Ragdoll cats, indeed, hold a special place among the world’s most stunning and fluffy feline companions. One of the fascinating aspects of Ragdolls is how their appearance evolves throughout their lives, showcasing remarkable color transformations with graceful elegance.
As kittens, Ragdolls are born with relatively lighter and less defined color patterns. As they grow and mature, their coat gradually develops, revealing their true and mesmerizing beauty. The color progression in Ragdolls is often accompanied by subtle shifts, deepening and enhancing their coat hues. Their striking blue eyes, a hallmark of the breed, add an enchanting allure to their overall appearance. These enchanting felines truly exemplify the beauty of nature’s artistry, making them beloved pets for cat enthusiasts worldwide.
Fresh and White
All Ragdoll kittens are born white – no matter what color they will ultimately be, or their pattern, they will be white all over in their first weeks before colors start to develop.
Ragdolls are usually bi-color, meaning they have two different shades on their body. But there are various patterns a Ragdoll can be, including Colorpoint and Van.
Six primary colors are accepted for purebred Ragdoll cats – Seal, Chocolate, Blue, Lilac, Red, and Cream.
Unofficial Ragdoll Colors
While they may not be accepted in cat shows, you can get Ragdoll cats in other colors, including Cinnamon, Black, and Mink.
Things are Heating Up
Color change in Ragdoll cats is typically caused by temperature. The warmer the body area, the lighter the color. That’s why the points – the coolest parts – tend to be darker colors.
Younger Cats = Lighter Cats
Younger cats will usually be a lighter shade of their color because they have a good metabolism and a healthy blood flow, which keeps the body warm.
With Age Comes Color
As cats age, their metabolism slows, and their body cools down, which causes the fur to darken.
Changing With the Seasons
Yes – because Ragdoll cats usually change because of the temperature, the time of the year can affect them. Some Ragdolls will grow a darker coat during the winter months.
Sometimes a cat’s fur color will change because they are unwell. Infections and inflammation can heat the body, causing a more rapid color change in the fur.
While it’s usually temperature that causes a Ragdoll to change color, don’t rule out environmental causes. Continued exposure to sunlight or spending a lot of time by a pool (with chlorine) can change fur color.
Old Age and White Hairs
Do old cats get white hairs, just like humans? Yes, they do! But they tend to be sporadic; cats won’t go gray all over as some people may.
Cats changing color gradually are typically undergoing their natural processes. However, if your cat changes color quickly, seek advice from a veterinarian, as it could be a sign that your kitty is unwell.
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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,