The story of the Ragdoll cat began in the 1960s with a cat named Josephine. Josephine was a white long haired cat either Persian or Angora. Some say Josephine belonged to Ann Baker a Persian cat breeder from California, while others suggest Josephine actually belonged to one of Ann Barker’s neighbours. Over the years Josephine had produced several litters of typical cats sired by an unknown male Birman or Burmese cat.
It’s here that the story becomes interesting. Josephine was hit by a car and taken to the veterinary hospital at the University of California. Ann Baker claimed during Josephine’s stay at the veterinary hospital she had been subjected to some sort of secret government testing which resulted in Josephine going limp when picked up, and allegedly unable to feel pain. After Josephine recovered from her injuries she produced a litter of docile, placid, affectionate kittens with the tendency to go limp when picked up. Ann Baker knew she was on to something new and good and set out to create the Ragdoll cat with it’s large size, striking pointed colouration, gentle demeanour and it’s tendency to go limp. The name Ragdoll came from the tendency for these cats to go limp and floppy just like a rag doll.
- A large heavy cat with a full grown male weighing up to 9kg
- Their eyes are large and strikingly blue
- Their coat is semi long silky and not prone to matting because they have a dense undercoat.
- Their coat on their face is short then thickens into a long ruff which looks like a lion’s mane. Over their shoulders it gets shorter again then lengthens as it moves down towards a very furry tail.
- Ragdoll kittens are born white, have good colour by 8 – 10 weeks and full colour coat at 3 – 4 years.
- Ragdoll colours: red, chocolate, seal, flame with dilutes including lilac, cream and blue.
- Ragdoll patterns:
- Pointed – one colour darkening at the points or extremities eg nose, ears, tail, paws.
- Mitted- same as with pointed they have one colour darkening at the extremities, they also have white paws, white chin and white abdomen. They a white strip that runs from their chin to their genitals. They may or may not have a blaze – a white line or spot on their nose.
- Bicolour- whit legs, white inverted V on their face, whit abdomen and sometimes white patches on their back.
- Lynx – has tabby markings.
Ragdoll cats love to be with people. They will meet you at the door when you get home and are quick to flop in your lap for some loving. They will follow you around the house because they enjoy being wherever you are. It is here I can dispel the myth about Ragdoll cats being unable to feel pain. As is their nature Jaspurr is often wherever I am in the house, one day I did not realise he was behind me and when I moved I stepped on his tail, well I would say from the noise he made he most definitely felt it and I felt so bad. Ragdoll cats make a great family pet due to their docile and gentle nature, they don’t use claws or scratch or bite when playing. Their non-aggressive nature however means they are unable to protect themselves if attacked and therefore It is highly recommended that Ragdoll cats are indoor only cats. Ragdoll cats enjoy the company of other cats and cat friendly dogs. Ragdolls are highly intelligent cats and can be taught to play fetch and walk on a leach. They are also very obedient and will come when called.