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Ragdoll Cats

Updated on December 29, 2016

The Ragdoll Cat is an Affectionate Breed

Ragdoll cats have striking looks and a cuddly personality that have made them one of the most sought after breeds of cat. Their name reflects their personality since, when picked up, they usually go limp in your arms like a ragdoll. Sometimes they will even flop spontaneously at your feet in hopes of attention. They are also one of the biggest breeds of cats, often reaching 15-20 pounds.

The ragdoll cat is a relatively new breed, but you wouldn't know it from their popularity. Once you meet a ragdoll cat, it's impossible not to fall in love and want one of your own.

Over time, I have had three ragdoll cats. All three have been remarkable and gorgeous cats. It's quite common for us to trip over one because they have decided to become our own personal shadow. Lucy will often wander into the room and flop over on her side, wanting attention. Toby frequently chases after us so he can be nearby and Nicky used to love curling up beside one of us on the couch or bed. Ragdoll cats are a bit like the cat version of a dog.

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Ragdoll Cat History

A little about their roots

Compared to other cat breeds, ragdoll cats haven't been around for very long. Though scientific evidence is somewhat lacking, popular belief is that the ragdoll originated in the 1960s from one cat, Josephine. She was hit by a car and upon recovering, became extremely docile. At the time of the accident, she was pregnant, but the vet who treated her was able to save her kittens. She had had several litters of normal kitten prior to the accident, but all of her litters afterwards shared her new temperament. It is a truly strange occurrence, but one that I am extremely thankful for since it led to such wonderful pets.

Ann Baker, who lived behind Josephine's owner and was an already established cat breeder, purchased several of Josephine's new kittens upon hearing of their passive personalities. She knew they were unique and took the opportunity to breed them, paying special attention to their temperaments. The result is the now common ragdoll cat breed.

However, there is a great deal of controversy surrounding Baker's breeding of ragdolls. She established a monopoly on the breed, not allowing anyone to breed them unless they followed very strict rules. She also made some preposterous claims about her cats, stating that they did not feel pain. At one point, the rumor that ragdoll cats came from aliens even emerged. In present day, the breeding of ragdoll cats has stabalized, with many breeders around the world.

Ultimately, the birth of the ragdoll cat breed is likely just a fluke that has carried on through the generations since Josephine.

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Beautiful Cat Necklace

Sterling Silver Black and White Cat Couple Diamond Pendant Necklace (1/7 cttw, I-J Color, I2-I3 Clarity)
Sterling Silver Black and White Cat Couple Diamond Pendant Necklace (1/7 cttw, I-J Color, I2-I3 Clarity)

This gorgeous necklace may not be ragdolls, but these cats are too cute not to include. If you love cats or know someone who does, this elegant cat necklace is a perfect gift. The different sizes makes it appear to be a mom (or dad) and kitten, which is a very sweet image. The color contrast is nice and and the quality makes this a wonderful necklace.

 

Unique Cat Trees for your Ragdoll Cat

Since ragdoll cats shouldn't be outdoors unless supervised, they miss out on a lot of climbing opportunities. Despite what some experts say, ragdoll cats enjoy high places just as much as other cats. They need the chance to climb and jump indoors, and you certainly don't want your furniture to be their playground! Try giving them their own personal cat tree or cat house which they can climb, scratch, and play on to their heart's content. These are some of the best cat trees out there and your cat is sure to agree.

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Temperment

Their floppy personalities

The defining characteristic of a ragdoll cat is their tendency to go limp when picked up. Of course, they do not do this every time. If they are nervous or irritated, they will act like any other cat. But generally, they are very content to be handled by their owners and will be relaxed in your arms. In addition to this, I have seen ragdolls flop over in the middle of the floor in the hopes of attention.

To go with their ragdoll habit, the breed is known to be gentle and loving. Again, they can still have their days when they are in bad moods, but they are almost always happy to be near people. It is common for ragdoll cats to be at the door to welcome their family home after a long day. Some people actually complain that their ragdoll cats are too clingy, so if you are planning to get a ragdoll, make sure you are prepared for your own personal shadow!

