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* Why is this breed called "Ragdolls"?
* What are some of the characteristics of the Ragdoll?
* Are all Ragdoll cats loving, calm, and docile?
* Is the Ragdoll a "lap cat"?
* I want a Ragdoll because I heard that they will flop in your arms and go limp when you pick them up, is this true?
* Do Ragdolls get along well with other animals?
* Are they really an indoor cat?
* Can a Ragdoll kitten be trained similar to that of a dog?
* Will they scratch the furniture?
* Do all Ragdolls have blue eyes?
* Is it true that Ragdolls change colors?
* Can you explain the colors & patterns of Ragdolls?
* Do Ragdolls lose a lot of fur, will they mat, and how much grooming do they need?
* Is this the breed for me?
* Should we get a male or female?
* Should I adopt one kitten or two?
* The house is empty most days, will the Ragdoll kitten be lonely?
* Is it true that people affected by allergies will not be affected by the Ragdoll breed of cats?
* Where are you located and do you ship?
* You offer delivery assistance. What does that mean ?
* How do I go about putting my name down for a Ragdoll kitten?
* Is it first come, first serve?
* What forms of payment do you accept the day I pick my kitten up?
* Why do I need to wait until the Ragdoll kitten is at least 10-12 weeks old before I can pick the kitten up?
After Adopting & Taking Kitty Home
* When are their vaccinations due?
* I heard that Ragdolls are more sensitive than other breeds and will have reactions to vaccinations and should not be given certain vaccines, should I avoid vaccinating my Ragdoll?
* What brand of food does your kittens eat?
* What happens if I want to change the food that my kitten is eating?
* Why can't I give milk to my Ragdoll kitten?
* Are the kittens litter trained before they go home?
* What type of litter do you recommend?
* Are you still involved with the kitten once he/she goes to their homes?
~ Answers to Frequently Asked Questions ~
Q: Why is this breed called "Ragdolls"?
The name Ragdoll comes from the cat’s ability to become totally relaxed and limp like a child's toy Ragdoll. It is even more prevalent in mature Ragdolls than in kittens.
Q: What are some of the characteristics of the Ragdoll?
Ragdolls are by nature a relaxed, loving, docile cat. They love to have their bellies rubbed and sleep lying next to you. Ragdolls are very responsive and intelligent. They enjoy being with people and other pets, as they are very social. Many owners report they have little privacy since their Ragdolls follow them everywhere in some cases. The Ragdoll is simply an easy-going cat.
Q: Are all Ragdoll cats loving, calm, and docile?
NO. Every kitten will have its own personality and there may be an aggressive type in any litter. However, this is not common and reputable breeders do breed for temperament that holds true to the Ragdoll breed. The first 12 weeks of a kitten's life shape its behavior later on in life. If the kitten is raised with its mother, other pets, and a friendly atmosphere including regular human contact, the kitten should be well-socialized.
Q: Is the Ragdoll a "lap cat"?
Well, some can be, but most Ragdolls are not usually lap cats. They are friendly, loving, sociable creatures who take delight in being in your very presence. They will follow you from room to room, greet you at the door, delight in being with you constantly, lay beside you on the couch, or at your feet, or across the back of your couch or lazy-boy chair, but they are not, for the most part, lap cats. A Ragdoll's body temperature is 101 degrees or higher, and yours is 98.6 on average, add the thick fur coat they wear to that equation and you'll soon figure out why they become uncomfortable after being held for long periods of time.
Q: I want a Ragdoll because I heard that they will flop in your arms and go limp when you pick them up, is this true?
First, you might want to consider buying a stuffed cat, a Ragdoll is not an inanimate object. Most Ragdolls will go limp at one stage or another, but not all will do this. Ragdolls are in fact a very laid back, docile and relaxed cat which makes them seem limp when you pick them up. Like any other cat, not all Ragdolls love to be held to start with. Going "limp" often depends on a strong trust or comfort level, the age of the cat, as kittens tend to be far more active and "squirmy", and the personality of the Ragdoll in question. Your cat may, or may not, ever feel comfortable in a prone position. The Ragdoll personality is more about being a laid back, gentle, sociable creature who adores his humans than it is about being a limp sack of cat fur. Ragdolls love to play, a quality they tend to retain throughout life; perpetual kittenhood. They are goofy, intelligent, moderately active, and they thrive on attention. If you are looking for an ornament, please do not buy a Ragdoll, both you and the Ragdoll will be very unhappy with the end result.
Q: Do Ragdolls get along well with other animals?
Actually, yes, very well. It's best to introduce them slowly and they may hiss at first, but usually after a week or so, they become good buddies. Ragdolls are extremely inquisitive, and have very little hesitation in meeting new animals. Just as long as the existing animal is friendly and gentle, then there should be no problems.
Q: Are they really an indoor cat?
Yes, definitely! The Ragdoll is bred as an inside cat and are very trusting cats towards people, or even other animals. They do like going outside for a play etc., but only do this under strict supervision, as most Ragdolls will go to anyone so it might get stolen or worse get run over or attacked by another animal. They aren't street smart like your average moggie.
