What You Need To Know About Owning A Ragdoll Cat
History of the Ragdoll
The most broadly acknowledged belief is that the Ragdoll breed started back in the 1960’s by a lady named Ann Baker, located in Riverside California. The breed was specifically reproduced more than quite a long while for specific attributes, for example, a huge size, tender demeanor, and a tendency to go limp when held.
They have a solid body with short legs. They are among the biggest of the domesticated cats, with 12-20 pounds, and females averaging 10-15 pounds. However because of the fact that they are mild, they ought not be left outside for delayed periods – or at all – as they won’t shield themselves if assaulted. Ragdoll’s have expansive blue eyes and adjusted ears that tilt slightly forward.
The Ragdoll Cat is a medium-long haired coat that is categorized into one of the accompanying colors:
Seal – Fawn and dark brown
Chocolate – Ivory and chocolate cocoa
Blue – Dark gray and pale gray
Lilac – Frosty white and pinkish gray
They additionally have different patterns on their fur that Ragdoll cat reproducers split into the accompanying categories:
Color point – Dark colored feet, ears, tail and face with a lighter body shading and no white markings.
Mitted – Similar to a color point yet with white paws, jaw, stomach and ruff.
Bi-color – Dark points on the ears and tail and light between the eyes. Dull focuses additionally on the back with a pink nose and paw pads.
In spite of the fact that it has a delicate medium-long coat, a Ragdoll Cat won’t require to be groomed always and its fur won’t matt or shed excessively.
The Ragdoll cat identity is frequently what pulls in cat proprietors to the breed. On the outside the Ragdoll is extensive, medium haired, beautifully colored type of cat with blue blues. Deep down, they display unusual identity characteristics that make them unique from numerous different types of cat.
The Ragdoll cat personality Traits is one summed up as being a careful blend of intelligence and a delicate, trusting nature. Not at all like numerous cats, Ragdolls are eminent for collapsing into the arms of any individual who holds them, regardless of the possibility that they are supported on their back. They cherish their kin, welcoming them at the entryway, pursuing them around the house, and jumping into a lap or cuddling in bed at whatever point given the chance. They regularly learn how to come when called or to recover toys that are tossed for them. Unquestionably the standard Ragdoll cat is a delicate, generous animal, which would much rather spend time with you and those in your family, than go wandering all over the place.
The word regularly used to portray them is easygoing, yet that doesn’t mean they are inert. They like to play with toys and go into any family exercises. With uplifting reinforcement in form of food rewards and praise when they accomplish something you like, Ragdolls learn rapidly and can get tricks and also great practices, for example, using a scratching post. In a little, sweet voice, they help you to remember mealtime or request petting however are not exorbitantly vocal.
Ragdolls have decent behavior and are anything but difficult to live with. You will discover a Ragdoll on your couch or bed, yet generally very little higher than that. He likes to remain at the same level with his kin instead of the most high point in a room. He is cheerful to live with different cats and friendly to dogs, as well, on account of his genial disposition. Present pets gradually and in controlled circumstances to guarantee that they figure out how to get along together.
Have you owned a Ragdoll cat? What were they like?
Meow for now… Kristian
Caturday Art: Handsome Kitty
This handsome fellow belongs to our friends who we have the pleasure of cat sitting when they go away. He is a handsome boy and so playful.
This artwork was created with the help of the great app Prisma. We’ve used it before and really love how creative and easily the pictures get changed. I love that they are modeled on real and iconic artworks allowing you to create your own masterpieces.
This handsome fellow is a grey furred gorgeous boy so turning him blue was (in my mind) a purrfect creation.
When creating this picture I was reminded of this poem by Eleanor Farjeon.
Cats Sleep Anywhere
Cats sleep, anywhere,
Any table, any chair
Top of piano, window-ledge,
In the middle, on the edge,
Open drawer, empty shoe,
Anybody’s lap will do,
Fitted in a cardboard box,
In the cupboard, with your frocks-
Anywhere! They don’t care!