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Ragdoll Cat Pictures

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LucyNicky in one of his "normal" sleeping positionsLike most cats, Lucy loves tissue paper!Toby dozing.
Lucy
Lucy
Nicky in one of his "normal" sleeping positions
Nicky in one of his "normal" sleeping positions
Like most cats, Lucy loves tissue paper!
Like most cats, Lucy loves tissue paper!
Toby dozing.
Toby dozing.
Cats on the Job: 50 Fabulous Felines Who Purr, Mouse, and Even Sing for Their Supper
Cats on the Job: 50 Fabulous Felines Who Purr, Mouse, and Even Sing for Their Supper

Meet 50 cats who work! This book gives the stories of 50 cats who have had all sorts of jobs, from acting and modelling to nursing or even a Reiki treatment cat. I got this book for my mom for Christmas and she loves it! It's adorable and interesting at the same time. I definitely recommend this book for any cat lover.

 

Ragdoll Cat Myths - Fact or fiction?

There are many myths out there concerning ragdoll cats. As with anything, some of these are true, but I've personally found many of these myths to be false. While I won't pretend to be an expert, I have looked around on the internet and used my own experience to give my opinion of these myths.

  • Ragdoll cats have a bone or muscle deformity that makes them floppy. FALSE.

    Ragdoll cats are completely normal in their physiology. They do not have any deformities. They just are very relaxed. Also, while it is a very common characteristic of the breed, not every ragdoll will flop.

  • Ragdolls are indoor cats only. TRUE.

    Ragdoll cats should NOT be outdoor cats. They are far too trusting and can be easy prey for both animals or humans. They will also lie down in the road and expect that a car will stop for them. Ragdolls can go outside on a harness, though you should train them on it from kittenhood.

  • Ragdolls dislike high places. FLASE.

    Any of our ragdoll cats are quite happy in high up places. Nicky in particular was quite the adventurer and managed to get on top of the buffet, which is only a foot from the ceiling. (We're still not sure how he even got up there, especially without knocking the whole thing over!) Lucy will happily sit on the front ledge and Toby once tried to climb a tree (unsucessfully).

  • Ragdoll cats do not shed, do not matt, and require little grooming. FALSE.

    This is based on just our experience. Every site or book I've read agrees with this myth, but I have never found it to be true. All three of our get horrible matts, often within a day or two of being groomed. While Lucy and Toby do not shed excessively, they defintely do shed (Toby more so) and Nicky managed to shed more hair than our other five cats put together.

  • Ragdoll cats do not feel pain. FALSE.

    While they may show it less than other cats, ragdolls most definitely do feel pain. Their docile personalities probably mask what they are feeling. However, their nervous systems are the same as any other cat and they feel pain on the same level.

  • People with allergies are not bothered by ragdoll cats. FALSE.

    While I disagree with the notion that ragdolls do not shed, it's actually irrelevent on this matter. An allergic reaction to cats is caused by a protein that is in a cat's dander and saliva; it has nothing to do with shedding. Ragdolls have this protein just like other cats, so unfortunately are not suitable for people with kitty allergies.

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Playful Kittens

There's so many cute videos of kittens playing. Here's a few adorable ragdoll kittens having fun. It's amazing how much energy kittens have and just what can amuse them!

BIG Cats!

Ragdoll cats are notoriously large. Females weigh between 8-15 pounds and males weigh 12-20 pounds, though some have been known to weigh even more. Since they're such cuddly cats, this just means there's more of them to love!

Cat Toys for your Furry Friend

Every cat loves to play and needs their own toys, especially for when you're not around to play with them. My cat absolutely loves the Cat's Meow toy. The toy is designed to spin a "mouse" (it's really a wand) around the track. A plastic cover hides the "mouse" and it's movements are random, so your cat can spend hours stalking, chasing, and pouncing. Of course, this toy can run itself, but don't forget to set aside some time each day for interactive play with your kitty.

Ragdoll cats are known for their remarkable blue eyes. This is linked to their pointed coat pattern. However, solid ragdoll cats actually have green eyes.

Ragdoll I Love My Cat Apple iPhone 5 Hard Back Case Cover Skin Black
Ragdoll I Love My Cat Apple iPhone 5 Hard Back Case Cover Skin Black

The perfect ragdoll cat cover for your phone! Advertise your kitty love to the world.

 

Breeder or Shelter?

