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The Complete Ragdoll Cat Keepers Handbook

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Origins and History of The Ragdoll Breed

  • A. The First Ragdolls .......................................................................................8
  • B. The Ragdoll Franchise ..............................................................................9
  • C. The International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA) ................................10
  • D. ‘Ragamuffin’ cats ......................................................................................11

Chapter 2

Characteristics

  • A. Temperament .............................................................................................12
    • 1. Ragdolls are best indoors......................................................................12
    • 2. Ragdolls are smart.....................................................................................13
  • B. Appearance...................................................................................................13
  • C. Colors and Patterns..................................................................................14
    • 1. Colors..............................................................................................................14
    • 2. Patterns...........................................................................................................14
  • D. Development................................................................................................15
  • E. Elderly Ragdoll cats...................................................................................15

Chapter 3

Feeding Ragdoll Cats

  • A. Feeding Ragdoll Kittens .........................................................................16
    • 1. Introductory food.......................................................................................16
    • 2. Switching to dry food...............................................................................16
    • 3. Choosing and preparing kitten food ...............................................17
    • 4. Dry vs wet foods.........................................................................................17
    • 5. Kitten treats..................................................................................................18
  • B. Feeding Ragdoll Adults............................................................................18
    • 1. Food Myths .................................................................................................18
    • 2. Other foods to avoid................................................................................19
  • C. Feeding Pregnant Ragdolls..................................................................20
  • D. Supplements to avoid..............................................................................21
    • 1. Alfalfa powder and sprouts..................................................................21
    • 2. Raw vegetables .........................................................................................21
    • 3. Spices.............................................................................................................22
    • 4. Yeast ...............................................................................................................22
    • 5. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)......................................................................22

Chapter 4:

Health and Fitness

  • A. Common Ragdoll cat diseases............................................................23
    • 1. Hip dysplasia.........................................................................................23
    • 2. Feline hypertrophic myopathy............................................................23
    • 3. Constipation...........................................................................................23
    • 4. Dental problems...................................................................................23
  • B. First aid for Ragdoll cats.......................................................................24
  • C. Required inoculations and when to administer .......................24
    • 1. What do inoculations do?.....................................................................24
    • 2. What inoculations does my Ragdoll need? ................................24
    • 3. When should inoculations be administered?.............................25
    • 4. Can pregnant Ragdolls be vaccinated? ......................................25
    • 5. Are there any possible reactions?..................................................25
  • D. Treating external parasites .............................................................26
    • 1. Fleas .........................................................................................................26
    • 2. Mites..........................................................................................................26
    • 3. Ticks .........................................................................................................27
  • E. Treating Internal Parasites ..............................................................27
    • 1. How your cat can get worms............................................................27
    • 2. Common types of worms....................................................................27

Chapter 5

Ragdoll Cat Social Needs

  • A. Understanding cat behavior ............................................................29
    • 1. Biting and scratching.............................................................................29
    • 2. Deliberate aggression..........................................................................29
    • 3. Finicky eating..........................................................................................30
    • 4. Shyness ...................................................................................................30
    • 5. Wool-sucking ..........................................................................................30
  • B. Cat body language................................................................................31
    • 1. Aggression – Relaxation ...................................................................31
    • 2. Contentedness and happiness.......................................................31
    • 2. Playfulness and humor ......................................................................32
    • 3. Disgust and repulsion..........................................................................32
    • 4. Attention seeking...................................................................................32
    • 5. Territorial mode ....................................................................................32
  • C. Interacting and playing with your Ragdoll Cat .....................33
    • 1. Why playing with your cat is vital..................................................33
    • 2. Using cat toys .........................................................................................33
    • 3. Reminders when playing with your Ragdoll ..........................34

