No breed, probably, caused as many contradictions as the Ragdoll breed. These cats have always been surrounded by a mass of strange rumors and fables, many of which arose “thanks” to Anne Baker herself. Unfortunately, even today there are articles and books that pass these fables off as truth. Ragdolls were thoroughly tested at the university to prove that the “rag doll” is an ordinary thoroughbred cat, but it has some features.
Consider these statements:
- Ragdolls have a high resistance to pain. This is not true: Ragdolls feel pain just like other cats. Because of their mild temperament, they cannot demonstrate the sensation of pain with external signs.
- Ragdolls have no fear. Ragdolls are very gullible quiet cats, they do not recognize danger so quickly. But the Ragdolls are not stupid! “The Ragdolls have different instincts than other cats.” Ragdolls have the same instincts as other cats, but sometimes they are a little clumsy, and they are not good mouse hunters.
- Ragdolls have deformed bones and muscles. Ragdolls are very relaxed, and it makes people think that it is physically wrong. Scientifically proven that this is not so.
- Ragdolls can’t protect themselves. They have teeth and claws, like other cats, so they are well protected. And they use their protective equipment when it is absolutely necessary.
- Ragdolls are not very smart. In contrast, Ragdolls are known as learning-capable and fast-trained cats.
- Ragdolls are lazy and do nothing during the day. It is completely individual. Some Ragdolls are just quiet, and some playful. In general, they are curious and participate in all activities in the house.
- Ragdolls do not cause allergies. Since the Ragdolls have no undercoat and do not have plentiful molt, it is sometimes said that they do not cause allergic reactions. But an allergy is usually a substance secreted by the skin. It can not be argued that the Ragdolls do not cause allergies. Each person has an individual reaction, and this does not depend on the breed.
- Ragdolls are genetically modified. This statement was first made by Ann Baker. But there is no evidence for that. In the 60s, when the Ragdoll breed appeared, such technologies did not exist yet.
So, we can definitely say that interest in the Ragdoll breed is growing every day, and its future is very sunny and bright!