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Ragdoll Cat Breeders
If you are after a gentle, loving cat that is great for the whole family, you could do a lot worse than to get yourself a Ragdoll.
The Ragdoll is a beautiful, placid, loving cat that loves nothing more than to be with people. In fact, it can actually be quite difficult to walk due to their tendency to flop where you are! The Ragdoll is said to have gotten its name because of its habit of relaxing entirely (flopping) in your arms when you are holding it.
The Ragdoll cat was first developed in the 1960s in California by a breeder named Ann Baker. The origin of the breed is rooted almost entirely in free roaming cats as Baker bred a domestic longhaired white female (named Josephine) that was found roaming to other cats that she owned or found. The first litter from Josephine had unique and endearing traits so Baker chose individual cats that fit the criteria she had for appearance and temperament for her breeding program and created the Ragdoll.
The Ragdoll is a large breed of cat but it is slow maturing so it can take a couple of years for the cat to reach its full size and coat colour. The ragdoll is semi longhaired and has beautiful blue eyes. Colour-wise, they are a pointed cat which means that the main body is lighter than the pointed areas Ė the face, ears, legs, and tail. There are four patterns in Ragdolls, bi-colour, van, mitted, and colour point. Within these patterns, there are six main colours Ė seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red and cream. Following on from this, the point can be solid, lynx, tortie or torbie (a mix of tortie and lynx). This means that there are many different colour variations in the Ragdoll cat!
The Ragdoll is a very human oriented breed of cat, and love to be where their people are! They are known to greet you when you come home, follow you around the home, sleep with you and night, and most of all, do the classic Ragdoll flop. Ragdolls are also very gentle, placid cats and they tend to stay near floor level rather than being jumpers.
Caring for Ragdolls
As with any other pet, you need to make sure that your Ragdoll has constant access to fresh water. You also need to provide them with a well balanced diet that will give them the nutrition and energy that they need for everyday life. Be careful not to overfeed them though as you do not want them to become overweight. You can purchase cat foods from anywhere but if you are at all worried, your vet can make recommendations about what diet to give. Specialised pet foods can be purchased from vets or pet stores.
Even though the ragdoll is a semi longhaired breed of cat, their coat does not matt so they do not require as much grooming as other longhaired varieties (such as Persians). You will need to give them a brush or a comb a couple of times a week however. As they donít have an undercoat, they also will not shed as much hair as some other breeds that have double coats.
On the whole, ragdolls are very healthy, sturdy cats with few known health problems. In fact, there are no specific medical problems associated with this breed but it is always best to talk to your breeder about their catís health as certain lines may have a tendency to certain problems.
Ragdolls are the perfect cat if you have a family as they are so gentle, sweet and loving. They easily get along with children of all ages and they also get along well with other pets. However, the ragdoll is also well suited to a simple person household as long s you give them the attention that they crave. If you are going to be out for long periods of time with no one else home, you should get two cats to keep each other company.
The Ragdoll is a placid yet intelligent cat that can be easily trained. In fact, most of the hard work regarding the litter box and using a scratching post will have already been done by the kittenís mum and the breeder! All you have to do when you bring your cat home is to reinforce the training by showing it where its litter box and scratching post are regularly and encouraging them to use it.
Ragdolls can also be trained to do other things such as play fetch (very cute to see a cat do!) or to walk on a leash. You will be successful in these endeavours if you are slow and patient, and give your cat plenty of praise. Never show your frustration or anger to the cat if they are not as fast to pick it up as you want them to be. Not all cats will perform tricks or consent to walking on a leash Ė remember that cats have a will of their own!
Buying and Owning a Ragdoll
If you are bringing a ragdoll into your household, there are a few things that you will to get beforehand such as quality kitten or cat food, food and water bowls, a sturdy scratching post that can take their weight, a comfortable bed for them, a collar, and even a lead if you are intending on teaching them to walk on a leash. You should check with your breeder when you will be able to bring your new kitten home and if it will already be desexed. In most cases it will be but if it is not, you should do this ASAP. Also obtain copies of your Ragdollís vaccination records and find out when their next vaccination is due. Good breeders will also ensure that your kitten is regularly wormed and flea treated and give you the details of what products they use as well as how often they should be used. Donít forget to transfer the catís microchip into your name and to register your cat with the council.
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