Raena Answers the Question: What Is A Ragdoll Cat

Hey, are ya’ll out there? Anypawdy? It’s me RaenaBelle. Most of ya’ have been here since befur I was born, and so ya’ ‘member dat I was rescued from a very uncertain future and a really bad place. I’s been here long enuff now to know dat mommy wholeheartedly supports animal rescue and adoptions. There are so many kitties, and doggies too dat need luvvin’ furever homes. Now I’s not furgettin’ all you other anipals, but let’s face it, shelters are mainly full up with cats and dogs. Most of ya’ ‘member mommy and sis Dezi’s search fur a new Service Kitty in Training after Lexi went to heaven (whispers: God rest her). Most of ya’ ‘member dat they kept hittin’ purrverbial brick walls every time they tried to adopt a “rescue” kitty. And most of ya’ ‘member how torn mommy was when she found me at a bakyard breeder. Mines “fee” was da same or lower than most shelters and “rescue organizations” in da area. But lots of peeps didn’t/don’t consider me a rescue kitty.

 Raena poses for the camera

I’s ask mommy to look up da definition of rescue and here’s what da Webster dictionary says: An act of saving or being saved from danger or distress. To deliver, redeem, ransom, reclaim, save mean to set free from confinement or danger. Well, let me tell ya’, mommy fur sure rescued me. I was born in a cage and had never been allowed outta dat cage. I was sick cuz of da conditions of da house and too many other animals who weren’t purropurrly cared fur. Mines future was uncertain till mommy saved me. We’ve had a lot of peeps ask exactly what is a Ragdoll. So I’s ask mommy ifin we could do some ‘splainin’ ‘bout da breed and a little ‘bout what goes on with these backyard breeders.

 RaenaBelle travels to her forever home in mommy's lap

History of the Ragdoll

Let’s go back and give ya’ da history of da Ragdoll breed. In 1960, a non-pedigreed white Persian/Angora type kitty named Josephine had a litter of kitties sired by several unknown male Burmese/Birman like cats. One of these males had the colorpoints associated with da Siamese cat. Josephine later produced a litter of very docile, placid tempurrment, affectionate and a tendency to go limp and relaxed when picked up kitties. When a subsequent litter was born with these identical traits, Ann Baker purchased several kittens from Josephines owner and set out to create what is now known as the Ragdoll breed. Blackie, an all black Burmese like male, and Daddy Warbucks a Seal point with white feet male were among da furst litters born. Daddy Warbucks sired the founding bi-color female, Fugianna. And Blackie sired Buckwheat, a dark brown/black Burmese like famale. Fugianna and Buckwheat were both daughters of Josephine. All Ragdolls today are descendants from Ann Baker’s cats through the matings of Daddy Warbucks to Fugianna and Buckwheat. Other breeders were added and da breed grew.

 RaenaBelle bunny kicks a chicken leg

The Temperament of the Ragdoll

Ragdolls are docile, calm and floppy in nature. These traits are attributed to da Persian and Birman breeds that were a pawrt of da foundation of da breed. Da breed standard states: The Ragdoll is affectionate, intelligent, relaxed in temperament, gentle and an easy to handle lap cat. They are often known as “puppy-cats”. They are easily trained, and appear to enjoy performing tricks or in our case, Service Cat tasks.

Physical Characteristics

Now let’s talk ‘bout those pesky physical characteristics. We call them pesky, cuz some peeps are more concerned with da appearance of a kitty than da purrsonality. Dat’s why black cats have such a hard time gettin’ adopted. Anyways, da Ragdoll is one of da largest breed of cats with a sturdy body, large frame and proportionate legs. Males are generally larger than the females. We did note while researchin’ fur this dat Ragdolls are being bred smaller these days; with weights being stated as somewhere between 8 to 20 pounds. We purrsonally have not seen any of those smaller Ragdolls. The color point gene is responsible for the blue eye color of the Ragdoll cats. Ragdolls have a plush medium length coat consisting of long guard hairs and no undercoat.

