World’s Cuddliest Cat?

Jumbo certainly looks like he could be the world’s cuddliest cat. Jumbo is a Ragdoll cat. Your typical Ragdoll will be cuddly but Jumbo is a jumbo sized bundle of pure cuddlesome delight!

His semi-longhaired coat looks very even and he appears to be a little more substantial in size than the average substantially sized Ragdoll.

Ragdoll Cat Jumbo - the world's cuddliest cat!

Ragdoll Cat “Jumbo” – the world’s cuddliest cat!?

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As a cat breed the Ragdoll must rank as one of the favourites in the cuddlesomeness charts. I have used the word “substantial” to describe Jumbo’s size. This is cat fancy language for “big”. The Ragdoll cat has a long body too. The adult Ragdoll takes until at least four years of age to reach maximum size. The cat’s coat colour takes at least two years to fully develop.

Considering the purebred domestic cat has an average lifespan of about 15 years or so, it is interesting that it takes four to fully grow. That represents 27% of the cat’s life. Humans are fully grown in size at about aged 18 and live to about 80 in the West. That represents 22% of the person’s life. Of course this is not very accurate.

The Ragdoll is a rounded cat with a silky and plush coat that is easy to maintain. It rarely mats and shedding seems to be less than average. The coat is said to ‘break’ (part) when the cat moves. This is a sign of a thick coat. The coat of the British Shorthair can do the same.

The Ragdoll’s head has a regal look (suitable during 2012 as it is the Queen’s diamond jubilee (60 years on the throne as Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom). The regal appearance comes partly from the fur that is longer around the sides of the face and neck, forming a ruff.

Physically, the Ragdoll is very cuddly. Behaviorally the Ragdoll is also perfectly adapted to copious cuddles. Ragdolls are calm and docile, hence their name. They are therefore easy to handle and love.

The Raggie is friendly and affectionate. As I said any cat of this breed is made to be cuddled but Jumbo is the King. It is small wonder that the Ragdoll is in the top ten of most popular cat breeds. It is probably in the top five in fact.

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World’s Cuddliest Cat? — 8 Comments

  1. So…
    Norwegian Forest Cats – 6yrs to adulthood.
    Maine Coons – 5yrs to adulthood.
    Ragdolls – 4yrs to adutlhood.

    I see a trend here? 🙂

    Jumbo is a beautiful example of the breed. I agree, he has a regal look about him. He would surely fit right in with the Royal Family. 🙂

    • Yes, nice point Dan. They are all the same cat! 🙂 They possibly are, genetically. I don’t know but I know that there is a lack of clarity surrounding the history of cat breeds and also selective breeding seems to muddy things.

    • Truly beautiful. The coat is superbly dense and it looks like it is designed for a cold climate. Yet, people say the Ragdoll is a good full-time indoor cat.

      • We have a sweet, gentle tortie-pt Himalayan who live two doors south. (She is the one whose owners wouldn’t answer the door when I wanted to simply ask if I could give her a flea/tick dose between her shoulder blades. And I let you know that they had taken the initiative from me the autumn before.)

        She sleeps on two cars, incl. our Toyota. She looks up at me when I open the door, inviting her in for some healthy food, but then, always declines.

        She is the sweetest little thing, reminds me so much of my Kita, my buddha kitty. I imagine that Ragdolls are pretty much the same.

        • Shoot, Michael. I did not say what I was about here. This little gem of a cat, sleeps out on the cars at night, sidewalk right next door during the day. (I feed her goat’s milk out on the front stoop. She doesn’t want canned or dry food.) She is so much like my Kita. –I get a bit sentimental, which is natural.

          • That is correct, Michael. I try to look after her everyday. Just as I do the other neglected cats in the neighborhood. (I’ve even tried to adopt a couple of them, with permission. But, no luck.)

            She’s a sweetheart. I do look after her.

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