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Ragdoll Cats

Nov 4, 2011 · Updated Jan 19, 2017 · ·
  1. Anne
    The Ragdoll is world famous for its alleged tendency to go limp when held. Although this particular characteristic is not a requirement in the breed, these cats are indeed very docile and relaxed. With their large size, silky coat and beautiful blue eyes, Ragdolls have become quite a popular cat breed.

    Ragdoll Cats - Breed History

    The Ragdoll's history only begins in the 1960s; yet in the forty or so years that have gone by, it has managed to become intertwined with a series of myths and half-truths.

    The breed's founder was Ann Baker of California. She used to say that the extraordinary calm nature of this breed is the result of a car accident endured by the foundation cat, Josephine. Baker claimed that Josephine's injury, a broken pelvis, had somehow caused a change that caused all Ragdolls to be especially docile.

    This explanation is obviously not scientifically feasible. The more likely explanation is that the relaxed breeds, Persians and Birmans, used in the breeding program, created the Ragdoll's personality.

    Ragdoll Cats - Breed Description

    The overall impression one gets from the Ragdoll's physique is that of strength and muscularity. The Ragdoll is one of the largest cat breeds and Ragdoll cats reach their full size and weight only by the age of 3-4 years. The head is large and slightly rounded with oval blue eyes.

    Ragdolls are semi-longhaired cats. That means the coat of the Ragdoll is long but not as long as a Persian cat's. It is soft and rabbit-like and does not tend to mat.

    The Cat Fanciers Association currently recognizes four color patterns, all of them based on the basic colorpoint pattern:

    1. Colorpoint Ragdoll coat pattern

    In this version, the cat presents the standard colorpoint pattern as seen in other breeds (most famously the Siamese). The body is light-colored with darker shades on the extremities: tail, paws and face.

    2. Mitted Ragdoll coat pattern

    Similar to the colorpoint, but with added white "mittens" on the cat's front paws and a white streak along the chest and abdomen. The cat's chin is white and a couple of small white patches on the face are acceptable.

    3. Bi-color Ragdoll coat pattern

    The lower part of the body is white, while the upper part maintains the colorpoint pattern. On the cat's face there is a large inverted V-shaped white patch.

    4. Van Ragdoll coat pattern

    The colored pattern is limited to no more than 20% of the cat's body and restricted to ears, tail and facial mask.

    The Ragdoll's personality is probably its most famous feature. These are relaxed cats, though they do not necessarily go limp when held. Ann Baker claimed that Ragdolls do not feel pain, but modern breeders say that this is not so. Remember that each cat has his or her own personality. If you adopt a Ragdoll cat, respect the cat's preferences and personal boundaries and learn to know Kitty as an individual.

    Ragdoll Cats - Special Needs

    Because these cats are usually very docile and tend to be non-aggressive - sometimes lacking even the ability defend themselves - they should be kept strictly as indoors-only cats.

    The plush coat of the Ragdoll cat does not require excessive grooming. A brush once every few days is usually enough to keep it bright and soft.

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  1. sam12
    rip when your ragdoll is most certainly not social and is very anxious :( poor little girl
  2. 10009891
    Need to know if I purchased a legit Ragdoll. It's a 14 weeks solid white kitten. It has nice blue eyes, docile natural, follows me around the house, and has sweet soft meow. The breeder wanted to sell it for $900, saying it was a "unique" type of Ragdoll, with no points or markings. No papers were given. I saw the mother and she is also solid white but the father is a large blue point cat, with sparkling vivid blue eyes. The parents are apparently both registered with TICA. The breeder only showed me the papers of the parents. They both are 3rd generation Ragdolls, but why MOST Ragdoll experts say solid Ragdolls are not full Ragdolls at all, but probably mixed with alley cat?
  3. DrHannibalLedford
    Awesome article!
  4. salsrags
    I have 2 ragdoll cats , and i have 3 trays....... they seem to wee in one , and they have a tray each to poo in, as they do seem to like very clean trays, which is good........
  5. hippo
    Give her two boxes. Some cats will not poop and pee in the same box.
  6. carolecantwell
    how do I get my ragdoll cat to stop pooping on the carpet she pees in her box always
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