Ragdoll Cat: A Must Read Before Sharing Your Home With This Adorable Breed

The Ragdoll cat is a large, a very calm, patient, and sweet animal. It is also characterized by tremendous adaptability that allows it to acclimatize to most lifestyles. However, he greatly prefers calm and secure environments. Never aggressive, with a legendary sweetness, the Ragdoll is a relatively recent breed that quickly became very popular, first in the United States, then with families in the rest of the world, especially in Europe.

hair type : Mid-length, fine

Origin: UNITED STATES

Hair loss Moderate

Behavior Calm

Weight and height weight and height

Gender Weight Height

Female From 3 kg to 8 kg From 30 cm to 35 cm

Male From 3 kg to 9 kg From 33 cm to 38 cm

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Breed history

We would never have known about ragdoll cats had it not been for Ann Baker, who lives in Riverside, California, to create this breed in the 1960s. She had obtained it by crossing a Persian Angora cat and a Sacred cat from Burma, thus giving birth to a companion with exceptional gentleness. Ann Baker gave her the name Ragdoll, which means "a soft dolls made from fabric".

Later, the National Cat Fanciers' Association registered several ragdoll cats. Also, Denny Dayton and his wife Laura inherited representatives of this breed from Ann Baker. The couple also occupies a fundamental place in the development of the Ragdoll, which he continued to ensure within his famous breeding Blossom Time until the 1980s while distancing himself from Ann Baker.

Very popular in the United States, the Ragdoll began to be recognized by various major American feline bodies during the 1970s, in particular the TICA (The International Cat Association).

Although the first export was to the United Kingdom, then to other parts of Europe, especially to France after 1986. This is the date on which Noëlle Vialatte (cattery of Gailande in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques) brought the first French Ragdolls: Barfield and Blossom of Patriarca. They sired the first litter 2 years later. Since then, the Ragdoll has gradually gained popularity in France, the LOOF (Official Book of Feline Origins) having identified more than 2,700 registrations in 2019, compared to 76 in 2003.

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Physical Features of Ragdoll Cat

The body: is of powerful, heavy, and long construction, fitting into a rectangle. The neck is short and well-muscled, the chest broad and rounded, the legs of medium size, and robust bone.

The hair: is semi-long, and silky, and the outer coat is well furnished and associated with an undercoat. The undercoat of the front legs is shorter than the hind legs. The undercoat on the hind legs is longer and denser. The collar is particularly sought after.

The color: the 4 main colors (or patterns) are colorpoint, mitted, two-tone, and van. Body-color is almost always eggshell white to milky white. In the colorpoint, the points formed by the ears, the mask, the feet, and the tail are darker than the body. In the mitted, the chin has a white coloration extending via a band descending to the chest and running along the entire length of the abdomen. Ears, masks, and legs (except feet) are darker. In the bicolor, the nose is pink and the points consist of the ears, the tail, and the mask, which is characterized by a white mark in the shape of an inverted V. In a van, the body color is white and is associated with a small eggshell to milky white spots.

His head is triangular. The contours of the head are rounded like the skull, and the forehead is.

His eyes: large, oval-shaped, very beautiful intense blue, slightly slanted without tending towards the oriental style.

Its ears: moderately large, wide at their attachment, extending the triangular shape of the head, and slightly pointed forwards. Their tops are rounded.

It’s the tail: long, wide at birth and generously covered with hair.

 

The Ragdoll cats are known for their sweetness. This cat does not show or show any form of aggression. He is extremely patient, and because of that, he is a very good companion for children. Very calm and discreet, he constantly seeks tranquility and does not like agitation.

He does not appreciate loneliness either and spends most of his time with his master. Towards the latter, he is very affectionate. He likes to be cuddled, to stay on his lap, and even to be held in his arms. The Ragdoll is essentially an indoor cat, preferring the peace, comfort, and safety of the home to the bustle outside. If you wnt to make your Ragdoll happy, just give him a lot of cat houses and cat furniture to sleep and rest in. 

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Ideal Living Conditions

Although his calm and patience allow him to adapt to all family structures and most environments, the Ragdoll is more of an indoor cat than a feline intended to explore the surroundings of his home. Its needs, in terms of outing and activity, are much lower compared to other cat breeds. A Ragdoll cat's activity needs can be easily satisfied with indoor cat towers and cat toys. It is all the better to keep him safe as he is not good at defending himself if he were to be attacked, including by a fellow-creature. Apartment life is suitable for The Ragdoll.

The Ragdoll is characterized by generally solid health, but the breed can be affected by 2 diseases that also concern many other feline varieties: HCM and PKD.

HCM, or Hypertrophic Cardio-Myopathy, is a heart condition that affects both alley and pedigree cats. The most affected individuals are young adults (approximately 2 years of age).

PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) is kidney disease.

 

Breed Hypoallergenic: No

To protect yourself against these risks and ensure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Ragdoll cat insurance.

 

Maintenance and Hygiene

Being endowed with semi-long hair and a moderately dense undercoat, the Ragdoll is not a cat with tedious maintenance. Brushing him regularly is very important for the beauty and cleanliness of his coat  Also brushing is the good health of his skin. Also, The ragdoll doesn't get too dirty because he doesn't like to go out.

The Ragdoll needs to get rid of dread hair. Brushing once or twice a week is necessary for that. It is advisable, when brushing, to insist on the area of the "trousers", formed by part of the hindquarters of the cat. the ragdoll may need to take a bath now and then. Regular nail trimming is very important. Dental care should also be taken into account.