat is a large, affectionate cat who goes with the flow. Ragdolls make ideal lap cats because they go limp with delight when you pet them, giving them their names. This cat breed is one of the largest, but don’t let the size intimidate you. Their big blue eyes and loud, guttural purrs let you know they’re softies. Ragdolls are notoriously social, making them well-suited to busy households with lots of people and friendly pets.
Characteristics of the Ragdoll cat
The large and beautiful Ragdoll cat doesn’t reach its full size, about 15 kilos on average, before the age of four. With its easy-going personality and social temperament, the Ragdoll is ready to become friends with almost anyone. Prepare your womb for extended snuggles, with your ragdoll fluttering around your legs like a rag and waiting for you with enthusiastic tummy rubs. The Ragdoll doesn’t need a lot of exercises or rowdy play, but cuddles are essential.
History of the Ragdoll Cat
The Ragdoll cat breed is relatively new. It was developed in California in the sixties. A cat breeder named Ann Baker wanted to create a beautiful cat with an affectionate personality. She began by breeding a white domestic longhair cat of unknown origin named Josephine with several Burmese cats.
Although it took a few generations, Baker eventually produced the first cats, which she named Ragdolls. These cats were prized for their non-matt coat, size, and outgoing nature.
Purebred Ragdoll kittens are born white due to a genetic mutation. The coat begins to develop colors and patterns at about two months of age but doesn’t fully develop until about two years of age.
The Ragdoll’s medium-length coat is silky soft and is often compared to rabbit fur. It is considered a “pointed breed”, meaning that the body is lighter in color than the points (muzzle, ears, legs, and tail). Its coat is slightly longer and thicker around the neck, giving the appearance of a mane. The ears are relatively small and slightly rounded.
These large cats are not overly muscular; they are quite soft and quite flexible.
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Ragdoll cat routine care
The Ragdoll has a silky single coat (meaning it doesn’t have a fur undercoat). It is said to be less dull than other medium-haired cats’ coats. This breed still benefits from brushing at least twice a week to avoid tangles.
Because Ragdolls have no undercoat, the amount of hair and dandruff is less than in thicker-coated breeds. However, many people are still allergic to cat saliva and skin secretions, and Ragdolls produce these allergens, so they are not considered hypoallergenic.
Like all other cats, Ragdolls generally need claws. Remember that your cat will probably want to sharpen its claws even more than usual after the pedicure, so make sure you provide good scratching posts.
Ragdolls are moderately energetic and social cats. They enjoy regular play with wands or other interactive cat toys. Most of them benefit from being fed from a puzzle-shaped cat bowl for mental stimulation. However, don’t leave toys around for your kitty, as it’s best to get up and play together. This helps maintain the cat’s weight, prevent behavior problems caused by boredom and build bonds within the family.
Common health problems
Like many large breed cats, Ragdolls are prone to weight issues. Feeding your cat puzzles and portioning his daily food can help keep him fit and in training. To control the weight it is important that the cat plays regularly. Chubby cats may be cute, but they’re not healthy.
They are prone to bladder stones, which are painful and cause blood in the urine. Signs include vocalizing (crying) in the litter box, straining to urinate, or urinating outside the litter box. You can help your kitty avoid bladder stones and other urinary tract infections by encouraging him to drink plenty of fresh water and scheduling regular checkups at the vet.
care diet and nutrition
Work with your veterinarian to develop an appropriate diet for your Ragdoll’s age and level of activity. Wet food provides moisture, which can help prevent urinary problems.
Make sure you ration the food and don’t leave it in your cat’s bowl all day. Skipping food could lead to overeating and obesity, a risk factor for feline diabetes.6
Where to Adopt or Buy a Ragdoll Cat?
Take the time to get to know the breeder and the breed before you decide to buy. The breeder can also help you learn about the breed and ensure a Ragdoll is right for you. You can do a breeder reference search at the Cat Fanciers Association.
If you prefer to adopt from a rescue organization, check out local adoption sites. You might be lucky and find a Ragdoll waiting for a new home. You could also contact Ragdoll Rescue USA/International.
Ragdoll Cat Overview
If you love the idea of a soft, docile, and cuddly cat, then the Ragdoll would make a wonderful addition to your family. Ragdolls get along well with friendly people of all ages and other pets as well. They like to play, but they also like to cuddle. These special cats are as beautiful as they are friendly, so they’re practically perfect!
- Sociable, outgoing, and ideal for families
- Cuddly and cuddly
- Playful but not energetic
- Not hypoallergenic
- Tendency to urinary and heart problems
- Ragdoll breeds are expensive to purchase
exercise and training
Ragdolls are adaptable and versatile cats with a loving and inquisitive nature.
What Makes a Ragdoll Cat Special? Ragdolls get their name from their tendency to hobble when picked up, and while this is not always the case, they are generally happy to be held.
Because they are very affectionate, care should be taken when introducing them to existing cats or dogs that may not be as gentle. Some owners choose to keep them indoors for similar reasons.
Ragdoll cats adapt to most environments and are playful without being overly active. It’s usually easy to teach them to use a litter box, as they respond better to positive reinforcement. With litter box training, they can be rewarded for using their crate successfully, and they’ll learn soon. You can also teach your Ragdoll to fetch, as the breed has a puppy-like personality.
The Ragdoll’s medium-length, silky coat requires regular grooming to keep it in good condition.
Use a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles and prevent tangling. If the hair is extremely shaggy, a ragdoll may also need to be shaved. For more cat care tips, visit our advice page.
Unlike other breeds, Ragdolls only have one coat with no undercoat. This may make them more suitable for some allergy sufferers, although they are not entirely hypoallergenic. The lack of an undercoat also makes shedding more manageable.
Two of the main characteristics of the Ragdoll are its blue eyes and “spiky” markings. In the centrally arranged variant, these darker spots are coated in white. For a similar breed with a variety of colors and markings, including tabby and ginger, see RagaMuffin.
frequently asked Questions
How Much Does a Ragdoll Cat Cost?
A ragdoll costs between $425 (pet quality) and $2,500 (breeder quality).
Are Ragdoll Cats Good With Children?
Ragdolls love to play and cuddle, making them great pets for respectful children.
Do ragdoll cats need to be brushed?
Ragdoll cats have shorter hair than other long-haired cats and their coat lacks an undercoat, so they need less brushing. However, occasional brushing is good for keeping the coat supple and preventing tangles.
Are Ragdoll cats good for beginners?
Yes, the Ragdoll cat’s personality is accommodating and affectionate, allowing them to get along well with less experienced owners.
What do I need to know before getting a Ragdoll?
The size of the Ragdoll cat is quite large so any prospective owner should be aware of this as they require more grooming than an average-sized cat. Another thing to keep in mind is that they are very attached to their owners and therefore appreciate spending a lot of time with them.
Are Ragdoll cats hard to take care of?
Ragdolls are easy to care for, they just need a little more exercise and affection than other cat breeds.
Can Ragdoll Kittens Sleep Alone?
Although they are very attached to their owners and prefer to stay with them most of the time, ragdoll kittens can sleep on their own. In fact, you might catch them falling asleep almost anywhere, as long as it’s a comfy and soft spot.
Docile and sweet, the Ragdoll cat is popular with families and individuals alike because of their friendly demeanor and laid-back nature. They happily take on the role of best friends and love spending the day with their owners.
Ragdoll cats suit almost everyone. They are beautiful, intelligent, and can learn tricks. Also, they are generally docile and well-mannered, so they tend to get along well with other pets and friendly dogs. Just don’t forget to brush them!
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