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Rag Doll Cats

Do any of you have experience of these cats? Do you have any tips or advice for someone who is thinking of getting one?

What's a rag doll cat?

I used to have a ragged old cat  ::  ::

Googled it

but still don't recognise them as any other than moggies.

I have copied and pasted this from the above site

Ragdolls are, for me, the cream of the feline world. The majority of those who are ‘slaves’ to Ragdolls now, or have been in the past, will probably understand why I say this, but for those who have not yet encountered Ragdolls, I shall try to explain just what it is that I think makes them so special.

When I first set eyes on a Ragdoll cat, the initial thing that struck me was their size. They are large, muscular cats, with mature males reaching weights of 7–9kg (15-20lb) and females 3.5-7kg (8-15lb). Little wonder then, that Ragdolls are believed to be the largest of all domesticated cats. The second thing that struck me was the exquisite beauty of the Ragdoll, with amazing blue eyes, silky semi-longhaired coats, their neck ruff and ‘knickerbockers’ and striking colours and patterns. However, it is the truly wonderful nature of these ‘gentle giants’ of the feline world that really gives them their uniqueness as a breed.

Ragdolls have the ‘purrsonality’ to match their size and beauty. They are loving, gentle and docile. The loyalty they afford their owners can be compared to that of a dog, as they are not independent and aloof, but crave company and attention, wanting to be with their owners at every opportunity. Once you share your home with a Ragdoll, you adopt a shadow, who will follow you everywhere and I mean, everywhere! In our house showering or bathing usually involves the company of at least one of our Ragdolls and as I write this I have two Ragdolls supervising me, as they drape themselves partly across my lap and partly across the keyboard. Our Ragdolls always greet us at the front door, when we return home, even if we have only been out to put rubbish in the bin, or cut the grass. Having a Ragdoll is not like owning any other cat.  Once you own, or should I say are ‘owned’, by a Ragdoll, they become one of the family and you become their slave! Ragdolls generally have a quiet voice and tend not to meow continually, as some breeds of cat do. However they can be vocal and many are very competent at using a few well chosen sounds to communicate their feelings to their owners. With time it is possible to distinguish these sounds and begin to learn the emotions and moods they convey.

The term 'lap cat is often used when describing the Ragdoll and while this is true for many Raggies, it is important to make the point that every Ragdoll is an individual and some do not enjoy sitting on their owners lap. That is not say they are not affectionate, but they prefer to sit close by or even better, on their owner's feet!

Calm and a laid back in nature, generally Ragdolls will settle into most situations and will live happily with other pets and children. Ragdolls are fun and mischievous too.  They love playing and make great retrievers, if a little time is dedicated to training them. Our Ragdolls enjoy a game of fetch the ‘mouse’ or ‘ ball’ and any games are played with exceptional Ragdoll manners, without claws or teeth!  Ragdolls like to play with someone, not just on their own and they can be very persuasive at encouraging others to join in, once they have decided it is play time.  A Ragdolls idea of a 'good toy' may not be yours.  A favourite amongst our Ragdolls is grape stalks - don't ask me why but they just love them, with or without the grapes attached!!  Any open box just has to be investigated and sweet tins are completely fascinating to a Ragdoll whose idea of heaven is a small ball of tin foil.  Other such interesting items include straws, pencils, pens (especially if you're writing with them at the time), small ornaments, in fact anything they can comfortably carry and then loose.  This can be intentionally, such as when placing inside your shoe, or accidentally under a heavy piece of furniture.  The latter is usually accompanied by loud crying until you move said piece of furniture and retrieve the 'toy' for them.  Christmas and Birthdays are particularly fun times for Ragdolls when there is lots of wrapping paper to pounce on and shred.  **Warning** When wrapping presents, it is advisable to remove all Ragdolls from the room before they decide to 'help'!

So Ragdolls are big and beautiful, and they have the most endearing characters I have ever observed in a cat. That to me is why I am so utterly enchanted by them. Given plenty of love and attention, Ragdolls will reward their owners many times over with their own special brand of loyalty and affection, but be warned, Ragdolls are totally addictive!

Hi Storm,

Here is the link to the british rag doll club, you will get plenty of info there. we used to have a seal point , they are super cats, BIG, and gentle, they get on very well with dogs and are fairly easy to groom.

Does this mean that you are expecting one for Xmas Storm? icon_rolleyes.gif

I'm always tempted to have more than one of everything :smt111

Those are big cats!  They are about the size of the Maine Coon cats. If they are going to be away all day,  it might be better to get two cats to keep one another company.

They are a beautiful cat!
BUT need lots of attention, and groooming EVERYDAY and depending on where they live need to be house cats.
i looked after (whilst my friend there owner was on holiday) 2 a few years back that where like very fluffy burmese but with 4 white socks.
they were lovely when they came but went home looking like Rastafari's, the amount of dreadlocks i managed to achieve by not grooming them 100% every day was something I still haven't been forgiven for!
If they are after a stunning cat I would personally recomend bengals as they have a "dog like personality" but no grooming needed at all.
I think that if someone wants a hassle free "dog like companion" that this is the way to go mine are fab most of the time, but they do cry for any reason and it is irritating sometimes.

Thanks to you all.  I will tell them that OTG folk say they are wonderful, superb cats and will warn them about the grooming. I'll also suggest they look into Bengal cats. I suspect they would like a dog like personality but I can't offer to look after a dog for them during the day because Bob the lab pup is still young and it has been quite hard looking after him and working (absolutely wouldn't be without him though icon_razz.gif ). I hope that they get  a cat(s) that will get on with dogs so we can still take our 2 round there.

I've seen from another thread that your son got a ragdoll cat :-)  Is there any chance of some photos?

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