Look no farther than the Ragdoll cat if you're searching for a big, loving cat who can go with the flow. They fall limp with delight when these cats are touched, earning them the moniker. Don't be intimidated by the fact that this cat breed is one of the biggest; these cats are huge softies, as seen by their large blue eyes and deep, throaty purr. This cat is known for being gregarious, making them an excellent choice for busy households.
- Male: 13-18 lbs
- Female: 8-12 lbs
- Male: 16-26 inches
- Female: 15-23 inches
Ragdolls should have a big, wide head shaped like a modified wedge. The muzzle should be softly rounded, and all sides of the head should equal length. The eyes are characterized as having a brilliant blue oval shape to them. Ears of medium size feature rounded tips and a forward slant. A big, powerful neck supports the head, leading to a huge, long body that is wide, substantial, and heavy-boned. Legs are relatively lengthy, with the hind legs longer than the front legs. The long tail resembles a billowing plume, and the large spherical paws are tufted with hair.
The Ragdoll has a smooth, somewhat long coat. It starts short on the face, grows into a ruff around the neck, shortens again on the shoulder blades, and finally lengthens toward the tail, which is completely fur-feathered. The coat comes in four designs, bi-color, van, mitted, and colorpoint, with up to six colors: seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream, and solid, lynx, tortie, or torbie points, according to on the association (tortie and lynx). When it comes to color and design, this opens up a lot of choices.
Mitted Ragdolls have four white feet and a white chin and belly, and, on rare occasions, a white patch on the face that resembles a blaze, star, or hourglass. Bi-colors are more white than mittens, especially on the breast, belly, and back. They may have a white inverted V-shape on their face. Vans have the most white on their bodies, whereas Colorpoints don't have any.
This is one of the calmest cat breeds you'll ever meet. In reality, the name "Ragdoll" derives from the fact that when picked up, they go limp. These cats adore being carried and pampered, and they will happily relax in your arms for as long as you allow them to.
Ragdolls are great indoor companions since they are docile, mild-mannered, and friendly. These cats have a laid-back, pleasant demeanor, one of their best qualities. They are devotion wrapped in silky fur, loving loyalty with soft white paws, and devotion wrapped in silky fur. Ragdolls are very aware of their human routines and feelings and will greet you with a leg rub, a forehead kiss, and a huge purr when you get home at night. They'll cuddle onto your lap to provide soft consolation if you've had a terrible day, and you'll soon be smiling again. You couldn't ask for a greater buddy.
They are amusing, but not too so. Ragdolls get along well with children and adults and other cats and dogs and can adapt to nearly any environment. They are loving without being overbearing and are readily trained to keep off the counter. Even at dinnertime, they have quiet, courteous voices, despite their reputation for culinary excitement. Ragdolls, on the other hand, are not immune to pain. If you tread on their tails, they'll howl and look at you accusingly, just like any other cat.
Ragdolls are an excellent choice for most families, children, adults, and the elderly since they are typically easy to care for. This breed gets along nicely with other animals as well. If you have enough space and affection to give these large cats, they'll be a great addition to your home.
Your Ragdoll may be left alone for brief periods, such as a day at work, but they will miss you. These cats seek human attention and thrive in homes where one (or more!) family members are present during the day. A ragdoll who is regularly left alone at home will get lonely. And if you do go for a few hours, don't be shocked when you return to discover your Ragdoll eagerly waiting for you at the entrance!
Keep an eye on your Ragdoll's outgoing personality. These cats were raised to be trustworthy and friendly, and they would approach anyone without hesitation. Keep them close and on a harness if you take them outside. Ragdolls are so fond of being handled that they got their name from their tendency to flop over in their owners' arms.
The fact that Ragdolls are docile does not imply that they are lazy. These cats enjoy playing and participating in household events, so they have cat toys, scratching posts, and extra cardboard boxes on hand. They're more than willing to rest in your arms or on your lap for lots of cuddles after a long day.
The Ragdoll has a single silky coat with no undercoat. It is designed to mat less than other medium-haired cat jackets. However, brushing this breed at least twice a week is still necessary to prevent matting.
Ear cleaning is also required for Ragdolls. Massage the outside of the cat's ear with a few drops of warm feline ear cleanser. To assist your feline companion to remain calm throughout this therapy, have some meat-flavored baby food or other extra-tasty cat treats available. Wipe out the inside of your cat's ears with a cotton ball after about five minutes.
Ragdolls, like other cats, require toenail trimming regularly. After a pedicure, your cat's claws will most likely want to sharpen even more than usual, so make sure you have some nice scratching posts on hand!
Ragdoll cats are very sociable and active. They require constant interaction with interactive cat toys such as wand toys. Most of them also benefit from being fed by a feline puzzle feeder. Get up and play with your cat instead of just leaving toys around for her. This will assist in maintaining your cat's weight, preventing boredom-related behavior issues, and strengthening family ties.
Although Ragdolls are typically healthy, bladder stones and a cardiac disease known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have been recorded in the breed.
The most prevalent cardiac disease in cats is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). It causes the cardiac muscle to thicken (hypertrophy). Echocardiography can be used to determine if a cat has HCM. Researchers have discovered the genetic mutation that causes HCM in Ragdoll cats and have created a genetic test to help breeders screen cats before breeding them. Cats who have been diagnosed with HCM should not be bred. Breeders who claim to have HCM-free lines should be avoided. Nobody can say with certainty that their cat will never acquire HCM.
Ragdoll kittens can have quick development spurts, so it's critical to keep plenty of food on hand at all times. If your Ragdoll cat eats everything on his dish, give him a bit extra till he's full. When the cat is four years old, you may ration his food to prevent him from becoming overweight.
In comparison to many other breeds, this cat is very new. Ann Baker of Riverside, California, created the Ragdoll breed in the 1960s. The only elements concerning the breed's beginnings that aren't discussed are who, where, and when. Josephine, the breed's founder was a semi-feral longhaired white female of unknown ancestry. Despite Ann Baker's colorful claims, the foundation cat likely contained some great genes, perhaps recessive or disguised by her dominant white color, which resulted in some stunning kittens. The Ragdoll breed was founded on these stunning progeny, particularly a mitted seal-point longhaired male with a white blaze and a white tail tip dubbed Daddy Warbucks.
Ann Baker registered the term "Ragdoll" in 1971, and the Ragdoll evolved into the breed we know today after years of careful breeding. It took many years to overcome the breed's bizarre legends and disputes. Still, the Ragdoll was ultimately accepted for the championship by every major North American cat association in February 2000, thanks to the breed's hard-won Cat Fancier Association championship status. So has this cat earned a place in people's laps and hearts worldwide.
Ragdolls have a generous disposition, but they also have requirements that must be satisfied. They like a predictable, steady atmosphere and despise being alone. So, if your house is rarely empty during the day and you can keep a consistent feeding schedule, a Ragdoll could be the right cat for you.