What a Ragdoll is – and isn’t
The MYTHS (you’ll find these all over the Internet):
1. I want a cat I can pick up and snuggle any time I feel like it – on MY terms, not the cat’s – and Ragdolls are the PERFECT cat for that!
Sorry, that’s not a realistic expectation of any animal – not even a Ragdoll. If that’s what you want, PLEASE go to ToysRUs. You’ll both be happier.
Seriously. Not realistic. Sweet, loving cat that will want to be with you, yes. Cat without feelings of self that will let you handle it against its will just because you feel like it? No. Don’t even ask.
2. Ragdolls don’t feel pain.
They definitely do feel pain, just like any other cat. Especially after surgery.
3. Ragdolls don’t shed.
Try telling that to our last vacuum cleaner. As my husband says, if it has hair, it sheds.
4. Ragdolls are so docile they won’t even defend themselves in a fight.
I have this funny scratch-shaped rash after breaking up a fight between two of my queens - let’s hope it’s not contagious.
5. $775 for a PET-quality kitten – boy, you must make a lot of money!
Queue hysterical laughter here: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
· Last year’s single largest bill was a c-section/spay: $4016. And it wasn’t the only vet bill we had relating to that emergency. It was merely the largest.
· Replacing queens: $1500-2000.
NOTE: I’m in grad school. Check out Graduate Tier-III quarterly resident tuition at the University of Washington. I’m just rolling in money – NOT.
· The Stud fee: the price of the first kitten sold (and if sold as a breeder, well, that’s your stud fee).
· Then there are vet bills (which have increased 25% over the past 4 years) for well-baby checks and vaccines. And food. And kitty litter. Never forget food or litter in your expenses.
We are extraordinarily lucky if absolutely nothing goes wrong – then we break even across a year. The only people we know who make money at this are back yard breeders who cut corners and sell unhealthy kittens. Our kittens are healthy. Next question?
6. Ann Baker bred her cats with rabbits to get that bunny-soft fur.
Oh please………. Why does this crazy stuff persist?
THE TRUTHS (we’ve actually seen these):
Ragdolls are above and beyond all else a CAT. If you hurt them, they will resent it. If you abuse them, they will scratch and bite. If you ignore them, they will get naughty to get your attention. If you let them outside, they will decimate the local songbird population. If you pick them up when they don’t want to be picked up, they will object by any means necessary to get that point across. They ARE very social cats that generally love to be with their people – but they are a CAT. Cat Rules Apply. Always.
The Ragdoll is a long-haired cat and will definitely shed, but the fur generally doesn’t matte up unless they get something in it. It’s not like Persian fur – it’s like Maine Coon hair, soft and silky. They like to be brushed, which is a wonderful way to keep shedding under control, but it’s a bonding experience rather than a grooming need.
Ragdolls are one of the larger domestic cat breeds; Maine Coons are generally longer, while Ragdolls are generally heavier. As a result, they need “large” sizes in nearly everything to stay happy: litter boxes, carriers, even scratching posts.
Also due to their large size, Ragdolls take 5 years to fully mature. This is on par with Maine Coons, Norwegian Forest Cats, and other large breed cats.
Possibly due to their large size (this is based on our observations of the larger breeds), Ragdolls are very social and friendly. They like people – especially their own. They don’t like being lonely, and usually don’t make good “onlys” (though there ARE exceptions).
Our Ragdolls seem to like water. Freshly used showers and bathtubs are their playground. Surprisingly, our kittens also seem to like dogs. Maybe it’s because they’re very relaxed in general? Or do they simply see the possibilities of minions….?
And yes, they do play fetch. That’s not a myth. ;)
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