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Meet the Ragdoll Cat Breed

Meet the Ragdoll Cat Breed

The Ragdoll cat breed got its name from its nature: overall, Ragdoll cats are relaxed, happy cats that enjoy being around their pet parents, children and other pets—even dogs. A relatively playful clown, Ragdolls have been known to learn how to fetch, and some even like to greet guests at the door.

Large and affectionate, the Ragdoll is one of the largest cat breeds at the cat show, with full-grown males weighing between 12–20 pounds and full-grown females weighing 8–15 lbs. The breed is known for its silky, semi-longhaired coat. This coat does not have much of an undercoat, which reduces its propensity for shedding or matting. Proper nutrition that includes antioxidants, vitamins and Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids can help promote healthy skin and coat. Additionally, foods that feature taurine, EPA and DHA can help contribute to cardiac health, as Ragdolls have an increased risk of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle.

Other breed features include a sturdy body and large frame. Unlike the Persian, which features a stocky build, the Ragdoll has leg length that is proportionate to its body size. Ragdolls come in seven colors: red, seal, chocolate, flame, blue, lilac and cream. They also come in four different patterns: pointed (where the ears, nose, tails and paws are all a distinct color); mitted (like pointed, but with white paws and abdomen); bi-color (white legs and white inverted “v” shape on the face, and white abdomen) and lynx (a dilute version of tabby markings). All Ragdoll kittens are born white and grow into their color. Usually by 8–10 weeks they will display their future colors and patterns and will have full color and coat by 3–4 years.

A mitted Ragdoll can sometimes be confused with a Birman. However, Birmans are a smaller cat overall, and have a colored chin, whereas Ragdolls have a white chin.

Royal Canin offers a breed-specific formula for the Ragdoll. It features a kibble design specially created to make it easier for the Ragdoll’s broad jaw to grasp the food and encourages more thorough chewing. The formula also features nutrients that support the Ragdoll’s hair production and nutrients for bone and joint support.

If you are seeking a friendly, affectionate pet partner that gets along with kids and other pets, the Ragdoll may be the cat breed for you.

Ragdog Cat Trivia: How many pet parents admit that they’ve tasted their cat’s food?

  1. 50% of pet parents
  2. All of them – haven’t you?
  3. None of them – yuck!
  4. 15% of all pet parents

Correct answer: D. According to a recent study conducted by Royal Canin, 15% (more than 1 in 10) admit that they have tasted their feline’s food.