The Puppy Cat

With its fluffy coat and cap­ti­vat­ing blue eyes, the Rag­doll Cat has cap­tured the hearts of many

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Un­known to most, the ori­gins of this adorable fe­line have al­ways re­mained a mys­tery. Traced back to the early 1960s, the first Rag­doll Cat is said to be the re­sult of the cross­breed­ing of a Per­sian and Burmese Cat. De­spite its mys­ti­cal ori­gins, the long-haired cat has, with its af­fec­tion­ate per­son­al­ity, gone on to win the hearts of many pet own­ers.

Weigh­ing at an av­er­age of four to nine kilo­grammes, Rag­doll Cats are one of the largest do­mes­tic cat breeds. With wide, sturdy and mus­cu­lar bod­ies, the cats mea­sure an im­pres­sive height of thirty-eight cen­time­tres to sixty-six cen­time­tres and may take up to four years to reach ma­tu­rity. De­spite their long, fluffy hair, the fur of Rag­doll Cats does not tan­gle as eas­ily as com­pared to their long-haired

coun­ter­parts. So un­like the Per­sian, the Rag­doll Cat does not re­quire a daily groom­ing com­mit­ment

– in fact, twice a week brush­ing ses­sions should do the trick.

The Rag­doll Cat can be found in a va­ri­ety of colours and pat­terns, and is also seen with colour points such as brown, cream, blue, red and lilac. Some Rag­doll Cats may have darker point mark­ings and with white mit­ten-like mark­ings on their feet – hence their de­light­ful name, the Mit­ted Rag­doll. De­spite their vivid colours, Rag­doll kit­tens are usu­ally born white. It is only af­ter a few days when hints of colour on their fur will de­velop, where the colours will grad­u­ally darken be­fore tak­ing sev­eral years to fully de­velop.

Due to their quiet and af­fec­tion­ate na­ture, the

Rag­doll Cat is of­ten re­garded as one of the most suit­able house cats. Un­like most kit­ties, it en­joys be­ing held and goes limp when done so — a rag­doll-like be­hav­iour that gave rise to its name. This friendly fe­line loves be­ing around peo­ple and an­i­mals, so worry not about adding a Rag­doll Cat to the fam­ily, as they will get along per­fectly with chil­dren and other pets. Un­like the com­mon per­cep­tion of cats, Rag­doll Cats are eas­ily at­tached to their own­ers and will want to tag along for most ac­tiv­i­ties – so do not be sur­prised if yours de­mands to be in the same room at all times. These cats are also very much play­ful and loyal, so much so that their be­hav­iour is al­most dog-like. The Rag­doll Cat can learn to come when it is called, is happy to in­dulge in a game of fetch and will even greet you at the door.

Be­ing rel­a­tively larger and more mus­cu­lar, Rag­doll Cats will need plenty of meat to meet their pro­tein re­quire­ments. As their large bod­ies may cause a strain on their bones and joints, a diet with fatty acids such as Omega-3 is highly rec­om­mended, to avoid arthri­tis. Be­sides tack­ling arthri­tis, fatty acids will also anti-in­flam­ma­tory and helps your cat main­tain a shiny,

healthy coat.

“Due to their quiet and af­fec­tion­ate na­ture, the Rag­doll Cat is of­ten re­garded as one of the most suit­able house cats.”

Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, ap­prox­i­mately thirty per­cent of Rag­doll Cats con­sist of a ge­netic mu­ta­tion that will re­sult in the devel­op­ment of hy­per­trophic car­diomy­opa­thy – the thick­en­ing of the heart’s mus­cle walls. This health con­di­tion may re­sult in com­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing block­age of blood ves­sels and heart fail­ures. How­ever, rest as­sured that the hy­per­trophic car­diomy­opa­thy is one of the most com­mon forms of cat-re­lated heart dis­eases and can be de­tected by vets should there be any ab­nor­mal­i­ties.

Well-man­nered, play­ful and a lover of peo­ple, the Rag­doll Cat is per­fect for fam­ily life. Dou­bling up as a snug­gle buddy, this big kitty is what an­i­mal lover needs.

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