The Ragdoll cat breed has a very interesting and mysterious history! There are a variety of stories of how Ragdolls came into existence; rather than post pages of info here, you may want to do a little research online if you’re interested in learning more.
Ragdoll cats have rabbit-soft medium to long fur length and expressive large blue eyes. They love to be brushed and have one-on-one time with their humans, even with multiple cats in the home. Ragdolls are graceful, gentle, and affectionate creatures, although they each have their own unique personality. They are aptly named, as they tend to go limp like a ragdoll toy when they are picked up. This feline phenomenon is known as “the Flop Factor.” As kittens, Ragdolls are adorably cute and very playful and cuddly. When born, Ragdolls are pure white, and their colors develop as they mature—reaching their full coloring and maximum weight at three to four years of age. Our females reach an approximate weight of eight to ten pounds, and males can weigh up to fifteen pounds.
"The smallest feline is a masterpiece."
Leonardo de Vinci
Are Ragdolls suitable pets for you?
Carefully consider your and your family’s makeup and schedule before choosing to bring a Ragdoll cat—or any pet—into your household. Although Ragdolls can be rather “dog-like” in behavior, if you are looking for a pet that will obey commands, a cat is not for you. Cat owners enjoy the independent spirit of their pets; it is an inborn trait.
"I have been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not, mine had me trained in two days."
Children should be supervised as they are taught to handle and care for their new friend with gentleness, kindness, and patience. Ragdoll cats are known especially for their quiet, loving nature, but that does not mean that they do not feel pain just like any other person or animal. Rough handling and other inappropriate treatment can cause any good-natured, outgoing cat to become skittish and want to hide from rather than run to greet their people, or they may develop other unwanted behaviors.
"A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden."
Ragdolls could become depressed and even ill if left alone regularly for long periods of time. If you have busy work and/or school schedules in your home when the cat would be left alone much of the day, it would be kind to purchase two Ragdolls, or you may consider adopting a companion pet from a local animal shelter. Our cats do cry out for company when they are alone and are visibly and audibly relieved when they “find” us again. They prefer being near their people, but they also certainly enjoy romping and napping with the other Raggies and “their” doggie!
"One cat just leads to another."