Not a cat person? Reconsider for Ragdoll cats

There’s a feline breed that doesn’t turn its nose up on humans. Ragdoll cats are famously playful and affectionate, and this is what makes them popular among children and adults. Those fluffy cats in memes and GIFs over which the Internet gushes are as real as they can get.

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In terms of ease of ownership, people of differing preferences may find the right balance in the ragdoll breed. The cats’ sociable nature puts a lid on mind games. They could be pretty ornery and loyal, following their humans around instead of wandering off-base and jumping on walls, which is great for those with an active lifestyle. Those who enjoy grooming their pets will find Ragdolls willing participants. These typical furballs and their silky hairs provide comfort and Instagram-ready poses.

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According to expert Ragdoll cat breeder Jennifer Creed, who is also a veterinarian, the breed was the product of a Californian’s efforts at interbreeding the best three known breeds of cats—Persians, Bermans, and Burmese. Ann Baker in the 1960s is credited for birthing this breed whose most distinct feature, the ability to go limp like a ragdoll when held in one’s arms, has been a unique selling point.

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Ms. Creed is one of the best breeders of Ragdolls, her T.C.A Supreme Cattery of Excellence receiving an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. This accreditation is mostly due to the thoroughness of attention her cattery gives to its kittens. The cats are checked regularly for physical health and parasites. The cattery also follows the recommendations of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Feline Practitioners to produce the healthiest kittens.

The responsibilities of keeping Ragdoll cats are no more thorough than those for keeping regular pets. Visit Ms. Creed’s Facebook page for inquiries about procuring kittens and caring for them.

Jennifer Creed on Common Ragdoll Cat Health Problem

The Ragdoll is a popular purebred cat that was developed in the 1960s.  It was bred to have the best qualities as far as temperament and physical attributes.  They have a laid-back, easy going temperament and a coat that is low shedding.  The coat also has fewer of the antigens that many people negatively react to, and it is soft and plush.

Here are some common health problems you might find not only in Ragdolls, but also in other cats:

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

This genetic disease isn’t specific to Ragdolls (in fact, it’s not even specific to cats), but it is something to be on the lookout for.  It is most common in male, middle-aged cats.  In HCM, the heart muscle gets so thick that the heart has trouble pumping blood.

This disease can be very difficult to detect, as very often there are no obvious symptoms. There is also no cure, although drugs can be prescribed to ease the symptoms.

FIP

FIP is common not only in purebred cats but also in cats from animal shelters and pet stores.  It is caused by a mutation of the common coronavirus, which can be found almost anywhere.  Most kittens can fight the virus successfully, but 10% of them die from the disease.  A kitten with FIP may seem weak and will have a belly that is distended with fluid.

FIP can be greatly reduced  with careful breeding and husbandry, and the breeder should be very careful not to mix two different litters of kittens so that strains of the disease don’t have the chance to mutate and become even more damaging.  As with HCM, there is no cure, but there are medications that can help with some of the symptoms.

Despite the possibility of health problems, Ragdoll owners agree that they are the best breed out there!  For more information on Ragdoll cats, take a look at Jennifer Creed’s website.