The History of Ragdolls
The Ragdoll kittens breed is not quite 50 years old.
The cats were created in California in 1963.
Breeder Ann Baker wanted to develop a beautiful cat with a loving, gentle personality, and she started with domestic longhairs of unknown ancestry.
Josephine, the foundation cat, was white with Siamese-type markings, and in her genes she carried a seal mitted or black tuxedo pattern.
The Ragdoll kittens of today descend from Josephine and her son, Daddy Warbucks, as well as other unknown domestic longhair males.
Ragdoll kittens Personality and Temperament
Ragdolls are sometimes nicknamed “puppycats” because of the way they follow their people from room to room.
Not even the bathroom offers privacy from one of these gentle lovebugs.
Unlike many cats, their preferred position is not on high but one that provides human contact.
That is on the floor lying on your feet, at your side on the sofa or, ideally, in your lap.
Not for this cat the curtain-climbing shenanigans or boisterous games of chase of other breeds.
Ragdolls have a moderate energy level and a laidback demeanor.
These are the cats you’ll see being dressed up in baby clothes and pushed around in a baby buggy by the kids.
They are not loud, communicating in a voice described as soft and musical.
The Basics of Ragdoll Grooming
The Ragdoll has a medium-long silky coat with a soft texture that is easy to groom.
Use a stainless steel comb to groom it once or twice a week to prevent or remove any mats or tangles.
Be gentle, and with his accepting personality, he’ll enjoy the special attention.
Like all cats, the Ragdoll’s coat sheds, but not excessively.
The only other grooming he requires is regular nail trimming and ear cleaning.
Trim the nails as needed, usually every 10 days to two weeks.
Cats can be prone to periodontal disease, so it’s important to brush their teeth at home with a vet-approved pet toothpaste and schedule veterinary cleanings as needed.