Dr. Jennifer Creed, a veterinarian located in Elburn, Illinois, is also a licensed breeder of ragdoll cats. Kittens from Dr. Jennifer Creed’s cattery are well cared for and guaranteed for three years to be free from congenital defects or heart disease.
Ragdolls are healthy cats in general. However, some of them, like other breeds, develop bladder stones or a heart disease known as hypertropic cardiomyopathy. This disease begins with a thickening of the left ventricle wall as the cat grows older. Symptoms include depression, lethargy, low appetite, trouble with breathing or gagging, and fainting. Medications can ease these, but there is no cure.
Less severe problems are associated with the ragdoll’s long hair. If not brushed daily or every other day, the hair can become matted, leading to dirt and oils irritating the skin. Insufficient brushing can also cause hairballs.
Another issue for ragdolls is the lack of a particular enzyme that affects mobility and vision. This condition, called feline mucopolysaccharidosis, makes itself known by causing difficulty in your pet’s walking and seeing.