So yesterday i was talking about my Ragdoll cat – Angel and mentioned her playing fetch to impress us. Today i would like to share some Ragdoll facts for people who have Ragdoll’s, are thinking of adopting a Ragdoll cat/kitten or are just looking for some true advice/facts about their furry friend.
1. Ragdoll’s are possibly the most laid back cats in cat breeds to this day.
2. Ragdoll’s are a medium thick furred cats so they do require grooming but are not as high maintenance as a Persian for grooming. So if its a ‘fluffy’ cat your after the Ragdoll is the one!
3. Ragdoll’s are known as going ‘limp’ in a persons arms (another sign of being laid back.) This is where the name ‘ragdoll’ came from.
4. Ragdoll’s are known to be one of the most loving, affectionate, gentle and laid back cats. Not aggressive or territorial. They should NOT be considered outdoor cats as it is not in their nature to hunt and defend themselves. They prefer cuddles and playing.
5. All Ragdoll’s have colour points similar to a Siamese. The colour points can continue to develop and change until they reach three to four years old. And all Ragdoll’s have blue eyes, a gorgeous colour of blue to say the least.
6. Ragdoll’s were first bred in California in the 1960’s by a lady called Ann Baker. She was a Persian breeder in the day but crossbred a Siamese and Persian cat which gave a litter of medium thick fur coat (from the Persian) with tipped colour points (from the Siamese) kittens.
7. Personality was bred into this cat by breeding with the most affectionate, most willing to go limp and most easygoing temperament – the standard Ragdoll was born and has remained a high quality high sought after cat.
8. Ragdoll’s are considered dog like amongst other cats because they have a tendency to follow their person around like a dog would and meet, greet and welcome them at the door.
9. Ragdoll’s are trainable!! You can train your Ragdoll to play fetch, come to you when called and various other playtime games.
10. All Ragdoll’s are BIG cats. Big boned and usually reach a weight of approximately twelve to twenty pounds. They can continue to grow until the age of between three to four then they will be considered as fully grown and matured. So don’t be surprised if/when they have a growth spurt at the age of three.