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What is a Ragdoll?
Developed by Riverside, Calif., breeder Ann Baker during the 1960s, Ragdoll cats are known for their blue eyes and soft, silky color point coat. They are called Ragdolls for their laid-back nature and tendency to flop, or go limp, when picked up. The Ragdoll breed is also well known for its affectionate nature and good temperament. They are descended from a white long-haired Angora cat named Josephine, who was bred with a Birman cat, also known as the “Sacred Cat of Burma.” The first official Ragdoll kittens were registered in 1965. In 2018, Ragdolls were named the most popular breed of the year by Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA).
Welcoming your kitten home
Your kitten will want nothing more than to be with you and near you. If you have curtains, tie them up. A kitty condo or a scratching post is a must. A play pen area is nice to have with their food, water, litter box, toys, kitty condo and/or scratching post. That can be their special designated area where they feel safe with everything they need. I hope you enjoy your new family member as much as I enjoy mine!! Ragdoll kittens are the absolute best!! God bless and thank you for selecting me as your breeder!!
What do I feed my new kitten?
When you first arrive home, please use the dry kitten food in the bag I gave you. Then slowly mix it with your own preferred brand 75/100, 50/50, 25/75 etc. Do not feed them any wet kitten food for one week and until they are eating the dry food regularly. It can take them a couple days before they eat or drink. Do not worry. They are adjusting. I feed them Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Dry Cat Food for Young Kittens.
FOOD (Dry, Adult): I prefer Nutro Grain Free (Duck and Potato or Chicken and Potato).
FOOD (wet): After 1 week, introduce them to wet food (once or twice a week). Try a variety of brands and treats. It will make them healthy, good eaters with a large pallet or appetite for different foods.
How do I potty train my kitten?
Take them to the litter box every couple of hours to ensure they know how to find the litter box in your big new home. I use both Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal litter (burgundy box for multiple cats) or Lucy Pet Products Incredible Lavender Scented Cat Litter from Chewy.com.
How old are the kittens when they go home?
Typically, 8 weeks old. On occasion, I may hold the Kitten a few extra days for additional litter box training. This is rare, but you will thank me. 😊
Do the kittens have any vaccines when they go home?
Yes. The Kitten will have all age appropriate vaccines when they go home. At 7 weeks old, I administer the Feline Rhinotra/Calici/Panleuk (also known as distemper), all in one vaccine. I use a killed virus which is more conservative than a live virus. You will be given a Vaccine Record to continue the series with your Veterinarian for an additional 2 vaccines (or total of 3). Do not Vaccinate for FIP. If you do, your health guarantee is void. Do not vaccinate for leukemia unless you pick up strays or have questionable Cats in your home. DO NOT ALLOW MULTIPLE VACCINES ON THE SAME DAY!! Always require or find a Veterinarian that use only killed vaccines as Ragdolls can have shot reactions and worse, using modified or live vaccines. Your Veterinarian will advise you the proper age for Rabies vaccine. While some vets will administer such at 4 months, I recommend waiting until the kitten is 6 months old.
Will you administer additional Vaccines for your clients?
On occasion, if my client lives nearby and would like me to administer the vaccines (I cannot do Rabies), I am happy to finish the series of 3 for you at my cost for the Vaccine.
What is your pricing/rehoming fee for a kitten?
If your kitten is from one of Karey’s Ragdolls it’s $1,500 for a pet. If your kitten is from her business partner, Bridget, the Ragdolls are $1,300 because Stormy is non-papered, but still a purebred Ragdoll. Breeder cats are $2,500.
What kind of food do you feed the kittens?
I feed the Kittens Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Dry Cat Food for Young Kittens and a variety of wet foods ranging from Weruva to Nutro. The more brands and treats your introduce your Kitten to at a young age, they will be less picky and have a good appetite for a variety of foods.
How often do you feed your kittens/cats?
I leave dry food/kibble out 24/7 in automatic feeders. I feed them wet food regularly. Sometimes daily or sometimes a couple times a week. It varies. Wet food is a good source of protein, especially as your kitten grows. If you spoil them too much with wet food, they may reject the dry. Always get them eating Kibble regularly first.
What food do you feed your adult cats?
I prefer Nutro Grain Free (Duck and Potato or Chicken and Potato) dry kibble. Grain free does not mean carb free. Having a diet with no carbs could be unhealthy for your Cat. Everything in moderation. Grain free means going a step beyond a gluten free diet to eliminate all the grains including wheat products, rice, corn and oats. Nutro is a higher grade of protein (Duck and Chicken) but it still contains cards (Potato) which is a good balanced diet. My Veterinarian says, this food is so good and healthy, that I could also feed the Kittens this adult brand of food.
What kind of litter do you use?
I use both Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal litter (Burgundy box for multiple Cats) or Lucy Pet Products Incredible Lavender Scented Cat Litter.
Where do you buy your cat/kitten supplies?
I shop at Chewy.com, Petco, PetSmart and Amazon.
Any tips for potty training when I take my kitten home?
Take your kitten to the litter box every couple of hours to ensure they know how to find the litter box in your big new home.
Any tips for welcoming the kitten to its new home?
