Once upon a time in a land far, far away there was a fluffy kitty. This kitty was a special cat, created from puffy clouds, love, and sugar. This magical cat was the nicest kitty in the land and people would come from far and wide just to pet her super soft fur. She was everyone’s friend, and everyone loved her. She lived happily ever after. The end.
Okay, so that’s not exactly the story of the Ragdoll cat. But it could be. The Ragdoll is a breed created mostly for its personality, which really shows in its lovable nature. If you aren’t familiar with the Ragdoll sweetness, read on and be enchanted.
Ragdoll Cat Origins
The Ragdoll didn’t originate in a land far, far away–quite the opposite. This cat hails from Riverside, California. A woman by the name of Ann Baker created the breed from her favorite farm cats. Because of their feral heritage, their exact origins aren’t really known. What we know about them is that Baker desired a friendly and gentle cat of substantial size. The name Ragdoll comes from the first cats of this breed allegedly going limp like a ragdoll when picked up by their human caretakers. Some people thought that this was a genetic spinal mutation, but in today’s cats the name Ragdoll just describes their personality.
What Does A Ragdoll Cat Look Like?
The Ragdoll is bred for personality, but that doesn’t mean they do not have a very specific look. There is a wide range in pointed coloring (pretty much any colors you’d see on a Siamese), and three distinct color patterns: mitted (white paws and the occasional face marking), bicolor (large patches of white) and colorpoint (pointed color with no white markings). Ragdolls are what is considered a “medium longhair”–fluffy, but not as much as other longhaired breeds. Their coats may be shorter or longer depending on the seasons. They do require some grooming (a simple brush or comb every week or so should do the trick), but they are easy to take care of because they love being handled and held.
That Famous Ragdoll Personality
Considered more docile than even a Persian, the Ragdoll is the most mellow cat breed. They’re bred to be affectionate sweethearts and are even thought to be somewhat doglike. They are not usually climbers; you’re much more likely to find a Ragdoll lounging on the sofa than climbing to the top of the bookcase. These guys love to follow their favorite humans around. They are very people-friendly, kid-friendly, pet-friendly–you get the idea. Because they’re such social creatures, Ragdolls do best in a home with multiple people or other pets.
Like the princess cat in the story, everyone pretty much does love a Ragdoll, and they are everyone’s friend. It’s a good thing, given their completely huggable appearance. A Ragdoll is always up for a good snuggle sesh. If you love a cat that wants to be your cuddle buddy for life, a Ragdoll should be at the top of your list.