company either from their human family or other pets. When considering
homing a Ragdoll, if the house is empty for several hours a day and
you have no other pets, it is worth remembering that a single cat may
not be a happy cat. Two cats are better than one, particularly if they
come from a home where they are used to company.
be kept indoors at all times. They are too trusting and lack the outdoor
survival skills that other cats have, so are likely to come to grief
if left to roam. Being allowed outside also puts them at risk of contracting
incurable, fatal diseases, such as FIV (similar to HIV in humans) and
FELV (feline leukaemia) As such it is important to take into consideration
the security of windows and doors, especially during the summer.
require exercise and need climbers and toys to play with. They must
be provided with litter trays, which should be changed regularly and
cleaned using a safe, non-phenol disinfectant. A general rule is to
avoid any disinfectants which go cloudy in water, they are poisonous
neutering at approximately six months old. Consult your vet for advice.
Your cat will require a yearly booster, even if it is kept indoors,
especially if you wish to have your cat stay at a boarding cattery while
on holiday. Regular worming, flea treatment and veterinary checks are
necessary. The cost of veterinary fees should be taken into consideration
when homing any cat.
be fed a healthy, high quality diet, not value label foods.
coats tend not to matt like other breeds, e.g. Persians, they can develop
tangles and knots and do require regular grooming.
Ragdolls do moult
and will shed fur onto your furniture and carpets all the time, so be
prepared for more housework!
generally placid, friendly cats, but they are not necessarily 'lap'
cats and as every Ragdoll has its own individual temperament, you will
never be guaranteed a cuddly, lap cat.
Although a lot
is written about Ragdolls being floppy when held, this is a myth. While
many are happy to lay on their backs in your arms, others feel insecure
and will not relax.
be very vocal and as a breed can be quite demanding of your time.
will happily fit in with the other animals within your home and are
great with children. However they need to be introduced gradually into
their new home. Children should be taught to respect animals and handle
said to be the largest of all domesticated cats. The males can reach
20lbs (9kg) and females can reach 12lbs (5.5kg), so before homing a
kitten consider the size they may become!
Ragdolls make wonderful pets, but they need personal and financial commitment
from their owners. A Ragdoll cat may live to 12 years or beyond and over
that time the annual cost of feeding and caring for them will far outweigh
the initial cost of buying a kitten. Please consider carefully whether
a Ragdoll is right for you and your circumstances, before homing a kitten.