The first Ragdoll kittens were born in California in the 1960’s. They are probably the result of a mating between a white Persian queen (female) and a Birman or Birman-type tom. When picked up the cat becomes very relaxed and is as floppy as the ragdoll from which it takes its name. There are some that say that this was brought about by an accident the queen had whilst carrying the kittens but it is genetically impossible for the effects of the injury to be inherited by the kittens. The more realistic believe that many cats act in this way when they trust their owners and that the Ragdoll is a particularly trusting breed

The Ragdoll is a large, powerful, imposing cat with distinctive markings. However the cat is extremely relaxed and laid back giving the floppy ragdoll impression. The broad head has a flat top and is wide between the ears. The ears are medium sized and tilted slightly forward and are rounded at the tip. The chin is firm with a level bite and the muzzle is rounded with plump cheeks. The eyes are large, slightly obliquely set and wide apart. The eyes are deep blue. The body is long and muscular with a broad chest and short neck. The legs are substantially boned and are medium in length. The paws are large round and tufted. The tail tapers slightly toward the tip and is long and bushy. When taken along the side of the cat the tail should reach at least to the shoulder. Ragdolls do not mature until about three or four years old.

The Ragdoll is a distinctive domestic cat breed known for its striking appearance and laid-back disposition. The Ragdoll’s temperament is said to be docile, calm and affectionate, making them ideal pets for households with young children. Ragdoll cats are often attention-seekers, preferring to stay close to their owners at all times, so if you have a busy schedule that requires you to leave the house for long periods of time, a Ragdoll may not be the best cat for you.

Appearance Of A Ragdoll Cat

Ragdoll kittens are born with a solid white coat, with eyes and ears closed. During the first week, their ears should begin to open up, and they will start to make small sounds. The colour and pattern of the kittens will also begin to develop during this time, starting with the nose and paw leathers.

The nose and paw pads of Colourpoint and mitted Ragdolls will turn dark, whereas bi-colour Ragdoll kittens will retain their pink nose and paw colouring. Ears and tails also begin to show colour by as early as the third day. For lighter-coloured Ragdolls, such as cream, flame and lilac, tail and ear colours will only be distinguishable around the fourth week.

The kittens’ eyes will open by week two, but as their nervous systems are still undeveloped, they will not be able to see clearly until week three. All purebred Ragdoll cats should have blue eyes. Kittens will start to crawl and play with each other as they learn to control their bodies.

Temperament Of A Ragdoll Cat

This adorable breed is about as docile as cats come. In fact, the name “ragdoll” comes from their tendency to go limp when picked up. These cats love to be held and babied and will relax in your arms for as long as you’ll let them.

Are Ragdolls Trainable?

Yes, Ragdoll cats are some of the best cats to train. Keep in mind that teaching cats to do tricks is no easy task. You need a lot of patience and perseverance to get them to do what you want, but with the right attitude and technique, you can get impressive results. The key elements are to always make training fun and to have a tasty reward for your kitty.

Ragdoll cats are very playful and training them is very efficient if they have fun in the process. They are also very intelligent cats, so they will learn quickly, as long as you keep them interested and use positive reinforcement. Most Raggies love to fetch and even play hide and seek, but there is plenty more you can teach your cat to do.

How Big Do Ragdoll Cats Get?

 Ragdoll cats typically reach between 8-20 pounds in weight, 9-11 inches in height, and 17-21 inches in length. Males are generally larger than females. Ragdolls are considered to be one of the largest pet cat breeds to own, and are known for having a large constitution, with proportionate legs.

How Big Are Ragdoll Cats?

The average domestic cat is around 8 inches (20cm) to 10 inches (25 cm) in height. The average height of a male Ragdoll cat can be anywhere between 16 inches (40cm) to 26 inches (66cm), so twice the size of a typical domestic cat. Female Ragdoll Cats usually tend to be smaller at 15 inches (38cm) – 23 inches (58 cm) in height.

How Much Do Ragdoll Cats Weigh?

The average domestic cat weighs around 10 pounds (4.5kg). According to the Ragdoll Fanciers Club International, a mature male Ragdoll cat will typically weigh 15 to 20 pounds (6.8- 9 kg). Female Ragdoll usually weighs less, with a range of 8 to 12 pounds (3.6-5.4 kg).

Do Ragdoll Cats Stay Small?

Ragdoll cats do not stay small; instead growing up into one of the largest domestic cats money can buy. And they do so relatively quickly.

However, like most cats, they do start off small when they are young, as little as 0.75 pounds!

When Do Ragdoll Cats Stop Growing?

As a cat breed, Ragdolls reach maturity much later than any other adult cat, at around 3-4 years. For the first 12 weeks of its life, a Ragdoll kitten will grow at a similar rate to a domestic cat. At 8 weeks old, a Ragdoll kitten will typically weigh between 1 pound, 13 ounces and 2 pounds, 3 ounces. It can be expected they will have increased to 3 to 4 pounds by the 12-week mark. A Ragdoll kitten will tend to go through a growth spurt at 5 months, so be prepared to increase their food during this time. Ragdoll kittens generally gain 1 pound each month until they are 12 months old. Depending on the breed, most kittens tend to stop growing anywhere between 8 – 16 months. Ragdoll cats are an exception to this rule as they won’t reach their full size until they reach 3-4 years old.

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