Ragdoll - Imposing Cat With a Gentle Nature

Ragdoll - Imposing Cat With a Gentle Nature

The Ragdoll owes its name to the fact that if it is found hanging around, it is often likened to a soft toy. However, this fluffy cat is in fact the largest pedigree cat in the world. The remarkable XL cat has found its way from the United States to Europe and is purring into the hearts of a growing fan base. If you have enough space in your home and are looking for a cat with a dog-like affection, the Ragdoll is perfect for you and furthermore you win a friend for life.

Ragdoll Character and Attitude 

Ragdoll cats are gentle and balanced but do not tolerate being alone for long. Loneliness? Not with a Ragdoll nearby, because the cat just wants to be with you always. If you can't keep the cat company all the time, they definitely need a companion. Since your attention is more important than free access, the Ragdoll can be kept as a house cat. However, due to its considerable size, sufficient space is required. Despite the imposing body, the Ragdoll is very skilful and is not prone to clumsiness. They are also extremely playful, funny and fond of children. The Ragdoll is a rather silent cat, but if they have reason to meow, for example in protest or to get attention, they will. 

Caring for the Ragdoll

The Ragdoll's fur is more maintenance-intensive than a hard job. It hardly mattes and rarely forms clumps. Occasional brushing is usually enough to keep the silky fur groomed. Daily brushing is also advisable when changing fur to remove loose hair. Ragdolls tend to put fat on the lower abdomen, therefore, you should regularly check the weight in adult cats. Young animals with rapid growth spurts can sometimes have an increased need for food. Please pay attention to special stability and suitable dimensions for equipment such as cat trees for your "giant cat".

Colours of the Ragdoll

The colour spectrum of the Ragdoll includes black, blue, lilac and chocolate. There are also some variants such as Colourpoint, Bicolour and Mitted - i.e. with white paws. The Ragdoll is normally seen as the “masked cat”, head, ears, legs and a dark colouring on the tail. The colour change is only finally pronounced when the cat is about two years old.

History of the Ragdoll

A patented cat, the impressive Ragdoll is the only cat breed for which a patent has been applied for. Their systematic breeding began in California in the 1960s. The progenitor of all Ragdoll cats was a long-haired cat named Josephine, she had a litter of conspicuously large kittens with half-long fur and blue eyes. The owner Ann Baker then started a legally protected line, breeding with them. This was the beginning of the Ragdoll success story.

Special Features of the Ragdoll

The fact that the cat's body slackens when it is lifted has nothing to do with the animals' reduced sensation of pain, which researchers initially suspected. Rather, this trait is due to their great trust in people. Like other large breeds of cat, Ragdolls, especially male, are predisposed to heart disease. When choosing the animal, you should, therefore, pay attention to a recognized breeder, although of course, this does not guarantee animal health.

Profile 

Race - Ragdoll

Origin - California / USA

Size - Very large, up to 40 centimetres shoulder height, head-tail length up to 120 centimetres

Weight - Cat 4.5 to 6.5 kg, cat 6.5 to 10 kg

Anatomy - Strong, high-legged and muscular, shoulder height up to 40 centimetres, broad chest, bushy tail, round paws

Head shape - Medium-sized and wedge-shaped, ears with small tufts of hair, round snout with a pronounced chin

Eyes - Oval and bright blue

Fur and colour - Silky-soft texture, recognized colour shades are black, lilac, blue and chocolate with different patterns

Grooming - Comb several times a week

Particularities - The body usually relaxes when it is lifted up and really slackens

Character - Clingy, gentle, playful, strong in character