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Basic Ragdoll Information

  • Lifespan: 15 - 25 years
  • Weight: 15 - 20 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Ragdoll

Ragdoll Traits

  • Lap Cat
  • Intelligence
  • Ease of Training
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Good with Children
  • Good with Dogs
  • Chattiness

Ragdoll History

  • Credit Ann Baker, a Persian cat breeder from Riverside, California for developing the Ragdoll in the 1960s. She bred a stray, domestic longhaired white cat named Josephine with male cats she owned. The kittens displayed sweet temperaments, pleasing looks and non-matting coats.
  • Baker purposely selected cats with the look and temperament she wanted for her breeding program to create the Ragdoll standard now accepted today.
  • Identified as one of the fastest-growing breeds in The International Cat Association - second only to the Bengal.
  • After many years, this breed was finally recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1993 in the miscellaneous class.
  • Today, Ragdolls have earned championship status in all associations except CFA. In CFA, the bi-colors may be shown in the miscellaneous class. The color point and mitted patterns can be registered, but not shown.

Ragdoll Behavior Concerns

  • Possess a relaxed, gentle temperament.
  • Ragdolls tend to behave politely around children and seniors.
  • Fits in nicely in multi-pet households that even include dogs.
  • They prefer hanging out on the floor and low-lying spots in the house to being perched on high shelves or tops of refrigerators.
  • Male Ragdolls can tip the scale up to 20 pounds, but they are anything but feline bullies.
  • Fascinated by water and have been known to leap into full bathtubs or sit on the edge of the tub while their people bathe.
  • Referred to as "puppy cats" because of their tendency to happily shadow their favorite people from room to room and maintain playfulness well into adulthood.
  • Prone to be overly trusting, so it is important to keep them indoors or supervised when outdoors for their own safety. They possess a non-fighting instinct.
  • Capable of easily mastering obedience commands and tricks.

Look of Ragdolls

  • Ragdolls sport light-colored coats with Siamese-like points. The coats are medium to long and feel like rabbit fur.
  • This breed's big body is muscular and well boned. A fatty pad under the abdomen is common in Ragdolls.
  • Its wedge-shaped head feature wide-set ears, a well-defined chin and big, oval-shaped blue eyes.
  • All Ragdoll kittens are born white with colors slowly appearing as they age.
  • This breed takes up to four years to fully mature.

Grooming Ragdoll Cats

  • Its satin-soft coat sheds minimally and does not mat.
  • Comb coat weekly to remove loose hairs.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for Ragdolls

  • Prone to obesity because they are not active cats.

Fun Facts of Ragdolls

  • This breed's Ragdoll name came about from the popular misconception that these cats go completely limp and relax when picked up.
  • Female Ragdolls are often nicknamed "Daughters of Josephine."
  • The Algonquin Hotel in New York City has kept a cat as its lobby mascot since the 1930s. The current one is a Ragdoll named Matilda.

Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.

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