Adopting a cat from a shelter can be such a rewarding experience. I've had two shelter cats and both have been sweethearts. Unfortunately, if you want a ragdoll, there is very little chance of getting one unless you go to a breeder. Would it be worth it to you to go to a breeder for a ragdoll cat or would you go to a shelter?

Would you go to a breeder or a shelter?

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    • Stephanie 2 years ago from Canada

      Absolutely! If I could find a ragdoll in a shelter, I would adopt it in an instant. :)

    • LogiBear 2 years ago

      Is work at a vet clinic and we do veterinary work for our local shelter. A ragdoll was brought it for an uri (and i recently found out she has asthma) and I fell in love with her and adopted her. She adores me as much as I do her. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a shelter cat.

    • LogiBear 2 years ago

      Is work at a vet clinic and we do veterinary work for our local shelter. A ragdoll was brought it for an uri (and i recently found out she has asthma) and I fell in love with her and adopted her. She adores me as much as I do her. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a shelter cat.

    • Cindy Dolen 2 years ago

      My daughter told me recently that she discovered a Ragdoll rescue in Waco, TX. I don't have the name of the rescue but it shouldn't be hard to find. My Ragdoll (who's currently on my chest trying to get all my attention) was a rescue and she's been a wonderful pet. She regularly flops on the floor for attention. And they are very dog-like in their personalities. If you Google the words "puppy cat," it will bring up information on Ragdolls.

    • Cindy Dolen 2 years ago

      My daughter told me recently that she discovered a Ragdoll rescue in Waco, TX. I don't have the name of the rescue but it shouldn't be hard to find. My Ragdoll (who's currently on my chest trying to get all my attention) was a rescue and she's been a wonderful pet. She regularly flops on the floor for attention. And they are very dog-like in their personalities. If you Google the words "puppy cat," it will bring up information on Ragdolls.

    • CASE1WORKER 2 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      All my cats have come from shelters- I also support one shelter with a small monthly donation and another with knitted blankets

    • Stephanie 2 years ago from Canada

      You're so lucky to have found a ragdoll in a shelter! It's wonderful to be able to give a kitty a much needed home, and I'm sure she's a wonderful part of your family. :)

    • Juliered63 2 years ago

      Believe or not, I got my Ragdoll from a shelter! It still amazes me how anyone could part with her!! For 2 years now she brings joy to me everyday! Although she has really attached herself to my son, when he is not around she follows me everywhere!

    • Tara Richardson 2 years ago from New Mexico

      Have rescued 2 cats which we loved dearly! However, I've always wanted a ragdoll and so I finally gave in and we're adopting our first in Oct. We picked him out just waiting for him to get a wee bit older.

    • norma-holt 3 years ago

      I am a breeder of beautiful kittens so definitely recommend a good breeder but can't dismiss shelters either.

    • MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      I would make sure that I got what I paid for.

    • FrancesWrites 3 years ago

      I'd probably look for a ragdoll at a shelter first, as I have always had adopted cats in the past. (more like they adopted me!) But I have one purebred British Shorthair now and my experience with the breeder was very good. Ragdolls aren't that common in Australia yet, and we tossed up between the BSH and the Ragdoll. Just to be able to see the parents, and have some knowledge of any potential faults in the bloodstock, I'd probably end up going to a breeder.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      These cats are cool but ragdoll games are ven better furg.net/ragdoll-avalanche-2/

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      • Loretta Livingstone 2 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

        I would adopt from a shelter. But I have a cat allergy. This, however, carries no weight with the cats who adopt me.

      • anonymous 2 years ago

        I feel there are too many cats needing a home,so shelter. However if I had to have a specialty cat I would opt for a breeder

      • Peggy Hazelwood 2 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

        NO WAY would I buy a cat from a breeder. There are too many wonderful cats available that need a good home.

      • Fay 2 years ago from Cornwall, UK

        I usually go to a shelter

      • jen09 writes 2 years ago

        I would probably go to a shelter as I generally don't have the funds to payout for a breeder, but if money was no object I would choose a breeder as they are normally better cared for.

      • Gloria Freeman 2 years ago from Alabama USA

        It best to go to a shelter.

      • Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

        a shelter is more my style.

      • CampingmanNW 2 years ago

        Shelter

      • teelover 3 years ago

        Definitely shelter!!!

