A beautiful cat with semi-long colorpoint hair and blue eyes… Wouldn't that be a Sacred Birman? Well no, if we are in front of a giant cat with a white chin, it is a Ragdoll cat breed, which literally means “a soft doll made from pieces of fabric” in English.
Origins of the Ragdoll
It is to an American breeder, Ann Baker, that we owe the creation of the Ragdoll cat breed in the 1960s. The Ragdoll would come from the cross between a Persian Angora cat and a Sacred Birman, or even a cat of an unknown breed.
This recent breed of cats is very popular in America. He also has more and more admirers in Spain, but she is still relatively unknown in Europe.
The character of the Ragdoll Cat Breed
Large and imposing, the Ragdoll is a gentle cat like a lamb. His personality is close to the Birman: very calm, placid, affectionate even sticky! Ragdoll Cat Breed is suitable for children with families.Docile, patient, and discreet, he likes to be carried and shows no signs of aggression. He has a golden character!
Warning: you can sometimes read some fanciful things on his account. He is not insensitive to pain, for example...
The ideal master for a Ragdoll
The Ragdoll at breed has indicated if it is your first cat. But his very sociable side requires regular presence and cuddles. The Ragdoll kitten generally appreciates the company of another animal, dog, or cat.
It is a cat-dog, which easily finds its place in a family.
A Ragdoll in an apartment?
Even if he is a very big cat, he adapts to everything. And often prefers the comfort of an apartment to the hustle and bustle outside. We can say of him that he is an indoor cat. Very little fan of fights with other toms or hunting parties, he prefers to rest in his cat house. When he wants to play, indoor cat towers and cat toys comes in handy.
What activities for a Ragdoll?
If cuddling and napping are still his favorite activities, offer him cat toys. You can also stimulate it with a cat tree, a play tunnel, or a scratching post.
Physical characteristics of the Ragdoll Cat Breed
His coat is medium-long, silky with a little undercoat. According to the breed standard, breeders seek to obtain specimens with a ruff on a wide chest.
Like the Siamese, the Ragdoll cat breed displays a “point” coat with colored ends, sometimes with white-gloved limbs. Her dress comes in several patterns: colorpoint, mitted (gloved), two-tone, and van. All colors are accepted, including lilac, cream, and chocolate.
The size and weight of the Ragdoll
This impressively sized cat is up to 100cm long and weighs up to 10kg! He has a powerful and muscular physique.
Namely: its large size makes its growth slow. This cat reaches its final size around 2 years.
Its head is triangular with rounded ears and above all… beautiful almond-shaped blue eyes.
Ragdoll Cat Breed Care
The Ragdoll's coat is easy to care for, but it should be brushed regularly. Brushing 2 to 3 times a week helps to avoid knots and hairballs that the cat can swallow during its potty.
Monitor the presence of tartar on his teeth as well as the hygiene of his ears and eyes. You can clip the nails yourself, otherwise, ask your veterinarian or a groomer.
The Ragdoll's diet
This cat goes out little and has little energy expenditure. It is, therefore, necessary to monitor your diet to avoid excessive weight gain and problems related to obesity.
Note: several small balanced daily rations are more appropriate than a single meal.
Premium croquettes or homemade food? Ask your veterinarian for advice on how to alternate.
Warning: always leave a full bowl of clear water to reduce the risk of certain urinary diseases.
Ragdoll diseases: urinary diseases
The Ragdoll is renowned for its solid constitution but it can encounter certain health problems. This breed of cat can suffer from urinary stones or more simply, urinary inflammation.
Other Ragdoll Diseases
Polycystic kidney disease in the Ragdoll Cat Breed
When the veterinary diagnosis confirms the presence of cysts on the kidneys, it can progress to kidney failure. This chronic pathology requires a change in diet and basic treatment.
Diabetes in the Ragdoll
As in humans, this pathology is chronic hyperglycemia linked to a disorder of glucose metabolism.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or myocardiopathy (HCM)
This hereditary disease can manifest as heart failure. It is possible to detect it with a DNA screening test (genetic test). The affected cat may be asymptomatic. During the consultation, the veterinarian will look for the presence of a murmur in the heart.
Pay attention to the dental hygiene of the cat! Dental plaque and tartar ultimately promote the onset of periodontal disease.