Background and History
The Ragdoll cat breed was created in Riverside, California during the 1960s. Breeder Ann Baker had a friendly white domestic longhair cat named Josephine, who had a reputation for giving birth to kittens with extraordinarily amiable personalities. Baker collected a variety of longhair cats of different backgrounds, focusing on excellent temperament, luxurious coats with Himalayan points, and large size as she worked toward developing the breed that would ultimately become the Ragdoll. It is likely that some of the cats that formed the foundation for the Ragdoll breed were Persians, Burmese, and Birmans. Part of the reason for this is that Persians and Birmans are noted for their relaxed attitudes.
Josephine wasn't the only famous cat to contribute to the Ragdoll line. Two other cats included Blackie, who was a solid black cat with features reminiscent of the Burmese. Daddy Warbucks was another famous sire. He and Josephine had a bicolor female offspring named Fugianna. Meanwhile, a litter that resulted from a pairing between Blackie and Josephine resulted in a dark brown female with Burmese traits, who was named Buckwheat. All subsequent Ragdoll generations are descendants of litters that resulted from pairings between Daddy Warbucks and Buckwheat as well as Daddy Warbucks and Fugianna. They got their name due to the way most flop when picked up, resembling the ragdolls Raggedy Ann and Andy. Today, these beautiful felines are recognized by cat breed registries worldwide.
Ragdolls grow for five years. Because there has been inbreeding in the US, the cats have become much smaller than what they were originally. We have added males and females from Bulgaria and Germany to bring in larger males and females, with championship lines, into our cattery in order to bring back some of that size.
These gorgeous, sweet, easygoing, gentle, relaxed, and super loyal Ragdoll kitties live to bring joy. They love to cuddle. While many cats are content to keep themselves entertained, Ragdolls actively seek the company of their favorite humans, following family members from one room to the next (or leading as the get to know your routine!). Ragdolls enjoy participating in daily life, often observing activities with happy expressions. They love screen time – TV, computer, iPad, your phone… They are interested in all of it. Because they are so highly intelligent, it is important to keep them mentally stimulated with your time and interactive toys. The Ragdoll will actually wait by the door for you to come home.
These kitties are one of a handful of cat breeds that like water, so they're likely to follow you to the shower or sit on the edge of the bathtub, where they'll keep you company and perhaps get their paws wet. I have one that drinks from his paw after dipping it into the water.
Ragdolls are known for their beautiful blue eyes and their flop when you pick them up. They make great snuggle partners! They will grow to be around 10 – 21 pound cats with the females being smaller than the males. Their height will be between 9” – 11” and will be 17” – 21” LONG. Their life expectancy is 18-20 years of age. They are large boned and large muscled. It is important to have a quality food that supports joint and bone health, as well as their skin and beautiful hair.
Even though they have long hair, they shed less than many short-haired cats. They do not have and undercoat, making them a low allergen cat. There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat. They are excellent groomers, though it is good to do the occasional brushing.
They love to play. They carry things in their mouths. Little pompoms are great. Throw one and they will fetch like a dog. They enjoy the cat teasers. And did I mention they love screen time? They love the YouTube videos of birds, squirrels, etc. They love the cat apps on the phones. If the family is watching a movie together, your Ragdoll will be right with you.
Ragdolls are vocal. We have one that is a tattle-tale. Any time something is out of place, if another pet has done something wrong, Cashmere is sure to be vocal about it.
Ragdolls are tolerant to children and other animals. We have dogs and cats together in our home with no issues.
Common health problems that appear in Ragdolls cats include:
· Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (heart disease)
· Bladder stones
· Feline infectious peritonitis
· Feline mucopolysaccharidosis (a disease that can cause eye problems, joint difficulties or paralysis)
Evans Ranch Pride Cattery is a TICA Outstanding Cattery. We genetically test every breeding cat to ensure that we are not one placing beautiful cats with wonderful temperaments, but cats that are assured genetically healthy. Our cats are screened routinely by a veterinarian and certified healthy. The veterinary practice we have chosen for our cattery specializes in reproductive health. In addition to the DNA testing, we do a routine HCM ultrasound, read by a cardiologist, and any necessary bloodwork, once the breeding cat has reached 2-3 years of age. HCM will not show prior to that timeframe. Because we take these measures, we offer a written three-year genetic health guarantee on all our kittens/cats.
Kittens go to their forever homes at when they are developmentally ready at 16 weeks, or a little longer if necessary. They are microchipped, litter box trained, well socialized, and have had all age-appropriate veterinarian wellness checks and weight appropriate immunizations. We begin immunizations once kittens reach 3 pounds.
Through TICA, we have partnered with Trupanion to offer health insurance for your new family member that will take effect from the very first day your new little love is in your possession- no waiting period. This will cover 90% any unforeseen health event that may occur. It does not cover routine well checks and immunizations.
We welcome questions. We love to educate. We love fitting the right pet to the right home.
The traditional Ragdoll coat is very soft, like that of a Rabbit. They are born white and color comes on as they age. They are know for their beautiful blue eyes.
Minks have inherited one Burmese gene from one parent which gives them color at birth.The Minks have jbherrited one Burmese hebe from one parent, which gives them color at birth. The Mink Ragdoll is rare and is a bloodline that can be traced back to the first Ragdoll cats bred by Ann Baker.
They are rare because only certain breeders have minks. When a litter is born, only 50% will be minks; the other 50% will be traditionals. They’re called “Minks” because their eye catching coat is even smoother than the coat of the traditional Ragdolls — the mink’s fur actually feels like a lady’s mink stole, and their tail is often extremely plush. Mink Ragdoll kittens are born with color. The point color of the mink is much softer, richer and darker than the point color of the traditional Ragdoll. Minks come in all the standard colors of chocolate, lilac, flame, cream, tortie and blue/cream.
Mink Ragdolls have Aqua colored eyes by the time they are 12 weeks old. Aqua eyes can vary from blue with just a small hint of green to almost fully green eyes but the most common is a very even blue gree.
A Sepia is achieved by mating two minks together.
Sepias have inherited two Burmese genes, one from each parent. Their coat is twice as thick as their Mink sibling. Sepia Ragdolls have the thickest, plushest, and softest coats of all of the pointed Ragdolls. They are considerably darker coated than their mink Ragdoll siblings.
Sepia Ragdolls can have green, gold, blue, aqua blue, or a rainbow of other eye colors.