A loving and affectionate cat, the Ragdoll got its name due to its tendency to go limp and relax its muscles when cuddled. It’s blue eyes, laid-back nature, and elegantly long coat are among its many captivating features that would make you want to have one at home.
Personality and quirks
Ragdolls are a friendly breed of cat that can get along well with humans. They are very affectionate and love cuddles from their human companions. Although quite laid-back, these cats still love to play and would do it gently without showing their claws.
They also need lots of socialization and companionship. So if you travel a lot, it would be best to have someone look after your Ragdoll cat. Likewise, you can also bring him with you. Ragdolls are great travel companions and can be taught to walk on a leash.
Tales of origin
According to The Cat Fanciers’ Association, this large breed cat was developed in the 1960s by Ann Baker, a breeder in Riverside California. When Ann has bred Josephine, she noticed the cat’s very endearing temperament. Breeding together cats with the same temperament as Josephine led to the Ragdoll cat that we know today.
Caring for your Ragdoll cat
Ragdolls are generally a healthy cat breed. However, like any other cat breeds, they may also develop genetic health problems. According to Vetstreet.com, among the conditions reported are bladder stones and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease where the heart muscle thickens.
Take care of your Ragdoll cat by giving him regular exercise, taking him to the vet annually, and by feeding him with healthy and appetizing meals (like Wishbone!). If you care for your Ragdoll right, he’ll be able to live with you for 15 years or more.
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