Cat Breeds 101: Ragdoll!

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Ragdolls are one of the largest domesticated cats. They are best distinguished by their uniquely colored coat and blue eyes. There is a lot of debate concerning this breed’s history. Some claim this cat is a Persian-Birman cross and others argue the Ragdoll was developed in the 1960s by crossing a feral cat with a Persian-type female. [1]



The Ragdoll is a sturdy cat with a large frame and muscular legs. They can be found in a variety of colors including red, chocolate, seal, flame, blue, cream and pale lilac. Normally, traditional Ragdoll kittens are born white. Their coloring begins at about 8 to 10 weeks of age and full coloration is not achieved until the cat is three to four years old.

Ragdolls are known to be one of the favorites of cat lovers because of their amazing personality. The breed easily blends in with busy and modern households. Also, they get along well with children and other pets at home, even with dogs. The cat’s name derives from their easygoing personality and willingness to lay or sit wherever they are put down.
Indeed, they are known for actually becoming limp or floppy when picked up! [2]



The breed is also noted for its intense interest in humans. They are very affectionate by nature and therefore Ragdolls usually follow their owners wherever they go. They are the type to greet you by the door, sleep with you, and want to be as close at they can. Although they are playful, they are careful not to extend their claws in order to protect their playmate. Ragdolls are also recognized to be relaxed, gentle, and intelligent.

Ragdolls normally have silky and plush coats which require only minimal grooming. This is a semi-longhaired cat with very long guard hairs. Like most other cats, the Ragdoll sheds depending on the season. [3] Nonetheless, they are guaranteed to be well-behaved and are easy to groom.

Both Ragdoll and Siamese cats have the shortest life expectancy of any domesticated cat. Only 63% of Ragdolls are able to live to see the age of ten. [4]

If you want to have a cat that is big, lovable and downright adorable, then get yourself a good ‘ol ragdoll cat!

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References:

[1] James Richards, ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing and Caring for Your Pet (Chronicle Books, 1999).
[2] The Complete Cat Breed Book (Penguin, 2013).
[3] Nicolae Sfetcu, About Cats (Nicolae Sfetcu, 2014).
[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragdoll#Health

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