      • rhodacks 3 years ago

        Shelter

      • Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

        If I wanted a Ragdoll, then I would go to the breeder. But if I wanted to save a live of a cat, then I would go to a shelter.

      • Flora Crew 3 years ago from Evanston, Illinois

        I think I would go to a shelter. There are so many kittens that need homes.

      • Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

        I'd go to a shelter. I just love cats of all types and I'm happy to save one no matter what.

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

        I'd go to a shelter because the cats there deserve a break!

      • TommysPal 3 years ago

        I have never acquired a cat from a breeder. They have all been rescues of some sort. There are too many abused, abandoned and handicapped animals needing good forever homes.

      • sierradawn lm 3 years ago

        All of the cat friends of my life, since childhood, have been adopted from shelters. They were each unique and wonderful beloved companions. But I have to vote both ways in this debate because I felt it worth it to go to a breeder to obtain my ragdoll cats.

      • L. Olson 3 years ago from Northern Arizona

        I got my 3 as kittens at a shelter, and couldn't imagine my life without them. I saved their lives that day and they have more than given me friendship, love and laughs in return.

      • ChristyZ 3 years ago

        A shelter first to check and see, but like you said most people would have to go to a breeder to find a ragdoll. People can also check online to see if anyone is trying to rehome their ragdoll kitty.

      • RoadMonkey 3 years ago

        I prefer to get a cat from a shelter. The ragdolls sound great but I would not go to a breeder.

      • Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

        Shelter and get a dog hehheheheh

      Visual Learning

      Take look at this video and learn a bit more about the ragdoll cat and what they're all about. Are they right for you?

      Lucy

      Our first ragdoll cat was Lucy. I don't remember exactly how it happened, but somehow my mom found out about the breed and became interested. I was in high school at the time, so I didn't always pay attention to everything that happened around the house. The next thing I knew, I was told we were getting another little kitty. We already had Pixel, a Maine coon, who had come home with my sister after her first year of university. I recently found out that he was a bit of an accident and she never agreed to adopt him, but there was a miscommunication and suddenly, he was hers. However, he was currently off with her at school. We also had Max, a tabby cat from our local pet store/shelter. We also had a little 10 year old Yorkshire terrier. I was used to animals and was quite thrilled to be adding to the brood.

      Lucy came from a ragdoll cat breeder just over an hour away. We went to visit her shortly after she was born and she was the cutest little bundle of fur. A few weeks later, she was old enough to take home. My dad was the one who went to pick her up and believe me, she didn't make that an easy task. He says she meowed the entire way home and I completely believe him. She is incredibly vocal when she's unhappy. He picked me up on my way home from school and she meowed the entire rest of the trip.

      That was the spring of 2000 and she hasn't changed a bit. She's the only female cat of the bunch and she acts every bit the princess. When she knows what she wants, she won't give up until she gets it. This includes meowing incessantly, banging on doors, or starting fights with the other cats. She also "hits" us with her paws as we're walking by if she wants attention. She's crazy, but we love her anyway.

      Toby

      Next came Toby. He was from the same breeder, and is actually Lucy's nephew, but is the polar opposite of her in personality. For one thing, he's very quiet. We are pretty sure his vocal chords are damaged (don't worry, he doesn't seem to notice or care) because he has never been able to properly meow. He communicates by squeaking, instead. Now, while he can't meow, these squeaks can be pretty loud if he's especially upset. He also makes a clicking sound if he's hunting a bird.

      He's also very passive an easy going. He rarely conflicts with the other cats and actually loves to play with strange cats. Our neighbour's cat would sometimes come into the yard and he was always curious rather than upset. He was also best friends with our cat Simon and we often called them the twins because they were always together.

      Toby is generally the most playful of all our cats (though Simon gave him a good run for his money). However, he's not your typical ragdoll. He had colitis and an eye infection as a kitten, so had to be given a lot of medicine. He became very finicky about being handled and generally shied away from any touch. He eventually began to warm up to us, but only in the bathroom. He's obsessed with the bathroom and it's his favorite place in the house. For a long time, he would trip us up trying to get in the door. He would roll over on the floor wanting attention and insist on drinking out of the bathtub. He's better about accepting, and even wanting attention in other rooms of the house now, but the bathroom is still his favorite room.

