Ragdolls have become very popular over the last few decades. Their charming personalities and adorable looks make them winners for many pet lovers.
The Ragdoll was introduced in 1960 by Ann Baker when she crossed a Persian with a Birman. After this cross, she decided to include Burmese cats in the mix. While the Ragdoll Fanciers’ Club International aims to promote Ragdoll cats to other cat associations, the breed has not yet been accepted into the Cat Fanciers’ Association.
Ragdolls are rather large cats, with females generally weighing between 10-15 pounds and males weighing between 12-20 pounds. Ragdolls have medium to long fur, with longer hair around the back of the hindquarters and around the neck. They also have bushy tails and oval shaped blue eyes.
When Ragdolls are born, their fur is all white. However, as they grow older, their fur darkens. This breed comes in four colors and three patterns. A seal colored Ragdoll’s body is tan while its points, ears, nose, paws, and tail, are seal brown. An ivory body and milk chocolate points describes the chocolate colored Ragdoll. Pinkish-gray points and a frosty white body characterizes a lilac colored Ragdoll. Finally, a blue Ragdoll possesses dark gray points and a light gray body.
This breed also comes in one of three patterns. A Ragdoll with a colorpoint pattern has a light body color with dark points. Mitted cats are similar to colorpoints, except mitted cats possess white markings around its neck, chin, back feet and legs, front paws, and a white strip along the belly. Bi-color patterned Ragdolls have dark ears and tail. They also contain an inverted V shape on its face, which makes the back of this cat look like a saddle while the remainder of the cat remains white.
Ragdolls are laid back cats who do not mind being held like infants. As their name suggests, they can often be found flopped over their owner’s arms when being held. This breed of cats resemble dogs in that they follow their owners around the house. They love being near people. Given their laid back nature, Ragdolls are not likely to defend themselves if attacked; thus, it is vital you watch your cat, especially if you have children, dogs, or other cats in your home.
The longer fur around the hindquarters needs to be brushed or combed on a regular basis. However, these cats generally require little grooming care as their fur does not mat easily. In addition, as discussed earlier, these cats must be kept indoors because of their unwillingness to defend themselves if they are attacked by another animal.
These sweet cats make good pets for individuals who love to spend a lot of time with their animals.