FANCY FE­LINE

The su­per af­fec­tion­ate Rag­doll loves peo­ple and will go com­pletely limp when held. This breed's gen­tle per­son­al­ity makes it the best apart­ment cat ever.

Pets (Singapore) - - Contents - By Christiann Priyanka

Rag­doll

the Rag­doll gets its name from a unique trait—the ten­dency to go limp in the arms of who­ever’s car­ry­ing it. Sweet, gen­tle and af­fec­tion­ate, this fe­line is one of the best com­pan­ion cats to have around. The

Rag­doll was de­vel­oped by breeder, Ann Baker, in the 1960s. She bred Josephine, a do­mes­tic long-haired cat sport­ing seal mark­ings with other long-haired cats of un­known ances­try. Ann specif­i­cally picked cats that were gen­tle, placid, large and with long Hi­malayan-pat­terned coats. Thus, the Rag­doll was born.

Though big in size, these fe­lines have a small voice, mak­ing them ex­cel­lent apart­ment cats. They are very quiet and will give out al­most "po­lite" me­ows for at­ten­tion.

The Rag­doll will hop onto laps, fol­low its paw-rent around from room to room and greet any­body it sees. These kit­ties love be­ing han­dled. They like to play with toys, join in on fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties and will wel­come strangers en­thu­si­as­ti­cally. These cats pre­fer to stay low to the ground rather than high up so that they can be next to you.

Highly intelligent, Rag­dolls will re­spond when called and can play fetch. They can also be trained to walk on leash. How­ever, they are not meant to be out­door cats. Rag­dolls do not pos­sess fight­ing in­stincts like other cat breeds be­cause of their mel­low dis­po­si­tion. They would not be able to de­fend them­selves should the oc­ca­sion arise. Even when an­noyed, they tend to walk away rather than re­tal­i­ate. Rag­dolls are

also known for not ex­tend­ing their claws dur­ing play, mak­ing them ex­cel­lent cats to have around chil­dren.

Rag­dolls are slow-ma­tur­ing cats and are born white. By the time they are 10 days old, their points and pat­terns be­gin to show; their colours will darken as they grow older. Rag­dolls come in four pat­terns— bi-colour, van, mit­ted and colour-point—and six colours: seal, blue, choco­late, li­lac, red, and cream. Their points may be solid, lynx, tor­toise­shell, or tor­toise­shell-tabby.

Rag­dolls are gen­er­ally healthy. How­ever, that does not mean that they are en­tirely free of ill­ness. Rag­dolls can suf­fer from hy­per­trophic car­diomy­opa­thy, which is a com­mon heart dis­ease in cats. They can also suf­fer from pe­ri­odon­tal dis­ease and cal­cium ox­alate blad­der stones.

They are not dif­fi­cult to groom ei­ther as they have lit­tle un­der­coat and de­spite the length of hairs, are less likely to mat. There­fore, brush­ing their fur once or twice a week is all that is needed. Give them baths when you no­tice that their coats or fur feel greasy. Rag­dolls love the at­ten­tion given to them dur­ing brush­ing, hence, groom­ing this kitty shouldn't be a her­culean task.

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