Hi All, Im just chasing some info on Ragdoll cats, as im thinking of bringing one home. We are a active family on a property with 3 kids, a gsd and 2 cavs & horses.
Ive only ever had your run of the mill moggy. Our girl was killed by a visitors dog 2 yrs ago, aged 5. One of her most valuable things she contributed to our family besides her cuddles was she was a fantastic mouser, keeping rats, mice and snakes out of the feed sheds, and leaving them as presents at the back door!! Ive been told theyre very affectionate and playfull, and clean. To be honest its the look of them that has apealed to me the most, ive wanted one since i was a kid!!! But if they arnt suited to a property for some reason i dont know of, id like to weigh that in before i make a decision.
Ragdolls are an indoor only cat with long hair that needs to be brushed often. They are not suited for the outdoors because she wouldn't know how to defend herself and they are not hunters. My co-worker has one and the personality she descibes sounds even more lazy, cuddly and laid back than my Persians. They are beautiful cats but they are not suitable for what you are looking for. Please see the CFA website for a detailed profile of the Ragdoll. http://www.cfa.org/breeds/profiles/ragdoll.html
Thanks. Ive always had long haired cats, so thats not an issue at all. I couldnt have a cat confined to indoors, and with where i live there isnt a need to, altho ive always kept them in at night, the day if the weather is good can come in or out as please. My old girl was always out and about with me, or following the kids around. The only thing that can harm a cat where i live is a snake, so the lazyness and lack of interest in hunting would be a bonus.
I'm confused. You said you wanted to know it they were not "suited to a property" and they are NOT. They are indoor cats. You said that it was a bonus that your other cat was an excellent hunter and I told you that ragdolls are not hunters. So you want to pay for a purebred cat that is only suitable to be an indoor pet and does not hunt and then let her outside to be killed like your other cat was. This breed has no natural instinct to defend themselves. They are bred to be marshmallows. I spoke to my friend with the ragdoll and she said that hers is terrified to ever be outdoors even if he is in her arms. Please talk to the breeder about your intent to send the poor thing outdoors before you make the decision to purchase it.
Wow, ok. Yesterday i went and visited a lady with ragdolls, they were beautiful cats, very friendly and playfull, but placid like you say. Hers come outside with her and love laying about in the sun.
The litter i was considering are not from a breeder as such, theyre at my local Rescue, apparently been seized from a lady that had way more cats than she could care for. Theyre 3 wks old at the moment. AS for cats ive had in the past, bar my last girl they have all lived a wonderful long life, one passing at 17 the other at 18. Catlover, fyi, it happened inside, the staffy went straight thru a flywire door. I didnt even know the bloke had a dog with him, as he parked in the driveway, and we were at the horse yards. Didnt know what was going on untill it was to late.