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Ragdoll – The Most Sought After Cat

Updated on April 3, 2014

Ragdoll – The Most Sought After Cat

One of the most distinct things about a Ragdoll cat is their very bright blue eye color. They are very gentle and love their owners a lot. The breed first came into existence in the 1960s when a white Turkish Angora-type was bred with a sable-colored Burmese-type cat. Their nickname refers to the way they go limp when held. They are also regarded as one of the most adorable breeds of cats in existence today.

This breed is the only breed to have migrated from California. They are one of the largest breeds and it takes up to four years for them to reach full maturity. They have large eyes that are full of love and devotion for their owners. Although they do tend to shed, their hair is light and easily picked up and removed.

Colors and Patterns

One interesting thing about Ragdoll cats is they are all born white. Their colors and patterns come in over time, with their colors being evident after eight to twelve weeks. Their patterns, however, will not come in for up to two years. Ragdolls color depends on body temperature and is effected by the colorpoint gene. Cooler parts of the body are darker, while warmer parts are lighter. Some Ragdoll cats, even lighten during the summer and darken during the winter.

Ragdolls come in a variety of colors and patterns. They can be pointed, which is where the ears, tail, legs and mask have a darker color than the rest of their body. Another pattern option is mitted. This is where the cat has one general color but appears to be wearing “mittens” on its feet. If the Ragdoll has colored points on its ears and tail, they are considered bi-colored. A lynx Ragdoll has tabby like coloring. Although a traditional Ragdoll cat is pointed with blue eyes, it is also possible to have a solid colored cat as well.

A Ragdoll's color can vary as well:

  • Seal – dark brown and tan
  • Chocolate – chocolate and ivory
  • Blue – dark and light gray
  • Lilac – pinkish
  • Flame – deep orange
  • Cream – light orange
  • Tortie – mixture of red and cream with seal or blue points

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Temperament and Physical Characteristics

Ragdolls have a very sweet temperament and love to snuggle. They tend to learn quickly and easily pick up tricks. While some breeds can be very independent, Ragdolls are often called the dog of the cats. They can learn to fetch small toys and tend to follow their owners around like a puppy looking for affection. They can even be trained to walk on a leash.

Ragdolls are very gentle and prefer to be near their humans. They tend to keep their kitten-like playfulness all throughout adulthood. These cats are truly companion pets and love to lay in your lap. They get along great with kids and other animals in the household and they are very social. Ragdolls are very unique and are extremely gentle and loving.

If you have small children, you can expect your cat to be carried around the house in their arms. They are also great for dress up parties and even love to be pushed around in a stroller like a baby. They will easily get along with every member of your family and even become great friends with the dogs in the household.

How to Care For A Ragdoll Cat

Ragdolls require grooming and tend to shed quite a bit due to their long, silky hair. They require regular brushing in order to stay clean and healthy. It is best to keep Ragdolls indoors in order to protect them from cars and illnesses. These are not cats that tend to fight, so it is important to keep them away from more aggressive animals.

Ragdolls are large cats ranging from twelve to twenty pounds for males and eight to fifteen for females. They have a rapid growth spurts, so it is important to give them plenty of food as they are growing. Until Ragdolls reach the age of four, you can give them food until they stop eating. After four, you will need to ration their food in order to regulate their weight.

Ragdolls are typically healthy, but may have a few health issues as they age. One common disease is a form of heart disease called HCM. This causes a thickening of the heart muscle. This is a genetic disease so it is important to not breed any Ragdolls who contract this disease. Ragdolls are very easy to care for and owners can't decide who really owns whom. When shedding, owners will need to be extra careful when brushing in order to avoid tangled hair.

The Unique 'Flop' That Gives Ragdoll Cats Their Name!

Pros and Cons

Ragdolls are very social and mischievous, they tend to approach many dangerous things looking for affection so it is important to keep an eye on them. They easily become attached to you and your family and you will quickly find yourself falling in love with them. They are always ready to play and never tire of spending time with you.

The downside of these cats is their long hair. They tend to shed quite a bit, especially during the summer. Some people choose to have these cats groomed in order to maintain a shorter hairstyle. They also require a lot of attention, so unlike other breeds, you will not be able to leave them alone without proper supervision while on vacation.

For best results, you should brush your Ragdoll weekly with a steel brush in order to remove dead hair and to keep their coats looking healthy. Regular cleaning of their ears is also a priority. Above all, keep in mind that these cats require a lot of your attention and can become quite mischievous when they get bored.

Ragdolls are intended to be indoor cats based on their social and loving personalities. They tend to be attention seekers and will approach anyone for a little bit of extra love. They are great with other animals, but will require the majority of your attention. Ragdolls are some of the most sought after cats


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    • Tom Zizzo profile image

      Tom Zizzo 4 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      My brother has one of these cats, he's awesome, and very mellow. His 4 year old daughter will put him in a toy baby stroller and wrap a blanket around him, and he will just lay there and play along-so to speak.