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The Ragdoll Cat

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Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Large. Chubby body.

Weight:

Heavyweight Furball. From 8-20 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Somewhat lazy. Needs good exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 12-17 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Large. Chubby body.

Weight:

Heavyweight Furball. From 8-20 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Somewhat lazy. Needs good exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 12-17 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Large. Chubby body.

Weight:

Heavyweight Furball. From 8-20 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Somewhat lazy. Needs good exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 12-17 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

The Ragdoll Cat stands out for its large size and semi-long coat in pointed pattern. Their well-boned sturdy bodies are supported by moderately long heavy-boned legs. The hind legs are slightly longer than front legs and the tail is fully furred. The large head has a modified wedge shape, rounded muzzle and sparkly oval blue eyes. Their most distinctive feature is the semi-long silky coat that comes in several different colors. This breed is best known for collapsing in the arms of anyone who holds them, even if they are cradled on their backs! This is an easy-going, friendly and affectionate cat breed that likes being close to its people. The mellow and docile Ragdoll gets along with everyone and loves snuggling whenever given the chance. These cats are known as puppy cats, dog-like cats or dog cats because of their need for physical affection.

Breed History

The Ragdoll is a fairly young cat breed. This breed was developed by Ann Baker in Riverside, California in the 1960s. Baker’s foundation stock consisted of a domestic longhaired cat named Josephine. She produced several litters sired by unknown male Burmese and Birman-like cats, from which, one contained Siamese pointed kittens. Baker selected the kittens with docile and placid natures and tendency to go limp and relaxed when picked up. She bought these kittens from her neighbor and set out to establish a new breed. Later on, Persian, Birman and Burmese cats may have also contributed to the development of the Ragdoll breed. In 1971, Baker made an unusual move and distanced herself from traditional cat breeding associations. She trademarked the name Ragdoll and set up her own registry, the International Ragdoll Cat Association. Thereafter, she set and enforced strict rules for everyone who wanted to sell or breed these cats. Furthermore, The Ragdolls weren’t allowed to be registered in any other cat associations. In 1975, a group led by Denny and Laura Dayton left the IRCA in attempt to gain mainstream recognition and acceptance for this breed. Eventually, this group developed the Ragdoll standard that is currently accepted by major cat registries. The Cat Fanciers Association began registering Ragdoll Cats in 1993 and gave the breed full recognition in 2000. The American Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association also recognize this breed. The Ragdolls aren’t outcrossed to any other breed.

Size Standards

The Ragdoll is one of the largest domestic cat breeds with a large frame and a sturdy body. These cats have long heavily-boned and muscular bodies. Legs are also heavily boned with hind legs being a bit longer than front legs. The tail is long and fully furred. This breed has a broad, large head in a modified wedge shape. They have gently rounded muzzles, medium-sized ears with rounded tips and sparkly oval-shaped blue eyes. The moderately long coat is short on the head and blossoms into a ruff around the neck. Then it shortens on the shoulder blades and lengthens toward the fully plumed tail. Male Ragdoll Cats are quite large and usually weigh from 12-20 pounds. Females are noticeably smaller and weigh from 8-15 pounds. The Ragdoll may be large, but these cats shouldn’t be fat. Hence, they have to be fed with high-protein cat food. This way you will keep your cat’s muscles strong and prevent weight gain. Additionally, you can consider investing in an automatic cat feeder to prevent overfeeding.

Ragdoll Cat Personality Traits

These cats are famous for their ability to collapse into the arms of anyone who holds them. They will be completely relaxed even if they are cradled on their back. This is a gentle and affectionate cat that seeks human companionship. So they like to follow their owners everywhere. Therefore, you can say goodbye to privacy, since these cats won’t shy away from going to the bathroom with you!
These gentle and mellow cats seek physical contact and love to be petted or cuddled. You will hardly find your Ragdoll Cat jumping on a cat tree since they are most content being on the ground. This way, they are able to stay close to you and be rewarded with an occasional stroke or tummy rub. Despite being calm and cuddly, this breed also likes to play. These cats will chase after catnip toys, and will happily learn how to retrieve. They stay kitten-like playful during their whole lives and never refuse a good game of fetch. The Ragdoll is intelligent and knows how to please people. It will learn how to walk on a leash and harness just to spend more time with you. Thanks to their friendly nature, these cats aren’t afraid of strangers and will happily meet them. Generally, this isn’t a vocal breed, and these cats are usually quiet and dignified. However, your cat will remind you of mealtime and ask to be petted in a sweet and melodious voice.

Adaptability

Thanks to its easy-going nature, the Ragdoll adjusts well to all changes thrown her way. Hence, these cats get along with strangers and like to meet new people. Furthermore, as long as you give your cat the same amount of affection as before, she will adapt quickly to a new home. The Ragdoll is a moderately active cat that likes to play. However, they are docile cats that prefer being stroked and cuddled above everything else. For that reason, you will have to play with your cat for 30 minutes every day. Get a variety of cat toys to pique your cat’s interest and engage her in a game of fetch.

Health and Potential Health Problems

Generally, the Ragdoll Cat has a very good health. However, these cats can be prone to some health issues. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your cat is going to get sick. However, it is always better to know about potential problems from the start.
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: This is one of the most common heart diseases seen in cats. It causes an abnormal thickening of the heart’s walls. Some cats don’t show any symptoms of this disease and live normally. However, severe cases can lead to congestive heart failure. The test for this condition is available. Thus, you should check if your cat is at risk of developing heart problems.
  • Bladder Stones: These are rock-like deposits of minerals, crystals and organic matter found in a cat’s bladder. These stones range in size and bigger ones can cause a urethral blockage. This is a serious condition that can result in painful urination or complete inability to urinate. Treatment varies depending on the severity of the case and can include a simple change in diet or surgery.
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis: It’s a viral disease that attacks the cells of the intestinal wall. Symptoms of this disease include fever, anorexia, weight, loss, lethargy and accumulation of fluids in the abdomen or chest cavity. Infected cats usually die and there isn’t a viable vaccine that provides full protection against this virus.

Lifespan

The Ragdoll Cats have an average lifespan of 12-17 years. Get your cat from a reputable breeder who is willing to give you a health guarantee. In addition to that, check if your cat has been tested for HCM. Furthermore, a water fountain will keep your cat hydrated and lower the risk of bladder stone.

Grooming Needs

The Ragdoll has a moderately long silky fur with a little undercoat. Due to this, these cats don’t develop mats so easily. However, you need to brush your cat with a stainless-steel comb twice a week. This way you will distribute skin oils through the length of fur and keep it soft. This is a moderately shedding breed and these cats lose a small amount of hair during the whole year. You need to use a slicker brush to prevent cat hair from flying around your home.

Ragdoll Cat Coat Colors

The Ragdoll’s semi-long plush coat comes in several different colors and patterns. The six different colors include red, seal, chocolate, lilac, blue and cream. The different patterns seen in this breed are colorpoint, mitted and bi-color. Additionally, color points can be solid or come in lynx, tortie, or torbie pattern. Kittens are born completely white and develop their corresponding color when they are 8-10 weeks old. The eyes are always deep and radiant blue.

Compatibility with Children & Other Pets

The easy-going and sweet Ragdoll is an ideal choice for families with smaller children. These patient and gentle cats love to play with kids and will chase after catnip toys. Show your child how to properly hold and pet a cat. Thanks to their friendly natures these cats get along with other cats and dogs and like having company. These cats love games and stay playful well into their senior years. So, keep your cat engaged with puzzle toys and play with her every day. This is a somewhat lazy cat that needs to be stimulated with feather teasers in order to stay in good shape.