The Ragdoll was developed by an American breeder in the 1960s and its name comes from the tendency to go limp and relaxed when picked up.
This type of cat can be easily recognised thanks to the unique physical traits which make it stand out within the feline world. First of all, Ragdolls are among the largest domesticated cat breeds, with a sturdy body and large frame. Bright blue eyes are probably the first recognisable characteristic of the breed, followed by the unique coat colour patterns. In fact, Ragdoll come in 6 colours (red, seal, chocolate and the corresponding "dilutes", including blue, lilac, and cream) and 3 patterns (colorpoint, mitted and bicolor).
Despite sporting a fairly long-coat, the Ragdoll lacks an undercoat which seems to cause reduce shedding and matting.
Deciding to purchase such a unique cat breed is no easy choice and one of the hardest task is finding a reputable breeder. Unfortunately, there are many people out there who are just wanting to make money by exploiting beautiful pets and their potential owners.
Always start by researching the breed you are wanting to buy and make sure it will suit your lifestyle under all aspects. Then, begin the search for a registered and respected breeder: you may research online, consult with an experienced vet and other Ragdoll owners who may be able to recommend someone they trust. Once you have chosen the breeder you should be able to visit the location to get an idea of how kittens are raised in the environment; ask to see the mother and look for any tell-tale signs of the kitten’s temperament.
Similarly to the Burmese and Abyssinian cats, the Ragdoll is often considered a “dog-like cat” due to its tendency to follow people around the house and its ease at being handled. Thanks to their interest in human activities, Ragdolls are easily trained in retrieving toys and performing puppy-like tricks.
If you’re dreaming of adding an active and alert member to your family, Ragdolls can make for the perfect family pet. In fact, even families with young children and other animal companions are a great environment for this type of cat as it is bred to be extremely docile and unaggressive towards other animals.
As any other pet, Ragdolls too require love and attention from their owners and they can't be left to themselves with no interaction.
Ragdolls are probably among the most relaxed and laidback breeds out there. The name itself is an indication of the energy level of this type of cat so if you’re looking for a low maintenance pet you may be on the right path. Nonetheless, your Ragdoll is extremely curious and can grow somewhat attached to you as the owner so don’t neglect its need to play and interact with you and the other people in the house. A great compromise that will bring you both satisfaction is spending time training your cat: you’ll be surprised at how easy it is for a Ragdoll to learn tricks (such as retrieving) while building a strong relationship with you.
As a long-hair cat breed, the Ragdoll does require regular upkeep of its coat to prevent matting and tangling. The ease at handling Ragdolls may come in handy here but best to start early on by brushing your kitten’s coat and teeth at a young age. And remember, if your cat has access to a backyard its long fur will easily hide parasites and bring dirt in the house so you’ll want to inspect the delicate areas around the ears, tail and paws.