Origin: USA (California)
Class: according to FIFe classification, category II-semi-longhair, RAG standard; WCF classification Category 2-Semi-Longhair, RAG standard
Usage: domestic cat, companion, can play with children
Color: colorpoint (mask - to the middle of the ears), mitted (“in the socks”), bicolor (two-tone); color options 4: sio, purple, blue and chocolate
Sizes: cat - up to a meter, cats - up to 80 cm; cat weight - up to 10 kg, cats - up to 7 kg
Life expectancy: up to 19 years (average - up to 15 years)
Ragdoll is a very calm, friendly pet cat. Thanks to a sufficiently high intellect, it lends itself to training, but sometimes it is too lazy.
This is a rather large cat , like a pixie-bean and a Somali cat , half-long-haired with a fluffy “collar”. Very attached to the owners.
The name ragdoll, which is translated from English as “rag doll”, the cat received for her ability to relax and low muscle tone. When you pick it up, it feels like it's a real rag doll
Ragdoll breed was bred in America (California) back in the 60s of the twentieth century. There is still no unambiguous history of the origin of the breed.
Some believe that the ragdoll came from the cross of Burmese and Angora white cats, and the characteristic color is evidence of this.
Others believe that the ancestors of the ragdoll are long-haired Persian cats , which were crossed with other breeds.
There is even a legendary story that these cats inherited their insensitivity to pain and injuries, low muscle tone from their ancestor.
She was allegedly hit by a car and almost all her life was inactive and phlegmatic.
To date, the breed is very popular in America, but not particularly known in the world.
Ragdoll can’t live without communication for a long time, and if nobody is around, literally before his eyes he loses a good mood, is sad and grows worse, they prefer to communicate with people
Ragdoll translated from English means “rag doll” - a comparison, which in many respects is a defining characteristic for them:
- these are calm and phlegmatic creatures, very friendly and affectionate;
- get along well with other pets;
- Ragdoll can not live without communication for a long time, and if nobody is around, literally before his eyes he loses a good mood, is sad and grows worse, they prefer to communicate with people;
- strongly attached, the owner for a ragdoll is a light in the window: a ragdoll everywhere follows him on the heels, adapts to his rhythm of life;
- meek and flexible, they are unpretentious to living conditions, the main thing is that your beloved master be near;
- the intelligence of these cats is quite high, they can be trained, but they are sometimes lazy;
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- perfect for games with children, as they are completely non-aggressive (they will rather hide than fight back), and the reduced threshold of pain sensitivity and the ability to relax as much as possible allows you to take almost any form without feeling discomfort from children's playfulness;
- the ragdolls' voice is calm and soft, almost inaudible, sometimes they like to talk to the owner in a gentle, quiet whisper;
Important! Ragdoll is very vulnerable and sensitive: loud screams or swearing plunge her into sadness and sadness, so families too temperamental should not consider this breed.
The owner of the ragdoll is the light in the window: the ragdoll everywhere follows him on the heels, adapts to his rhythm of life
The main purpose of ragdolls is to be companion cats, like chinchillas and Neva masquerade cats .
They get along well with all family members, are very loyal and sociable.
Children are delighted with these living "rag dolls" and you can not be afraid that the ragdoll will hurt the baby - he is absolutely non-aggressive.
Ragdolls are great for playing with children, since they are completely non-aggressive (they will rather hide than fight back), and the reduced threshold of pain sensitivity and the ability to relax as much as possible allows you to take almost any form without feeling discomfort from children's playfulness
How to choose a kitten
Quite often their close relatives - Burmese cats - can be mistaken for ragdolls because they are very similar in color.
But the ragdoll standards are quite different and very strict:
- very flexible character, peacefulness and suppleness;
- wide-set blue cat eyes of a saturated shade;
- pungent muzzle with chubby cheeks;
- rounded ears (come with tassels);
- long body with a pointed tail;
- along with muscularity - decreased muscle tone.
To distinguish a ragdoll from similar cats, even with a soft and flexible character, just pick it up.
Due to the unique features of their muscle tone, regdolls are completely surrendered to the owner, all their muscles relax and they really look like a “rag doll”.
Quite often their close relatives - Burmese cats - can be mistaken for ragdolls because they are very similar in color. But the ragdoll standards are quite different and very strict
Ragdoll, which you can buy in our country, is not very widespread yet, but there are still nurseries where the breed is bred.
