Recently a friend of mine was thinking about getting a new cat. Hers had passed away, and she thought it was the right time. I asked her if she had considered the “Ragdoll” breed. She looked puzzled and said she had not. Then I mentioned that I had heard of these cats being called “Puppy-Cats”. Her eyes widened even more and she asked if this was a crossbreed between a cat and a dog! Well, absolutely not! But if you like the characteristics of certain canine breeds, and yet you want a feline…a Ragdoll cat may be something to consider!
In marketing premium pet food and other products, I have had the chance to get to know three Ragdoll breeders. I have seen the beautiful photos on Facebook and each one’s website. As you hear more about their typical interaction with humans, you might agree they are very distinctive cats, or as some call them “Puppy-Cats”!
This unique breed was created by Ann Baker in the 1960s. One of the largest of all cat breeds, Ragdolls have a gentle nature, easy-going temperament, and get their name from the habit of going limp in their owner’s arms (like a ragdoll). They tend to be undemanding and should be considered “indoor cats” as they are very trusting, and not skittish of people or potential dangers.
As a part of the family, Ragdolls want to be included and involved with what’s going on. They will follow their owner, much like a puppy will, and greet their owners at the door when they come home! These cats can be trained to “fetch” like a puppy, as well as to walk on a leash! Just like dogs, Ragdolls can learn tricks such as sitting, shaking hands, and rolling over.
As a companion animal, they make great pets for those who live alone, as well as those within a family. Ragdolls tend to be very patient with children, allowing kids to pet and hug them without getting skittish or irritable.
Because they thrive on interaction (as compared to a lot of cats that cherish their independence), some breeders will recommend getting two Ragdoll kittens. They will enjoy the companionship of another cat!
Photo by Nurgül Kelebek
Just like some dogs that require grooming, Ragdolls will benefit from brushing at least twice a week. Considered medium to long-haired, their silky hair rarely mats, but this brushing can be part of the owner-cat bonding!
Above all, they are simply beautiful cats. With the traditional blue eyes and very dark brown markings on its points – ears, nose, legs, tail, and on their body,— they can come in six distinct colors: seal, chocolate, red, and the corresponding ‘dilutes’: blue, lilac, and cream. There also are the lynx and tortoiseshell variations in all colors and the three patterns.
If the cattery is a part of the CFA or Cat Fanciers’ Association, they will offer prestigious and pedigreed cats. However, for those who simply want a pet as part of a family, you will want to find a TICA breeder.
Being a TICA-registered cattery means that the quality breeder will carry out a number of genetic tests to detect inherited diseases and congenital defects in cats. While buying from a breeder may be desired by some people, there are many cat rescue operations that can help you find a good fit with an adopted cat!
Not only are they concerned and use genetics as a basis for their litter, but they also use highly recommended products to get the kittens off to a good start.
Please leave a comment below or personally message me if you want to know the breeders I would recommend!