Ragdoll cats appeared in the 1960s thanks to a woman named Ann Baker, an American from California, who created this breed from a cross between a Persian white-angora cat and a domestic Birman or Burmese cat. It was Ann Baker who promoted this new breed to cat lovers all over the USA and the world. In 1971, she created the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA). In 1975, the Ragdoll Society was created, which then changed its name to Ragdoll Fanciers Club International (RFCI); this is still the top club for breeders, owners and appreciators of Ragdoll cats.
It’s a very unique cat that has various types of fur (solid-point, mitted, bicolour or lynx) and up to six different colours (seal, blue, red, cream, chocolate and lilac). The kittens are white and usually define their true colours after about 2 years of age. All Ragdolls have blue eyes, a strong build and tend to get quite big above 4 years of age. They are semi long-haired and their hair is very soft, almost like rabbit fur. Even with quite a long coat they don’t require special care, just a brush a few times a week.
These cats are very affectionate and love to be around people. They’re generally very calm and relaxed, and love to be picked up and held. When they’re held they tend to relax completely and let themselves go, like a Ragdoll, which is how they got their name! As a breed, they’re intelligent, tolerant and friendly. They won’t ever be a bother in the house as all they need is a small toy or two to be entertained. Generally speaking they’re a polite breed, that can live well alone or with other pets.
This breed, unfortunately, is predisposed towards cardiomyopathy, a genetic condition that affects the heart in some cats. This is a serious feline disease that can be fatal. Ragdolls are also prone to kidney problems and urethral obstructions that cause bladder issues, abdominal pain or worse, blood in the urine (hematuria).
While they’re growing up, or whenever health problems arise, it’s a good idea to take your Ragdoll to a vet. Nipping the problem in the bud when the first symptoms arise will ensure a long life for your Ragdoll cat.
If you’re looking for a well-behaved, calm and affectionate cat, a Ragdoll is the perfect new pet for you. They love to be amongst people, in houses or even apartments. It’s a faithful breed that only requires love from you. Ragdolls love to spend time relaxing near their owners.
And that ends our little window on the Ragdoll breed.
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