Kittens are sold when they turn 2-3 months old.
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Ragdoll, the price of which depends on many factors, can be of different classes.
The cheapest thoroughbred pet class ragdolls can cost up to 40 thousand rubles in 3-4 months, while the animals of the class "brid" (medium) or "show" (highest) are many times more expensive.
You can buy thoroughbred kittens, but without documents for 5,000 rubles.
Ragdoll kitten got bored, apparently, for a long time the owner did not pay attention to him
The ragdoll's coat is long and soft, but the undercoat is poorly developed, therefore, it does not fall into the warlocks. But sometimes you should comb out the fur with a furminator .
Ragdolls love such attention, and will not show any resistance.
It is usually recommended to comb them once a week, and in the summer, when they molt - twice. First, the head and chest are combed with a frequent comb, then - the neck, back and sides.
The paws and stomach are combed last. Complete combing with a massage brush.
It is better not to touch the tail, and to remove the fallen hair, you can hold it with wet hands over the entire coat.
Important! Cats of this breed are bathed only as a last resort. Ragdolls themselves are very clean and, as a rule, take care of themselves, they really do not like bathing, for them it's stress.
Ragdoll cats like to walk outside, but do not leave them alone there. They constantly need an eye and an eye.
Issuing ragdolls for a walk alone is not recommended. They are very obedient, and you can teach them to walk on a harness.
You can equip a special enclosure for walking, but on the street it is worth putting on a special collar against ticks and fleas .
It should be remembered that due to their muscular features, they are poorly grouped in contrast to their counterparts, and falling from a small height can have sad consequences for them.
In general, they like to walk, they don’t even care where, most importantly, with their beloved master.
The main purpose of ragdolls is to be companions. They get along well with all family members, are very dedicated and sociable.
Regdoll is a thoroughbred cat, therefore, it needs high-quality nutrition, although they are not picky about food.
The diet should be balanced: meat (2/3 of the total diet), fish, vegetables, dairy products, fat, eggs (a couple of times a week).
Premium class finished foods have everything you need and in the right amount, this is the most convenient way to feed.
Adult ragdolls are recommended to be fed twice a day, and small kittens are recommended 4 or 5 times.
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Curious Ragdoll Kittens
Usually, ragdolls do not complain about their health with good care.
But you need to remember about the features - low muscle tone - and try to protect cats from falls and other dangers.
In addition, some individuals may be diagnosed with hip dysplasia, which with a high degree of manifestation can lead to lameness or even immobilization of the animal.
The second danger that awaits the ragdolls is a thickening of the heart walls (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), in which it already does poorly with its functions. This usually occurs in cats in old age.
In addition, it is worth remembering that to communicate with these cats, a person is very important and in the absence of a beloved host, they can become depressed.
Important! It is necessary to carefully monitor the behavior of the pet: ragdolls are so patient and calm that they can hide their illnesses.
The ragdoll's coat is long and soft, but the undercoat is poorly developed, therefore, it does not fall into the warlocks. But sometimes you should comb out their hair. Ragdolls love such attention, and will not show any resistance
There are a number of diseases that are very dangerous for cats (rabies, hepatitis, lichen, plague, etc.), for which vaccination is recommended.
The kitten is vaccinated for the first time after three months. He must be healthy, strong. If the baby is sick, then vaccination should be postponed until recovery.
Once a year, it is advisable to repeat vaccinations in order to strengthen the immune system.
And ragdoll can stand on its hind legs
To continue the race, ragdolls ripen by the age of three.
But they will not bother the owners with heart-rending screams or aspirations for yard battles - they are too calm for such a violent manifestation of emotions.
Cats are real gentlemen, they will never offend a female, they are ready to wait for several hours or even days, patiently look after and persuade.
Cats usually favor courtship. Ragdolls are real Monogamous and quite demanding on choosing a partner.
Usually, ragdolls do not complain about their health with good care. But you need to remember about the features - low muscle tone - and try to protect cats from falls and other dangers
Both mating and pregnancy of cats are stretched in time, the cat prefers to give birth under the strict guidance of the beloved owner.
After giving birth, the cat is encouraged to offer warm milk or salted water.
Kittens develop a little slower than other breeds: their eyes open only after 2 weeks, and feeding with milk - by 4 months.
Ragdoll: breed of good-natured feline giants from America
Ragdoll (photo): breed of good-natured cat giants from America