 Dezi sits on bench

Ragdolls come in 6 different colors: Red, Seal, Chocolate and da corresponding “dilutes”, including blue, lilac and cream. This also includes da tortie in all colors including da 3 patterns. With full coloring occurring around 3 – 4 years of age. The 4 different Ragdoll Patterns are:

  • Pointed: One color darkening at the extremities

  • Mitted: Same as pointed but with white paws and abdomen. With or without a blaze, but must have a “belly stripe” (White chin with white extending from the chin to the genitals).

  • High Mitted Bi-Color: Same as mitted, with white chest, paws and abdomen. White V mark on the face, and color can be red, blue, seal, chocolate and cream.

  • Bi-Color: White legs, White inverted V on the face, white abdomen and sometimes white patches on the back. (Excessive amounts of white or “high white” on a Bi-Color is known as the Van pattern. The Van pattern is Rare).

  • Lynx: A varient of the above types and having the Tabby markings.

 Raena playing

Inbreeding in Ragdolls is/was very high due to the very limited number of foundation cats. A lot of breeders continued to cross breed “foundation cats” to Persians, Birman and Burmese in an attempt to broaden the gene pool. In the 80’s the CFA determined there were sufficient foundations and no longer accepts for registration any cross bred Ragdolls. That means only litters born of two registered Ragdoll parents are allowed for registration. So inbreeding is still very high among the breed. However, Backyard breeders still practice cross breeding today. As far as health goes, Ragdolls have a significantly higher risk of developing and/or dying from urinary problems. We are also at risk for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy a genetic disease that can cause sudden death. A DNA test was developed in 2007 to identify the gene that causes HCM in Ragdolls, however it is costly, so not all breeders, especially backyard breeders, test for this. Otherwise we are fairly robust, low maintenance kitties.

 Dezi lays on the cat tree

Now we’ll get back to da rescuin’ of me. We do know dat I’s da product of 2 Ragdoll pawrents, same as sis Dezi. However, since I’s came from a backyard breeder, no testing was purrformed on mines pawrents fur HCM. And we can’t know da lineage of mines pawrents. However, I’s have an eye issue dat be purrevalent in Persians (stay tuned, we have a review comin’ up fur a great purroduct fur this). This could be da result of a latent Persian gene or cuz one of mines pawrents pawrents was a Persian. Either way, it makes no difference to mommy, cuz she luvs me and will take care of me furever. Dat’s what she purromissed when she rescued me from dat urine stenched, dank dungeon cage. Did I’s come from a shelter or rescue organization? No. Bit I’s was rescued just da same. Altho’ mommy was torn in da beginning, once she saw da conditions I’s was born into and living in and she saw mines face, she’s never looked back. She knows I was meant to be here with her and sis Dezi. And I’s so grateful she made dat call. And fur anypawdy wonderin’, sis Dezi is a Seal Lynx Point. At this time, I’s still a little young to call, but I’s fur sure a Bi-Color Van. Mommy says, I’s’ll purrobably be a Chocolate, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to say fur certain. 

 Pet Parade Blog Hop Badge

I’s gonna wrap it up now and see ‘bout getting’ some treats. I’s do wanna add, dat while we was writin’ this posty, da manager came knockin’ on our door to let us know our neighbor died last night. No, we weren’t close to her and we didn’t know she was “that sick”. She was tellin’ peeps she was gonna have a surgery and actin’ like it was nuffin’. Never da less, she was a mother, sisfur, daughter, awnty and neice to somepawdy, so ifin ya’ wouldn’t mind just sayin’ a purrayer fur her furmily dat would be nice. We’re joinin’ Rascal and Rocco fur da weekly Pet Parade. Go by and check it out.

 Raena lays on the small perch and looks out the door

 Yep, we’re ‘spectin’ storms



Till da next time………………………………….Be Blest!!!

