The Ragdoll Cat
Ragdolls are giant, laid-back semi-longhaired cats sporting beautiful blue eyes. The Ragdoll is one of the breeds with pointed ears, meaning the body colour is lighter than the points (the legs, face, tail, and ears).
This Ragdoll breed is masterfully bred to make significant and affectionate animals. Male Ragdolls are typically larger at around 15 pounds. In comparison, females are smaller and weigh about 10-15 pounds by the time they reach maturation.
Kitten to Adult
Ragdolls mature slowly, attaining full colour at two years old. Ragdoll cats are generally more interested in people than other cat breeds. They can be seen running to meet you at the door as they move from room to room, lie on the floor, and sleep alongside you, and usually prefer to stay in the same place. Many Ragdolls are adept and will come to you when called, and some will also play with fetch if you give them the time and effort.
Ragdolls are grounded cats, not jumping creatures like the Bengal Cat; they are quite the opposite, in fact. Unlike the Bengal Cat Breed these cats are incredibly gentle and generally play without getting over-excited and clawing you to bits! The semi-long coat of Ragdolls is soft and silky and needs little grooming to keep it looking its best.
As with any breed of cat, Ragdolls shed their fur, typically in the winter months when the seasons change. They must be combed regularly to locate and get rid of any hair that is loose or tangled. Ragdolls are easy to manage and generally well-behaved – even in the most hectic households, you will find them relaxed, making them ideal for most families.
Like Siamese felines, Ragdolls have the Himalayan gene that affects the growth of points on their coats. The majority of Ragdoll kittens come white and will begin to darken as they get older. Older cats remain dark until they reach maturity, which is usually around 18 months old.
Ragdolls living in warm countries are likely to be lighter than those in cooler regions. All Ragdolls have blue eyes in various shades; however, a bright blue eye is the preferred colour of judges.
Heritage of This Cat
This breed was developed in California, Riverside, by a breeder named Ann Baker. Ragdolls are named after one of the traits Ann Baker was breeding them for. When they are picked up, they are likely to be limp in your arms, like a doll, actually relatively passive. Baker made an unusual decision that shocked and effected the breeding community; she rejected the traditional cat breeding organizations.
She registered the name Ragdoll and set up her own registry, the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA), in 1971. The IRCA enforced strict rules for anyone wanting to breed or sell these cats. The Ragdolls were not allowed to register with any other breed associations. The IRCA is still in existence at this time, but it’s not a huge affair in size, particularly after the death of Baker in 1997.
This adorable breed is as cuddly as cats can get. They are a lot of fun and like to be hugged and cuddled and will lay in your arms all day long if you let them!.
The Ragdoll’s character is intelligent soft, sweet, and loving. These adorable animals are incredibly affectionate and want attention from humans, but they’re never demanding. The Ragdolls have a great deal of loyalty committed to their owners, making them great
Ragdolls are usually easy to take care of and are an ideal option for families with children, adults, and even seniors, According to Ragdoll Fanciers Club. They also get well when it comes to other pets. If you have enough space for these large cats and lots of love to offer them, they’ll be the perfect addition to your family.
The health of the Ragdoll Cat
Healthy Ragdoll cats have a lifespan of between 13 and 18 years and are generally healthy pets. A ragdoll cat’s most significant health problem is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).
Do your homework and find a good breeder. Before breeding ragdoll kittens, the breeder should screen all his breeding cats for these genetic issues.
We hope you have enjoyed finding out more about this Breed of Cat andwe hope this brief article has helped you in deciding whether this cat is right for you or not (if you are thinking about buying one that is)
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