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post #1 of 7 Old 03-21-2014, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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New to the Ragdoll breed

A more recent acquisition is my 7 yr old Ragdoll, Ms. Kitty. I'm used to Siamese which I raised for years. Ms. Kitty seems to be directly opposite the Siamese temperament. She's really a lovely cat, not up on the counters, can be a little demanding of attention at times. Her dish is in the bathtub to keep the wee dog out of it but she wants me to sit on the tub while she eats. She seems to find some security in this and wants to know where the dog is. Now this cat is 3x as big as the dog but I was told she'd lived with two other larger dogs. It is my understanding Ragdolls are happiest when there are no other pets. She and the chi have a mutual understand to leave each other alone. I'd be interested in hearing of any other breed traits. I read that they have no interest in hunting. Ms Kitty quickly disproved that.
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I've never had a ragdoll but I've heard they're supposed to be very laid back kittys. I've raised Scottish Folds and Oriental Short Hairs. The Folds are very laid back and the Orientals are like Siamese energy wise. I once sold a Fold kitten to a lady that had slways had Siamese. She actually brought her back because she thought she was a little "slow" as in ******ed. Tried to tell her it was the natural difference in the breeds but of course I took my baby back. It's amazing the difference in breeds. I think a Manx is probably a happy medium between the two :)
Enjoy the Ragdoll,I know lots of people love them. I've found I'm partial to the more active breeds.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-22-2014, 07:57 AM
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I have what may be a Ragdoll-no jumping on counters, loves to cuddle on the bed, really doesn't like other pets around her. Very vocal, but tiny voice, about where she wants her humans to be. Thinks she should run the household, but in a very sweet way. The most expressive eyes. We've had her for 10 years & I don't even want to contemplate her not being here.
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That pretty much sums up my cat. Getting a kitten always carries great appeal because they are so entertaining but it wouldn't have been fair to turn one lose on a 4 lb chi, that's about 7. As I was considering an older cat, it had to be female, spayed and under 10 when an ad for this one turned up. She was advertised as a Burmese. Goody, Siamese, Burmese I'm good with that. When the gal bro't the cat I couldn't get over her size. Research pointed to Burman (Birman) then to Ragdoll. And everything about her indicates Ragdoll in which one of the founding sires was a Birman. As I've mentioned, she's a lovely cat, different but I'm quite enjoying her ways.
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-23-2014, 08:25 AM
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They really are pretty much th polar opposite of a Siamese.
You'll notice the difference in them that a Ragdoll won't tell you off every 5 minutes. Lol
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You're right about not being told off. She can insist on being in my lap but for a few minutes only and will readily hop down. My Siamese seemed to cling to me like it's life was at stake.
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Closest we've ever had to a Ragdoll was Powder. (In fact, this could be him:

He reached 16-17lbs in his youth and 'made muffins' on just about everything for a minimum of five minutes before sleeping there. By making muffins, I mean kneading the fabric of whatever he was going to lay on in order to create a nest.

This cat was a wonderful personality, and very 'floppy,' true to the ragdoll breed. He was laid back, put up with just about everything we threw his way. This does include the 7yr old version of me carrying him around the house. Extremely vocal, especially while making muffins, and more wonderfully communicative of when he did or didn't want you to love on him.

Enjoy this cat. Ragdolls are truly gems to have around. :)

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