Ragdoll Cats & Kittens in Florida
Welcome to Indian River Ragdolls. My name is Debbie, and I have been breeding Ragdoll kittens in Brevard County on the Florida Space Coast since 1998. I am a member of The International Cat Association (TICA) and have a TICA registered cattery. My cattery consists of my Sire, Indian River, Jasper and my Queens Amy, Ruby, Emerald, Sage and April of Indian River.
The Ragdoll is a cat breed with piercing blue eyes and a distinct colorpoint coat. It is a large and muscular semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat. Developed by American breeder Ann Baker, it is best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. The name "Ragdoll" is derived from the tendency of individuals from the original breeding stock to go limp and relaxed when picked up.
If you are looking for a large, non-aggressive cat that loves to be with people and is very placid, a Ragdoll is the perfect choice. If you love the look of a long-haired cat, but do not want the constant grooming associated with breeds such as the Persian, a Ragdoll is an excellent choice.
The Ragdoll is one of the largest cat breeds. The overall impression one gets from the Ragdoll's physique is that of strength and muscularity. They are heavy-boned, muscular cats with broad chests and large hindquarters. The head is large and slightly rounded with oval blue eyes.
The coat of the Ragdoll is long but not as long as a Persian cat's. It is soft and rabbit-like and does not tend to mat. Ragdolls are slow-maturing, reaching full coat color at two years with full size and weight at four years. Altered males may reach 20 pounds or more; females are proportionately smaller.
Ragdolls need as much care as any other cat, but they don´t have any breed-specific features which need special attention. Because these cats are usually very docile and tend to be non-aggressive - sometimes lacking even the ability to defend themselves - they should be kept strictly as indoors-only cats.
Many people still think that keeping a cat indoors is cruel, but outdoor cats are very likely to meet a violent death. Luckily Ragdoll cats adapt well even to small apartments, and they can be easily trained to walk on a leash.
The plush coat of the Ragdoll cat does not require excessive grooming as Ragdolls bathe and groom their moderately long, silky coats themselves and unlike Persians, which need grooming every day, Ragdolls have a mat-resistant coat.
However, they still should be groomed with a steel comb as a part of cuddling (one hand stroke, one comb stroke; one hand stroke, one comb stroke...), but most never need it. A brush once every few days is usually enough to keep their coat bright and soft. They shed very little and rarely have hairballs.