Ragdoll Color Progression and Development

Ragdoll color progression and development is absolutely impressive. To show you just how much, we are going to walk you through the main changes in color that can be seen in a Ragdoll’s life.

All Ragdoll cats are born white

At the very beginning, all the Ragdoll kittens will be covered with white fur all over their bodies. Then, as they get older, some parts of their fur will get colored and the pattern will become visible. Why does this happen? The short answer is that it is all in their genes.

How does body temperature affect the coloration?

Most Ragdoll cats are bi-colored and it is all due to this mutation. In the areas of the body where the temperature is lower, such as the extremities – the paws, the edges of the ears – the fur will be darker in color, while the areas where the temperature is higher – the torso – the fur will be lighter in color. 

Ragdoll Younglings Are Lighter In Color

Regardless of the color and the type of point of a Ragdoll cat, its color progression will be different over time. While it is a kitten, it will go from full white to white with some dark-colored areas in the extremities. Then, as the kitten gets older, the darker areas grow alongside it to develop its pattern. 

Ragdoll Adults Will Maintain a Steady-Colored Coat Over Many Year

When cats reach adulthood, the changes in their metabolism are fewer and fewer. After the kitten’s development period is over, the adult cat will reach a steady state of its metabolism and maintain it throughout its adulthood. 

Old Ragdoll Cats Get Darker in Color

When cats get older, their metabolism slows down more and more. This will generate a radical color progression and the cat’s extremities will get even darker than they were. 

Seal Colorpoint Progression

Jax, a sealcolorpoint loved by Cindy. 

Seal Color Progression – Mitted

Baxter, a Seal Point Mitted at 4 months and 14 months loved by Nancy.

Seal Color Progression – Bicolor

Oscar, at 9 weeks and 3 years loved by Miranda.

Seal Color Progression – Lynx

Sophie – Seal lynx point loved by Andrea 

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