If you’re looking for an affectionate lap cat, the Ragdoll is for you. With a super friendly and blissfully relaxed personality, they’ll bring a special warmth into your home right away.
The Ragdoll originates from California in the 1960s, which may explain their laidback attitude. A cross between a Persian and a Birman, their iridescent blue eyes and thick fluffy coat are standout features. But their sweetest, most unique trait is the inspiration for their namesake, as when you pick them up, they become soft and floppy – just like a ragdoll.
The Ragdoll is a pointed cat breed, with a gorgeous coat that darkens on the face, legs, tail and ears. Colours include seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red and cream, and the points may be solid, lynx, or tortie. Patterns can be made up of solid colours or mitted with white.
The most easy-going of all domestic cats, even the Ragdoll’s growth is unhurried. Their coat reaches the permanent colour at two years, and they don’t reach full adult size until they’re four.
As one of the most tolerant breeds, the Ragdoll will fit into any home. They love the company of adults, kids, other cats and dogs. Their gentle nature makes them ideal for young children, as they usually play without extending their claws. And they don’t mind playing dress-ups and being carried around – within reason!
Ragdolls are as relaxed as they come - even their voice is gentle. When they’re looking for attention or food, their tiny, soft meow will melt your heart.
To keep their silky soft coat looking and feeling beautiful, the Ragdoll will need regular grooming. It’s unlikely you’ll get any objections to being brushed, as they love any excuse to be close to you. In fact, you’ll probably find you have a shadow following you everywhere you go.
While the Ragdoll is a large cat, they are not very active. With this in mind, keep them stimulated with toys and games, and watch their diet to ensure they’re not being overfed.
Temperament: Friendly, gentle and laidback
Colours: Seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red and cream
Size: Large 4.5-9kg
Lifespan: 10-12 years
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