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Ragdoll

enero 13, 2021

 

The Ragdoll is a feline breed of dubious origins. It seems that in 1965, the American breeder Ann Baker found in her kennel some curious puppies, different from all the others, some Ragdoll kittens.

The woman thought that the new specimens were the result of the crossing between a white Angora-type cat and a cat of unknown origin. Subsequent crosses with Persians, Burmese and Burmese led to the selection of the Ragdoll, a feline breed that it takes its name from the attitude of its specimens to completely relax once picked up (hence «rag doll»).

RAGDOLL CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR

The Ragdoll is a playful and affectionate cat. His bond with his owner is deep enough to lead him to suffer for his absence and to adapt to changes in the environment in order to be close to him. Given the extremely sensitive character, the Ragdoll is a cat that must live indoors (if he lived in the garden he would not know how to compete for territory with other cats and therefore would risk becoming an easy prey). Its very sweet character makes it incredibly suitable also for pet therapy (human-animal interaction used for therapeutic purposes).

RAGDOLL PUPPY

Ragdoll puppy grants full-legged affection. The little cat at three months begins to have an already formed character that can hardly be changed. In this sense it is important to raise the puppy in contact with humans: interaction is the key to creating a harmonious domestic coexistence.

If the Ragdoll puppy gets used to habits and human presence it becomes a perfect companion cat, a sociable and sensitive four-legged friend.

RAGDOLL POWER

To better calibrate the Ragdoll’s diet, it is necessary to keep in mind that the breed has a slow growth: it takes 2 or 3 years to reach full development. If for the specimens of the other breeds that moment is the beginning of adulthood, for the specimens of Ragdoll it still represents a very early phase. It is therefore necessary to find the right mix of nutrients for do not risk the onset of disorders and pathologies such as liver and bowel fatigue or obesity. The feline breed is best known for voracity, an insatiability that leads Radgoll cats to obesity. The doses must be managed according to the weight and the growth phase in which the specimen is found, perhaps dividing the planned meal into several daily rations in order to allow better absorption of food.

Grooming and hygiene

The long coat of the Ragdoll needs regular brushing (at least twice a week) done with a comb with double-sided teeth (narrow side and wide side). Clearly in the moulting period the grooming action must intensify in order to remove excess hair and avoid the formation of knots and the ingestion of hairballs (in this regard it is recommended to regularly administer products capable of regulating the intestine). The bath can instead be limited to the summer period.

In terms of hygiene, it is also essential to keep the litter box clean. In fact, the Ragdoll, being a very clean cat, can’t stand dirty litter boxes and unpleasant smells.

They also require special attention ear cleaning and of eyes.

HEALTH, CHECKS AND VACCINATIONS

From the genetic point of view, the most frequent pathologies in the Ragdoll are linked to the ingestion of the hair (typical of long-haired cats) and to voracity (very often the cause of obesity).

Generally speaking, the Ragdoll is a cat that does not encounter particular problems. Despite this, it is not possible to neglect the vaccination program against the various infectious, respiratory and viral forms (herpesvirus, calicivirus, viral gastroenteritis, feline leukemia and rhinotracheitis).

To ensure a healthy and happy life for the Ragdoll cat, it is necessary to continue vaccinating him with regular boosters (otherwise, the feline’s immune system may not be able to protect him from serious diseases).

STANDARD RAGDOLL

  • Head The head should be wedge-shaped and of medium size.
  • Eyes The eyes must be oval, large, slightly oblique and of a deep blue.
  • Ears The ears should be broad at the base, set well apart, rounded at the tip and moderately hairy.
  • Body The body must have an imposing and long bone structure, powerful muscles, broad chest and pelvis as wide as the shoulders.
  • Tail The tail should be long, slightly tapered at the tip and covered with a thick coat.
  • Arts The legs must be of medium size and with a medium-strong bone structure. The rear ones are higher than the front ones. The feet are compact and round, with tufts of fur between the toes.
  • Coat and color The hair must be medium to long, dense, soft and woolly. Three varieties are allowed: Mitted, Bicolour or Colourpoint. Colors are allowed: Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac Red, Cream; Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac Tortie; Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red, Cream Tabby, Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac Tortie Tabby.

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