We are into yet another of the cat breeds, the Ragdoll cat! And this is one that has been requested. I don’t really have any significance to this breed, so I will not be able to add any of my own stories into the mix of this post.
I know some of you LOVE it, because I am just so riveting. But I’m sure some of you are grateful that they can actually learn about this breed in peace. If this is your first time on the site, welcome! Today, I am going to be talking all about Ragdoll Cat breeds. Everything from the history behind them, their appearances, their personality, and finally some fun facts that are associated with Ragdoll cats. I truly hope you enjoy!
History Behind Ragdoll Cats
I have been researching the history behind Ragdoll cats for a while, because what I was finding was so confusing, for lack of a better word. And I kept searching, hoping to be able to give you all a better answer and piece together this history puzzle.
What I found was that they were almost an accidental breed. They were created in the 1960s, so they haven’t been around long, from a woman named Ann Baker. She had a Persian cat that had several different litters of cats from several different fathers. This cat made her way around the neighborhood if you know what I mean.
One litter she had was especially special to her owner because they were gentle, kind, and affectionate. When the cat had ANOTHER litter of these sweet kittens, her owner basically decided she had the recipe for this new breed. Thus was the first set of Ragdoll cats.
The breed became registered in 1971 and there were strict restrictions on how they were to be bred and sold. Even today, the number of Ragdoll cats is still fairly small, especially compared to the other cat breeds of the world.
So basically, this cat breed was created by a Persian cat making her way across the neighborhood until she mated with the perfect breed combination to create this “dream’ Ragdoll cat.
The Appearance of a Ragdoll Cat
In terms of appearances of Ragdoll cats, they are considered one of the largest cat breeds, domesticated of course. Females usually weigh between 8 and 15 pounds, whereas males can weigh anywhere from 12 to 20 pounds. (Actually, now that I think about it…maybe Phoebe just missed her calling being a Ragdoll breed. She’s got the size and personality…but more on that later).
One other distinctive feature of Ragdoll cats is their blue eyes. If you have a cat that resembles the Ragdoll breed but their eyes are green, or yellow in color, you do not have a Ragdoll cat.
Ragdolls coats cane come in six different colors: red, seal, chocolate as well as blue, lilac, and cream. Ragdoll kittens are born white; they have good color at 8–10 weeks and full color and coat at 3–4 years. This means that you can have a Ragdoll kitten and not really know what color they will but for years to come. It’s like a long term surprise to see what the “final” coloration will be. Pretty cool, if you ask me.
Health Concerns with Ragdoll Cats
Now, the not-so-fun part of the breed descriptions. I always like to include the health concerns that are associated with the breeds so that everyone can be prepared for what COULD happen. Hopefully, none of these ever happen and but I always like to be prepared.
Ragdoll cats, along with Siamese, tend to have the lowest survival rate and one of the shortest age span. The average Ragdoll cats live between 12 to 15 years.
In addition, the biggest health concern that is associated with Ragdolls is the kidney and urinary tract failure. The other two health issues that tend to follow this breed is inbreeding and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common heart disease in all cats and is most commonly genetic in cause.
Most of the cause of these health issues is based on the small number of foundational cats. This leads to genetic issues being passed down from generation to generation. In mutt cat breeds, these issues are usually phased out as other genetics are introduced.
So, like with any purebred breed, health issues tend to be a little higher than in mixed breeds.
The Personality of a Ragdoll Cat
Okay, don’t worry, back to the fun part of learning about cat breeds, their personalities. As I mentioned earlier, the Ragdoll cat is known for having a docile and calm nature. They are also said to go “limp” when they are being picked up, which makes them easier to carry and handle than many other cat breeds.
In domesticated, indoor cats, this nature is extremely beneficial to their owners. Ragdolls are known to be almost ‘dog-like’ in their behavior. Which, in my honest opinion means nothing. But, my thought is if you want a cat that acts like a dog and don’t want to rely on chance, the Ragdoll cat is the way to go.
However, their sweet nature does not make them the best outdoor or barn cats. These cats are less likely to protect themselves from predators and can get into great danger if left without proper shelter and care. So, if you are looking for an outdoor cat, DO NOT…I repeat, DO NOT, get a Ragdoll cat. It is not fair to them to be left outside.
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, personality is somewhat genetic. However, for the most part, it varies from cat to cat. One excellent example is these foster kittens we have. They are from the same litter, same breed, same age. But their personalities could not be more different. One is sweet and calm and just wanted to be held, where the other one wants to run, jump, play, and is fearless. So while I like to mention the personalities that are related to the breeds, take that with a grain of salt. You could end up with a very energetic Ragdoll.
Fun Facts about Ragdoll Cats
Let’s wrap up this section with something that I know most people will probably skim to. Fun facts about Ragdoll cats that you may not know.
- Ragdolls can be trained to retrieve toys and enjoy doing so.
- Taylor Swift’s third cat, Benjamin Button, is a ragdoll.
- They all have beautiful blue eyes
- They are all born white and don’t really get their true coat color until between the ages of 3-4.
- Ragdolls are not hypoallergenic, though many like to think they are.
- Ragdoll cats will need a lot of love and attention
Ragdoll cats are a relatively new breed with many distinctive features. If you are looking for a sweet, large cat, then this breed could be perfect for you! If you are looking for an outdoor cat or one that does not need much of your attention, Ragdoll cats are not great for you.
They have an interesting history that makes their current population relatively small and mostly reside in the Unites State and some in the UK.
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