Interview with Ragdoll Breeder Laurie Nicholson of RockNRagz Cattery

Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by Jenny

RockNRagz Ragdoll Cats
RockNRagz Ragdoll Cats

I am a hobby breeder in Alberta , Canada, I have learned so much over the years. My cats are my life now besides work, and with my sons off to college, they keep me out of trouble! And very busy. My cats are very well socialised because they all live with me. I am small, and will stay that way.

RockNRagz Cattery

1. How long have you been breeding Ragdolls?

I started off very slow, in 2005, and very small.

2. How did you pick Ragdolls to breed?

Bindi-Lou - Seal Torti Mitted Ragdoll
Bindi-Lou – Seal Torti Mitted Ragdoll

My first was a seal bicolor rescue,this is how this all started for me, I was very taken by the beauty and the ragdoll temperment.

3. Do you show? Why or why not?

Yes, but seems when the shows are going on here, I have litters all born,and I must always be home, but yes, I have shown.

4. What congenital defects are in Ragdolls?

Chels - Seal Bicolor Ragdoll
Chels – Seal Bicolor Ragdoll

HCM and PKD. All my breeder test negative for both.

5.How are you breeding to avoid those defects?

I have not  had HCM  or PKD in my program.

6. How large is your breeding operation?

I am small, 6-7 girls, and 2 males.

7. Where do your cats spend most of their time?

In my home free run of my house. Both my boys have their own room. Not caged.

8. Do you breed full time? In other words, do you have another job?

Seal Torti Mitted Kitten
Seal Torti Mitted Kitten

This is my hobby, preparing for the empty nester years. Yes, I am self employed and I can take time off need be, when my kittens are to be born.

9. What sort of health guarantees do you offer?

I offer, 2 year health guarantee, for any genetic problem if any. They will show up in that time frame if any. If this ever happens, I am very flexible to any kitten buyers.

10. What happens if the kitten gets sick?

Well, if one gets the poopies, and will guide them along. Diet and some stress is the main concern, I do go out of my way and fix the problem fast if their is any issues.

11. Do you have any fun adoption stories to share?

Toodles - Blue Torti Bicolor Ragdoll
Toodles – Blue Torti Bicolor Ragdoll

Many! Many!! Many! I keep in touch with alot of pets that have left. Which makes me very happy.

12. What makes this kitten or cat “pet quality” or “show quality”?

I sell many show to pet people..I am selective when I do, and if I sell to breeders. Type has to be excellent for show quality. Nice ear set, nice deep blue eyes, proportioned, and of course temperment and a beautiful coat and perfect markings.

13. Do you keep some of your cats for your own?

seal mitted kitten 3-4 wks
seal mitted Ragdoll kitten 3-4 wks

Yes, I have.

14. How old is your oldest cat?

Almost 4 years old.

15. What is your favorite Ragdoll look?

Hmmmm, well that is hard!! Right look? The Ragdoll standard and the way some of mine just flop and twist their bodies.

16. Do you raise your cats underfoot?

Yes, always! I would not do this if I could not.

17. Do you send photos of the parents before you adopt a kitten? Or do you post the parents on the website?

Pippa- Seal Color Point Ragdoll Kitten at 6 months (Laurie Kept Her)
Pippa- Seal Color Point Ragdoll Kitten at 6 months (Laurie Kept Her)

Always! Yes all my parents are on my website. I have nothing to hide.

18. Do you send the kitten’s pedigree when you adopt a kitten?

When I adopt out a kitten, they can get its pedigree if they choose to  with Tica.

19. Will it be a problem if one requests, and wants to pay for, the CatGenes DNA testing before one accepts a kitten?

No, not at all, but at this moment I do not trust CatGenes, the one in Washington is more reputable and accurate at this time.

20. Can people interested in purchasing one of your cats visit your cattery?

Laurie's Dog, Bosko, and RockNRags Ragdolls
Laurie’s Dog, Bosko, and RockNRags Ragdolls

Yes for sure. I do have a quiet period here we all need, so I do prefer when a visit is wanted, not when my girls are pregnant.. To keep them not stressed.My kittens cannot be seen or handled till after their first vaxine shots.

21. If a possible adoptee cannot visit your cattery, are you willing to talk to your adoptee on the phone?

Jimbo at 6 Months
Jimbo at 6 Months

I will never sell a kitten with out talking on the phone!

22. How do you honor your health guarantee?

I honor my guarantee always and will go more so if need be.I am very honest, I will help if needed if it ever comes to that.

23. What if a kitten gets adopted and the customer is unhappy with a kitten, what do you do?

Well, had one allergic so took him back 4 weeks later, I do ask they send them back to me always!

24. How are your kittens registered?

With TICA and CFA, but I much prefer TICA.

25. What vaccination brand do you use? And what vaccinations are given, when? 

Lilac Lynx Mitted Ragdoll Kitten
Lilac Lynx Mitted Ragdoll Kitten

I do the 3 in 1 vaxinations. I do not do rabies, FIP or chlamydia or feline leukemia.We do not need rabies here in Alberta, so why inpose this harsh vaxine if not needed. Ragdolls are inside cats. Many places do need to do rabies, maximium every 3 years. I do NOT believe in over vaxinating our pets.

26. What are the kittens fed? 

My kittens eat the raw diet, with all needed, organ meat, ground in bone,taurine, all need in the raw diet. Wet canned food , top quality like natures variety, dry baby cat to start as/intro, then off on to Go Natural grain free dry and canned. I introduce all to all 3 types, to make it easier on the new kitten owner. I always stress about diet…More wet is better than dry kibble. Cats are canavoires, drink little, not like dogs, so if fed only dry, really they will be all dehydrated. Problems in mid life kidney failure, so more wet and if one can do the raw diet all the better.

RockNRagz Cattery

8 thoughts on “Interview with Ragdoll Breeder Laurie Nicholson of RockNRagz Cattery

  1. elaini kyle says:

    Hi Laurie.
    Ihave so sadly just had to put down my14 year old lilac point ragdoll,cat Kismet .
    Im looking to get a new love in my life in the spring of 2013.
    I live in calgary are you still breeding and selling kittens.?

    • laurie says:

      Hi Elaini,I may have a litter due in February,not confirmed yet.I dont check this forum much,but you can email me at my email address.I am sorry about your Kismet.
      [email protected]
      Thank you~

  2. Sandy Wuerch says:

    Laurie is deffinetly a breeder with the Love of her Fur kids in mind at ALL times.
    She really does give her all to her fur kids.We also have the privledge of owning one of her sweet past Babies Mr Darcy.

  3. Rebecca says:

    This where I got my lovely raggies Freyr and Freya. Laurie is an awesome breeder. Shhh I put a deposit down on another lol. She always has time to give advise or just to share pictures. I have to say she is the one who turned me on to feeding raw. Now after some research we are now doing franken prey method.

    • Jenny says:

      Rebecca – tell me more about the “Franken Prey Method”! Thanks. I am going to check out your blog now. Thanks.

  4. Marion JHoover says:

    I really enjoyed your interview, Laurie. They are definitely the best cats around!!

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