The Ragdoll cats were first born in California in the 1960s. This cat breed is a result of a mating between a white Persian cat queen (female) and a Birman or Birman-type tom. When you pick up the cat becomes very relaxed and is as floppy as the ragdoll from which it takes its name.
The Cat FanciersAssociation started registering the cats in 1993 and gave them full recognition in 2000. But most of the registries now recognize the breed, including The International Cat Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association.
Ragdoll cat breed is large and powerful with distinctive markings. This cat is extremely relaxed and laid back giving the floppy ragdoll impression. The broadhead has a flat top and is wide between the ears. The deep blue eyes are large, the body is long and muscular with a broad chest, short neck and strong legs.
The paws of these cats are large round and tufted with a long and bushy tail. The Ragdoll cat’s coat is silky, dense and of the medium, to long length, and on adult cats there should be a ruff and knickerbockers.
There are three different coat patterns in the Ragdoll cat breed and each pattern comes in four colors.
Coat Length: Coat of this cat is thick and extremely soft, the length of the hairs can range from medium to long.
Age: 12 to 15 years
Size: Male weighing 20 pounds as compared to females weighing from 10 to 15 pounds.
This cat is possibly the most laid back of all the domestic cat breeds. These cats are content and undemanding and tolerate most situations. They are extremely gentle and relaxed nature and make loyal and devoted pets.
There is an old wife’s tale that these cats are immune to pain, but this is untrue! Their relaxed disposition stems from a very trusting nature, not a lack of feeling.
Ragdolls have very good manners and are easy to live with. You will find a Ragdoll cat on your sofa or bed, but generally not much higher than that. He prefers to stay on the same level as his people rather than the highest point in a room.
Feeding & Grooming
Feeding: Every cat is unique and each has their particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food.
Cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different nutrients from their food. Proper nutrients will vary depending on age and overall health, so energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat.
Grooming: The Ragdoll cat breed requires regular grooming to keep its striking coat in good condition. And if the grooming process is started as a kitten it soon becomes used to it and enjoy the attention it brings.