Ragdoll cat<<<< Back to cat breeds
- Country: U.S.A.
- Origin: Cross breed
- Scientific name: Felis catus
- Weight: (4–9kg)
- Colors: blue, chocolate, lilac
- Coat: Long
- Temperament: docile, gentle, intelligent
- Litter size: 5 puppies
- Lifespan: 9 - 15 years
- Price: 400$ - 800$
The Ragdoll’s origins could not be established with certainty. The only thing that is certain is that the breed was created around 1960 by an American breeder, Ann Baker. She bred Josephine, a cat with long and white hair with Siamese characteristics, supposedly an Angora half breed, with a Burmese half breed, resulting in the Ragdoll. These unusual looking cats were created to become the most coveted companion cats. Extremely friendly and affectionate, they possess very few cats temperamental characteristics, being noticed for the tendency to be highly malleable and tolerant, hence their name rag doll. Ann Baker claimed that these unique cats were immune to pain, something disputed by Ragdoll breeders. In 1967, the breed was recognized in the United States. In 1993, the Ragdoll was accepted and registered by CFA.
Today the Ragdoll is recognized by the Federation Internationale Feline d’Europe (FIFE), AACE (American Association of Cat Enthusiasts), ACA (American Cat Association), ACFA (American Cat Fanciers Association), CCA (Canadian Cat Association), CFA (CatFanciersAssociation), CFF (Cat Fanciers Federation), TICA (The International Cat Association), UFO (United Feline Organization).
Aspect Ragdoll cat
The Ragdoll is a big, strong and muscular cat. Its coat is made of long, silky hairs covering a deep puff. These cats have large expressive eyes, oval and blue. The body is elongated, broad and compact with strong bones, and the big head is more elongated than wide. The head is wider at the eye level and the chin is strong and visible. The ears have a wide implantation base, with a moderately broad pinna and rounded tips. The chest is broad and deep, connecting with the head by a short and muscular neck. Around it, the hair is a little longer, forming a collar. The feet, not too long not too short, bony, end in large paws, round and decorated with tufts. On the rear end of the hind legs, the hair is also longer. The tail is long and bushy.
The Ragdoll comes in four color varieties: seal, chocolate, lilac and blue-gray and three accepted patterns: colourpoint, mitted and bicolor. The colourpoint type has the nose, ears, tail and leg extremities darker, like the Burmese. The mitted type has dark spots on the face, ears and tail and the legs extremities are white. The bicolor type has more white than the mitted one, on all four paws, the front of the chest and abdomen and a turned V-shaped sign on the face. The bicolor cats can also have a splash or two of white on the back. The body is covered with lighter fur while the extremities (face, feet, ears and tail) are like Siamese dark. The color stabilizes around the age of 2 years.
The females are usually smaller and slender. The males weigh from 6.8 to 9kg, while females can reach a body weight of 4.6 to 6.8kg.
Behavior Ragdoll cat
The Ragdoll is a wonderful companion. Mannered and cute, these cats are known for their extremely tolerant and docile character. The Ragdoll is affectionate, intelligent and sensitive. They love to play, but are not overly active. The cats are sociable and very attached to their owners. Affectioned but without demanding to be the center of attention, theRagdolls don’t want anything but to snuggle in their owner’s lap and be spoiled.
If you are looking for a typical cat, a feline that is distant and cold, then you should keep looking. The Ragdoll cat is not independent and will not be safe if left alone outside. This cat is very sociable and not only will suffer if neglected, but it can seriously get hurt if left unsupervised. While these beauties don’t need lots of movement, as with other pet companions, they require an owner ready to take a great responsability. Contrary to native feline characters that they should possess, the Ragdoll is not aggressive, sometimes getting hurt because it doesn’t have the tendency to defend itself if attacked. Gentle and peacefull, the cat is considered by many breeders a sluggish cat. The Ragdoll adapts easily to its living environment. Tolerates children and other pets. It is ideal for people living in apartments because it prefers to stay indoors. They are playful but not overly active and loves to spend time with their human friends.
Features Ragdoll cat
The Ragdolls mature slower, requiring up to 3-4 years to develop completely. They also can be educated easily.
These cats are known as gluttonous cats. So, therefore, pay attention to what and how much they eat.
Their coats don’t require special care, but simply brushing with a metal comb about twice a week is sufficient. The Ragdoll, like other cats, usually sheds when the season changes. The absence of an abundant and dense puff, leads to hair loss, tangling and gastrointestinal hair balls.
Diseases Ragdoll cat
The Ragdoll is generally an enduring breed, rarely requiring medical care. However, there are some risk factors that should not be neglected. Some diseases affecting the Ragdoll are hip dysplasia and feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Males are not safe from the feline urologic syndrome (formation of bladder or kidney stones) which is why you should pay attention to the diet and the possible appearance of urinary difficulties. After a certain age, and depending on the individual, they tend to have dental tartar, predominantly on molars and carnassials.
Ideally, after the age of 6-8 years, even if you have a healthy specimen, you should take it to a routine check and several investigations (ultrasound, x-ray, blood and urine tests) to early detect possible sensitivities and to try addressing them through a proper diet or treatment. In conclusion, a balanced diet, fresh water, regular medical checkups, regular vaccinations and lots of love are the ingredients of a recipe that will ensure your companion’s health.
The life expectancy of a Ragdoll is about 9-15 years.