Ragdolls are large, loving longhairs with silky, plush non-matting fur and large, expressive oval blue eyes. They are extremely docile, affectionate, intelligent, playful, people-oriented cats that adore their humans.
Always considerate and gentle, they make ideal pets for children and get along well with dogs and other felines. It is not surprising that these beautiful cats are considered the gentlest and most easy-going of the breeds.
Ragdolls are extremely docile, affectionate, intelligent, playful, people-oriented cats that adore their humans.
Ragdolls are longhairs with silky, plush non-matting fur and large, expressive oval blue eyes.
More About The Ragdoll
Ragdolls were developed in the 1960’s by Ann Baker; a breeder in Riverside California.
Laura and Denny Dayton were a couple who decided to breed the Ragdoll cat so that other cat associations would eventually accept it and in 1975 the Ragdoll Fanciers Club International (RFCI) was formed.
In 1981, Lulu Rowley of the Petil-lu Cattery, purchased four Ragdolls from the Daytons and introduced the breed to Britain.
The name comes from the fact that many ragdoll cats will go limp when you pick them up, similar to what a doll feels like. Unlike most breeds of “independent” cats, the ragdoll is much more social, often following its owner around craving more attention. The ragdolls behaviour often mimics dog behaviour rather than typical cat behaviour. “Mans best friend” in the cat world if you will. It is a loyal and loving companion.
The ragdoll is listed with the Guinness book of world records as the largest cat, with males ranging from 12-20lbs., and females weighing from 10-15lbs. The body is usually stocky with short legs, and generally large in size in comparison to other cat breeds. Ragdolls have long, thick fur coats with markings that resemble the Siamese cat breed. The four marking patterns for ragdolls are: bi-colour, van, mitted, and pointed. This cat breed usually comes in six colours: seal, chocolate, lilac, blue, cream, and red. Points may be solid, lynx, or tortie.
The coat of the Ragdoll does not mat or tangle and is low-maintenance but still so soft and fluffy. Ragdolls have long, thick fur coats with markings that resemble the Siamese cat breed and while Ragdolls do a good job of cleaning themselves, you will want to make sure to brush them to avoid matting of their fur.
Most vets recommend that you clean your cats teeth daily with toothpaste specially prepared for the purpose. Don’t go to the expense of buying a toothbrush as most cats won’t let you near their mouths with it, instead put a small amount of toothpaste on a paper tissue and gently rub it along the cat’s gums and teeth. It has a pleasant taste and does not require to be rinsed off. If your cat should get tartar on their teeth, a trip to the vet may be necessary. It is a wise precaution to check your cat’s teeth and gums regularly.