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The Beautiful Ragdoll Cat!
If you are searching for the perfect cat for you…search no more! The Ragdoll is one of the most loving and loyal breeds around! The Ragdoll is a giant lap cat and thrives when given the proper amount of love and attention. Simply put, Ragdolls have personalities that are purrrrfect! Warm and friendly, Ragdolls will follow you around the house and greet you at the door when you come home from work. Some people claim that they are similar to dogs as they are easy to train and love to be part of the family.
Ragdolls have gorgeous coats and big blue eyes (absolutely STUNNING blue eyes!). They are not "big talkers" but will meow occasionally…especially if they want food or attention! Ragdolls crave attention and like to be with their "people." Ragdolls should be INDOOR ONLY cats as their incredibly friendly nature makes them easy targets for cat thieves. Most cats will run away when approached by a stranger or unfriendly animals, however Ragdolls are so affectionate and so trusting they tend not to flee (hence the importance of being an INDOOR ONLY cat!).
Types of Ragdoll Cats
This beautiful, blue-eyed breed is VERY intelligent and easy to train. In fact, most Ragdolls learn how to use a litter box as early as four to five weeks old. Now that, my cat loving friends, is very impressive! The standard Ragdoll comes in four colors and three patterns (but all of them have blue eyes). All Ragdolls are "pointed cats" which means that they have color on their ears, faces, legs and tails (with a much lighter contrasting body color). They come in four standard colors including seal, chocolate, blue and frost (also known as lilac).
Great Books about the Ragdoll Cat!
The Seal Ragdoll
Seal Ragdolls have points that are deep brown. Their bodies should have fawn to cream color shading (it is acceptable for them to have some darker shading as well). Their paws and nose are deep seal brown in color.
The Chocolate Ragdoll
Chocolate Ragdolls have points that are the color of light milk chocolate. Their bodies are ivory or cream and their paws and nose are a pink/rose color.
The Blue Ragdoll
Blue Ragdolls have points that are slate blue to silver with a generally gray appearance. Their bodies can be ivory to bluish white in color. The nose and bottoms of paws should be slate blue.
The Frost Ragdoll
Frost Ragdolls have points that are lilac to pinkish beige (so pretty!). Their bodies should be milk white and their nose and paw pad leather should be pink to lavender in color.
Where Do You Get One?
So, you want a Ragdoll but don't know where to get one! Well, you have several options. The best place to start is by going to a local cat show (yes, there are cat shows!). It is always best to DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE actually acquiring any pet! The more you know, the better you can care for your new kitten! Talk to other Ragdoll owners and ask questions!
Questions to Ask
- How much does the average Ragdoll cost? This is a two-part question as you will want to know the actual purchase price and how much money it takes (on average per year) to care for one!
- What are some of the health concerns associated with the breed?
- Do they get along well with other animals (important if you have another pet at home!).
- What is the average life-span?
- What are the grooming requirements?
- What is the best food to feed your Ragdoll?
Once you have visited a cat show and are 100% certain that this is the best breed of cat for you, then pick up a few of the National Cat Magazines the next time you are at the bookstore (Cat Fancy, for example). National Cat Magazines always have a "breeder section" and is a great place to find a local breeder. You can also take advantage of the internet as the world-wide-web is an easy way to find a breeder. Important note: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE only purchase a Ragdoll from a RESPONSIBLE BREEDER that has an EXCELLENT REPUTATION!!!!
Ragdolls are gorgeous, loving, affectionate cats that love to be part of the family. They can live up to 20 years (some more) so make certain that you are aware of this and committed before purchasing a Ragdoll (or any pet for that matter!). If you are interested in RESCUING a Ragdoll, be sure to check out the various Ragdoll Rescue Groups that are scattered around the United States (in my opinion, adoption is the BEST option)! If you want a beautiful cat that has a sweet temperament and a gorgeous coat (and eyes!) then the Ragdoll may be the purrrrfect breed for you! Meow!
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