      Nicky

      In July of 2005, we lost our longtime Yorkie, Daisy. She was 14 and had lived a good, long life, but it was still difficult. After a couple of weeks, we decided to get another kitty. Our old ragdoll cat breeder had disappeared (I'm still a little suspicious of her in general, but that's another story), but my mom had been looking around and had fallen in love with a little kitten a few hours away. We decided to adopt him. He was still a newborn, so it was a couple of months before we could take him home, but he already had a name: Nicholas.

      My mom was worried that no one would actually call him Nicholas, which was what she preferred. She figured everyone would shorten it to Nicky. She was mostly right. She was actually just as bad for it as everyone else. I was the only one who ever called him by his full name (though I usually said Nicky, too).

      Thanksgiving of 2005, we drove to pick Nicky up and brng him home. Unlike Lucy, he was quiet and slept most of the drive. When he finally did arrive home, he was anything but reserved. I was away at school, but I heard about the trouble he got in to. He knocked over a vase and shatter it in his first week home and while things generally stayed in one piece otherwise, he loved to get into anything he could.

      Nicky was the truest of our ragdolls. I love Lucy and Toby, but they don't quite fit all the characteristics (hence my suspicion of the breeder). Nicky, however, was a stereotypical ragdoll cat. He was huge, weighing in a nearly 20 pounds. He would go completely limp in our arms. I could even drape him over my shoulder and just let go. He loved attention and would curl up on the couch next to us.

      In July 2011, Nicky began to get sick. He threw up several times and lost weight. We took him to the vet numerous times, did tons of tests, but no one could figure out the problem. He had different foods, a few different medicines, but nothing worked. In January 2012, the vet finally found a tumor on Nicky's kidney. It was too late, though, and treatment wasn't a realistic option at that point.

      We still miss Nicky (and Simon, who we lost in February 2013), but I feel blessed for the time we had.

      Ragdoll Kittens

      Here's our new little kittens, Sasha and Georgie. They're half sisters (same father) and are eight weeks apart in age. Sasha arrived home a month earlier than Georgie. When they met up again, it didn't take long for them to remember each other and start playing!

      Whether you're looking to get a ragdoll cat, already have one, or just love cats, let me know what you thought of my page! Or share your own cat stories, ragdoll cat or other breed. I love to hear about any kind of furball.

      Do you have a ragdoll cat? - Share your experiences here!

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          savateuse 4 years ago

          Hi Stephanie. Nice lens, I love ragdolls!

          You have a typo in one of your headings... it should be "history".

          Keep writing!

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          Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

          @savateuse: Oops! I still have a lot of fixing up and adding to do to this lens...I will add that to my list! Lol. Thanks for the like! Ragdolls are awfully sweet. :)

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          June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

          Yep, I have a ragdoll. He is almost 13 years old. Before him, I had a ragdoll who lived to be 21. I bought my first ragdoll in the eighties. They are lovely animals.

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          Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

          @junecampbell: Oh wow, you're so lucky! I've recently read that they don't necessarily live as long as other cats. Two of ours are almost 11 and 12, but lost our 6 year old exactly a year ago tmorrow.

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          Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

          don't have one, but have 2 kittens we adore .... one is fluffy like a ragdoll! nice work :)

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          Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

          @verymary: Thank you! All kittens are cuties :) I haven't found one yet, radgoll or not, that I don't love.

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          SteveKaye 4 years ago

          These are beautiful cats. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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          Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

          Such pretty kitties. never heard the name Rag Doll cat before. very interesting.

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          Sara Krentz 4 years ago from USA

          I'd heard of ragdolls, but I did not know anything about them. Thanks for this informative lens.

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          Oneshotvariety LM 4 years ago

          Cute cats. I'm sure my twins would like one soon. Great lens!

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          Peter Messerschmidt 4 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

          I used to have a Ragdoll cat named "Bear," he was very sweet natured. I'd say the other defining characteristic of Ragdolls is their amazing blue eyes.

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          Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

          @HSP Connections: Very true. I'll need to add that in :) Thanks for stopping by!

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          Delia 3 years ago

          I don't have a Ragdoll, but it would be cool to own one...my feral Kitty is almost like a rag doll in allowing me to handle her, laying on her back in my arms...most cats don't like that.