Your kitten will want nothing more than to be with you and near you. If you have curtains, tie them up. A kitty condo or a scratching post is a must. A play pen area is nice to have with their food, water, litter box, toys, kitty condo and/or scratching post. That can be their special designated area where they feel safe with everything they need.
Do you test your Breeder Cats for HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)?
Karey’s breeder Cats have all tested negative for HCM. Bridget’s breeder Cat named Stormy has not yet been tested for HCM but she has already been tested free of Leukemia, feline HIV and herpes.
Do I need to bathe my kitten/cat regularly?
No. it is not necessary to bathe your Cat. Your Cat should groom themselves regularly. On occasion, my mobile groomer who bathes my dog, has also bathed my cats. A sanitary cut around their privates can be good if the fur is really long. You can spoil your cats, get them used to regular bathes, keep them extra fluffy and smelling super good, but like I said, it is typically not necessary. Instead, I brush them regularly and sometimes spray them with my favorite cologne spray.
How often to you trim the cat's nails?
I trim my cat’s nails regularly, about every 6 weeks. I use basic nail cutters (smaller size) that you would use to trim your own nails. I will cut your kitten’s nails before they go home and typically, they are also bathed the night before they go home. Simply put, I want them perfect for you when they go home. 😊
What do your clients receive from Karey when the kitten goes home?
I prepare a gift bag for all my clients. The bags typically includes a toy feather to chase, a couple small toys (foil ball and toy bell ball), your kitten’s vaccine record, a copy of the parents pedigree from TICA, a print out of Tips for Acclimating your Kitten to their New Home, a small Ziploc bag of the current kitten food that your Ragdoll has been eating, a small can of the wet food, and a treat or snack. My goal is to make the transition from my home to yours as smooth as possible. If your kitten is picked up from Bridget, she will have a similar bag but no parent pedigree for Stormy. Stormy is a non-papered purebred Ragdoll.
Should I bring a pet carrier to secure the kitten on the drive home?
Yes. A Portable Pet Carrier is a great idea to make the kitten feel safe and secure, although I have been told by many clients the husband drove and they held the kitten on their lap the entire drive. Instant love and bonding. 😊
Do you offer a Stud Service?
Stud Services are available, however you must provide a clean bill of health from your veterinarian that your Ragdoll is free of leukemia, feline HIV and herpes, or other information as requested by Karey. The fee is $1,500. You bring your Ragdoll to my home for a period up to 7 days. Please be sure your cat is not wearing a collar, her nails are trimmed, and bring any preferred food if she’s on a special diet. Otherwise, I will provide my brand of food.
Do your kittens have exposure to other dogs and kids?
Yes, my dog’s name is Riley. He is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He is the nicest dog ever and the cats love him. He is extremely tolerant. The kittens will snuggle up on Riley. One kitten attempted to suckle/nurse on his belly area. It was oddly adorable. My clients with dogs have been very happy. The exposure they get from Riley, certainly makes the transition easier. It will be up to your existing dog, to get comfortable and accept the new kitten. And, while my son is now grown, we still have a busy home, with lots of visitors, nieces, nephew, toddlers and the kittens are the star of the show. 😊
If I have another cat (boy or girl) do you recommend I get the same sex or different?
I genuinely believe, it does not matter. The Ragdoll breed is so amazing. It will be up to your older cat to accept the kitten when he/she is ready. It may take a week, or it may take up to 8 weeks. But eventually, they will be buddies.
If I get 2 kittens from the same litter, will they bond with me less because they have each other as litter mates?
No. They will bond with you equally as much if you get 1 or 2 kittens. The Ragdoll breed loves human interaction. They will both be fighting for your attention. And at the same time, they will have their litter mate for comfort. I believe when they go to a new home with a sibling, it likely makes the transition to a little easier because they have a buddy/sibling with them, when you leave the home or go to work. And on the flipside, it is not necessary to buy them in pairs. Most clients purchase 1 kitten and they acclimate beautifully to your home.
Are Ragdoll cats hypoallergenic?
No. Ragdoll cats are not hypoallergenic but they are the closest thing to a hypoallergenic cat you can get since they do not have an undercoat. They do not have dander. The fur is like that of a bunny rabbit, so those that are typically allergic to cats are not allergic to Ragdolls. I sold one to my best friend of 30+ years because her husband is allergic and he had no issues! Two of my family members also have irritations from cats such as itchy red eyes, runny nose etc., and when they visit me, and interact with my cats, they have no issues.
Is the temperament of a male Ragdoll better than a girl?
There is a stigma out there, where the boy Ragdoll is more loving or more chill than a girl. I have 4 girls and one boy. My boy is amazing and chill but my girls are equally amazing and chill. Each of my cats is so different from the other. One is a leader, another a follower, one is the queen B, one is more of a nurturer and caretaker, one likes to give kisses, one likes their belly rubbed, one is picky about wet food, one likes to sleep with me and one likes to sleep with my son. My point being, just like our children, they all have different personality traits. The one item that does vary, and this is more factual, the male Ragdoll is often, but not always, larger than the female. Sometimes up to 5 lbs. But I’ve also seen female Ragdolls get absolutely huge. Like anything, it varies. But what I do know, and this is factual (Lol) these are the best cats in the universe. Their dog-like personality, beautiful blue eyes, luxurious coat and unconditional love they provide us, is like no other.