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

reference: CFA  Wikipedia        

37 thoughts on “Raena Answers the Question: What Is A Ragdoll Cat

    1. Aaaaaaaaaw Fanky fank ya’. I’s glad she couldn’t say no too. At da time, mine’s eyes weren’t so purretty. They was all crusty and runny with da yuck. Not anymore tho’, mommy makes sure to take care of them purropurr like. Big hugs

      Luvs ya’

      Raena and Dezi


    1. Fanky Fanks Snoops and Kommando. I’s not unnerstand it either, but sis Dezi says there was sure a flurry of nastiness when she posted dat mommy was considerin’ it. I’s so glad mommy ignored it. Big huggies to ya’ll.

      Luvs ya’

      Raena and Dezi

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  1. Wow! We feel so educated now about ragdoll kitties, Thanks so much. We truly learned things:)

    Minko also was rescued, not from a shelter but from a house-breeder, deplorable conditions…that lady was only trying to add some $$ to her pocket, not breed well loved kitties. That was almost 12 years ago…petcretary did not report her, but now being much wiser about these things, she should have…but she watches the want ads to make sure she doesn’t try to ‘sell’ more kittens. We think this is why he is so easily stressed about little things…and maybe the root cause of his eating disorder. Four of the other five came from well kept household breeders,and one was ‘rescued’ from a home that had to evict all their pets due to severe health issues of the preemie twins they were bringing home…traumatic for those peeps and the furs alike.

    Purrs and pawyers for your neighbors furmily.

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  2. Raena, you sure are a smart girl! Thank you for sharing all that information about the Ragdoll breed; we learned a lot! We are glad Mommy rescued you, and that you have a wonderful forever home with her and Dezi.

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  3. Did your mommy report the conditions at that breeders? That could help save the other kitties there. It sounds like they need some more education and guidance on keeping a responsible and caring business going on. I’m surely glad you were saved from there. You are just so cute and funny!

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    1. Aaaaaaaw Fanky fanks. Yes, of course mommy repurrted them. Dat’s when she found out, dat sis Dezi and me are really in truly related. Seems da breeder dat was shut down all those years ago when sis Dezi’s litter was rescued was related to mines breeder. Sisfurs in fact. We don’t know what happened as they’re outta our area and we don’t know who furinally handled da complaint. But we do hope somethin’ was done. Big hugs to ya’ll and a blest day.

      Luvs ya’

      Raena and Dezi


    1. Yeah Easy, breeders do a lot of manipulating to change us kitties into things they like better. They do dat to some of da doggie breeds too. You’d think ifin they really luvved us, they would luv us like we are stead of tryin’ to change us all da time. Big hugs to you and your pawrents.

      Luvs ya’

      Raena and Dezi


  4. I had very little knowledge about ragdolls before reading this. But you two are gorgeous kitties. Thank you for sharing more about the breed. It hurts my heart to think of the conditions you came from Raena … and I know there are tons of tons more kitties in the same circumstances. Or homeless (like my Bear Cat when we met) or killed because of overcrowding in shelters. Us humans have really not done our jobs to protect the species we domesticated … and my least favorite part of blogging is seeing the evidence day after day and hearing the horror stories shared by others. My boy saved my life …. and still does every single day … I have no idea what I’d do without him. Yay for Moms that give their kitties all the love those kitties deserve 🙂

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    1. Aaaaaaaaaaaaw Fanky fank you awnty Katherine and Bear Cat. I’s didn’t know her, but sis Dezi’s Lexi woulda died outside ifin not fur mommy. And sis Dezi ehrself woulda died. She had been rescued, but da doggy rescuers didn’t have a clue what to do with her and she was so sick. I’s was very blest God and Lexi sent me to mommy. We may be pure bred kitties but these days peeps just don’t care. Mommy says you are right ’bout humans not doin’ right by those they domesticated. You and Bear are very blest to have found each other, just like mommy and us. We just wish more peeps unnerstood da blessings we can bring to each other. Big hugs to ya’ll.

      Luvs ya’

      Raena and Dezi

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  5. Thanks for all the valuable information on Ragdolls. M knows someone who knows someone who has one. She always wishes she could see that kitty, but that someone who has the ragdoll lives in another state. It’s not likely M will ever get there. We think you are the cutest kitten ever.

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