Cats sleep anywhere.
What are your thoughts?
Meow for now… Kristian
How To Help Your Cat Overcome The Fear Of Going To The Vet
Anyone who has had owned a cat has had the dubious “pleasure” of taking a cat for a vet visit. You know that it’s no easy feat. It starts with a wrestling match which you do not win. After 15 minutes you finally get your cat into a carrier. If you manage to survive with only a few scratches, consider yourself lucky. Then comes the dreaded drive where he will demonstrate his well-developed hissing and howling talents. Sometimes, he will just cower and look at you meowling in a sad voice. Once you’ve arrived and found parking, it’s time to wait. And wait. And wait.
You may be one of the precious few humans whose cat is as relaxed at the vet’s as they are at home. If so, read no further. If not, there are things you can do to help your pet relax during trips to the vet and get the most out of his medical exam. Feline healthcare may never be a walk in the park, but you can make it more manageable with our five tips for making vet visits less stressful for your cat.
Why is my cat scared?
Pets aren’t born despising specific individuals or spots. Normally two things need to happen before your pet decides that a visit to a veterinary an awful place. The first is unfamiliarity and the second is obnoxious encounters.
Like individuals, pets stick to the well-known and reject the obscure. A bizarre place with unusual clamors and smells can make pets anxious and defensive. Add to that an unpalatable ordeal and you will have a despondent pet.
A pet going by the groomer interestingly doesn’t understand that the scissors are just there to expel hair, not body parts. If the only experience a puppy or kitten gets at the center is a needle in the back, obviously the pet will not cherish visit a vet.
At home check ups
One of the best things you can do for your cat is give him regular head-to-tail check-ups at home. Even if you don’t know what you’re looking for, simply getting him used to being handled will help enormously at the vet. What’s more, those home check-ups mean you’re more likely to notice a problem with your cat should one arise.
A visit to the vet can be fun
Going to the vet is inevitably going to create some stress and anxiety in your cat. You can reduce this by offering plenty of love and affection before the trip. It may help calm you too; studies suggest that petting and playing with pets can reduce stress levels in humans. This is a great ritual for the hour before your vet visit. You and your pet are both going to need to be as chill as possible before getting into the car, which felines would probably call the “purring tank of terror,” if they were actually able to speak.
Take a drive
Much of what sets cats on edge during vet visits is the journey, not the destination. As a general rule, cats hate cars. This is because cats like things to be familiar and predictable, and cars are not a typical part of any cat’s daily life. Cats’ aversion to cars is reinforced by the fact that, for many, the only time they go inside a vehicle is on the dreaded vet visit. This creates a strong association between two potentially negative events, which may make each seem worse than it actually is.
Veterinarians are no different than other healthcare providers when it comes to bedside manner. A few minutes of casual interaction puts patients at ease, especially the fearful feline ones. Most vets will do this anyway. If yours does not, ask him or her to take a few minutes to break the ice with your cat before diving into the exam. And remember, a friendly rapport between you and the vet can go a long way toward putting your pet at ease.
No cat wants to spend the night away from home, especially not for veterinary care. Unfortunately, there are many reasons a cat might need to spend a night at the vet, including routine procedures such as spaying/neutering or to receive treatment for an illness or injury. This can be very stressful for cats, but there are things you can do to help your pet cope get through it.
When a cat needs to spend a night at the clinic, it helps to have an object from home. Keep in mind that it’s the scent of something familiar that’s most important, not what the cat will actually do with the object. For this reason, a blanket or piece of clothing with your scent on it is better than a toy. Most animals won’t feel like playing in a hospital setting.
