Ask US Anything: Ragdoll Cat with Gingivitis, Ragdoll Kittens and Coat Grooming and Longer Hairs

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Our “Ask US Anything” is a series of posts on the site where I share the questions/concerns/ideas that readers have sent in and then the responses from our readers about those questions/concerns/ideas.

18-Month Old Ragdoll Cat with Gingivitis

Christi wrote in:

“Jenni,
I follow your Facebook page religiously for entertainment and education about Ragdolls. I was hoping you could reach out to your followers with my situation to see if they have experienced something similar or have advise.
I have Hank who is an 18 month old purebred seal bicolor. I took him to a cats only vet today for his yearly check up. He has red inflamed gums and the vet says it’s gingivitis. She said it’s also unusual for a cat this young to have it. Therefore she suspects it is a hereditary condition and likely his mother or father had it and it was passed to the kittens. She’s concerned that it could be an aggressive form where the bacteria will continue to attack the teeth until they are compromised and fall out. For now I’ve been given an oral topical medicine to rub on his gums daily for the next 30 days. If there is no improvement she wants to do X-rays and a cleaning. If signs of root or nerve damage are present then she recommends to extract all of his teeth. The mere thought has me completely sickened that my precious cat might have to live life without any teeth. I consider myself a nurturing cat Mom who provides the best love, lifestyle and nutrition possible and I am so worried about him.
Any stories or advice would be helpful. I attached his pictures below.
Thanks,
Christi”

Ragdoll Cat with Gingivitis

And I replied. “Hmmmm. I am not sure – my cats have gingivitis and I think Amy’s cats had it that young – I don’t remember on mine. Seems like a dental might take care of it? But that’s how it works for my cats.

I have shared it on our Facebook page -”


New Ragdoll Kittens and Coat Grooming

Paige wrote in: “We have two new Ragdoll babies that were born in late April, 2018. I’ve subscribed to your blog and am anxious to get more information about them. I’ve been a cat owner my whole life, but this is the first time I’ve had long-haired cats, so I’m interested in hearing the best way to take care of their coats. My cats, Teddy and Bella have beautiful coats. Teddy is seal mitted and Bella is a seal bicolor. They are from Dazzling Ragdolls in Finksburg, Maryland.”

Ragdoll Kittens from Dazzling Ragdolls in Finksburg Maryland loved by Paige

I replied:

“Hi Paige,

Congrats on your beautiful babies!

The first thing about coats is what they eat – so if you haven’t read catinfo.org, please do so! Also, there are some resources here that might be helpful: Best Canned Cat Food

As far as grooming tools – I just released this blog post that might be helpful to you: Best Grooming Tools for Long Haired Cats

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Thanks,
Jenny”


Ragdoll Cat Coat Longer Hairs

Hello!
I have a questions for you/your readers please:

I’ve noticed recently that my ragdoll Lani seem to have a bunch of longer hairs on her body mixed in with normal fur. I looked it up and I think they’re guard hairs?

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I call it her kitten fluff because she used to be covered with it more when she was younger.

Ragdoll Cat Coat Longer Hairs

She’s now a year and a half and have got such a variety of fur on different parts of her body! Her legs and paw also have some longer hairs, her ‘mane’ under her head is very crimpy and wispy, and her back fur is a bit stiffer with smoother and straighter bits…

Ragdoll Cat Coat Longer Hairs 3

Ragdoll Cat Coat Longer Hairs 4

Just wondering if this is the norm for ragdolls to have such different types of hair on different parts of their body? And will she grow out of the kitty fuzz look? (I hope not…). I know you already have a video on your cats’ fur, but have the texture/type of hair changed as they aged?

Also don’t you love these ‘fur crevices’?

Ragdoll Cat Coat Longer Hairs 5

I brush her everyday and she still get them!

Thanks!
AJ

I replied:

Hi AJ,

Yes, that’s just the adult coat. I love the longer hairs – and hate brushes like the Furminator that cuts and gets rid of those. Those longer hairs definitely help the coat have a sheen.

Yes, it is very possible that her coat will continue to change through the seasons, as she ages, depending on what she eats and more. But in general looks like she will have a great coat.

I have posted it on Instagram and Facebook, so you can get more feedback, if you’d like:

 

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NEED READER HELP “Hello! I have a questions for you/your readers please: I’ve noticed recently that my ragdoll Lani seem to have a bunch of longer hairs on her body mixed in with normal fur. I looked it up and I think they’re guard hairs? I call it her kitten fluff because she used to be covered with it more when she was younger. She’s now a year and a half and have got such a variety of fur on different parts of her body! Her legs and paw also have some longer hairs, her ‘mane’ under her head is very crimpy and wispy, and her back fur is a bit stiffer with smoother and straighter bits… Just wondering if this is the norm for ragdolls to have such different types of hair on different parts of their body? And will she grow out of the kitty fuzz look? (I hope not…). I know you already have a video on your cats’ fur, but have the texture/type of hair changed as they aged? Also don’t you love these ‘fur crevices’? I brush her everyday and she still get them! Thanks! AJ”

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Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Thanks,
Jenny


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  1. Super pawesome questions & answers this week, Jenny!!! I totally agree with everything you posted in response to the questions. I hope Hank gets his dental cleaning to help with his gingivitis! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!!!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

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