Guest Post by Isabella Woods
You have probably come to this site to find out a bit about the Ragdoll Cat breed, and what to expect if you chose to have one. Since the site is so comprehensive in its coverage, you may like to have a just a summary to read before jumping right in, so here is a quick guide to Ragdoll cats and what to expect from one.
Firstly, there is a myth that needs to be dispelled before you read any further. The Ragdoll cat is not a dull, unintelligent lap cat who barely moves around. It is not inbred, or lacking in character. These myths began when the breed first appeared, clearly fed by those who had never come across such placid affectionate cats before! It is true that Ragdoll cats are highly relaxed, placid creatures, and love nothing more to be stroked and loved. But they are as intelligent as any other cat. In fact, of all the cats I have owned my Ragdoll cat is the cleverest.
As with many perfect packages, brains and beauty come together. Many owners are attracted to the breed because of the gentleness of its nature. But Ragdolls are very beautiful animals that would be sought after even if this were not the case. They are large cats, with fairly long coats. They don’t have an ‘undercoat’ of fur like other cats, which means that often those with allergies to this kind of cat fur are more tolerant of them as pets.
They are not low maintenance animals. You will need to groom and maintain your Ragdoll’s coat, as you would with any other longhaired breed. The Ragdoll has beautiful soft fur, with a silky feel and often have thick handsome ruffs around the neck, which frame their faces beautifully. The fur around their hind legs and tummies is particularly attractive, giving them an adorable furry trousered look. Neutered cats have the longest coats. All Ragdoll cats, however, have one feature that sets them apart in terms of beauty. Their eyes. Ragdoll cats always have the most stunning eyes, which are offset by their fur colours extremely well. Have a look at the photos on this site for an illustration of this.
Ragdoll cats come in a range of colours including Blue, Chocolate, Cream, Lilac, Seal and Red, in Solid Points, Tortie Points, Tabby Points and Tortie Tabby Points. Quite a choice! These colours can be mixed together in a Colourpointed, Mitted, and Bicolour pattern. Lilac and Chocolate Ragdoll cats are less common than other colours.
The Ragdoll breed is no different from any other cat in its health care needs, and needs no special consideration health wise. So other than the normal requirement to compare pet insurance and find the best one out there, you can rest assured that your pedigree cat will not be more expensive to look after than any other feline.
As noted, Ragdoll cats have a gentle, relaxed disposition. They are loving, and devoted to their owners, enjoy human company and are excellent with children. They are highly sought after for this characteristic. Quite simply, they are the perfect pet. As kittens they are lively and playful. As adult cats they can grow to be big however, especially the males. Some people have compared Ragdoll cats of dogs, in temperament, and there are similarities not found in other felines. Their sheer affection for the humans that own them is unusually strong. They will come when called and pine for you when you’re away. They are loyal and loving, just like a dog.
You may have heard that Ragdoll cats have a higher pain threshold than other animals. This is total nonsense.
A fully-grown female weighs from 8 pounds (3.6 kg) to 15 pounds (6.8 kg). Males range from 12 pounds (5.4 kg) to 20 pounds (9.1 kg). It is worth bearing this in mind when choosing which sex of Ragdoll to choose. Small children can find the larger males quite difficult to pick up and manage, so if your Ragdoll is going to be primarily a family pet, you may prefer to opt for a smaller female.
It’s genuinely hard to find any negative things to say about this breed, in summary. It’s beautiful, intelligent, affectionate and easy to care for. What are you waiting for?