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by Ally Hirschlag
Ally Hirschlag is a producer/actor/writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY and buys way too many toys for her cats. She contributes to several publications, including Bustle, and The Nerve, and enjoys writing about all things woman. In her spar...
Ragdolls are one of the largest domestic cat breeds. They have sturdy bodies, proportionate legs and can weigh up to 20 pounds.
Ragdolls are known for their long-haired "colorpoint coats." This means they're lighter in their torsos and darker at their extremities.
Ragdolls are known for their relaxed temperaments and their tendency to go limp when picked up.
Some believe the "extreme docility" makes them vulnerable, but most Ragdolls exhibit totally normal, playful cat behavior.
Ragdolls have beautiful, blue eyes. The deeper the blue, the more favorably they're looked upon at cat shows.
Kittens are born mostly or all white. They start to gain color by 8 to 10 weeks old and reach their full color by 2 or 3 years old.
One variety is the "mitted" Ragdoll. They have white mittens on their front and back paws and usually a white belly as well.
Bi-color Ragdolls are all-over white, except they have a darker face and an inverted white "V" on their foreheads.
Unfortunately, around 40 percent of Ragdolls are the result of inbreeding due to the miniscule pool of "foundation cats."
Ragdoll cats were first bred by Ann Baker in Riverside, California, in the 1960s.
Their "floppy" nature leads to the development of a myth that Ragdolls can't feel pain. They can, so please don't test it.
Ragdolls are a beloved cat breed because they're affectionate, loyal and will actually play fetch with you! Couple that with their cuteness and you have the perfect pet.
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