Ragdolls are devoted, perceptive, and amusing. They welcome their owners, follow them around, sit on their laps, and cuddle in bed as signs of their love. Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool for teaching tricks and specific behaviours to ragdoll cats.
They might respond to calls and even pick up the game of fetch. This adorable, active cat prefers to stay close to her humans rather than sitting atop a shelf or bookcase. She gets along well with kids, dogs, and cats.
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One of the most popular domestic cat breeds is the ragdoll. Unlike the Siamese, who have faces with strong angles, they have a broad head with a softer wedge shape.
Their placid demeanour is reflected in their long, velvety coat, oval-shaped blue eyes, and medium-sized ears with rounded tips. They have a strong neck and a big, strong body that is supported by strong bones.
12 to 17 years
Ragdolls have light-colored bodies with darker extremities that have point coloration similar to the Himalayan or Siamese breed. The colour and pattern possibilities are virtually limitless, with a colour palette that includes seal, blue, chocolate, cinnamon, and more. Ragdolls have distinctive blue eyes as well.
Ragdoll cats have a thin undercoat, so they shed occasionally all year round, particularly so in the spring and fall. Less matting results from this, but regular brushing is still required to maintain the coat’s smoothness, softness, and freedom from knots, mats, and dead hair. Your Ragdoll will appreciate the attention during grooming if you are kind.
Even though there are DNA tests to help breeders pick out certain health issues, a Ragdoll may still experience some difficulties. She might get heart problems or bladder stones called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Additionally, feline infectious peritonitis is more likely to develop in ragdoll cats.
The breed was created by Californian breeder Ann Baker in the early 1960s using stray cats she discovered in her neighbourhood. As time went on, she became increasingly eccentric, and other breeders became distant from one another to protect the purity of the breed.
The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) registered the breed in 1993, and in 2000 it was given full status. The breed was approved by both the International Cat Association (TICA) and the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA).