Affectionate, docile, and trusting, like a floppy child’s toy the Ragdoll will go happily limp in your arms – so hold tight because this is not a small cat! They’re the ultimate cuddler and they’ll wait eagerly for an empty lap to prove it. With a sweet face, soft fur, and baby blue eyes, the Ragdoll could easily get by on looks alone, but if ever a cat was determined to break down the stereotypes of an aloof, uncaring feline, the Ragdoll is it. Sometimes described as puppy-like, the devoted Ragdoll will greet you at the door when you come home, and follow you room to room. Calm but playful, affectionate but not demanding, the Ragdoll makes for an easy companion so long as you’ve got plenty of love to give.
The Ragdoll’s somewhat unconventional history begins in California in the early 1960’s. There, breeder Ann Baker began to develop the Ragdoll from non-pedigreed domestic cats, selecting for size, demeanor, and the striking coat. For many years, Baker guarded the breed protectively, rejecting traditional cat registries to start her own, the International Ragdoll Cat Association. She trademarked the name “Ragdoll” and enforced strict standards on those wishing to breed her cats. The current Ragdoll breeding standard and acceptance into traditional breed registries is the result of breeders that broke away from Baker and the IRCA, and began developing the breed on their own. Though the IRCA still exists, it is much smaller than it was before Baker’s death in 1997, and Ragdolls in the IRCA are not accepted by any major association.
Appearance / health:
The Ragdoll is a rather large, semi-longhaired cat. The male Ragdoll may reach a weight of up to 20lbs, though they are slow to mature and may not reach full size for 4 years. They have a medium to long body with substantial boning. Though the Ragdoll is a solid and well-muscled cat, they have an additional fat pad on their lower belly. Their feet are large and round, tufted with hair around and between the pads. Their plumed tail is equal in length to their body.
The Ragdoll’s head is described as a broad, modified wedge with rounded contours, medium in size. The muzzle is rounded, medium in length, and the nose dips gently at the brow with a straight bridge to the tip of the nose. The medium-sized ears are road at the base with a rounded tip and tilted slightly forward. Large, wide-set oval eyes come in varying shades of blue.
Described as semi-longhaired, the Ragdoll’s coat is plush, but with minimal undercoat so that it lies smooth to the body. The texture is soft and silky. The Ragdoll is born white but begin changing colors by 9-10 weeks, with full color developing as late as 3-4 years. They come in 4 different patterns of 6 different colors. Colors include seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, cream, and red. Patterns are:
Unfortunately, Ragdolls are prone to urinary problems, sometimes very serious ones, and should be monitored for signs of infection and bladder stones. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a heart disease common in cats, is slightly more prevalent in the Ragdoll. HCM can be detected using modern genetic testing, and breeders should be chosen who have carefully selected HCM-free cats for their program.
Ragdoll kittens should have food available at all times, as this large breed of cat experiences frequent and rapid growth spurts. However, adult cats may need to be rationed, as Ragdolls are not a very active breed.
Behavior / temperament:
The Ragdoll is an extremely docile, affectionate, and relaxed cat. They are easily handled and well known for their tendency to become completely limp in your arms. They are a perfect breed for families with children, though parents should closely supervise interaction as some Ragdoll’s may be overly-tolerant of unkind behavior. Polite children will find a patient and willing friend for dress-up, tea parties, and a cruise in the baby buggy. The Ragdoll will happily be your constant companion, following you from room to room and waiting for an opportunity to hop into your lap. The Ragdoll has a lot of love to give, and if you’re not willing or able to return their devoted affection, this isn’t the breed for you. Though the Ragdoll will wait quietly for your return, they’ll be unhappy if left alone too often or for two long.
