The Ragdoll cat is certainly the perfect interior and feline lounge: charming at first, has a soft and simple personality, is very attached to its master, and will not bother to spend his days on the couch! Originally from the United States, where he is most popular, he is less well known in France but certainly has followers there.
In the cat-dog section, the unmistakable Ragdoll satisfies the kind of awareness as quickly as possible, if your heart is still circulating between Persia, Burmese, and Siamese … Happiness is promised to the whole family, young and old. : about Ragdoll, to say no is a lie: to try is to take it!
- Size: medium to large (+/- 35 cm)
- Weight: 3 to 9 kg
- Hair: medium-long, silky
- Color: two-tone, colorpoint, and contrast
- Life expectancy: 12 to 17 years
- Gestation time: 65 days
Definitions and characteristics of the Ragdoll
The Ragdoll said it can be a spectacular build, especially for men with a distinct sign of being much older than women. Like Birman, the first coat is called colorpoint: a solid color, in light tones (white to cream), with finishes in a dark color (usually in gray tones). There are also bicolor types. Generally, color measurement requires Ragdoll to have blue eyes and may have face-like patterns. Their hair is long and long, reminiscent of her Persian cousin. Its shape has a fairly heavy frame, with a wide face and small triangular ears. Legs short ends of legs rounded and wide;
History and origins of Ragdoll
The new breed of Ragdoll has been born in the 1960s in California, the product of crossing the Persian Angora cat (paperless) and Sacred Birman. The wedding performed by Persian owner Ann Baker, at first dangerously, provided the kittens with a friendly, non-aggressive, aggressive, and relaxed nature. Ann Baker, delighted with this unexpected result and satisfied with this cross, decided to work on creating a new breed that she christened Ragdoll: literally, “rag doll”, referring to the silence and softness of these cats. Other crosses were allowed to improve the race to eventually produce the Ragdoll we know today,
Ragdoll’s character and behavior
The most striking feature of Ragdoll is that he totally surrenders when taken: as a covered animal, he lets himself go completely, legs hanging down, without fear – which is not the case with all cats in such a situation! He is therefore a good friend to children since he is peaceable, greedy, and very patient. Surprisingly, he enjoys his silence but at the same time asks a lot of his masters, whom he wants to wait at the door and follow everywhere in the house. The Ragdoll is very soft and protective; he also enjoys the game but does not want to rush. Associating with other animals, they often get along with dogs, and no wonder they share a single bed! Warning: kindly and
Keep your Ragdoll cat
The Ragdoll Cats needs constant scrubbing because its hair makes it cohesive but also to the health of its hair and skin, especially during melting. A warm bath can also help to remove dead hair, followed by a gentle scrub as much as possible. It is recommended to brush your teeth once a week to prevent gingivitis. It is important to always monitor the condition of your eyes and ears: if there is contamination, you will use clean and soft textile to wash the corner of the eye, or cotton soaked in warm water (to improve each eye).
If the inside of the ear is waxy, they should be cleaned with a cotton ball dipped in warm water and 50% diluted cider vinegar. You can also use an animal product designed for this purpose. Finally, we will look at the length of the nails, to be cut if needed by a suitable nail clipper (in pet stores). Ask your veterinarian to show you how to do this.
When it comes to food, cats have very special needs, which is especially true for kittens and older cats. It is important to respect the nutritional requirements of Ragdoll: you can find kibble in pet stores or art stores, not in supermarkets. It is also better to avoid human diets, which are too fat or too salty, and to limit yourself to a portion of the mash per day to lose weight, because Ragdoll is, like Persia, based on weight. We will make sure he always has clean water available, and we will always need a good kibble that allows him to chew and keep his teeth healthy. We will expect to find a number of carrots adapted to the environment: sterilized cats, cat cats
Health and pathologies of Ragdoll
Ragdoll is usually of good quality but may be affected by feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that results in obesity of the heart walls. The inherited trait can affect all cats, but research has shown that, sadly, it is found in Ragdolls. DNA tests, designed specifically for genes, can detect mutations in the genes that cause this disease. Ragdoll may also show renal fragility, which can develop into polycystic (the formation of cysts in the kidneys). Be assured: this does not mean that all Ragdolls are under it! But reproductive methods, like many species, have been developed in these cats to increase the risk of genetic diseases.