Meet The Breeds: Ragdoll Cat

Krysia Ng Meet The Breeds: Ragdoll Cat

 

Ragdoll cats are known to be all-around best companions for humans. They are the second most famous cat breed registered in the governing Council for Cat Fancy (GCCF) and their popularity is even higher among cat enthusiasts. It is a perfect cat for many cat owners, having an adorable face, blue eyes, silky coat, and a heart-warming soul. They are super loyal to their owners and would like to be the center of attention all the time. The more you love them, the more they will love you back. Their size is large and they are famous for being playful and they are easy-going as well. They are not recommended to be taken outside because Ragdolls cannot survive on the streets. They should not be left alone for a long time as it can be problematic to them. Even though they are known for their laid-back attitude, does not mean that they are not intelligent. Ragdolls are very smart and quick. They love being around their favorite humans and would try their best to be surrounded by them all the time. So, if you are looking for a cat that is easy going and has adorable features, Ragdolls might be your best bet. Keep reading to find out more about this breed!

 

Ragdoll History

This breed was developed for the first time in Riverside, California, during the 1960s. Ann Baker, the owner of the first Ragdoll cat named it Josephine. Its origin consisted of free-roaming cats. The kittens of Josephine had distinctive traits and temperaments. The Ragdoll breed became popular in America during the early 1960s, after which, a pair of this breed was exported to the United Kingdom for further breeding.

 

Ragdoll Cat Breed Information and Facts

Due to their cute face and amazing characteristics, ragdolls are pretty famous among cat enthusiasts. There is a huge range of fun facts about ragdoll cats that very few people know. Did you know? Ragdoll kittens are born with a white color coat. The pattern that we see in this breed develops over time. Ragdoll cat’s personality is similar to that of dogs and they also have similar traits, such as playfulness and faithfulness. Here are more fun facts about the Ragdoll breed that every cat enthusiast should know:

 

  • Breed group:
  • Height: 23-28 cm
  • Weight: 4-9 kg
  • Lifespan: 15 years
  • Coat: dense, silky, medium-to-long coat.
  • Color: blue, chocolate, lilac, seal, cream, and red
  • HDB approved: No
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Temperament: playful, active, loyal, gentle, sociable, and calm
  • Difficult for first-time owners: On the scale of increasing difficulty level from 1-10 paws, ragdolls have secured 1/10 paws. They make wonderful pets even for those people who don’t have much prior experience of owning a cat.

 

 

Are Ragdolls Good Pets?

This breed is proven to be an excellent pet. If they are given a loving environment where they feel safe and secured, they will love their owner back and will remain loyal to them forever. Ragdolls can be the source of happiness and unlimited love for your family.

 

Are Ragdolls Aggressive?

Even though they are known to be gentle and kind, Ragdoll cats can show aggressive behavior when they hit sexual maturity. Other than that, having excessive amounts of energy can also cause aggressive behavior. It usually means that your fur baby wants more playtime and frequent playdates. Just give them more time and get them involved in physical exercises and games and they'll sufficiently mentally stimulated. 

 

Do Ragdolls Meow a lot?

Ragdolls are one of those breeds that are famous for being quiet. If you observe a Ragdoll chattering or meowing constantly, you should take it to the vet as something might be wrong. Under normal circumstances, Ragdoll cats meow when they are hungry. Some of them start meowing more as they grow older.

 

What are the Types of Ragdoll Cats?

Ragdoll kittens and cats are available in numerous types in the pet market. Some of the famous types include:

 

  • Blue
  • Cream
  • Lilac
  • Chocolate
  • Seal
  • Red

 

Are Ragdolls High-Maintenance?

Ragdoll cats are not high maintenance cats. However, they are not entirely low-maintenance cats either. They need average care and maintenance to keep themselves away from diseases. This breed is very independent so you might need to work on Ragdoll cat trainability and make sure they are trained well for regular grooming tasks, such as brushing, trimming, bathing, and tooth brushing as well.

 

What are Some Mixed Breeds of Ragdolls?

There are no valid crossbreeds of Ragdolls that are recommended by registered breeders. If you choose to purchase a breed, you should always choose one that is developed by a registered by a trustworthy breeder.

 

Are Ragdolls Hypoallergenic?

No, this breed is not hypoallergenic. Unfortunately, it is bad news for all allergy sufferers. Their undercoat may cause allergies for everyone who is allergic to dander and cat fur.

 

What Health Issues Do Ragdolls Face?

Ragdolls are considered to be relatively healthy breeds with just a few health problems. These problems can be avoided by regular visits to vets and providing your cat a healthy and happy lifestyle. Some of the main health issues that are faced by Ragdolls are:

 

  • Obesity
  • Urinary tract issues like bladder stones
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a sort of heart disease.
  • Hairballs, which are caused due to long coat

 

Are Ragdolls HDB Approved?

No, unfortunately, Ragdolls are not approved by HDB. It means that people living in Singapore cannot raise these breeds as their pets.

 

Conclusion

Ragdolls are one of the relaxed, friendly, and chilled out cats. They also have a lot of playfulness potential which remains the same even when they grow older. You'll be surprised to see how tolerant and easy-going this breed is. They can easily get along with children, dogs, and other cats. However, this cat cannot defend itself so the owner must be very responsible and careful with them. If you think you can provide Ragdolls the ideal lifestyle, the love, and the care that they deserve, you should call your nearest breeder or shelter and bring this cute little creature to your homes now!




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