What do Ragdoll cats look like?

Interview with Brigitte Comans, Ragdolls from the Falcors

How long have you been breeding Ragdolls and how did that come about?

Since I grew up in the country, cats have always been part of my life. Our first cat, a Maine Coon, moved to us in June 1991 through the cat association. He was 14 years old, but he didn't like any other cats, only dogs, two of which we owned and have again. After his death there was a big gap and so two house cats moved in with us shortly after one another.

After seeing a Ragdoll in an information broadcast, I was totally fascinated by this breed and started to find out more about it. The more I learned, the more I wanted to share my life with such a beauty, also because this breed gets along so well with other breeds, since two cats already lived with us.

My first Ragdoll, Ededolls Coco, moved in with us in mid-2007. A lover cat that has also been neutered. I went to my first cat show with Coco and, as the saying goes, was infected with the Ragdoll virus.

Also the wonderful character, the great appearance and nature of our Coco and the infinite love she gives us was one of the reasons to keep this breed and to bring it closer to other people. After long research on the internet, various books and conversations with breeders, I decided to breed this great breed.

I have been breeding Ragdolls, with the active help of my family, since 2009 (our first litter was born. We are currently protecting and loving the kittens from our two litters from this year. Our breeding goal (passion) is the Ragdoll with her great character, in the recognized colors, the silky fur, only with the permitted blue eyes as a point cat (not monochrome) to be kept purebred and strictly according to the standard.We want many people to be able to see and get ragdolls that are still real ragdolls.

Falcor is the English name for lucky dragon. I chose this name because the Ragdoll looks so similar to the lucky dragon Fuchur from the neverending story when it is relaxed in its favorite place, has a very loving character and I imagine that the fur of Fuchur is so soft, cool, beautiful and cuddly like that of the ragdoll.

How would you describe the Ragdoll in general?

origin

The first breeder of the Ragdolls was Ann Baker (California). She got a hangover from a litter of an Angora-like cat (Josephine). With this tomcat and no further known animals, Ann Baker built up a line breed, and gave the breed she bred the name Ragdoll, which means rag doll in German. Ann Baker chose the name because of the fact that her cats would hang limp if you picked them up - like a rag doll made from scraps of cloth.

She patented the name Ragdoll and levied a license fee on every animal that came from her lines. The Dayton (Cattery Blossom-Time) and Chambers (Cattery Ragnarok) families separated from Ann Baker at an early age and were able to continue their breeding activities without a license. These two catteries essentially led Ragdoll breeding to what it is today!

The appearance of the ragdoll

The standard FIFé (Fédération Internationale Féline) of the Ragdoll stipulates that a Ragdoll cat must look like this. A cat or a tomcat must meet this standard, otherwise he or she is not a ragdoll:

  • A ragdoll is a medium-sized point cat with silky soft medium-long (half-long) hair.
  • She has a strong overall appearance with medium boning and a muscular body.
  • The head should be of medium size, broad, tapered, and flat between the ears.
  • Their ears are medium-sized, should have round tips and stand wide apart.
  • The neck is short and strong.
  • Her legs are of medium length, the back legs a little longer, which means that the back line slopes down towards the front.
  • The tail is long, hairy and bushy. The dense fur is on the body is medium-long, which is why it belongs to the semi-long-haired cats (semi-long hair) and has a soft, silky structure.
  • The coat of the Ragdoll is very easy to care for because it does not tend to become matted.
  • The only recognized eye color is blue, the more intense the more beautiful.

They are available in the recognized traditional colors seal, blue, chocolate and lilac in the drawings:

  • mitted (white shots on the front legs, white chin, white belly stripes, white hind legs at least up to the heel - at most up to the middle of the thigh)
  • bicolour (pink nose, upside down "V" on the face, white legs; points on ears, tail and mask should be well delimited)
  • colourpoint (colored feet, according to the points legs, tail, ears and mask are in harmony with the body color)
  • For several years the ragdoll has been available with the recognized lynx (tabby) drawing (the points are striped, the pink nose is dark and the eyelids are outlined as if with a kohl pencil, the tail has a curly tail)
  • and in the three other recognized colors cream, red and tortie / torbie in all drawing variants.

What is so fascinating about Ragdoll cats, so what makes this breed of cats so unique and how would you describe the nature of the Ragdolls?

The Ragdoll is a very social cat that gets along with almost all other animals. Even with dogs that are used to cats. Even children, if they have not had bad experiences with these, are real friends. She has a fur that feels like cool silk and is very easy to care for. Because the Ragdoll has no undercoat. Anyone who has once looked into a ragdoll's wonderful blue eyes can no longer forget them.