Q: Can a Ragdoll kitten be trained similar to that of a dog?
YES. Many of our new owners have written back to us how their Ragdoll will walk on a leash, play fetch with a ball, and beg for a treat. Since the Ragdoll likes to please its owners, almost anything may be possible, especially if started at a young age.
For more information, you can visit
our About Ragdolls page.
Q: Do all Ragdolls have blue eyes?
All "traditional" Ragdolls have blue eyes. However, "non-traditional" Ragdolls such as minks usually have variations of blue-green eyes, and solids normally do not have blue eyes... we produce minks, but not solids.
Q: Is it true that Ragdolls change colors?
Yes and No. Ragdolls are unique, because they develop their colors very slowly. Traditional Ragdolls are born all white and slowly begin to develop their color and pattern over the first four weeks of life. Between four weeks and sixteen weeks their colors will intensify, but are still not a true representation of what their coat will be as an adult. You will be able to see your cat's full size, weight, and final coat color at between two to three years of age. It is fascinating to watch the stages and transitions.
Q: Can you explain the colors & patterns of Ragdolls?
Ragdolls are available in traditional, mink, and solid. To learn more about mink Ragdolls, you can click here. Traditional Ragdolls are born ALL white with their color coming in slowly and full color isn't reached until they are around 3 years old. So, most of the pictures you will see, especially of kittens, will be of a mostly white cat except for the points, which will have color. The colors and patterns of Ragdolls is pretty easy to understand once you get the hang of it.
COLORS - There are 6 basic colors: Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red (also called Flame), and Cream. Some of these are diluted colors of the other.
~ SEAL - is a dark brown that's almost black.
~ BLUE - (SEAL dilute) is a dark bluish grey.
~ CHOCOLATE - is best described as a chocolate brown.
~ LILAC (CHOCOLATE dilute) - is a noticeably lighter shade of blue/grey with a slight pinkish tinge.
~ RED or FLAME - is much like most red cats you've seen.
~ CREAM (RED dilute) - is a noticeably lighter shade of red.
OK, that sums up the COLORS and leads us to the PATTERNS, where I think most of the confusion comes in....
PATTERNS - There are 5 basic patterns: Colorpoint, Mitted, Bicolor, Lynx (also called Tabby), and Tortie.
~ COLORPOINT, is a cat of any of the colors mentioned above, that has just one color on its body. Bear in mind that a colorpoint has a darker shade of its body color on its points. The points on a Ragdoll are its paw tips, tail, ears, and face.
~ MITTED, is a cat much like the colorpoint and comes in Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red, and Cream, but has white at some of the points. So, a mitted Ragdoll has white on its front paw tips, white on its rear legs and as an added attraction, has a white chin and chest. The ears and tail are the same as described for the colorpoint.
~ BICOLOR, is a pattern of any of the colors mentioned above that has two distinct colors on its face. The color on its ears and top of the head are the body color, only darker, and with an inverted white "V" on the lower part of the face.
A BICOLOR Ragdoll has white legs and white on the face, with a body that may be mostly white with splashes of color OR with solid color covering the body.
~ LYNX or TABBY, is a pattern of any of the colors mentioned above, but has dark stripes of the same color that's on the body. A Lynx Ragdoll has white inside its ears, with reddish nose leather. Lynx Ragdolls ALSO combine patterns. There are Colorpoint, Mitted, and Bicolor Lynx Ragdolls.
~ TORTIE, is a pattern that's gender specific. Only females will be Tortie. When a kitten has a Red father or mother, some of the female kittens could be Tortie. A Tortie Ragdoll has splashes of dark color on her face and body that's mostly cream colored. A BLUE CREAM is a female Ragdoll that has one Blue parent and one Red parent, but is really a Tortie.
Q: Do Ragdolls lose a lot of fur, will they mat, and how much grooming do they need?
Their coat is like rabbits' and sheds a lot less than other medium or long-haired cats.
Ragdolls generally do not mat, but if you don't regularly groom them, then they may. A quick brush every week or so is recommended and enjoyed by most Ragdolls. They are very easy to maintain.
* For more information, you can visit our About Ragdolls & Mink & Solids pages.
Q: Is this the breed for me?
If you want a large cat which is non-aggressive, loves to be with people, and is very placid, you may want to consider a Ragdoll. Also, if you love the look of a long-haired cat, but do not want the constant grooming associated with breeds such as the Persian, a Ragdoll would be a good choice. The gentle Ragdoll is also good with children and is easy to introduce into a multi-pet household. If you want a very active or talkative cat, then you might not be happy with the less-active Ragdoll.
Q: Should we get a male or female?
This is the question that everyone seems to ask :-). Both males and females make wonderful pets. There is little variation in their personalities, once they have been de-sexed. The boys usually won’t spray once desexed. It all comes down to individual personalities. Some "generalized" cat care books state that males are more extraverted and more apt to adapt themselves with strangers. And, females are said to be more stand offish and need more time to bond with their owners or adapt to company or strangers. We have found that with the Ragdoll breed this is not always necessarily so. Part of the intrigue with Ragdolls in general is how wonderful they are with their human companions. Their main difference is size, being the boys are bigger than the girls by a couple of kilos.
