NWR: Any Bees Here Own A Ragdoll Cat?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

kcoast :  Meeeeee! I have a completely gorgeous lady named Chloe. She just turned 14 on April 1st! I’ve had pets my entire life, 47 years, and hands down, bar none, she is THE BEST PET I’ve ever had! She is a Blue Mitted. 

I met her breeder through the Cat Fanciers Assoc like 16 years ago at a cat show. Both of Chloe’s parents were show cats and absolutley to die for gorgeous pampered animals. I kept in touch with the owner and eventually when the timing was right, I adopted Chloe from her Queens last litter. Her parents were retired from shows and breeding after Chloe’s litter was born. Off to live a pampered, sheltered life! 

I fell in love with the breed very early on, in the 80s when it was just surfacing, and, the controversy was on if was even going to be a recognized TICA or Fanciers breed for show. I was fascinated by the mysterious history of the breed and ultimatley, that the animal itself is so darn gorgeous and congenial. I mean, a cat that plays dead?! Chloe did this when she was a baby. It is truly a strange phenomenon! She outgrew doing it…but has remained extremely passive. 

I have had pets my entire life. Mostly farm animals and rescues. Chloe is my one indulgent acquisition and I’ve never regretted her, or her origins. I know, as fact, her parents and littermates were treated better than most any animals I’ve ever seen. 

My best suggestion is to start researching breeders in your area and surrounding states. Do NOT acquire a kitten from somone willing to ship their animals. Gross. (IMHO) Find a cattery that you can visit, then visit again, and a breeder who is tolerant and welcoming of your questions and concerns. Understand the lineage of the parents and their family roots, and how did the cattery come to be? Do your research and understand the breed itself. Because nowadays there are LOTS of cats called “ragdolls” and believe me, they really aren’t! Markings & Colors, is where you’ll find the greatest divergence from the breed standards. 

Personally, if given the option of a true, unadulterated Ragdoll breed over any other, I’d do it again, no doubts. My Chloe has been a DREAM and is truly a child to me. So affectionate, so friendly, loving, social, truly a Poster Child for the breed. Gosh I just LOVE her!!! 

Very best of luck in finding the perfect Raggie for your family! 

Post # 3
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Honey bee

kcoast :  Try breed specific shelters. We don’t have a ragdoll but I’m sure they have them sometimes. Try Rescue Me! And you can look by breed and state. 🙂 

Post # 5
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Honey bee

Have you considered a rescue instead of a breeder?

I looooove Ragdolls and I completely understand wanting a specific breed of cat. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

kcoast :  We got ours by accident!  She’s a 7 year old and while she’s on the smaller size, she is a purebred.  she looks just like this.  Friendliest and most patient cat we’ve ever had.  She puts up with the toddler, the dog and us!  

The neighbors threw her out after they got a dog, and I took her in over five years ago and she’s become ours.  I think being a finding a purebred will be difficult.  I would just look for a mix.  Are you looking for the coloring, personality and size of a ragdoll?  If it’s coloring and size a mix won’t be that far off. And I’ve known many gentle cats that are not just ragdolls.  

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We have a ragdoll, he is our 2nd. He is 4 this summer so will finally be fully mature. Our previous boy passed from diabetes at age 14.We do have another cat as well who is a silver tabby domestic short hair whom we adopted at 7months old just last year.

Both of my ragdolls I’ve had since they were kittens, one I rescused when I was 14 and the other was purchased after the first one passed. My first boy was the first cat my husband ever got along with and it was my husband who insisted we had to get another ragdoll.

I live in Canada, unfortunately the breeder we purchased from 4 years ago is no longer active. 

another option if you cant find a ragdoll breeder would be to look for Ragamuffin breed. They are very very similar in temperment, coat texture& colour, as well as size. The main difference is that Ragdolls must have blue eyes and are a pointed breed, where as Ragamuffins can have any eye colour or coat pattern.

Best of luck !!

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

kcoast :  I feel it’s cruel to put a tiny baby animal into a crate, all alone, and stuff them into the belly of a plane. Also, I have a friend who works for a popular airline, in ticketing and baggage, and I really dont care to have them handle my baggage, much less a live animal, after hearing some of his stories. Personal preference. 

If a guardian or yourself is with the animal in the cabin, that’s a much better scenario. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I don’t own any ragdolls, but my neighbors do.  And their two giant, gorgeous animals are a little bit too good at unlatching latches.  Many times, they open the front door and wander over to my porch.  So I consider myself a part time ragdoll petsitter.

They’re sweet-tempered and well-adjusted, as other posters have said, and I’ve always heard they’re good for people allergic to most cats – they tend to not trigger the allergy.  But.  They’re smart.  Sometimes they learn how to unlock and open the front door and develop a habit of wandering the neighborhood.

Good luck!  I hope you’re able to find one to rescue!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I love ragdolls and it’s my dream to adopt one in the future. I don’t think it’s likely you ll find one to rescue though. I’ve been volunteering at a shelter for three years and only seen one lot of ragdolls come through in that time, and they were adults aged 7 years +.  

Post # 14
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Wannabee

kcoast :  You should contact Sweetheaven Ragdolls in San Diego area. My sister has people coming from as far away as you are searching. Check her website.

Post # 15
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Wannabee

Sweetheaven Ragdolls does not ship however.

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