Robyn & Emily of Saffireblu Ragdolls in Brisbane, Australia are a mom and daughter team.
Robyn & Emily Johnson
0421 107 933 / 07 5540 3995
How long have you been breeding Ragdolls?
I first got registered as a Ragdoll breeder with the QFA in early 2009, and when my daughter Emily turned 18 in September 2010 we got registered as partners in Saffireblu. We had our first 2 litters in May 2010 as we bought most of our Ragdoll Kings and Queens as kittens, so we had a little bit of a wait to start with. Since then we have had 6 beautiful litters of kittens with more on the way! We just love every minute of it.
How did you pick Ragdolls to breed?
We first came across the Ragdoll when visiting my sister in law, she had a beautiful Cream point boy called Jasper, he was absolutely massive and we were blown away by his size, his stunning blue eyes and his gentle temperament. We had never really been ‘cat people’ as we never had the luxury of owning one. Since we met the Ragdoll, we have been hooked. Some people may even say we are crazy cat ladies…
Do you show? Why or why not?
Yes we love to show our cats! It is always a great day out and it is wonderful to start getting some feedback on our babies, to see if we are meeting the breed standard and doing the Ragdoll breed justice.
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What congenital defects are in Ragdolls?
Some congenital defects associated with the Ragdoll are Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) & Polycystic Kidney disease (PKD.)
How are you breeding to avoid those defects?
We DNA test all of our Kings & Queens before we breed them to make sure that they are negative for these congenital defects, so that our kittens have the cleanest bill of health we can possibly give them. We are also in the process of testing our breeding Ragdolls for FIV & FeLV (Feline immunodeficiency virus and Feline Leukaemia), we are over half way there and all cats have negative results so far. This takes a lot of time and money on our part, but it is worth it for the peace of mind, knowing that all of our cats are as healthy as can be.
How large is your breeding operation?
We only operate a small scale Ragdoll breeding program, this is so that we can devote all the time we need to into our cats, and properly socialise our kittens so that they are ready to be the perfect family pet. However, due to the Ragdoll’s addictive nature the size of our operation may change, we just fall in love with them all!
Where do your cats spend most of their time?
Our cats spend most of their time in the home with us, we have our Queens and kittens in the house all the time, and the Kings have their own area on the patio where we spend a lot of time with them too. We are moving house in a weeks time, so we will be building lots more stimulating enclosures so that our cats can enjoy the taste of the world outside, whilst being kept completely safe.
Do you breed full time? In other words, do you have another job?
We are at home with our cats and kittens full time, so that we can give them the best start possible.
What sort of health guarantees do you offer?
We guarantee that all of our kittens are negative for common genetic faults, they are parasite free and as healthy as can be! We offer our customers 6 weeks free pet health insurance for their new kitten, covering illness and injury.
What happens if the kitten gets sick?
If any of our kittens were to become sick, we would always be there to help them no matter what age they are. When our kittens are still growing up with us, we are very careful and cautious about their health, so they get vet checked regularly, fed extra supplements, and wrapped in cotton wool! After our kittens go home, we are still there to help the kitten and owner for the rest of their lives!
Do you have any fun adoption stories to share?
Yes we do! There are lots of lovely stories from our kitten owners, but the one that stands out for us is Saffireblu Lovely Jubbly ‘Paganini’. Pags went to live in Melbourne with Georgie and her family, Georgie is an orchestral violinist and she also teaches primary school aged children how to play the violin. Paganini greets every student at the door, he comments on their work with a meow, and he keeps the violin cases warm for the children while they play. Lovely Jubbly just seemed to be the perfect fit for the family, after the unfortunate loss of one of their previous beloved cats. Pags made them fall in love all over again, and he behaves like Royalty. He demands to be hand-fed ‘Premium Chicken breast’ (for the kids sandwiches) from little Mia, and they just love each other – Georgie says it is almost embarrassing! We love this story because Pags has the most wonderful nature and he helped mend some broken hearts.
What makes this kitten or cat “pet quality” or “show quality”?
Show quality kittens usually have to have a great size and boning with a floppy nature, and also near perfect markings. The most important thing about a pet quality kitten is the temperament, so that they can be a sociable & affectionate family pet!
Do you keep some of your cats for your own?
How can we not? They are all beautiful and it is always very hard to part with any of them!
What is your favorite Ragdoll look?
We are in love with the Tabby/Lynx markings especially as it adds so much character to the face, we also love the points and bicolours, and the mitteds. Oh no. We love them all.
May I speak with three people that own your cats?
Of course, we have now successful raised and homed a lot of healthy and happy kittens of since mid 2010, so we have some very happy families that you are most welcome to talk to.
Do you raise your cats underfoot?
Of course! All kittens are raised in our home with us so that we can keep them happy & healthy & smothered with cuddles, and they can keep us entertained!
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