Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Pets Feed
Ragdoll is a very calm, friendly house cat. Thanks to a sufficiently high intelligence, it lends itself to training, but sometimes it is too lazy.
This is a rather large cat, like a pixie-bob and a Somali cat, semi-long-haired with a fluffy “collar”. Very attached to the owners.
The ragdoll is a cat that stands out for its physical and behavioral characteristics. It is an easily recognizable animal, very numerous in homes around the world due to its great docility, which has earned it to be one of the best breeds of cats as a pet. When thinking of cats, it is more than likely to also think of independent, loveless and despotic animals. Far from being, the ragdoll has the nickname of cat dog, because it is an animal particularly attached to its family.
In this breed sheet of ‘ Pets Feed ‘, you will discover everything about the ragdoll cat.
Origin of the ragdoll
This type of cat was bred in the 60s of the last century in the US state of California. The Ragdoll cat owes his appearance to the local breeder of the Persians, Ann Baker. The woman bought the kittens of a long-haired cat Josephine and a Burmese cat from a neighbor and used them to obtain a new breed. For breeding work, she specially selected the most calm, phlegmatic individuals and crossed them with Burmese, who had marks of a chocolate shade.
The first mating was not documented in any way, and in 1971 Baker created her own Croup registry and for several decades controlled the standard of the breed called Ragdoll.
IRCA breeders bought franchises from her company, paid license fees and donated 10% of the cost of each kitten sold. Unsurprisingly, by 1975, there were a lot of dissatisfied shareholders and breeders with this strategy. They left the IRCA with a scandal, united in the “Ragdoll Society” and began to strive for standardization of the breed and giving it an official status.
A few decades later, ragdolls became eligible to participate in the championships of the largest North American cat associations. And in 2000 they were admitted to CFA events.
This cat received its name “rag doll”, for its ability to relax and low muscle tone. When you take it in your hands, it feels like a real rag doll.
Characteristics of the Ragdoll
The ragdoll is a fairly large and corpulent cat, pompous in its coat and apparently compact. Its head is large, but not too large compared to the rest of the body. Triangular in shape and with a muzzle very well proportioned in terms of size.
They emphasize its large expressive eyes, which can be presented in different shades, and its small pointed ears. The rag doll cat also strikes with its long, very bushy tail, which seems slightly thinner towards the tip.
Despite the fact that it may seem like a very bulky animal due to the amount of fur, the truth is that it is not so heavy and that its weight is always maintained in proportion to its size. Although the breed standard does not set a limit in terms of dimensions, the length of the ragdoll cat generally reaches up to 90 centimeters, and the most common is that the weight exceeds 5 kilos, some males even weighing up to 9 kilos .
These cats have quite slow physical and mental development. It takes about three years to reach full maturity, so wait until this approximate time to find out the size and final appearance of a ragdoll specimen.
Another distinguishing characteristic of the breed is its coat, which is always kept long or semi-long, that is to say that there is no short-haired ragdoll, as is sometimes believed. It is a very special coat, because it remains in perfect condition almost alone, and it is difficult for it to form knots or to look dirty even if it is not brushed frequently.
In addition, the colors of this cape are very varied. The following color pattern can be colorpoint, bicolor and mitted. This implies that specimens of brown, gray, chocolate or lilac ragdoll can be seen, and usually have a darker mask and a mixture of different shades throughout the body.
Ragdoll cat sizes and weights
The weight of a ragdoll cat can reach 8-10 kg, and in some cases up to 17 kg. At the same time, females are somewhat smaller in size and lighter than males.
|1 month||280-470 g||400-710 g|
|2 months||490-830 g||800-1470 g|
|3 months||1.2-1.63 kg||1.46-2.3 kg|
|4 months||1.7-2.34 kg||1.96-3.67 kg|
|5 months||2.25-3.3 kg||2.42-4.15 kg|
|6 months||2.5-3.6 kg||2.96-5.69 kg|
|8 months||3-4 , 35 kg||3.55-6.3 kg|
|10 months||3.3-4.8 kg||5.2-7.2 kg|
|1 year||3.5-5.4 kg||6-7.7 kg|
|2 years||3.76 -7.2 kg||8-9.8 kg|
Neutered cats are usually characterized by more active weight gain and, as a result, without active exercise, suffer from obesity.
Temperament of the Ragdoll cat
The ragdoll cat has an unbeatable character as a pet. It is an animal that feels a great attachment to his, very calm and always in search of affection and cocooning. It is extremely rare to find an aggressive ragdoll or another with any other behavioral problem, so it is a perfect pet for families with young children, adults and the elderly.
In addition, it is a particularly sociable breed, which means that it can perfectly coexist with other animals, be they dogs, birds or other small mammals. He is very docile and has no hunting or raw game instincts. The ragdoll will also be very nice when the guests come to the house, and it will win everyone’s affection thanks to its beauty and friendliness.
The ragdoll cat has a behavior more typical of a dog than a cat, as always at the call of its owner. It is also quite easy to teach the ragdoll cat a few tricks, like picking up a toy and returning it, an activity he also enjoys as a fun game. His obsession with his family is such that he can chase different family members around the house to get his attention, and if he doesn’t get it, he will cry until he has it.
