The Ragdoll

The Ragdoll was first bred in the 1960’s by Ann Baker. The name Ragdoll came from the first members of the breeds tendency to go limp, like a rag doll, when being picked up. The blue eyed Ragdolls are large, heavily boned, and muscular cats that take about three years to reach their full size. Ragdolls, like Maine Coon Cats, are sometimes called gentle giants and can weigh up to thirty pounds, although 15 to 20 pounds is about average for males. Females tend to be much smaller usually weighing 10 to 15 pounds.

Ragdolls are extremely docile, friendly, and loving cats, although at times, Ragdolls appear to not know they are cats, and see themselves as your friend and not a pet. They love to be around people and they love to sleep on you. They will greet you at the door when you come home and follow you around the house. They’re very intelligent cats that can be taught to play fetch. They love to play and will spend hours with simple household items. They crave affection so they’re perfect for families that can give them a lot of attention. They’re good with children, dogs, and other cats. It should be noted that Ragdolls are strictly indoor cats. They are so friendly and docile that they will not defend themselves.

All Ragdolls are born white and will not develop their full color until they are two years of age. They are medium to long haired cats, but their coat is easy to care for, needing a combing only once a week to prevent matting. Their fur is said to be as soft to the touch as rabbit fur, and comes in a variety of colors like blue, seal, chocolate, lilac, and red.

The Ragdoll is a perfect cat for anyone that wants a friendly, loving, and loyal cat and has the time to give them the attention they need. They never use their claws in anger making them perfect for those with children, but this also means that will not survive if allowed outside. The Ragdoll is a hearty breed that has no major health issues. So if you’re looking for a friend instead of a cat, than a Ragdoll is the perfect choice.

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