Meow for now… Kristian
How To Get Your Kitten To Stop Destroying Your House
Kittens can have so much energy! And, they can get into nooks and crannies that you simply didn’t think it was humanly (or, rather, feline-ly) possible to explore. Of course, you care about your little kitty and you do not want them to get stuck anywhere they can’t get out, or eat something out of curiosity that might make them sick. Kitten – proofing your house is actually pretty simple, and to show you some of the main things that you can do to keep your house safe for a kitten, we have laid out some easy steps that you can follow below.
Utilize high shelves
Kittens are nosey little critters, and they will often sniff or lick substances that they find on the floor. Even a small taste of a dishwasher tablet or some laundry powder, however, can leave your kitten feeling sick for days. So, make sure to clean up any spillages right away, and to use high shelves as much as possible to keep harmful or irritating substances (such as household cleaners) out of your kitten’s reach.
Keep the doors shut
That back yard may seem a mighty tempting place for a kitten to explore – but, if you live near a busy road and/or your little cat has yet to have all of their vaccinations, then it is important to keep them within the confines of your home. So, make sure that everyone in the family gets into the habit of looking behind them to make sure there are no kittens poised to make a dash for freedom as they leave for work in the morning.
Keep your kitten amused in the morning by providing them with plenty of toys, love and affection. If you have inner doors near to your front door, you could always adopt a policy of ensuring that the kitten is not allowed to wander past the inner door closest to the entrance or exit of your home – let alone the front door: an additional safety policy.
The same goes for cat flaps. If you have existing cats that use a cat flap, you will either have to keep the kittens shut out of the room with the cat flap in, or think about getting an electronic flap that only opens in response to the microchips of your adult cats.
Clear away any dangling threads or ropes
Adult cats and kittens alike love to play with string, and it is always a good idea to get them a little dangly toy for them to bat around. But, equally, this instinct for playing with all things stringy and dangly can lead to mishaps. All too often, kittens get tangled up in the cords hanging down from Venetian blinds or similar string like objects and find themselves unable to break free. One result of this can be a loss of circulation in a tangled paw, or even difficulty breathing if their head gets tangled.
The long and the short of it is: keep all cords and strings tucked neatly away. You can get handy containers for cords if you need to – or just make sure that everyone in the family knows not to leave anything dangling down within your kitten’s reach.
Most importantly – be around!
Kittens should not be left alone in the house for more than a couple of hours. As well as the potential physical mishaps that they can get in to, it can also have psychological effects, leaving them feeling lonely and stressed out! Usually, it is safe to say that your kitten really misses you when you are away for three hours at the garage, so make sure to give them lots of love and affection when you return!
Now, no house can be completely kitten proof, but the most powerful asset that you have in kitten – proofing your house is your own pair of eyes. If you or another member of the household is generally around the home when your kitten is there, you can make sure that your kitten doesn’t get into too many scrapes. For instance, if you see them batting curiously at a dangling curtain cord, you can quickly tuck it away before any accidents happen and distract your kitty with a hug or a catnip toy instead! And, if you see them curiously eyeing that tasty spill of bicarbonate of soda when you are baking, you will be there to wipe it up in a trice!
Leave a comment to tell us how you protected your house from destructive kitten behaviour.
Meow for now… Kristian
Caturday Art: Reflections on a Kitty-er Time
I am still patiently (not very patiently) waiting for a foster kitten to come to my home. I have an empty unit and so many cuddles to offer. As such, I am looking through past photos of kittens gone by and remembering all the fun we had (and all the potty accidents too).
I still wanted to be able to contribute to this fun and creative blog hop so have decided to use one of my older photos when I was over-run with kittens.
The biggest number we’ve ever had is 8 cats/kittens at once (2 of our own and 6 kittens). This photo is from that time, by the time this was taken we had taken back two of the kittens as they had reached their weight. Poor little Dino (third from the left) was the runt of the litter and took a while to gain the weight that was needed, even though he was a greedy guts who would eat SO much and then his big budha belly would prevent him from playing while he digested the food.
Thanks for dropping by!
Meow for now… Kristian