Their heads are slightly round, their ears are small and rounded, and their large eyes are in a brilliant blue color. This breed's tail is slightly bushy and tapers at the end.
These cats do not come in a wide range of colors and patterns. In fact, there are actually only four colors accepted by the Cat Fancier's Association... Seal, Chocolate, Blue, and Lilac. You can find these colors in pointed, mitted, or bicolor patterns, but it's said that some breeders avoid mitted cats because they look too much like the Birman (hinting at their true ancestors? Maybe, in part).
The Ragdoll has a calm demeanor, which helps make it a perfect choice for families and busy homes. These cats are almost dog like in their behavior, often greeting family members at the door.
Your cat will also likely follow you through the house, supervising your work. Your Rag will also snuggle beside you on the sofa or in bed as these kitties love attention.
This is a generally healthy breed, but a lifetime commitment to a pet can sometimes bring surprises. If you're a new cat owner, you'll want to get up to speed on common cat illness symptoms and of course learn more about cat health in general.
If you do not believe in de-clawing your cat, but are concerned about having your furniture ruined, you may want to consider the Ragdoll cat breed as well. Some Ragdoll owners say their cats have been much more quick to learn to use a scratching post instead of furniture arms to sharpen their claws than other cat breeds.
Since these cats seem to make an effort to keep from scratching people, as well, they may be less prone to scratch furniture in the first place. Of course, all cats are individuals, as you know.
While this cat breed does not seem to need the company of other pets and sometimes seems to prefer to spend time with human family members over cats, it does not mind living with other cats.
It's been speculated that perhaps this is because this breed is so much larger than other cats, but it is most likely because the Ragdoll is just so sweet natured. They like people and enjoy spending time with their family.
Since the Ragdoll is a semi-longhair cat, some prospective cat owners are a bit hesitant about choosing this breed. If you're afraid you won't have time for the frequent grooming most longhairs require, don't worry. Surprisingly, this breed's silky coat texture makes it a very low care cat.
Unlike their Persian cousins, their coats are not subject to matting.
Combing through your cat's hair weekly to remove stray hairs or debris and perhaps a daily touch-up is usually all that is necessary to keep her coat looking fantastic. Although most longhairs are prone to hairballs, these cats are said to be less likely to develop them.
If you want a sweet tempered, family oriented cat, then the big Ragdoll cat may be the ideal breed for you. Don't let the soft look of fluffy fur fool you, this is a large cat breed and very sturdy.