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Ragdoll Cat Breed

This large, laid-back cat is remarkably well-behaved and amenable, making it perfect for people with busy lifestyles.

The name is well chosen, since few cats are easier to handle or more ready to sit on a lap than a Ragdoll. One of the largest of all cat breeds, this cat has a confused history—supposedly, the original Ragdolls were developed from a litter of kittens, born in California, that became unusually limp and “floppy” when picked up.

These cats love human company, will happily play with children, and are usually well disposed toward other pets. Ragdolls are not particularly athletic and, once past kittenhood, mostly prefer their games to be gentle. Moderate grooming is enough to keep their soft, silky fur free from tangles.

Origin: US, 1960s

Breed registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA

Weight range: 10–20lb (4.5–9kg)

Grooming: 2–3 times a week

Colors and patterns: Most solid colors in tortie and tabby patterns; always pointed and bicolor or mitted.