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Thanks to their pretty blue eyes and elegant fur, ragdolls are considered one of the most beautiful cat breeds. Ragdolls are loyal, affectionate, and have a calm demeanor, perfect for homes with other pets. That's why a lot of people want to own this beautiful cat. But have you ever wondered if all Ragdolls have blue eyes or what makes a Ragdoll pure breed? We are here to answer your questions, with the help of cat experts, this is what we found.
No, Ragdolls' eyes are not always blue; it solely depends if they are purebred or not. All pure breed Ragdolls have blue eyes. Purebred or traditional Ragdolls are born all white with blue eyes and will show fur color or pattern around two weeks after birth. Ragdolls with blue eyes are usually associated with the pointed cat breed.
Non-traditional Ragdolls have different eye colors. These colors could range from gold to green to aqua. These types of Ragdolls are called Mink, Sephia, and Solid Ragdolls. Though they may not be purebred Ragdolls, they are still of the same breed. Keep reading as we delve into the intricate colorations that make Ragdoll cats so unique!
Do Ragdolls eyes stay blue?
Yes and no. If we are talking about purebred or traditional Ragdolls, their eyes are blue from birth and will stay blue until they reach adulthood. While other types of ragdolls such as the Mink, Sephia, or Solid have different eye colors. Mink, Sephia, and Solid Ragdolls can also develop blueish eyes
but not as blue as a traditional Ragdoll, as their eye color will most likely end up aqua.
How do I know if my Ragdoll is purebred?
It is good to know if your Ragdoll is purebred, especially if you plan to breed or join a cat competition. The reason for this is that The International Cat Association only acknowledges traditional Ragdolls as purebreds. These are Ragdolls that are born white with blue eyes. There are multiple ways to tell if your cat is a purebred Ragdoll. Here are some of them.
Analyze your cat's physical appearance
The eye of a purebred Ragdoll is very distinct since all purebred Ragdolls always have blue eyes. Even if your cat has the fur pattern, body shape, and weight, according to The International Cat Association (TICA), purebred Ragdolls should have blue eyes, and any other color than blue will not be considered a pure Ragdoll.
For domestic cat's purebred Ragdolls are considered to be one of the largest. Male Ragdolls could reach 12 to 20 pounds while females could reach up to 10 to 15 pounds. Purebred Ragdolls could easily rival a small dog's size.
Fur and Coat
A purebred Ragdoll or a traditional Ragdoll has a semi-long to long silky coat. Despite the Ragdoll's long silky coat they do not tend to shed a lot.
Ragdoll colors accepted by the TICA are:
Purebred Ragdolls have a mostly white body with dark highlights around their tail, ears, legs, and face. The best way to tell what a Ragdoll's colors are is by checking their ears.
Ragdolls come in different color patterns such as colorpoint, mitted, and bi-color. They may also have pattern overlays such as lynx, tortie, and tabby.
Purebred Ragdolls are born all white with blue eyes. While other Ragdoll kittens may have colored fur and a different set of eye colors from birth, it would take around two weeks for a purebred to develop its color and pattern. Also, it will take approximately four years for a purebred Ragdoll to fully mature.
Consider your cat's personality traits
Many people fall in love with Ragdolls because of their delightful and calm demeanor. Ragdolls are one of the most docile cat breeds. This is why a lot of homes choose Ragdolls because they are nonconfrontational and are perfect around children and other pets, even dogs.
Ragdolls also have dog-like personalities. They are playful and intelligent, to the point that a Ragdoll will remember where you keep their food and follow you around your home.
Ragdolls are very affectionate cats and are also considered to be lap cats. They also got their name Ragdoll because if you pick one up there is a chance they will go limp or rag doll on your arms. Ragdolls also like to flop in front or on you if they seek your attention.
In the end, not all cats are the same. Even if they are the same breed, a cat is unique to its self, someone with a purebred Ragdoll might not have all the traits mentioned here. The environment and the way the cat is raised will ultimately determine what type of personality your cat has.
Official Tests from a Breeder, Vet, or TICA
For 100% proof, that your cat is a purebred Ragdoll, it is best to ask an authorized breeder, vet, or a reputable association like The International Cat Association and Cat Fanciers Association. If you got your Ragdoll from a recognized breeder they should provide you with the proper documents or certificate that states your cat is purebred.
Your cat can also take a DNA test to see if your cat is purebred. If your cat does not have papers DNA test is the best method for you to confirm if they're purebred. You may also ask assistance from The International Cat Association and Cat Fanciers Association for more information about your cat.
Are Ragdolls high maintenance?
Ragdolls are both high and low maintenance. Ragdolls cats are not that hard to take care of once you know what they need. There are a few things you must remember to keep your cat healthy and happy. The basic necessity for a cat, like bathing them, and bringing them to the vet for regular checkups also applies to Ragdolls.
Here are some of the higher maintenance a Ragdoll needs:
- Brushing their fur - Though Ragdolls don't shed that much, it is still important to brush them regularly. Since Ragdolls don't have an undercoat, you won't need to brush them daily. Brushing them a few times a week will do.
- Diet - A Ragdoll needs a diet filled with proteins and vitamins. Protein is essential for these cats. So you'll need to find good meat for their diet. Note that Ragdolls are big cats and will need to eat more than a smaller breed. Just watch their diet because these cats can grow fat quickly and that might lead to other complications.
- Brushing their teeth - A cat's teeth are naturally strong, but you must brush them regularly to avoid plaque buildup.
- Affection - Ragdolls are affectionate cats, so you need to give them the time to show your love towards them. A sign that a Ragdoll needs affection is if they flop in front of you or snuggle beside you.
Do black Ragdolls have blue eyes?
No, black Ragdolls do not have blue eyes. Only traditional Ragdolls or pointed breeds of cats have blue eyes. Most of the time black Ragdolls are called Solids, and they lack some of the traits a traditional Ragdoll has.
A parent black Ragdoll won't have blue eyes but its kittens may have a chance to be a pointed Ragdoll; meaning its kittens have the chance to have blue eyes. These kittens are still not considered to be traditional Ragdolls. This just proves that even if the black Ragdoll is not considered a purebred it still shares the gene with a traditional Ragdoll.
Ragdoll eye color change
An eye color change for a Ragdoll can only mean one thing, that your cat is not a purebred Ragdoll. Purebred or traditional ragdolls should have blue eyes from birth.
If the eye color of your cat changes color, this does not mean your cat isn't a Ragdoll it just means you don't have a purebred Ragdoll. A change of eye color for a ragdoll kitten could mean it is a Mink, Sephia, or Solid Ragdoll. Their eyes could consist of the colors gold, green, or aqua.
Ragdolls are beautiful cats with their silky hair, adorable personality, and blue eyes, its no wonder why people are fond of this breed. While there are multiple types of ragdolls, they all share similar Ragdolls are beautiful cats with their silky hair, adorable personality, and blue eyes, its no wonder why people are fond of this breed.
While there are multiple types of Ragdolls, they all share similar personalities. It will only be important to have a purebred Ragdoll if you plan to breed them or join a cat competition. In the end, no matter what type of Ragdoll you have it's very important to show them your love and affection.
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