Our new three month-old Ragdoll cat Carlisle
After 6 months of grieving the lost of our Bengal cat Pippin, my favorite Yankee and I determined we needed another baby in the family. Once a Southern mama rears her children, she often deals with the empty nest through a pet.
I spent those six months researching cat breeds and determined that a Ragdoll is what we needed.
A relatively new breed, Ragdoll cats are large, affectionate felines bred specifically as house cats. They’ll go limp in your arms, like a big, furry doll. Because some of the basic feline instincts have been bred out of them, Ragdolls should never go outside, except on a leash. They think every human and animal is a friend.
Riverside, California breeder Ann Baker created the Ragdoll breed in the 1960s. She mated several free-roaming cats to produce the first litters. Baker looked for cats with good dispositions and a specific appearance for breeding purposes. The foundation cats were a long-haired white female named Josephine, a solid black male cat named “Blackie,” and a seal point male with white mittens who went by “Daddy Warbucks.” While Baker developed the breed, other Ragdoll aficionados went on to establish the actual breed registry. Our cat Carlisle is a seal mitted Ragdoll.
Ragdolls mature late, reaching their full growth between the age of 3 and 4. At three months, Carlisle weighs five pounds, much bigger that the average three pound house cat. He could grow to between 16-20 pounds. He’s a big boy. His fur is silky like a rabbit’s and makes him look much bigger.
My Favorite Yankee is teaching Carlisle to play poker.
Besides his beauty, the Ragdoll’s best selling point is his endearing, dog-like personality. He loves people, and wants to be part of the family. He gets along with other pets, whether canine or feline. Kids can dress him up in clothes or take him for walks in a baby carriage — most Ragdolls are fine with that. These laid-back kitties aren’t much for jumping, so there is often no need to chase him off the counter.
Our little fellow is happy, content, and playful. Southern Mama loves her new baby!