7 Characteristics of a Ragdoll Cat

Deborah K. Vick

Did you know that Ragdoll cats are most sought after for
their personalities? I’m going to list 7 traits
that make the Ragdoll cat a pleasure to own.

If you’ve ever wondered if a Ragdoll cat is the one for you,
then these points may clear it up for you. Onto number 1…

1. They go limp when held.

This is actually a little bit of a myth. Not all Ragdoll
cats will go limp when held. Most do, though. They are a
very relaxed breed of cat, and most love to be held. It sets
them apart from many other breeds.

2. The breed is people orientated.

Ragdoll cats become very attached to their owners. By nature
they are a very social animal and simply love interaction
with the people around them. If you don’t like a cat that
hovers around a Ragdoll cat may not be the cat for you.

3. As a breed they are calm yet love to play.

The breed retains a lot of kitten in them as they grow up.
Overall they are a calm cat, but if you put a toy in front
of them watch out! There’s nothing more fun than watching a
cat kick a ball around the house. The good news is that they
won’t be rough while they are doing it. Gentleness is part
of the breed.

4. They adapt to living in small spaces well.

A Ragdoll cat is perfect for a small apartment, and as long
as you don’t introduce them to the great outdoor, they will
willingly stay inside. It’s part of their relaxed nature to
adapt easily to living in an apartment.

5. You can train a Ragdoll cat to do tricks.

You’ve heard the saying that dogs have masters and cats have
staff? They are one of the few breeds who will put that aside and allow you to
teach them tricks. They are an intelligent breed and all it
takes is a little encouragement and you are off and running.
They will retrieve toys, fetch, and shake hands among other
things. You can have hours of enjoyment teaching your cat
new tricks.

6. They are not destructive in the home.

Most cats prefer to climb, jump on surfaces and generally
get into tight spaces. Not so, the Ragdoll cat. They are one
of the few breeds that actually prefer floor level to
jumping up on the kitchen bench. This makes them ideal if
you have a lot of breakables.

7. Their plush coat does not require excessive grooming.

Despite having a long coat they are one cat that does not
require you to brush them every other day. One of the
characteristics of the breed is that their coat does not mat
easily, and is so fine and light it doesn’t tend to get
caught in the fibres of furniture, either. This is yet
another reason they are a great indoor cat.

If you are thinking of getting a Ragdoll cat, then these are
7 good reasons to look more closely at the breed. Just
remember that each cat is an individual, and not every
characteristic will apply.

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