Q: Should I adopt one kitten or two?
We recommend adopting two kittens at the same time if possible for many different reasons.
1. The main reason is if you have two cats, they can keep each other company and will never be lonely. Ragdolls are very affectionate and love constant companions. But don't worry, they will still love their humans just as much!
2. The second cat does not demand much more work than having only one cat.
3. Cats love to play and having a companion with them, they will always be able to. This will also help keep your cat in better shape and better health from exercise!
4. Two cats together will create a wonderful bond between them and will help keep each other clean with helpful grooming in those hard to reach places :-).
5. Cats also tend to have less destructive habits when they are not bored. Having another cat around gives mental and physical stimulation.
6. And most of all... you get twice as much love!!!
Q: The house is empty most days, will the Ragdoll kitten be lonely?
If it's just usual work or school hours, they should be fine. Although, they would prefer company, whether it be with humans or animals. If you work away for long hours, you would be better off with two pets or maybe look at a different breed. They really do love company and it would be cruel to leave them on their own.
Q: Is it true that people affected by allergies will not be affected by the Ragdoll breed of cats?
FALSE. Allergies from cats do not come from the hair, rather it is found in cat dander (dried skin, a bit like dandruff). Therefore, if you have an allergy to cats, this will hold as true for the Ragdoll breed as it does for the hairless Sphynx.
Q: Where are you located and do you ship?
We are located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Yes, we ship: shipping charges are: the cost of the flight, the crate, and a health certificate. Please contact us if you need more information on shipping.
Q: How do I go about putting my name down for a Ragdoll kitten?
You can either phone or email us. There is usually a waiting list, but not always. Please tell me a little about yourself and your family first. I'm sure you can understand that we only want the best for our kittens.
Q: Is it first come, first serve?
Yes, and kittens will be reserved only for clients with deposits. We do not accept deposits until a kitten has been chosen. A kitten can be chosen by photos or by visit.
Q: Why do I need to wait until the Ragdoll kitten is at least 10-12 weeks old before I can pick the kitten up?
They need to be mature enough to leave the comfort of their mother for a happy and healthy life. Some are later bloomers than others, so occasionally we may require that a kitten leaves a little later.
After Adopting & Taking Kitty Home:
Q: I heard that Ragdolls are more sensitive than other breeds and will have reactions to vaccinations and should not be given certain vaccines, should I avoid vaccinating my Ragdoll?
A healthy immune system deals with routine vaccinations without trouble, it's what the immune system was designed to do. If your Ragdoll is healthy and from sound, healthy breeding stock, from a reputable breeder who does not perpetuate poor immune systems or other various GENETIC disorders through poor breeding practices, your Ragdoll should have no problem with routine vaccinations. Ragdolls are no more susceptible to vaccine reactions than any other breed. Often breeders, including myself, will caution you not to vaccinate for Feline Leukemia. A reaction to this vaccine is possible, in ALL cats, and the risk of a reaction outweighs the benefits of the vaccine in an indoor only cat. If your Ragdoll is from FeLv/FIV free breeding stock, and is an indoor only cat, it is impossible for your Ragdoll to contract the virus and therefore vaccinating against this disease is pointless. Note: Your contract from us will be void if you give you vaccinate your kitten against Feline Leukemia.
Q: What happens if I want to change the food that my kitten is eating?
We recommend feeding your Ragdoll Royal Canin kitten food until he or she has reached at least one year of age. If in this time you choose to change the kitten's food dramatically, it could cause some stomach upset or diarrhea. What we recommend is a gradual transition, adding a bit more each day, slowly mixing in a little of the new food with their existing food until completely switched over. This usually takes approximately two weeks. There are many good foods on the market, but of course we recommend feeding our kittens only "premium" quality kitten foods since they contain all the essential nutrients and ingredients a kitten needs to be happy, healthy, and strong. No matter what, DO NOT give them cow's milk.
Q: Are the kittens litter trained before they go home?
Yes, all my kittens are fully litter trained before they leave. Keep in mind, that going to a new home can cause stress and sometimes accidents can happen, especially because they're not familiar with where their new litter box is. We recommend putting your kitty in a small room when unattended where he/she can easily get to the litter box until the kittens is familiar with its new home. If an accident happens in an unwanted place, I've heard that "Kitten Attract" seems to work well to help discourage this behavior. Most of all, please be patient... your new kitty is young and is still learning.
Q: What type of litter do you recommend?
We recommend using World's Best Cat Litter (we use this for our kittens) since it's safe if a kitten ingests the litter, or a good clumping cat litter for adult cats. WBCL clumps and is safe, natural, scoopable, flushable, and available in a variety of sizes. WBCL provides the benefits of an all-natural, safe litter for cats. Click here to go directly to their website.
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