Ragdoll cat: character, appearance, care and price

Ragdoll cat: character, appearance, care and price

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Ragdoll cat, ragdoll like "rag doll”Because, although big and thick, it is the gentlest and sweetest cat in the world. Of North American selection, with enviable blue eyes and particular "spotted" hair, the ragdoll cat among the giant cats that of an 'angelic' nature. At home, looking him in the eye, they often call him too "Cherub", but officially it is the ragdoll cat.

Ragdoll cat: history

The origins of this breed can be found overseas, at the home of the Californian breeder Anne Baker. And she should be thanked for the patient selection made to obtain the excellent character that makes the difference between the ragdoll cat and the other cats.

Baker mated a white cat, Josephine, of Angora breed and a cat Burmese. After various litters, always with a docile and affectionate character, he continued to choose in order to eliminate any aggressive shadow in this animal, obtaining the ragdoll cat.

The breed was born around the 1960s but official recognition arrived on New Year's Day 1992. Luckily the ragdoll cat has a calm character and did not take it up for all this waiting, on the contrary, he took the opportunity to cultivate his reputation as an excellent flatmate, first in the USA where he has been very popular for years, and now also in Italy, where he is always most popular.

Ragdoll cat: size

"XXL" size for this ragdoll cat which is known to be particularly "giant". Imposing and massive above all the male exponent of this breed competing with the Maine Coon for the giant title among the giants. Officially it is reported as a medium-large breed, in numbers the male weighs from 5 to 8 kg, the female reaches up to 5 kg.

Ragdoll cat: appearance

The soft and silky coat, the eyes deep blue: these are the identification marks of the ragdoll cat. The eyes in particular attract the attention of fans and non-fans of this breed, giving a sweet and mysterious appearance to the feline, they are oval, large and slightly oblique, set on an elongated face, with a pronounced chin.

The head is large and round, well assembled to the powerful physique, with ears that start wide and end rounded. The paws of the ragdoll cat they are rather broad and muscular, athletic, although he, the cat, is not very athletic. The mantle of the ragdoll cat it is peculiar: it attracts caresses whatever its color.

The coat can be long or semi-long but it is shorter on the legs while on the collar it becomes particularly voluminous. The tail is moderately hairy but the feet have tufts between one finger and the other and one appears on the muzzle "V" white, upside down and symmetrical between the eyes.

Another peculiarity of the ragdoll cat it is the "gorget": a thick fur collar that surrounds the neck to form a "jacket" which often remains thick and fluffy even in the summer. From a puppy you can understand when a ragdoll cat it falls within the standards: just check the design of the coat which must be as uniform as possible, both on the gloves and on the head mask.

The admitted and registered colors are: seal point, blue point, chocolate point, liliac point. Then, there are also specimens gloved, namely specimens of ragdoll cat with the tips of the legs white or white piebald.

Ragdoll cat: character

His voice is delicate and melodious, but that's just one of the many ways the ragdoll cat shows the world his nature as a loving pet. Another obvious way is the propensity for physical contact that is always desired and "fully enjoyed". The ragdoll cat he absolutely cannot remain alone: ​​he would die of sadness. Said so it seems an exaggeration but it is really true that this breed is very linked to the human presence.

The ragdoll cat does not like noise and confusion, it is very homely so it is not recommended for those who spend a lot of time away from home. A ragdoll cat is a typical indoor cat, which is willing to share with other cats or dogs as long as they are not very lively. Then there are those who confuse yours peaceful disposition, his laziness and his lack of reactivity with the fact of being stupid: he is in truth simply a calm and non-belligerent cat, specially selected to be extremely mild, a very sweet and lovable creature.

Sometimes too defenseless? Maybe yes, but that's how he is, he abandons himself confident in our arms. This is not to say that you have a ragdoll cat be a burden: if we bosses are dull or sick, we can be sure that he will do everything to console or comfort us. The only flaw: the ragdoll cat he is very touchy: if he is wronged, expect him to be silent for hours, offended and disheartened.

Ragdoll cat: care

If well cared for the ragdoll cat lives on average 15-18 years. What does well cared for mean? We must brush his hair regularly every 2-3 days, using a "rake" comb and even every day during the moulting period. In addition, given the habit of swallowing the hair while licking, it is better to give it products that free the intestine from rolls of hair. Eyes and ears they are to be cleaned with specific products, and “il signorino ragdoll cat”Does not tolerate litter boxes being dirty and smelly.

As for nutrition, the ragdoll cat it feeds on both packaged food and fresh food such as meat, boiled rice and vegetables, supplemented with vitamins. It must be said that it is an animal very greedy and he loves to taste so we have to be careful not to overdo it, because he is very voracious and never seems full. In general he loves fresh foods but does not disdain those preserved and above all he loves to feed on dry food.

Ragdoll cat: breeding and reproduction

The farms that host the ragdoll cat in Italy they are increasing but certainly do not reach the current situation in the USA where this breed is very popular. The sexual maturity of the male specimen arrives after 15 months while the female is made to mate only after the year of life.

In general mothers ragdoll cat they are good mothers: they lovingly raise and care for their puppies by showing confidence in their feline companion and letting them approach and interact with the puppies, which are born from 1 to 8 each time. Just born on ragdoll cat it is white, then its tips begin to color after the first ten days and the color begins to be defined only after the first three weeks of life.

Ragdoll cat: price

The puppies of ragdoll cat they have a price ranging from 900 to 1,800 euros, depending on the type of specimen, of the blood line and of classification.

Generally there are 3 types of Ragdoll kittens: "Pet" (a Ragdoll pet), "Top Pet / Show Neuter", "Breeder" (a breeding specimen) and "Show breeder" ).

To determine the price, the "conditions of sale" are also decisive, which may include:

  • pedigree FIFE (International Feline Federation), recognized all over the world
  • health card
  • microchip (small chip)
  • two trivalent vaccinations
  • internal and external deworming treatment
  • purchase contract
  • veterinary visits
  • guarantee for genetic heart disease
  • copies of the parents' FeLV (feline leukemia) and FIV (feline immunodeficiency) viral tests
  • copies of genetic tests from parents: HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), PKD (renal polycystic), MPS (mucopolysaccharidosis), PRA (progressive retinal atrophy)
  • FeLV and FIV puppy tests

Ragdoll cat: video

The sweetness, but also the beauty of ragdoll cat, can be admired immediately in this video. How unsolicited it is disarming beauty of this breed, both the aesthetic side and the character side.

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