Last year, I published an article written by MeLinda Hughes about Ragdoll Cat Stereotypes.
Ragdoll Cat breed generalizations and stereotypes continue to haunt me with this website.
If there’s one thing I have learned from this website, it’s that people rely too heavily on breed stereotypes. I have literally had people tell me that they are rehoming a Ragdoll because it didn’t act like what they thought a Ragdoll was.
Cats are living souls. They are not machines. They are not made in a factory. They are all different, with different personalities and different souls – raised in different environments and exposed to different things. Reminds me of my mom – she is an identical twin. While her DNA is the same as my Aunt’s – they certainly do not have the same souls. No one Ragdoll will fit all the characteristics of the breed and may not fit any of them. The only for sure way to know a cat’s personality is to adopt an adult cat and have the previous owner describe what it’s like.
If I were to take it to another extreme – separate people out by their races. It would be like saying, all white people do this, that and the other, whereas Asian people do this, that and the other. It’s absurd.
With that said, a good breeder can know early on what the cat might be like. We adopted Caymus and Murphy as kittens when my Rags was 15 years old and the breeder knew exactly which kitten would be OK with Rags and which would give him trouble and was right. (Caymus got along well with Rags and Murphy not so much).
It’s sort of a double edged sword because sometimes I say to people, “I love Ragdolls, not necessarily cats.” That’s because my first experience with cats was only with Ragdolls – it wasn’t until later on in my teens that I found out all cats are not like Ragdolls. Yet, I have also discovered not all Ragdolls are Ragdolls.
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