Ragdoll Cat Advantages and Challenges
Ragdoll Cat Physical Characteristics
Ragdoll Cat Personality
This breed derives the name “ Ragdoll” from its tendency to relax and go limp in your arms like a floppy toy doll. An extremely calm and easygoing breed, the Ragdoll cat has a very trusting nature and will become entirely devoted to its chosen humans, following them from room to room like an adoring puppy. The Ragdoll cat wants to be with you all of the time; if you’re away from home for more than a few hours each day, then your pet would greatly enjoy having a pet of its own – another animal will be fine company for your Ragdoll cat, and they can entertain each other while you’re away.
Ragdoll Cat History and General Information
History and Origin
The history of this breed is shrouded in controversy. Originally the Ragdoll cat was developed in the 1960’s by a woman named Ann Baker in California, who bred a cat named Josephine - a gentle, longhaired female carrying Siamese markings - to other longhaired cats carrying Siamese markings. Ann Baker’s original breeding stock consisted entirely of sturdy, feral, unpedigreed cats, although stories were circulated at the time to suggest that these cats were actually purebred Siamese, Burmese and Birman.
The Ragdoll cat doesn’t shed excessively, and needs little special grooming care to keep its coat in good condition. Its soft fur tends not to form mats, making an occasional combing or brushing session sufficient. The longer “fur pants” around the hindquarters should be combed a bit more often, to stay tangle-free.
Ragdoll Cat Health
The Ragdoll cat is a very large and heavy cat which can be injured with incorrect handling. Because of its tendency to go limp when held, you need to be very careful to support the legs rather than let them dangle. Without the proper support this practice can do permanent injury to the cat’s physical structure.
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