Ragdoll cats are usually playful, fun and cuddly at the same time. Full of life, they tend to love their families, following them around, snuggling up and can learn some tricks and commands if it means they can communicate with you, their world.
Ragdolls are said to have got their name from how they relax and go limp in the arms of their trusted humans, ie going floppy like a ragdoll.
Ragdolls learn. They can sometimes seem more like dogs, learning how to play and retrieve, wanting to be part of the family, sitting beside their family, often chilled, chatty and cuddly. Usually great for households where there are children and other pets.
As a large domestic cat breed, Ragdolls have heads on the larger side, but a face with soft contours. Long soft coat, with rounded tip ears, long body and oval shaped eyes.
Ragdolls can have some breed specific issues, such as bladder stones and heart disease. Breeders can have vet help to try and breed out some conditions, but some conditions still exist. Remain
Ragdolls don’t shed excessively, despite the often long coat. They have a moderate twice yearly shed cycle and needs regular brushing to help keep their coats tangle free, soft and healthy.
It’s important to feed ragdolls a balanced diet, as due to their size, excess weight can lead to joint and bone issues. Your vet can help you decide when to move from kitten food to adult food.
Said to have originally come from the USA, in the state of California, where a breeder began experimenting. The breed was fully recognised in 2000.