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Breed Spotlight: The Ragdoll Cat

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
2 years ago

Also known as “puppy cats,” it’s not hard to see why so many people adore the Ragdoll.

We’re going to take a closer look at this popular breed of cat so you can decide if you want to bring one into your home. We’ll not only look at their physical characteristics and personality traits, but also at the biggest medical concern this breed faces.

Keep reading to find out more about Ragdolls and why they’re becoming so popular.

Ragdoll Physical Traits

When you know what you’re looking for, it’s easy to spot a Ragdoll. Here are the physical traits that set them apart from other breeds:

  • Blue eyes
  • Semi-long fur
  • White or cream-colored bodies
  • Points of color on the face, legs, and tail
  • Large (males can get up to 20 pounds)

While a Ragdoll’s body is always white, their color points may be seal, blue, lilac, chocolate, red, cream, lynx, or tortie.

In addition to their physical traits, Ragdolls also have a unique personality that gives them away.

Ragdoll Personality Traits

Here are some of the personality traits Ragdolls have. Keep in mind that each cat is still an individual, so you can’t expect your Ragdoll to be exactly like this just because most are.

  • Affectionate
  • Obedient
  • Intelligent
  • Docile
  • Patient (even with children!)

The Ragdoll gets its name because they tend to completely relax when held, just like a ragdoll. Overall, they make great family pets and get along well with adults, children, and dogs. Some even love to go for walks on a leash!

Medical Concerns of the Ragdoll

With no undercoat, the long fur of the Ragdoll rarely gets matted, so you’ll just need to groom them to keep them silky. However, there is one genetic condition this breed can suffer from.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a heart condition in which some of the heart walls are thickened. This makes it difficult for the body to properly circulate blood cells and oxygen which can lead to a number of symptoms including:

  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Blue paw pads from lack of oxygenation
  • Intolerance to exercise
  • Sudden collapse

While this sounds scary, this condition can be tested for, so responsible breeders can avoid breeding cats that have it. If you’re considering getting a Ragdoll, be sure to ask the breeder for health certificates that show the parents don’t have this condition.

If you’re not sure if your cat is prone to this condition, be on the lookout for the above symptoms and take her to your veterinarian immediately if you notice any of them.

Is a Ragdoll Right for You?

If you’re looking for a cat that loves to cuddle and be by your side no matter what you’re doing, the Ragdoll may be right for you. Something to keep in mind is that these cats do require quite a bit of attention, so you shouldn’t get one if you’re not going to be home to spend time with your cat.

While they generally do well with children, they should still be respected by kids. One myth about this breed is they’re tolerant to pain. However, they do feel as much pain as any other cat and all interactions between small children and cats should be supervised.

Want More Breed Spotlights?

Still looking for the perfect breed for your family? Check out our other breed spotlights for more information on what you can expect before bringing home your new best friend!

We’ve got tons of breeds covered already and add more all the time so you and your family can find the perfect pet companion.

Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

Guest Blogger: Melody Cary

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