Everything You Need to Know About the Ragdoll Cat

Posted by Katherine Ripley

If you're looking for a cuddly, affectionate, and incredibly laid-back cat, you'll find it in the Ragdoll. This unique breed is known for its dog-like behaviors and lackadaisical attitude. Whereas many other cats are known for being highly particular and even sometimes "snobby," the Ragdoll is anything but.

Thanks to its great attitude and friendly nature, this cat breed is a popular choice for families, since Ragdolls and kids often get along well. Read on to find out what's so interesting and unique about this very special cat breed.

The Ragdoll Attitude

The Ragdoll cat wants to be wherever you are.

The Ragdoll cat is a laid-back, gentle cat which exhibits many dog-like behaviors. They will greet you at the door, follow you around, and sleep with you at night. The longhaired cat can be taught to come when they're called and play fetch.

Ragdoll History and Characteristics

The Ragdoll breed was first developed by cat breeder Ann Baker from Riverside, California in the early 1960s. The breed is a combination of an endearing personality and beautiful colorpoints, like the Siamese cat seal points, with their bodies being lighter than their faces, ears, tails, and legs.

Ragdoll coat colors can be seen in seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream. Mitted Ragdolls have white feet and white chins, but all varieties have blue eyes and silky coats. Most of these cats have soft, long hair, so they'll require regular grooming to keep them free of mats. They have a distinctive, beautiful experience that only adds to the breed's appeal.

The Ragdoll cat breed is largely popular because these cats and kittens show more interest in people than most other cats do. The beautiful cat likes to be wherever the humans are and will happily follow you around the house, lounge in your lap, and delightedly engage in play. Most Ragdolls behave like...a rag doll when you pick them up, flopping comfortably in your arms and allowing themselves to be carried around.

Ragdoll Health

When doing research on the Ragdoll breed, it's important for pet parents to know about the breed's common health issues. Ragdolls can be prone to a common feline heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Cats with the gene that causes the disease can be identified through a DNA test, allowing breeders to produce cats free of the condition. If you decide to buy a Ragdoll of your own, research reputable breeders who perform this DNA test to make sure that the kittens they're selling will be free of this serious health issue.

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Finding Your Own Ragdoll

The Ragdoll is recognized by The Cat Fanciers' Association, The International Cat Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association.

Head on over to the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) to learn more about the Ragdoll and search for reputable breeders near you. The Ragdoll Fanciers International is also a valuable resource for more info on puppy cats.

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