Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Ragdoll Cat: Why Are They Called Ragdolls?

The Ragdoll Cat: Why Are They Called Ragdolls?

There are times when a Cat owner wishes his or her feline companion would be more cooperative when being picked up or carried. In fact, one of the most popular comment we’ve came across so far was, “I wished my Cat would crawl into my lap and just lay there more sometimes”.

What if we told you there is a Cat perfect for that?
Pretty Ragdoll Cat
Pretty Ragdoll

The Ragdoll Cat  

This is a breed of Cat so exclusive by nature due to its founding roots. The Ragdoll Cat was developed by an American breeder by the name of Ann Baker in the year 1960. Her neighbour had litter of kittens produced by a White, non-pedigreed Female. The Female was said to be a mix of Angora or Persian, and the Male was a Burmese. Their offspring all had beautiful colour point markings and the nature of “going limp” when picked up, just like a Ragdoll. Believing that she might be on to something, Ann Baker bought some kittens from the second offspring which portrayed the same characteristics of a Ragdoll.
Ragdoll Litter
Ragdoll Litter
As opposed to rushing off to major Cat Registries, Ann Baker started her own Cat Registry specifically meant for Ragdolls, and even trademarked the name. This Registry was known as the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA), formed in 1971. Back then, Ragdoll Cats were not recognised by any other Cat Registries nor in Cat Shows. In 1975, a couple parted from IRCA to further their interest in gaining the breed’s popularity and recognition, along with a breeding pair of Ragdoll Cats. The breed was finally recognised by CFA in 2000.


Apart from their unique doll like nature, Ragdoll Cats are also amongst the larger domestic Cat breeds. An adult Male weighs an average of 5 to 9 kilograms, and Females weigh an average of 4 to 6 kilograms. 
Ragdoll Cat
A Bi-Coloured Ragdoll
They have a semi-long coat of silky hair with distinctive colour point markings, and stunning blue eyes. Ragdoll Cats come in a variety of patterns such as Colourpoint, Mitted, Bi-colour and Van. In multiple possible colour combinations of Blue, Seal, Lilac, Chocolate, Red, and Cream.


It wouldn’t be the first time we have spoken about a dog-like Cat, and it wouldn’t be the last! Like the Maine Coon and Turkish Angora, Ragdolls are one of the few breeds that absolutely loves human interaction. You can count on a Ragdoll Cat to be tailing their humans and often joining in at family activities. 
Ragdoll Cat
Adult Ragdoll
When they are not active, they can be found lazing in their owner’s laps, or sitting pretty on a low lying furniture. Ragdoll Cats are also fast learners, so you can be rest assured that they definitely respond well to training. Some Ragdolls are even able to play a game of fetch with their human counterparts! Ragdoll Cats aren’t particularly vocal, but when they do have to remind you for playtime or food, expect a soft, sweet voice from your pretty faced kitty J

Grooming & Hygiene

The term, “Extensive Maintenance” does not apply to a Ragdoll Cat, you’d be pleased to know that even though they do have semi-long hair, they do not have a dense undercoat like other Long Hair breeds. Which means, lesser chances of shedding and matting! However, it is still necessary to brush your Ragdoll’s coat at least twice a week, to get rid of loose hairs and prevent tangles.
Ragdoll Cat Couple
Well Groomed Ragdolls
Spot clean areas like their Ears and Eyes, and give them a bath when their coat starts to look stringy or “greasy”. As usual, trim their nails when they get too long. Since the Ragdoll is a pretty large Cat, do ensure their litter trays/ boxes are wide and big enough. Also make sure to clear out litter regularly, Cats are extremely finicky with litter hygiene!

Owning A Ragdoll In Singapore

Ragdoll Cats are perfect for any home, they are highly adaptable and sociable with humans and other pets. Nevertheless, it does require some effort and patience in training them, but you shouldn’t let their fast learning abilities go to waste! Pick a Ragdoll Cat only if you have time and commitment, remember, they are classic Lapcats and family oriented, don’t neglect them.
As with all other Cats, an apartment or home should always have meshed windows and doors, keep your Cats indoors fully entertained with toys and adequate space for exploring, you don’t want to risk your Cats falling to their deaths or be subjected to Cat Killers in public. A Ragdoll Cat has a lifespan of 12 to 17 years with proper care.

Adopting A Ragdoll In Singapore

Absolutely possible, in fact we have come across a beautiful female Ragdoll at none other than SPCA. So before you purchase a pet, always check with our local Animal Shelters and Organizations for more available options. Save a life by giving them a Forever Home. There are even more countless possibilities of a rewarding relationship from a grateful, loyal pet.

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