She is very loving, gentle, good-natured, cuddly, eager to learn and playful. She is mostly where her person is, but she cannot, must not and should not do without a feline playmate. The Ragdoll is also often affectionately described as "a dog in the shape of a cat".

She has a fur that feels like cool silk and is very easy to care for. Because the Ragdoll has no undercoat. Anyone who has once looked into a ragdoll's wonderful blue eyes can no longer forget them. Because it is balanced and good-natured, the Ragdoll is very suitable as an indoor cat. She likes to use a cat-safe balcony or an outdoor enclosure.

What should someone know who wants to buy two kittens or adult cats? Are there any special features to consider? Are they suitable for beginners?

In principle, you shouldn't keep a cat alone. Of course it is easier for kittens when they move into a new home as siblings. Then it is much easier to get used to it. It is of course also nice for the little ones when the cat is still kitten in the new home. Here, too, race does not play a role. But it is also possible to give kittens to older cats, regardless of breed. We have done it several times and the kittens quickly made friends with the other cats.

You can also give an older Ragdoll to a family with cats. There are sometimes whispers, you hide for a while, but usually everything is fine after a short time and you lie on the scratching post together, eating and playing together. A Ragdoll is a cat for everyone, you just should not and may not keep it alone without another cat.

Before getting a cat, everyone, of course, you have to be sure that you do not suffer from a cat allergy, that you have enough space and time for it and that you are ready to share your life with it for up to 15 years or more. Of course, there should be a scratching post, 2 litter boxes, good age-appropriate food, and a veterinarian (if necessary).

If you want a real pedigree cat, you can be sure to find one with a reputable breeder who is registered with an association. He has pedigrees for all of his cats, also for the kittens. The breeding cats are tested, e.g. vaccinated for hereditary diseases and common diseases.

They are not kept in cages or cellars etc. and live in the midst of the family (family members). In addition, the pedigree cat should look like it is prescribed / registered / permitted in the standard.

Saving is rarely worthwhile, if the price of your dream cat is too high, you should look out for a house kitten and not support mass and black breeders. Because:

  • A breeder who is not a member of a regular association and offers his pedigree cats without a pedigree deliberately withdraws from any control because he keeps his cat poorly (and was therefore expelled from the association), does not adhere to the breeding regulations or his cats themselves as Has bought lover cats ..
  • One can therefore assume that he does not act or does not want to act in the interest of the cats (e.g. give before the 12 week, do not deworm bad - little food, etc.) otherwise he would not need to fear a control.
  • That is the reason for the later bad experience of the cat buyers, why you often get an ailing, behavioral problem animal from these breeders, which can then be a burden for the whole family.
  • So it goes without saying that a pedigree cat (like any other pedigree animal) has its price.
  • Only those who produce cheaply can also sell cheaply!

As a breeder, what do you have to pay attention to so that healthy kittens are born?

  • First of all, a breeder should only buy from registered breeders and only buy animals that come closest to the standard and of course have a pedigree, such as the new breeding cat / tomcat.
  • Of course, the parents of the new breeding cat / tomcat should be healthy and tested for hereditary diseases.
  • When you have found your breeding cat you can have the blood group tested so that there is no blood group intolerance in the kittens when mating, this can lead to the death of the kittens after birth.
  • Then the cat is subjected to a genetic test for HCM and PKD in order to rule out that a defective gene is present. Later you let the cat sound out for these two diseases and as long as everything is ok you can continue to breed.
  • Of course, the cats are also regularly tested for FIV and leukosis, vaccinated and checked by a veterinarian (teeth, heart, skin, etc.)
  • As a serious breeder, a cat has a maximum of 3 litters within 2 years, there are no siblings.
  • Good posture (bright, clean, parasite-free, good food, etc.)
  • In the case of a foreign mating (with a tomcat from another breed), logically that it is a purebred tomcat (pedigree - the cats must / should also fit together), the tomcat and cat must be healthy (his health certificate examined by a veterinarian), parasite-free, free of HCM and PKD and, if possible, have already had healthy offspring (the hangover in any case). The cat, which usually goes to the hangover, should also be kept clean and well housed.
  • During pregnancy, cats need very high quality food and, if necessary, optimal medical care.
  • When the birth is due you should have plenty of time, e.g. vacation, a vet who is available 24 hours a day, various objects to help the cat with the birth, a room in which the kittens can be born undisturbed and, if possible, a loved one Breeder friend / friend who has one, e.g. by phone, stands by.

So you can still report page by page. That is why everyone who is interested in the great Ragdoll breed is cordially invited to meet us and our cuddlers during a visit and to inquire about anything that is still interested.