Breed Profile - Ragdoll CatBy Morgan | May 16, 2019
We at Vets on Call provide stress-free pet care for all pets regardless of their size, shape, breed or colour. We love them all. As we want to celebrate all pets, we’ll regularly post about different breeds so that we can all learn about the wonderful world of pets that we have the pleasure of working with every single day.
One of the most popular breeds of cat in Australia is the Ragdoll cat, which affectionately gets its name from the way these cats tend to go limp and relaxed when you pick them up.
Ragdolls are large, semi-long haired cats with captivating blue eyes. Males top the scale at 7-9 kg, compared to females that are more slightly built, as they usually weigh between 5-7kg at maturity. The Ragdoll is a pointed breed, which means that the body is lighter in colour than the points (the face, legs, tail and ears). Due to decades of selective breeding, a Ragdoll’s coat is typically made up of a mixture of one of eight colours and three patterns, which are colour point (no white), bi-colour (mixture of two colours) and mitted (solid colour with white paws).
It’s very easy to see why they’ve grown in popularity over the years. They are very gentle, easy going and affectionate, making them a perfect family cat that is suited to either a large house with a sprawling backyard or a one-bedroom inner-city apartment. Ragdolls thrive on companionship which makes them incredibly loyal and almost dog-like in that they’re also very easy to train,and some even enjoy playing fetch! Just like your dog that is excited to see you return home, a Ragdoll cat will greet you at the door and follow you around the house as you go about your business. They are lovely lap cats and quite happy to curl up on the sofa with you as you enjoy some UberEATS and binge-watch your favourite TV shows.
As with most breeds, Ragdolls have specific health concerns that owners need to be mindful of. They are at higher risk of developing bladder stones, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) which is an inherited heart disease, and feline mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) which is a disease that can cause eye problems, joint difficulties or paralysis. Furthermore, Ragdolls have a tendency to be more prone to obesity, so keep their food portions limited!
Ragdolls can be a wonderful addition to your family as they can get along with everyone, including other animals, and they have traits that make them adaptable to almost any home. However, just like any pet, this breed requires regular veterinary check-ups, routine preventative care and a nutritionally balanced diet to ensure a long, happy and healthy life. If your Ragdoll needs vaccinations, dental care, is feeling unwell or needs a general health check-up, save them the stress. Have one of our qualified and highly skilled vets come straight to your door to have them cared for in the comfort of their own home. Vets on Call gets better health care outcomes for your pet by removing the stress of a typical clinic visit and including relevant environmental factors into our diagnosis. Download the Vets on Call app today on Google Play or Apple store and give your pet the treatment they deserve.