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Ragdoll

Ragdoll
Ragdoll
Kitten

These good looking, blue eyed, and imposing cats are characterised by their elegance and gentle nature. The can relax their entire bodies when being carried, becoming almost totally limp, hence their name, “Ragdoll”!

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Key facts about the Ragdoll

  • Life expectancy : Between 12 and 15 years
  • Temperament : Affectionate, Calm
  • Type of coat : Long
  • Price : Between £400 and £700

Physical characteristics of the Ragdoll

Adult size

Female cat Between 12 and 14 in
Male cat Between 13 and 15 in

Ragdolls are slow developers. They only reach full size around the age of 3 or 4.

Weight

Female cat Between 9 and 13 lb
Male cat Between 11 and 20 lb

Coat colour

According to The International Cat Association (TICA) the accepted colours are seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, red and cream.

Coat patterns

All Ragdolls have colourpoint based pattern on their coats, however there are four different pattern types:

  • Colourpoint: the ears, face, feet and tail of the cat are darker than the rest of their bodies. This darker shade is still the same colour as the base colour of the cat. 
  • Mitted: has the same characteristics as the previous pattern of cat, plus white fur on their foreheads, chins, necks, parts of their bellies, on their front leg feet (“gloves”) and in the middle of their thighs on their back legs. 
  • Bi-colour: has the same characteristics as the colourpoint patterned cats, plus white fur on their: face (in the shape of an inverted "v"), chest, belly, legs, feet, and some spots on their backs. 
  • Van: Their colourpoint pattern is limited to just their ears, tops of their heads and their tails. The rest of their bodies are white.

Type of coat

Mid-length

Eye colour

Intense blue is the only existing eye colour.

Description

Ragdolls are large, well-built, long, and strong cats supported by strong, muscular medium-length legs and topped off with long, thick, plumed tails. Their heads are triangular but have rounded edges and their noses are slightly sunken. Their muzzle and chin are well developed. They have medium sized ears, which are broad at the base and rounded at the tip. Their eyes are large and oval-shaped, and are slightly slanted.

Temperament

Affectionate

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They’re very affectionate cats, who love to spend hours on their owner’s laps.

Playful

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They prefer to let the toys come to them rather than tire themselves out chasing after them.

Calm

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They’re normally quiet and calm cats who are rarely rowdy.

Intelligent

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They have a great ability to adapt to different and new situations. 

Fearful / wary of strangers

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In general they’re very sociable and easy going cats. Nonetheless, they do need time to adapt when meeting new people.

Independent

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They love being left alone in peace and quiet just as much as they love their owner’s attention.

Behaviour of the Ragdoll

Chatty

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They’re rarely chatty cats and generally express themselves through body language.

Need for exercise / Sporty

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Napping is their favourite sport, and they’re not very keen on physical activity.

Tendency to run away

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They might jump off the sofa every now and again, but they definitely won’t go far! Generally they’re not very adventurous and love just chilling at home.

Greedy / Gluttony

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They’re not big eaters, just big cats!

Compatibility

Ragdoll and cats

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They’re quite sociable beings and will get on well with other cats as long as they are not too rowdy!

Ragdoll and dogs

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To get on well with dogs, they’ll need to be socialised with them as kittens. Their nonchalant and relaxed nature doesn’t make them the best playmate/companion for dogs.

Ragdoll and children

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Due to their calm and settled temperament, only the most active kittens will be able to keep up with children’s energy. They are not ideal playmates, but they are very sweet.

Ragdoll and the elderly

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Their calm nature makes them the perfect companions for elderly people.

Price

On average, they cost between £400 and £700. Their price varies depending on their lineage, breeding, age and sex. It also costs around £35 / month to provide for them, making sure they get good quality food and keeping them in good health.

Grooming

Their fur is composed of mid-length hair and only a light undercoat. Fortunately, it doesn’t knot and thus a simple weekly brush is sufficient.

Hair loss

As their undercoat is so thin, if they’re brushed regularly (once a week), they won’t lose much hair.

Nutrition of the Ragdoll

It is key to adapt their diet to their metabolism, lifestyle and age.

Health of the Ragdoll

Life expectancy

They live 12 to 15 years on average.

Strong / robust

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They’re relatively robust and adapt well to most climates.

Tendency to put on weight

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Due to their low activity levels, you must pay attention to the amount of food their eating each day.

Common illnesses

Ragdolls can suffer from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and (more rarely) from polycystic kidney disease. Both diseases can be detected using genetic tests.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: a disease that affects both non-pedigree and pedigree cats and eventually causes heart failure. 
Polycystic kidney: a disease that causes liquid-filled cysts in the kidneys, ultimately causing incurable renal failure.

Reproduction

Only breeding with other Ragdolls is permitted. 
Like all other colourpoint breeds, their kittens are born completely white.

Good to know

‘Neoteny’ is one of the advanced hypotheses that explains the “Ragdoll” characteristic that these cats exhibit when being carried. This is where adults of any species retain traits from their childhood. In this case, kittens, when they are transported by their mothers, relax completely. This trait usually disappears with age in most cats, but for some reason, Ragdolls have retained this trait into adulthood.

Origins and history

Originating in America, Ragdolls were first created in 1963 by Ann Baker, who bred black Persians. She crossbred a male seal point cat with a Turkish Angora cat, with long white hair and intense blue eyes. Due to the docile temperament of these cats, Ann Baker decided to name them "Ragdoll". Other breeders, such as Denny and Laura Dayton, developed the breed further and worked towards getting it recognised. It was accepted as a breed by TICA in 1979 and by the International Feline Federation in 1992.

Names

Good names for a Ragdoll cat: Ali, Habs, Oggy, Rey

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