About Ragdoll Cats
The Ragdoll is a large, floppy, people loving, blue eyed and pointed cat, with a pleasant domestic head type, with wide spaced ears and non extreme semi wedge shaped muzzle.
The ragdoll is a hybrid cat developed in the early 60's by the late Ann Baker of Riverside, California. While no one really knows just what breed the first queen named Josephine was, it is believed she was a white persian or angora type, a ferral cat which was then bred with a Birman cat (Sacred Cat of Burma) whose offspring were then crossed with a Burmese type cat creating what is now referred to as, the Ragdoll.
Ragdolls are born completely white or cream. Their eyes begin to open between 7-10 days to reveal their beautiful blue eyes that remain blue into adulthood. The color points start to show in 5-10 days. The body has a definite contrast in color to the points, the chest, bib, and chin areas are usually lighter in color.
Ragdolls will grow until they reach full maturity at around 2-3 years of age. Males are generally five pounds heavier than females. They are generelly large, floppy, laid back cats that have the ability to go limp while holding them, just like a child's ragdoll. That is how they got their name. However, not all Rgadolls flop in your arms this way, but most of them do.
The ragdoll has stunning blue eyes which may vary from lighter to darker. The fur on a ragdoll is rabbit like in softness and texture. Their fur length is semi-long and non-matting requiring minimal maintenance. Ragdolls are considered very low shedding compared to most cat breeds. A weekly brushing will minimize shedding and be sufficient in keeping your cats coat smooth, silky, and healthy.
Ragdolls are very affectionate and playful. They love getting tummy rubs and their temperament makes them a desired breed due to their gentleness and love of humans. Once you own one, you'll never want to be without one again. The ragdoll will follow you everywhere, so don't think you will ever be lonely with a ragdoll around.
Ragdolls are known to be non-agressive cats, and as such, must remain indoors. It is because of their very sweet-nature and mild temperament, that prevents them from being able to protect themselves from the danges that outdoor life may present. This is also one of the many reasons that I do not allow any of my Ragdoll kittens to be declawed.
Ragdolls will bring a smile to your face, and warmth to your soul. Our lives have been touched, since these ragdoll angels entered our lives. If you choose to adopt one, we hope that it will be the same for you too!
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