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          electrolion 3 years ago

          Thanks for the information about the Ragdoll cat. The blue eyes are gorgeous!

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          Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

          Had not heard of this breed but I will stick with cats who truly may otherwise not acquire a home.

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          Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

          @Lorelei Cohen: That's wonderful! I think it's great to give shelter cats a much needed home. I'm reluctant to get a shelter cat if I already have one, because I've heard a couple of bad stories, but my kitty now is from the shelter and my sister/we had another from the shelter.

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          sierradawn lm 3 years ago

          My Ragdoll cats rock my world!

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          Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

          @sierradawn lm: They're fantastic, aren't they? :) Thanks for coming by!

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          Tom Maybrier 3 years ago

          No, but I'd sure like one!

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          Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

          @Tom Maybrier: They're wonderful cats! I love to get shelter cats, but if you're going to get a purebred, ragdolls are the way to go.

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          Birthday Wishes 3 years ago from Here

          No, but they are very beautiful! Thanks a lot for sharing another beautiful lens!

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          Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

          @happy-birthday: Thank you very much! They really are gorgeous cats.

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          dwillar 3 years ago

          My two year old daughter loves this lens! She climbed on my lap and keeps saying "Ooooh, a kitty!" They're adorable for sure. :)

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          Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

          @dwillar: That's so cute! My nephew is 2.5 years and does the same thing with our kitties. He's obsessed. Thanks for the visit!

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          Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

          They look like a beautiful cat, but I got my cat from a shelter, and she's beautiful too. :-)

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Sharing with my friend who is a cat lover. The Ragdoll looks like a great pet.

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          Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

          No I don't have a ragdoll cat but I do have two cats that follow me wherever I go, and it says in the video that ragdoll cats do that so they must be related!

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          Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

          I have never held or know anyone with a ragdoll cat, but I have heard how big they get. Thanks for sharing your photos of cats :)

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          steadytracker lm 3 years ago

          Cats can be some of the best pets ever. We qalways ahd one, or two or three or four when I was growing up. Thanks for sharing this great information on ragdolls

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          Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

          What beautiful creatures. Lucy and Toby are so cute, I'm sure they are the best pets. This was very informative, thanks.

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          Takkhis 3 years ago

          I don't have it but I hope I will have one in the future. I am sure my GF would love to have a ragdoll someday :)

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          MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

          No. I have a rescued Dog. He is the love of my life, a purebred cutie-pie, and an urban wolf. He would never tolerate another animal in our lives, but Toby sounds like a blast! Lovely lens, dear!

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          Meganhere 3 years ago

          No, I don't have a ragdoll cat and I don't really like cats. But . . . https://hubpages.com/animals/life-with-a-siamese-c

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          Carolyn Bennett 3 years ago from Longview, Washington

          Great lens. I would love to have a Ragdoll, but living with a wonderful GSD right now..

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          sousababy 3 years ago

          I love cats and dogs - I think they give us unconditional love and are wonderful companions. Love your photos.

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          Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

          I'd never heard of a ragdoll cat. They're so pretty!

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          KarenTBTEN 3 years ago

          I have not had a purebred ragdoll, but I had a cat whose appearance and personality suggested ragdoll: a big, blue-eyed 'pointed' cat who would let me sleep with my arms wrapped around him like he was indeed a rag doll. He showed up mysteriously as a kitten.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          Not a huge cat person, but if I was, these are just adorable!

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          Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

          Sorry, don't have a cat.

          Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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          grrbtn 3 years ago

          Great lens with loads of useful information. I had not heard of ragdoll cats before, but after seeing the images on this lens i now realise I have seen some before. Well done for creating such an informative lens.

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          PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

          Great pictures. Thanks for the digging the history regarding the "Ragdoll Cats".Cheers.....

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          tonyleather 3 years ago

          Goergeous Beasts!

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          RoadMonkey 3 years ago

          We have a tabby cat at present. The first cat I ever had around was my parents' cat who was a Manx cat (born with no tail) he was a great cat. We have had several cats over many years but all were strays or from unwanted litters, we have never gone out looking for a cat, they have always found us!

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          WriterJanis2 3 years ago

          These are such beautiful cats. I love the coloring and the fluffiness.

