Ask US Anything: Ragdoll Eye Problems, Ragdoll Rescue, Ragdoll Cost with Papers

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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.

Ragdoll Cat Eye Problems

Ash, my sister’s blue mitted Ragdoll cat, recently went to the vet to see what might be happening to his eye.  Amy posted on Floppycats’ Facebook page about it

And in the comments of that post, another reader posted this photo of her kitty – who had an allergic reaction to food.

Ragdoll Rescue – Relying on Breed Stereotypes

I get a lot of inquiries from people looking for Ragdolls because the person has read about the breed online and it is perfect for them because Ragdolls are known to be cuddly, dog-like, etc.  It is one of my biggest concerns – relying on breed stereotypes, so I want to share it as often as possible.

Ivy wrote: “Are you aware of any adoption facilities fir Rag Dolls?”

I replied: “This page on our site provides a list of resources you can try to find a Ragdoll needing a home in your area. https://www.floppycats.com/ragdoll-rescue.html”

Ivy wrote: “Thank you so much for your kindness of pointing me in the right direction. I recently lost my dog-and I have been fascinated by what I read about Ragdolls. I enjoy someone to cuddle and talk to. And I feel this would be the best breed for me-but, unfortunately, cannot afford a kitten. I know I can offer a permanent home filled with love and warmth and security”

I replied: “You’re welcome – all the better you are considering rescuing – as you will be able to learn about the cat’s personality – as all Ragdolls are not alike…some like to cuddle, but many don’t. So it’s important you ask those questions of the person fostering them or whatever. I am sorry for the loss of your dog.”

Ivy wrote: “You have been so kind. I have read in articles that Ragdolls are the closest to dogs as to learning to come to their names, being vocal and loving to be petted and cuddled.
Since you have so much respected experience-is this true?”

I replied: “Since you have had pets, you know it’s hard to generalize or stereotype them.

I have known some Ragdolls to be vocal, many love to be petted – not many love to be cuddled and some come to their names (or decide based on their mood if they will come at that moment in time).

Cats, like dogs, are souls – all with different personalities – their behavior and preferences cannot be guaranteed because of their breed. In the 10 years I have had this website, I really have come to hate breed descriptions because people rely on them so heavily that I get emails about their “defective” cat – as if cats are manufactured and not living beings. It’s a strange thing, those breed stereotypes.

So you definitely want to tell the rescue person what you’re looking for – you might find it in a kitty that has no Ragdoll in him at all, but has all the qualities you want….but also, please keep in mind that kitty might take a few weeks to a month to become that cat again in your home….just like humans, cats can act differently depending on their environment and who they are living with.”

Ragdoll Kitten Cost with Papers

A reader wrote in, “Should a $400 to $600 ragdoll have papers like a certificate of birth or  a pedigree? Will having a pedigree affect the price of a cat? How much should a ragdoll without papers cost? How much does one with papers cost? What traits should I look for to make sure that I am getting a pure breed ragdoll?”

And I posted it on Facebook and replied:

I posted this on Facebook for you – as I had too many questions:

Usually a breeder offering a Ragdoll without papers doesn’t have breeding rights to the parent cat – meaning they bought their cat from a Ragdoll breeder but didn’t buy breeding rights – and decided to breed the pet Ragdoll they bought. As a result, they can’t give you papers because they don’t have papers for the parent cat. So, while the parent cat might be a purebred, it wasn’t tested genetically, etc. for breeding rights, etc.


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  1. Another great post and set of questions/issues in this post series, Jenny!! Gosh, I hope Ash’s eye is better and that it was nothing too bad!! The pic of poor Janice’s kitty is horrifying! Poor kitteh! That is an awful allergic reaction! Wonder what food that kitty was eating to get that bad of an allergic response. Praying that kitty has been treated and is on the mend. Must have been so scary for kitty and Janice. BIG HUGS to all!! <3

    I totally agree with your response regarding breed stereotypes. Each of these marvelous Ragdoll kitties are so very unique and quirky. You just have to let their unique purrsonalities develop and see what happens. I find that Miss PSB has gotten much more affectionate and snuggly since she has gotten older (5 years old now). Am LURVING THAT!!! 🙂 <3

    I had no idea about the breeding papers and breeding rights issues topic. Makes my brain hurt….lol 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!!!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  2. i was looking at two breeders in Colorado to get a Ragdoll kitten. One had the totally white (can’t see any points) one and I was also looking at the Lynx point with the other breeder. Both breeders are reputable but in my haste to get a white baby I went with the breeder who had a partner taking care of her white Ragdoll Queen in her house. The King was very well bred and proved to have very nice kittens. My kitty was the only male white Ragdoll in the litter and I was allowed to see him only on the day of pickup which was when he was 8 weeks old. Like many Ragdoll fanciers I was looking for the “typical” characteristics in my kitten. Well…he is gorgeous, he now weighs 15 pounds, has beautiful blue eyes but he is not a lap cat, doesn’t like to be held, but he is practically glued to me wherever I go in my home. He cries loudly if he doesn’t know where I am. He won’t sleep close to me on the bed but wants to be near me, even if it’s on the floor. At first I was very disappointed because the “other” breeder posts her litters with videos on Facebook. She is constantly handling them and socializing them and talks about how friendly and cuddly they are. I’ve gotten over it and I love my big white gorgeous Ragdoll with all of his quirks and qualities. So….my point is that it is true. All Ragdoll cats are different and do not follow the same stereotypical traits even from the same litter. Both of these breeders have the policy of not having clients visit their homes to prevent diseases that may hurt the kittens. One of these days I will enter Simon as Ragdoll of the week!
    Thanks,
    Jeanne

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