Just to mention that the Ragdoll Cat should not be let out to roam indiscriminately.
The reason being that it has quite a low-nervous temperament: it won’t defend itself against, or even run away from feisty cats or dogs.
They adjust easily to being walked on a leash.
These cats are wonderfully non-agressive and oblivious to danger.
A safely enclosed garden or balcony is the solution. Open windows or unscreened balconies are also warned against.
Hi Jim… thanks for the info. I have read that Ragdolls are not suitable for outdoors. I wasn’t sure if there was a certain amount of myth and legend involved and a lack of actually fact but it seems that you have personal experience, which makes it more believable.
Although I find it a bit difficult to comprehend how breeders have managed to breed into a cat a very distinctive personality. Cat coat colours and appearance – that I can understand as it is achieved by selective breeding. But if you selectively breed for appearance can you also selectively breed for specific character at the same time, without inbreeding. Or do all breeders inbreed their cats?
If you can breed for a specific character trait why aren’t all the breeders breeding for character and advertising on that basis? I would have thought that character outranks appearance or at least equals it but we hardly ever see cat breeds talked about in terms of character except the Ragdoll, Persian to a lesser extent (passive), wildcat hybrids such as the Savannah and Bengal (active) and Sphynx (intelligent).
There is a question mark too over whether it is wise to breed for character through inbreeding, which it seems must be the way it is achieved. Outcrosses are not permitted as I understand it.
I may have this completely wrong. In which case I apologise. Thanks again for sharing.