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          Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I never knew much about ragdoll cats before. Enjoyed reading all about them and learning something new. They're beautiful!

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          ChristyZ 3 years ago

          When I was young my mom would take me to cat shows with her and I remember how cool this breed of cat was, I was completely fascinated by how they would just flop in the judges arms while most cats had to be held down! They are a wonderful breed. Thanks for sharing and sorry about Nicky and Simon (and your dog Daisy), it's always hard to lose a special pet.

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          Blonde Blythe 3 years ago

          Fantastic, very well-done lens! I really enjoyed it! Ragdolls are so adorable!!!

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          Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

          Such cute kitties!

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          sierradawn lm 3 years ago

          I was deeply touched with your story, Stephanie36. I have had felines as my closest companions ever since I can remember remembering. I just turned 63 so I have experienced the grief and loss of many of my these, my cherished friends. Last month I just lost my own first Ragdoll, Mystik Blue. He was the Patriarch of my private ragdoll cattery: "Dawn's Celestial Dolls". It is grievously hard to let go of one's precious baby. I send you my love and blessings. Nicky sounds very much like my own big sweet Guardian Companion, Orion. I have 2 Ragdolls left from my retired cattery, Orion and Mama Cat, Celestial Dawn. Celest is still whole as I need to let her produce one more litter at some distant time in the future before she grows too old.(She is 5 years old).---This is because I still have 1 promised grand-niece on my cattery waiting list to supply a "Celestial Doll" to. If the future shines bright for this, I have on this waiting list only one name, hers. I would be honored to add your name to this waiting list. The cattery where Celeste was born was Love Ragdolls. She has a 5 generation pedigree and is registered with TICA. I plan to have her artificially bred when the time comes, from a King from Love Ragdolls. I do not sell my kittens. I breed them and adopt them only to fill the special needs they were brought into this life to fill. To see my Mama Cat and all of our kittens, we have our "Dawn's Celestial Dolls" Squidoo lens.

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          sierradawn lm 3 years ago

          Many ragdolls are so quiet that you can barely hear them, and they do clicks. I thought one of my first ragdolls to have damaged vocal cords, and that kitten fell behind a catty corner bookcase. She could not cry loud enough to call for help so was there all night before I found her. (So no more catty corners in my home after that. Wonder if that is why they call it "catty corner"?) Lots of my kittens turned out quiet kittens and lots turned out real talkers.

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          sierradawn lm 3 years ago

          The ragdolls' blue eyes are very delicate and super susceptive to eye infections. I have found using a vet's recommendation of applications of neosporin to clear baby eyes right up. Ragdolls also seem hypersensitive to stress, which manifests itself in colds and sneezing. Following vet's advice I have had much success giving dissolved capsules of L-Lysine in drinking water fortify kitty's immune system and ward off illness.

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          TommysPal 3 years ago

          All three of my kitties are domestic short hairs. All very special to me. I've never met a ragdoll but have read about them and how can you not fall in love with the breed. I hope to be owned by a ragdoll some day.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          I have never heard of this breed of cat! Isn't that remarkable. They are very beautiful - their eyes are as blue as my husband's!!

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          Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

          I've never had one but those blue eyes are sure an attraction.

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          norma-holt 3 years ago

          The daddy of one of my queens was a Ragdoll and his babies were too fluffy for me. Gem, however, the one I kept is not quite that bad. Nicely done lens and its great to see another cat loving person on Squidoo.

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          Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          The Ragdoll is a cool looking cat.

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          Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

          No, as I have a cat allergy, but you know all about my Ollie, and now Buster, who is becoming increasingly affectionate. He would be so upset if we got a cat of our own, even if I didn't have an allergy. I just love the sound of Ragdolls though, and yours sound like real characters. It was lovely to catch up with you on my lens. Thank you for thinking of me on Ollie's 1st anniversary. Hugs.

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          Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

          @Loretta L: I'm glad Buster is becoming more affectionate. It's nice to have a furball around, even if he doesn't live with you. Hugs to you :)

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          CampingmanNW 2 years ago

          No, I have a Russian Blue and he is an older cat. I have had him since my kids brought him home from Safeway on a Saturday. Since that time, my Wife of 27 years and both of my black labs are gone, Kids have all grown and moved away and it was just me and Bill for several years Thanks for an excellent lens. Well written and well deserving of the Purple Star award. Congratulations

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          Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

          No, but if I ever have a cat again, I might try this breed. My one big issue with getting pets again is the fur thing. I've been fur free for over 10 years. Don't like cleaning it and don't like finding it everywhere. But, a ragdoll is tempting. Perhaps I can train it to clean its own fur? Great lens.

