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Tell me about your ragdoll cat and how it's different from non-ragdolls.

Asked by Aster (15835 points ) December 10th, 2012

I’m fascinated by the concept of a ragdoll cat. I know they go limp when you pick them up but is that the only difference between them and non rag dolls? I’d love to hear about your rag doll even though I know all cats are precious.

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Coloma's avatar

My RagDoll “Myles” is a big lovey, as per their reputation, but he is still ALL cat.
Yes he is mellow but he is also a very shrewd hunter and as big as he is ( 17lbs.) he actually is extremely agile and can climb trees and swipe hummingbirds out of the sky with ease.
Mostly he prefers to lounge around and sleep on my bed with his head on the pillow. haha
Ragdolls are very laid back but they are still cats and possess all the usual cat behaviors.

One thing that is very nice about them is that, inspite of having an extremely fluffy and dense fur coat they are low matting cats. I do brush and comb my guy daily and shave him in the summer, but, for being a long haired cat they really have pretty low maintenance coats. My short haired siamese sheds waaaay more than he does.
I love my monster man! :-)

gailcalled's avatar

^^^MIlo here: 17 lbs. I feel better. When I weighed in at 13lbs 9 oz. on Wed., the very hinted that I was starting to plump out just a little.

Aster's avatar

Coloma, you are a Master at naming pets !!!

Coloma's avatar

@gailcalled Haha…well Myles winter coat weighs a lot. He weighed 16 something a few months ago. A big guy he is, but not fat, just big.
@Aster I can’t take credit for his name, it was his name when I adopted him, but it fits.
He is the very regal butler cat. haha

Aster's avatar

Your goose’s name is great, though.

Coloma's avatar

@Aster I now have Marwyn, Mia & Myles. lol

Aster's avatar

How did you come up with “Marwyn?”

Coloma's avatar

@Aster Well…..“Marwyn” was originally “Marilyn” until he did a gender switch at 4 months old. haha I was really traumatized but revised his name and now, 14 years later he remains all gander. lol

Aster's avatar

Are you saying she is now a male cat ???

Coloma's avatar

@Aster No, not the cat…Marwyn the goose. haha
Marwyn was supposed to be a girl, turns out he was not. :-p

Aster's avatar

When you bought him or someone gave him to you did they tell you he was male or female?
Fourteen years. That is impressive.

Coloma's avatar

@Aster They can live 20+ easily.:-)
He was a rescue from a wildlife group and I couldn’t locate a penis when sexing him.
Waterfowl are the only birds that actually have penises.
Anyway, my sexing attempt was wrong probably because he was so young, maybe 2 weeks old.

At 4 months I was carrying “Marilyn” around when his penis shot out against my arm. 0-o Haha Oooops, “Marilyn” hits puberty! haha

Aster's avatar

O M G what a nutty story! “Sexing” him? Did you go to school to learn that? Yeah, I guess a penis would be a difficult thing to find at Walmart. But I did see them at Dollar General on sale .

Coloma's avatar

Haha
Sexing is easy, but if the penis won’t pop out you can’t force it.lol

Aster's avatar

You performed surgery on your goose? No; that couldn’t have happened.

Coloma's avatar

@Aster No,no….you have to gently probe the cloaca open, the sexual/elimination organ in birds. Some breeds can be sexed by color at hatching, but species that look similar at birth/hatching need an examination.

Aster's avatar

You lost me, doc.

Coloma's avatar

@Aster Haha…well….maybe some more ragdoll stories are coming as we babble away about sexing geese.:-D

Aster's avatar

I hope so.

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