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