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          Fay 2 years ago from Cornwall, UK

          No I don't have one but they sound adorable and loving.

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          Peggy Hazelwood 2 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

          What sweet kitties. The story is amazing.

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          Anna 2 years ago from chichester

          I love ragdoll cats - they're perfect for pretty much any family. I rescued an old ragdoll named Garfunkel who was 8 years old and he was one of the most affectionate kitties I've ever had. Great lens and your cats are beautiful

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          Stephanie 2 years ago from Canada

          @tazzytamar: Thank you! They really are wonderful cats. They just love to be around people. I'm glad Garfunkel found a good home. :)

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          VspaBotanicals 2 years ago

          one, but I wish I did. They are beautiful!!!

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          VspaBotanicals 2 years ago

          one, but I wish I did. They are beautiful!!!

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          BodyHairRemoval 2 years ago

          Very beautiful! Love cats, I'd like to own one.

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          Stephanie 2 years ago from Canada

          @BodyHairRemoval: Cats really are wonderful if you're able to have one. Some people don't give them enough credit.

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          Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

          My daughter has mentioned that she thinks one of our cats is part rag doll.

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          Stephanie 2 years ago from Canada

          @CherylsArt: It's definitely possible. The lines haven't been as closed as some breeders would like to pretend. You're very lucky if your cat has some ragdoll :)

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          DavidMoses1986 2 years ago

          I don't have ragdoll cat, but these cats looks so cute, love them, nice lens :)

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          soniabaad lm 2 years ago

          Gosh I am going crazy over your lens. You have got no idea how mad I am for cats. I feel they are the most beautiful animal present on this planet. I am definitely not concerned of what breed they are. I just love them like a maniac. Thank you soo much for a wonderful lens like this. You made my day.

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          SteveKaye 2 years ago

          Not yet. Maybe someday I'll have a ragdoll cat who's fur is the same color as the furniture. Meow.

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          Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

          I don't have pets, but the ragdoll cat sure is adorable!

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          Stephanie 2 years ago from Canada

          @soniabaad lm: Thank you so much! Cats really are beautiful and remarkable creatures, aren't they?

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          Stephanie 2 years ago from Canada

          @SteveKaye: Lol, I think all furniture becomes the same color as the cat's fur eventually!

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          marktplaatsshop 2 years ago

          Don't have ragdoll cats but love all cats, and other animals.

          as they say here in The Netherlands I own two "home garden and kitchen cats"

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          Laurel Johnson 2 years ago from Washington KS

          Loved the page and your cats!!

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          Laurel Johnson 2 years ago from Washington KS

          Loved the page and your cats!!

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          Loretta Livingstone 2 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

          Hello again. I'm a sucker for your beautiful cats and cat videos. Buster sends his love. He's just been having a cuddle. Now that's something I never thought I would say. But still, it would be nice if he managed to acquire the temperament of a Ragdoll. I can't see the day ever coming when I would risk picking him up, or stroking him when he hasn't put in a stroking request.

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          Stephanie 2 years ago from Canada

          Lol, I can imagine he might not react well! At least, not yet. Just think of all the progress you've made with him. You may find yourself picking him up one day. :)

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          Loretta Livingstone 2 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

          I really do have hopes of that, one of these days. :-)

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          Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

          These cats are so beautiful I love their faces. Good to see you again here on HP

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          Stephanie 2 years ago from Canada

          Their faces really are striking, although I find that about any breed of cat. Glad to see you, too!

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          Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

          My friend would love this page as she just loves cats.

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          Lee 2 years ago

          Our very first Ragdoll is now 7 months. We can't imagine being without her!

          JAZMYN is a love! Affectionate, very social, and a "shadow"! She follows us from room to room. So happy we did research on breeders and found this precious cat!

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          Stephanie 2 years ago from Canada

          They really are wonderful, aren't they? They just love to be with their people. It's rare to go more than a half hour without our ragdolls popping up.

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