Living with a Ragdoll
Written by Chris Powell of Cheham Ragdolls
Let us take a closer look at what the Ragdoll is really like to live with.
They are large, semi-longhaired cats, with a strong muscular feel to them. Their coat is said to be non-matting, but rest assured if you neglect it knots will appear especially under the front and hind legs. Make grooming fun for your pet and he will look forward to this special time with you each day. A thorough grooming is recommended at least twice a week. Their coats are soft and silky with beautiful ruffs and knickerbockers often looking better in the winter months when they are in full coat, as with many other semi-longhaired breeds. Coat length varies with the individual, with neuters usually having a longer more luxurious look to them; this is because as we all know neuters haven’t the hormones that play havoc with their systems!
The Ragdoll comes in the universally accepted colours of Seal, Blue, Lilac, Red and Cream in the solid points, Tortie points, tabby points and tortie tabby points which may all be transposed over each of the 3 accepted patterns of colourpointed, mitted and bicolour. Chocolate and lilac being far more difficult to acquire
The Ragdoll should have good length to his body with a long tail to balance and with good strong bone and large round tufted paws to support his frame. With their broad head and width between their medium sized well-furnished ears, medium length nose with its retrousse tip, and of course their most outstanding feature, their eyes from the deepest sapphire to the most delicate china blue, they have an expression like no other cat. The Ragdoll is a perfectly balanced cat, with no extreme abnormalities and it remains the policy of the British Ragdoll Cat Club to maintain this original type, so that the Ragdoll today still appears similar to those Ragdolls that founded the breed many years ago.
When all is said and done, the vast majority of Ragdoll kittens, as in any other breed, are sold as pets. Those who buy them don’t really mind if the ear set is a little high, the nose a little straight, the eyes aren’t the deepest of blue or the markings less than perfect. They want the temperament, for this, is what the Ragdoll is most famous.
Ragdolls have a wonderfully gentle laid back temperament and their popularity as the ideal house pet who is totally devoted to their owners has become legendary. As kittens they are full of life and inquisitive and as they mature they become very loving, trusting cats who follow their owners everywhere. They love human company and are super with children, but since the boys can grow to be such large cats, often tipping the scales at around 15lbs, children do need to be shown how to hold them correctly by supporting them with both hands. Ragdolls have puppy like characteristics that are most endearing. They get to know their names and will come when called. They also love to play and any amount of love and affection given to a Ragdoll will be repaid over and over again
When introduced to the Ragdoll for the first time, you will be overwhelmed at just how beautiful they are, but the big difference with this breed is that, although the kittens are pretty, soft and fluffy, the adults are stunning. They are one of the few breeds that actually get better with age. How a kitten looks when first seen, bears no resemblance to how it will look when taken home at 13 weeks. He will look different again at 1 year old and that same kitten will look even more beautiful at 2 years old, gaining full maturity as a magnificent 4 year old adult
So, what do you get when you buy a Ragdoll? Certainly not a dim witted creature who sits around all day doing nothing and never feels pain, certainly not the cushion cat which it was once portrayed to be, but a stunningly beautiful individual, with almost a sense of humour all of its own. A cat who will meet you at the door when you return home, who will
chatter to you when the mood takes them, who will rely on you to give them all the love so they will be able to return it to you ten fold. Certainly not a cat that can be ignored, just one small word of warning… One is not usually enough! It has been said before…. and has to be said again….. RAGDOLLS ARE ADDICTIVE!