Though the Ragdoll is not an active cat, they’re not un-playful, and young Ragdolls in particular may have a rambunctious streak. Making a habit of games of chase or fetch is a good way to keep your Ragdoll fit. The Ragdoll takes his cues from you, and if you’d like to play, they’re game; if you’d like to cuddle on the couch, that’s just fine by them too.
luxurious fur, laid back temperament, docile personality, BIG personalities, fantastic family pets
potty problem, urinary tract issues, overweight cats, regular brushing, frequent grooming
raw meat diet, longer fur, bright blue eyes, coat thickness, lovely indoor
Ragdoll - The Beautiful, Sweet & Affectionate “Puppy Cat"
There is a reason why Ragdolls are called “puppy cats.” The Ragdoll is one of the most intelligent cat breeds and follows their owner around like a puppy. If you prefer a loyal cat that acts more like a dog, then you will just fall in love with the Ragdoll. My Ragdoll Blue Eyes was the diva cat of all cat breeds. With her silky mane and fluffy fur, she acted like a pretty princess. She loved lots of attention and affection from me and family members and even followed me into the bathroom (like a child)! We named her Blue Eyes because of her striking blue eyes which are common with Ragdoll cats. Ragdolls don't do well on their own for long periods of time and prefer human company. They definitely demand your attention. Blue Eyes wanted to be petted when I was busy working on the computer, but I could never resist petting her soft, fluffy mane and getting in some affectionate cuddles with Her Majesty, the Diva Cat.They also want to be fed on their own terms, and served Blue Eyes' wet food on a small china dish. She was very picky about how I served her food! When you hold a cute Ragdoll cat in your arms, their body goes limp and “flops” in your arms--how the Ragdoll got its name. If you love a big cuddly cat and don’t mind a bundle of fur sharing your bed, you can't go wrong with the Ragdoll cat. Blue Eyes loved to snuggle and hide under the blankets, and her silky fur kept me warm on a cold night! The Ragdoll does better as an indoor cat and they usually don’t like to climb a lot or jump on high perches (because of their larger body size). As they get older, they are prone to seasonal allergy issues and slow down with exercise and playtime. Also, they tend to gain weight easily so make sure they eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise, especially when they are young! If you want a sweet and loving kitty who follows you around, I highly recommend the beautiful Ragdoll cat! Blue Eyes passed away from cancer at 18 years old in 2016 but her Diva legacy lives on in this review. She will always be one of the most special and intelligent cats I've ever owned and still miss her. .
From Yogagirl Jan 10 2017 10:59PM
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 61 days ago
Sophie the Ragdoll
My mother got two Ragdoll cats for my sister and I, when we were both young. Old enough to understand responsibility and care for the pets, of course. Our two cats grew up together - both beautiful ragdolls with gorgeous markings and bright eyes. Suzy was a mitted seal point, and Sophie blue with a blaze on her nose.
When they were kittens we brought them home, and soon to the vet to get spayed. We almost lost them both; they had a reaction to the drugs and luckily, survived. Sophie was fine, while Suzy had damage to her eyes and possibly her brain. She grew up being much more quiet and frail, constantly cared for and groomed by Sophie. We were told that they would not survive medication or vaccines, and could not let them leave the house again.
In 2010, Suzy passed away. From that point, Sophie has become increasingly loud and needy. She is far less playful, and spends much time meowing, sorry- yowling, particularly in the middle of the night. It wakes all of us. She sometimes quiets down if I answer her, talking in my usual voice, or when I pick her up and carry her around the house.
Overall, I found the Ragdolls we owned to be a very frail breed. They shed a lot, and their fur becomes matted very quickly. Their stomachs are sensitive (Sophie pukes a lot, everywhere) and meows both at us and our dogs. (Who comply, and move out of her way.) They are very sweet, though, and relax completely when being held. They seem to want to be where their humans are, more than anything else. Sophie would happily sleep in my bed if I let her. And I wish I could, if not for her shedding and my being allergic. She's 17 years old this month. I can't imagine life without her driving me crazy. xD.
From Tal Oct 11 2014 10:00PM