The ragdoll is, in all likelihood, the quietest cat of all breeds of domestic cats. They are generally satisfied cats, undemanding and tolerant of most situations. They are extremely calm and relaxed, which makes them loyal and dedicated pets. These cats are believed to be immune to pain, which is completely untrue. His relaxed demeanor stems from a very confident character and not from an absence of sensitivity.
This cat generally does not meow, but emits weak and delicate sounds.
The ragdoll is calm, discreet and intelligent, perfect qualities for those looking for a cat to pet and time. Due to his overly relaxed behavior, the myth that the Ragdoll is a pain resistant cat has emerged.
Ragdolls are quite lazy and don’t like change. Due to the reduced muscle tone, cats of this breed can take the most bizarre poses and stay in them for a long time.
Ragdoll is associated with an inherited manifestation of heart disease (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) which can cause heart failure at an early age. Consult your veterinarian if you intend to acquire a cat of this breed.
Its life expectancy is around 10 years. It is a relatively healthy cat breed, but due to the size of the medium long hairs, digestive problems such as tricobézoards (balls of hair in the stomach) can appear.
The most common diseases that affect Ragdolls are:
- Urinary problems (which may be kidney or ureter)
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Inbreeding is the most serious problem in this cat breed since about half of all Ragdoll genes (45%) come from the sole founder, Raggedy Ann Daddy Warbucks.
Ragdoll care and grooming
The Ragdoll cat’s coat is long and soft, but the undercoat is poorly developed, so it does not fall into mats. But sometimes it is necessary to comb the wool with a furminator.
Ragdolls love this kind of attention and will not offer any resistance.
It is usually recommended to comb them once a week, and twice in the summer when they shed. First, comb the head and chest with a fine comb, then the neck, back and sides.
Legs and abdomen are combed last. Finish brushing with a massage brush.
It is better not to touch the tail, and in order to remove the fallen hair, you can run wet hands over the entire coat.
Important! We bathe cats of this breed only as a last resort. Ragdoll cats are very clean and, as a rule, take care of themselves, they really do not like bathing, it is stressful for them.
Letting out a Ragdoll cat for a walk alone is not recommended. He is quite obedient, and you can teach him to walk on a harness.
You can equip a special enclosure for walking, while on the street you should wear a special collar against ticks and fleas.
It should be remembered that due to their muscular nature, they are poorly grouped, unlike their counterparts, and a fall even from a low height can have sad consequences for them.
In general, they love to walk, they don’t even care where, the main thing is to be with their beloved owner.
Ragdoll is a thoroughbred cat, so she needs quality food, although they are picky about food.
The diet should be balanced: meat (2/3 of the total diet), fish, vegetables, dairy products, fat, eggs (a couple of times a week).
Premium ready-made feed contains everything you need and in the right amount, this is the most convenient way of feeding.
It is recommended to feed adult ragdolls twice a day, and small kittens 4 or 5 times.
Ragdoll cat fun facts
- Ragdoll kittens begin to see a couple of weeks after birth, while their other relatives only 10-12. This largely depends on the muscle tone of this cat species.
- These cats are finally formed upon reaching the age of three.
- The structure of the Ragdoll cat’s wool does not allow it to roll. Therefore, caring for these creatures is simplified.
- The first color appears on the white coat of a small cat at 10 days, and by the age of two it becomes the main one.
- A Ragdoll kitten will cost an average of $ 180-650. The price varies depending on the documents for the cat, pedigree, weight, age, gender.
- Extreme complaisance helps the kitty to quickly adapt, find a common language with other pets in the house.
Ragdoll cat highlights
The Ragdoll is one of the largest domestic cats, the third after the savannah and the Maine Coon. Males significantly exceed females in length and weight. If cats can be called massive, then cats – slender and graceful.
A distinctive feature of the breed is its low muscle tone, which determines the relaxed state of the animal and the ability to literally go limp in human hands. It is enough just to raise the cat to understand why it was called the ragdoll (English “ragdoll”).
Ragdolls are very gentle, affectionate, kind and peaceful. The center of the Universe for them is the owner, whose attention they constantly need.
Cats get along wonderfully with all family members, they are sociable. The friendliness of ragdolls extends to other pets.
Toddlers love to play with these living “rag dolls”, and you don’t have to be afraid that the animal will hurt the child – the cat is absolutely not aggressive.
Ragdolls are extremely vulnerable and sensitive: screaming and scandals can make them depressed. Overly emotional people should not start this breed in the house.
In conflict situations, ragdolls hide, they cannot resist other animals showing aggression.
Loneliness oppresses these cats: if there is no one around for a long time, they miss, lose their appetite and can get sick.
The ragdoll color is strictly standardized. Felinological associations recognize three of its types: colorpoint, mitted, bicolor, each of them has 4 main varieties. Kittens are born snow-white, the color will appear completely later, when the animal is 2 years old.
Ragdolls develop slowly. For reproduction, they mature by 4 years.