Chapter 6

Grooming and Caring for Ragdoll Cats

  • A. Brushing......................................................................................................36
  • B. Bathing .......................................................................................................36
  • C. Clipping your Ragdoll’s nails ............................................................36
    • 1. How to determine if your cat has eye irritations .................37
    • 2. Treating Ragdoll eye problems .....................................................38
  • E. Cleaning your Ragdoll’s ears............................................................38
    • 1. How to check the ears.........................................................................38
    • 2. How to clean the ears..........................................................................38

Chapter 7

Obedience and Behavioral Training

  • 1. Introducing your Ragdoll into your home.................................40
  • 2. Litter box training..................................................................................40
  • 3. Correcting litter box problems........................................................41
  • 4. Teaching house manners..................................................................44
    • Further Reading: Complete Cat Training Book..............................46
  • 5. Addressing behavioral problems ...................................................46

Chapter 8

Breeding, Neutering and Spaying

  • A. Becoming a registered breeder, breeders code, criteria and ethics ...48
    • 1. Qualifications............................................................................................48
    • 2. Registering................................................................................................49
    • 3. Breeding your first litter ...................................................................49
    • 4. Selling your kittens ..............................................................................50
    • 5. The Breeders’ Code of Ethics..........................................................50
  • B. Breeding and Registration Policies .............................................51
    • 1. Rules.............................................................................................................51
    • 2. Registering your litter ........................................................................52
    • 3. Fees and grading ..................................................................................52
  • C. Using Stud Lists......................................................................................53
    • 1. What are stud lists for? .....................................................................53
    • 2. Where can I get stud lists? ..............................................................53
    • 3. How can I add my stud?......................................................................53
  • D. Feeding your queen ..............................................................................54
    • 1. Supplements and vaccines ................................................................54
    • 2. Delivery ........................................................................................................54
  • E. Caring for and special needs of kittens.......................................55
    • 1. Kitten food.................................................................................................55
    • 2. Inoculations................................................................................................55
    • 3. Bringing your Ragdoll home .............................................................55
  • F. How to grade and list your kittens ...............................................56
    • 1. Listing..........................................................................................................56
    • 2. Grading.......................................................................................................56
    • 3. Levels of recognition.............................................................................57
  • G. Neutering and Spaying........................................................................58
    • 1. Benefits of spaying and neutering................................................58
    • 2. How it's done ...........................................................................................58
    • 3. When to spay or neuter.......................................................................59

Chapter 9

Showing Your Ragdoll Cat

  • A. Spotting good Ragdoll characteristics for the purposes of showing.    ......60
    • 1. Size and posture .....................................................................................60
    • 2. Colors and patterns................................................................................60
    • 3. Health..............................................................................................................61
    • 4. Quality.............................................................................................................61
  • B. Preparing for Showing..........................................................................61
    • 1. Signing up.....................................................................................................61
    • 2. What you need..........................................................................................61
    • 3. Preparing for shows .............................................................................62
    • 4. Breed standards.......................................................................................62
    • 5. Judging .........................................................................................................62

Chapter 10

Ragdoll: Pet Owner Laws

  • A. The Animal Welfare Act (UK)...................................................................63
  • B. Cat vaccinations........................................................................................63
  • C. Feral cats......................................................................................................64

Chapter 11

Going on Vacation/Leaving Your Ragdoll at Home

  • A. Boarding kennels......................................................................................65
    • 1. How to choose a pet kennel...............................................................65
    • 2. Questions to ask the boarding kennel before signing up your cat...............................................................................................................66
  • B. Pet sitters.....................................................................................................67
    • 1. Advantages of hiring a pet sitter ....................................................67
    • 2. How to choose a pet sitter..................................................................67
    • 3. Where to find a good pet sitter........................................................68
    • 4. Things to do before leaving your pet with a sitter................69
  • C. Vet boarding...............................................................................................69

Chapter 12

Choosing a Ragdoll Veterinarian

  • A. Searching for a veterinarian..............................................................70
  • C. Inspecting the veterinarian’s clinic.................................................71
  • Useful Websites..............................................................................................72

 

 

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