About the Ragdoll:
The Ragdoll cat is known for its gentle, laid back personality. A common characteristic of the breed is it's ability to
relax its body like a child's doll. The Ragdoll is not boring though and can also be quite playful. Often they will stretch
out on their backs trustingly, exposing their bellies with legs stretched out. They usually do not like to be alone and
follow their human friends from room to room. They are also known for getting along with other animals and
children. Ragdolls are intelligent and curious quickly learning what the house rules are.
Traditionally the Ragdoll is a large, pointed cat with blue eyes, a sweet expression, and semi-long, non-matting,
rabbit-like, fur that needs only occasional brushing not shedding excessively. Born white, they get their point colors
during their first few weeks of life, gradually getting darker until about two years of age. They can continue growing
until 4 years old. Ragdolls are a large cat with males often weighing 14-18 pounds and females 8-14 pounds. This
breed tends to be healthy and can live 15-20 years.
|Ragdoll Colors Available at Velvet Rags:
|Costs of a Pedigreed Kitten:
Some people may ask why a pedigreed kitten costs as much as it does? That is a valid question that I will attempt
to answer. First of all, kittens from Velvet Rags come already altered, with 2 set of shots, wormed, and a vet exam.
This is about $200 worth of vet bills. In addition we have the expenses of buying and maintaining the parents year
round. Expenses for the parents include quality food, vet exams (emergency is very high), genetic testing, litter,
toys, cat furniture and equipment, and show costs. The reason we choose to show our cats is to keep ourselves
accountable to the Ragdoll standard. We also have costs for our website, advertising, reference books, home
renovations, registrations, new breeding cats (very high) and club member fees. Then there is compensation for the
time we have invested in the cats which is incalculable. Some examples are: staying up all hours of the night
helping a queen birth kittens, nursing a sick cat or kitten, tube feeding a kitten in need, researching, and cleaning up
and more cleaning up after the cats. We do not charge for the love we give them as that is free ;o}.
The old adage, "You get what you pay for," really applies here. Question a "bargain" Ragdoll. Where has the
breeder cut costs? Vet care? Quality food? Sometimes that bargain will cost more in the long run because of vet
costs, just to get it healthy.
|The difference between boys and girls:
Ah, the age old question... In general we have found that the girls tend to be more mellow but can be moody in
giving affection. The boys play hard but also love hard. Over all the boys are more affectionate. The boys are also
bigger and fluffier. There are always exceptions to the rule. The most active kitten we ever had here was a girl and
the mellowest kitten was a male. Bottom line is look at the individual temperament of each kitten. By limiting
yourself to only wanting, for example, a female because they are mellow you could be passing up a very mellow
affectionate male that could give you years of enjoyment. Also because our male kittens are early altered
(neutered) we do not have a problem with them spraying.