If you've ever seen a Ragdoll, you know it. These fantastic felines are known for their long luscious coats and brilliant blue eyes. We did some research on these beauties and this is what we found:
Ragdolls are loving, laid-back, and extremely intelligent by nature. They can be taught basic commands like “come” and can even learn to play fetch. These cats prefer not to be in charge, but instead want to be on the same level as their human caregivers making them easy to get along with. They are the perfect companion to keep around small children as long as the child is taught the proper way to interact with the cat. Ragdolls are suitable for most multi-pet homes as long as the proper introductions are made, and all other animals are multi-pet friendly.
Ragdolls typically live 12 to 17 years, weigh between 10 and 20 pounds, and fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum for health problems. Some problems that may occur include Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, calcium oxalate bladder stones, and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). The majority of health problems for Ragdolls are inherited and should be screened for at a young age.
As with any long-haired cat, grooming can be a challenge but should be done frequently. Ragdoll coats consist of a minimal undercoat, meaning less shedding and matting, but weekly maintenance is still high suggested. The experts at cattime.com recommend using a stainless-steel comb at least twice a week to rid your cat of shedding hair paying special attention to areas where mats are likely to happen.
Ragdolls are intelligent and can be taught a multitude of tricks. As with any pet you wish to train, it’s helpful to do the research and always remember to praise and reward your cat for completing the command you want them too. Ragdolls are most often taught to “come,” “shake,” “fetch,” and “sit up.” For a full how-to on these commands, click here.