Ragdoll The Laidback Cat

The Ragdoll

History

In comparison to many other breeds, this cat is rather fresh. In the 1960s, the Ragdoll cat breed was developed in California. Ann Baker, a cat breeder, wants to develop a gorgeous cat with a caring attitude. Ann began working with domestic medium-haired cats of unknown origin. Josephine, the breed’s original mother cat, was white. Baker finally produced the first Ragdoll cats, albeit it took several generations.

These cats were admired for their non-matting hair, size, and lively behavior. Unfortunately, in the 1970s, there was a squabble between Baker and some other Ragdoll lovers. Eventually, many of the Ragdoll breed’s early fans, as well as Baker herself, drifted apart. Despite this upheaval, the Ragdoll breed remains popular today. Ragdolls were first registered by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) in 1993.

Breed Overview

Weight (Pounds)8-15 (Female) 12-20 (Male)
Length (Inches)14-33
Body ColorColorpoint, Mitted and Bicolor. Can be in Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red, Cream, Cinnamon, or Fawn. May also be Tortie and Tabby
Eye ColorBlue

Traits

Ragdolls are among the largest domestic cats. They have strong frames and well-proportioned legs. They usually have blue eyes in addition to the unique point coloring. The more vivid the eye color, the better for display cats. Interestingly, because they lack a thick overcoat, they shed less than one might expect. Lengthy, outer guard hairs cover the majority of their long hair. Mitted Ragdolls with white feet and chins were permitted for the first time during the 2008-2009 show season. They are sometimes mistaken for Birmans, however the latter have colorful chins.

When it comes to weight, Ragdolls may weigh anything from 12 to 20 lbs (5.4 to 9.1 kg) for males and 8 to 15 lbs (3.6 to 6.8 kg) for females. This makes them a strong breed, which may necessitate a little additional care when it comes to food. Even though these cats have a voracious appetite, they are nonetheless lively and vivacious – those calories will be rapidly expended and converted into fuel for their athletic build. Ragdolls, in addition to their robust physique, have a significantly shorter lifetime than certain other cat breeds, living from 12 to 15 years on average.

They also enjoy being pet, which is why they are known as Ragdolls – when you take them up, they go completely limp and relax. Aside from that, ragdoll cats are really graceful, silky, and generally stunning. They are not, contrary to popular belief, pain-resistant, but they are one of the most calm of all cat breeds. Ragdolls don’t always recognize what’s safe or beneficial for them because of their highly trusting and non-combative temperament. For their own safety, they must only be kept indoors. They are obviously kind, friendly, and clever cats, albeit not exceptionally well-adjusted.

They are, nevertheless, quite loving and simple to manage. Because of their warmth and proclivity to follow people around, they are sometimes referred to as “puppy cats.” They are also curious (as are all cats! ), nimble, and active. Their size is also a distinguishing trait of the breed – if you prefer cats that are beautiful, strong, and powerful in appearance, Ragdolls will not disappoint. Because of their size, they are among the biggest cat breeds and are well-loved and beloved all over the world.

Characteristics Charts

FriendlinessHigh
ExerciseMedium
PlayfulnessMedium
IntelligenceHigh
VocalizeMedium
Fur SheddingMedium

Dietary

Work with your veterinarian to develop an adequate diet for the age and activities of your Ragdoll. Wet meals generally aid moisture to avoid urinary problems. Don’t let it out in your cat’s dish all day, and keep it rationed. The fact that a cat eats insulin every time a cat eats, no matter how high quality, is associated with the removal of food from the meal is with cats. As the cats spend a lot of their time lounging about, it’s wonderful to take advantage of puzzle tools for feeding your cat to make his life more fascinating.

Health and Care

The Ragdoll’s silky, “rabbit-like” hair is remarkably resistant to matting. Shedding and the associated problem of hairballs are readily alleviated by regular combing and brushing, which Ragdolls like. This is especially essential in the spring, when the cats’ shedding naturally rises as they shed their winter coats. Steel combs with wide teeth function effectively and should be used on a daily basis. Bathing may also be necessary on a monthly basis, depending on the amount of loose, dead hair present. Some Ragdolls develop eye “goop,” which should be gently wiped away to avoid discoloration in the corner of the eyes.

Ragdolls’ ears must also be cleaned on a regular basis. Pour a few drops of warm feline ear cleanser into the cat’s ears and massage the outside of the ear. To assist your feline companion feel calm throughout this therapy, have some meat-flavored baby food or other extra-tasty cat treats on available. After around five minutes, clean the inside of your cat’s ears with a cotton ball. Ragdolls, like all other cats, require toenail trimming on a regular basis. Remember that your cat will probably want to sharpen her claws even more after a pedicure, so make sure she has some nice scratching posts!

Purebred Ragdolls have little genetic variation. They are prone to bladder stones as well as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Bladder stones are unpleasant and can cause litter box difficulties in cats. Encourage your cat to drink plenty of fresh water and offer her high-quality food to help her prevent bladder stones and other urinary illnesses.