Ragdoll

The name 'Ragdoll' comes from its relaxed nature and tendency to go limp–like a rag doll–in your arms. Ragdoll cats are large and powerful looking but they're actually very gentle and docile.They get on well with other pets and kids—as long as they're gentle. Because Ragdoll cats need little exercise they're well suited to apartment living. They're no Bear Grylls and this lack of survival instincts means they need to be kept indoors, yet they crave companionship so shouldn't be left alone for long periods of time.

The Ragdoll cat has a broad head that has a flat top and is wide between the ears. The ears are medium-sized and tilted slightly forward and are rounded at the tip. The chin is firm with a level bite and the muzzle is rounded with plump cheeks. Ragdoll cats have big blue eyes and bunny-soft fur. It's a bit like a big teddy bear! The legs are substantially boned and are medium in length. The paws are large round and tufted. The tail is long and bushy.

Country of Origin
America
Colour

Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red, Cream. Tortie and Tabby (Lynx) Patterns. Chocolate and Lilac (less common).

Cost
Size
Large
Health
A predominantly healthy breed. polycystic kidney disease a possibility.
Life Span

10-15 years

Intelligence
Not only intelligent but super keen to please its owner
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

Although the Ragdoll is a large cat it is not very active and requires only 70 Kcals of food per kg bodyweight per day. Care must be taken not to let this breed become obese.

Feeding Cost
Hair Shed
Moderate
Ailments
A predominantly healthy breed. polycystic kidney disease a possibility.
Grooming Requirements
Brush 2-3 times a week. Daily brushing required during shedding season.
Ragdolls originated in the 1960s in America. It's believed they come from cross breeding with several breeds over many years. Persian, Birman and Angora cat breeds all play a big role. The Ragdoll was eventually recognised as a breed of cat in 1967 in the US and apx 1990 in Australia.


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