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Breed of the Week

Cat Breed of the Week: Ragdoll

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Cats are known for being delicate, but the most delicate breed of all has to be the Ragdoll cat. Ragdolls certainly live up to their name with their doll-like almond eyes mixed with their  feline instinct to flop onto any human’s lap. However, don’t let its fluffy face and elegant personality fool you, as Ragdolls are known to also be as active as a puppy.

Ragdolls were founded by Californian breeder Ann Baker in the 1960s who took two long haired cats and bred them together.  She wanted to combine the friendliness of one cat and the lavish fur of another and thus the Ragdoll was born!

The markings on these cats may seem familiar.  The distinctive patterns on its fur have many similarities to Burmese, Birman and Persian cats. Yet the most stunning feature about this feline is not the how its fur resembles adding cream to a coffee, but the sapphires it has for eyes!

Its trademark blue eyes may be popular amongst most ragdolls, but over the years it has been its colour has changed.  According to the Cat Fancier’s Association they range from the traditional blue, to brown and in some cases  violet.

Whilst many cats choose to ignore their owners, Ragdolls love the constant attention of people.  They will quite often follow their owners from room to room, flop onto their laps and curl up next to them when they can.

Cats usually see themselves as gods, but the most famous Ragdoll cat in the world Frankenlouie has something in common with Roman god Janus. Much like the god Frankenlouie has two faces, he has three eyes (two of which are functional) and two mouths. Frankenlouie lived for 15 years before he died, making him one of the world’s longest lived Janus cat.

So if you’re interested in a companion that will love you almost as much as it loves itself, the Ragdoll cat is a great pet to have.  However, these beautiful felines don’t come cheap as their starting price begins at £450.

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Maryam, Louie and Maria

Louie and Maria are siblings that could not be more opposite. Louie prefers chasing after sticks, whilst Maria prefers sleeping. They both enjoy their owner Maryam's lap to sit on and sometimes fight over it.

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  • My Ragdoll, Tiffiny would clock 9 in few months from now. I’m quite relieved to know she has more life to live. I was once told average life of most cats is 15 years but what I read recently that Ragdoll lives more than 15 years. Frankenlouie look so cute.

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