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#1 MrsG

Posted 03 June 2010 - 09:20 AM

Yesterday I bought a gorgeous 5mth old Ragdoll kitten. Her owners were moving and couldn't keep her.

Just a couple of questions, more specific to the breed and how to keep her healthy.

What do you feed your Ragdoll kitten?
How much do you feed them?
What brush do you use?
How often do you bath?
Also what do you do to help with hairballs?

If there is any other questions I should ask or and info you have for me I would be grateful.

Thanks  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif

As promised here she is  wub.gif

Edited by MrsG, 04 June 2010 - 04:25 PM.

#2 *Ker*

Posted 03 June 2010 - 11:14 AM

I have a 6 or 7 year old Raggie (he was in a pound, so we're not sure how old).

What do you feed your Ragdoll kitten?
He has Supercoat cat. But he'd seriously eat ANYTHING. He is not in the least fussy, unlike my Siamese. Don't feed Whiskas or Kitekat. They are awful and they make for HORRIBLE smelly poo.

How much do you feed them?
I split Nova's meals up into around 4 small meals a day. Otherwise he howls at me. He is a little overweight (he's 9 kilos!!!), so I think I'm feeding him too much. I usually give about a quarter of a cup a day, 4 times a day. More if he howls at me.

What brush do you use?
I just use a brush fom a cheap shop that has a spiky side and a soft side. I run through with the spiky side then use the soft side. He doesn't get many knots though.

How often do you bath?
Err...NEVER. I value the skin on my arms. I did bath him when he arrived, but that was to get rid of "pound smell".

Also what do you do to help with hairballs?
He doesn't get hairballs, so I have never had to do anything. There are a few different hairball forumlation dry foods that you can get.

Raggies are a beautiful breed. So laid back and quiet. And LAZY! What colour is yours? Boy or girl? Name?

#3 MrsG

Posted 03 June 2010 - 12:02 PM

Thanks so much  original.gif
My little girl is called Ella and she is a Blue Mitted wub.gif

I only have one pic at the moment but want to get some today so will post then. She is a real cutie.

The previous owner was feeding her Purina Kitten formula dry food and Prota cat Kangaroo meat mix.

#4 *Ker*

Posted 03 June 2010 - 12:36 PM

I used to feed my cats roo meat and they adored it. The only problem was my old DSH boy got VERY fat on it  laughing2.gif It's really fatty meat.

Purina is an ok food.

My boy is a blue too, but not mitted. Can't wait to see pics! I love the breed - those and Birmans are my two most loved breeds.

#5 merrycat

Posted 03 June 2010 - 03:26 PM

We feed our cat science diet (dry).
We leave a bowl out all day/night - top it up as needed.
The cat regulates it's own food intake.

#6 PurpleNess

Posted 03 June 2010 - 06:42 PM

Hi i have a Ragdoll X & she is so fluffy and weighs over 6kgs! She eats regular dry food for Brekkie (  furball formula when it's on special) & whiskas wet sachets at night ( poops off site so I'm not worried about the smell).
Ragdolls are known for their facination with water & we had to bath ours once & feared the worse. She stood in the bath & was as calm as a baby, now clawing, meowing - anything...so you never know.
Raggies  apparently don't have the same defences in built like many cats & that's why it's advised they remain indoor cats, we have an enclosure so ours can go out & night and be safe. She spends a few hrs out during the day & gets locked in at night. Ours did get beaten up badley once hence the enclosure.
We do brush her, ever now and again, any brush will do but it should have softish bristles and their hair is very fine and soft.
They love to chat & are very dog like, ours & her mum both 'fetch' balls of paper , try it with  your kitten , pretty funny to watch.
Best of luck , they are brilliant cats, very affectionate. biggrin.gif

#7 *Ker*

Posted 03 June 2010 - 07:33 PM

QUOTE (PurpleNess @ 03/06/2010, 06:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Raggies  apparently don't have the same defences in built like many cats & that's why it's advised they remain indoor cats, we have an enclosure so ours can go out & night and be safe. She spends a few hrs out during the day & gets locked in at night. Ours did get beaten up badley once hence the enclosure.

This is very true. Raggies are actually quite stupid. Mine is likely to sit in the middle of the road, so he never goes out. He'll try though!

#8 MrsG

Posted 03 June 2010 - 09:01 PM

Yeah I have read that about Ragdolls. That they don't defend themselves. I only ever wanted an indoor cat anyway as it has been proved to tripple a cats lifespan if they stay inside, also protecting the wildlife too.
Gosh she is cute. Didn't get to take pics today but promise I will post at least one tomorrow.

Just got back from the shops and bought her a scratching post and toys biggrin.gif

#9 bright*future

Posted 03 June 2010 - 09:16 PM

We have a 7 y/o Birman - very similar. We can only feed her a mix of hairball care (even the supermarket brand is ok) and oral care dry food, or she will be sick every day. She is too little (2.5 kg) to even eat chicken wings!  We give her human grade springwater tuna about once a week, as she won't eat any brand of cat. Hope yours is less of a princess than ours!!

Also - stock up on the rolly sticky lint grabber things!!!

Enjoy your fluffy bundle.   original.gif

#10 MrsG

Posted 04 June 2010 - 04:36 PM

Have added a pic of Ella in my first post original.gif

#11 *Ker*

Posted 05 June 2010 - 12:18 AM

She is absolutely beautiful!

#12 ~Fuzjuz~

Posted 06 June 2010 - 02:56 PM

Very cute. Here's my boy, Diesel, he's a blue mitted too. wub.gif

We've also got a Flame pt, his name is Rusty. Enjoy your new cat.

#13 Superduperlucky

Posted 07 June 2010 - 01:39 PM

Oh my I don't even like cats but seeing those photos makes my heart melt!!

#14 squishyraspberry

Posted 07 June 2010 - 11:07 PM


I have a ragdoll x and she is so placid and loves to just lay on my chest when I am in bed of a morning.
At night she has a whiskas satchel for tea and she has whiskas or optium dry food morning and also to nibble.
Gypsy just loves to laze around.....

As I say she is a cross but I love her to bits here is a pic:

Not the best pic of her but she was laying on my chest Sunday morning when I catpured this one.

#15 Theophobic

Posted 07 June 2010 - 11:14 PM

I forgot to say in the WA thread, if yours is anything like mine look out for the sandpaper tongue cleaning your toes at 6am!

#16 Guest_*alpharuby*_*

Posted 08 June 2010 - 12:08 AM

What a beautiful girl you have there! The mitts are lovely.

Here's our boy. He is a blue seal point. He doesn't do fur balls in the house as he's very discrete with his bodily functions. He is quite a talker and has been known to rear up on his hind legs in attack mode when the less charming roamers come to visit if he's outside with us. He doesn't leave our side and has gone everywhere I go since he was a kitten. I'm thinking of furminating him soon as his winter coat is out of control and his mane often bothers him when it comes to grooming. He's asleep on the couch beside me right now but his favourite thing to do is wake us with a morning headbut and paws to the closed eyes in an attempt to physically wake us.

What do you feed your Ragdoll kitten?
He's the first cat I've ever known to not over eat. We feed him a range of fresh meat and bones, IAMS orange bag in the morning(you start with purple for kittens) and snappy tom in the evenings. There are some cat foods he just won't eat as he's quite fussy. He steals certain foods if unsupervised, even if his bowl is full and he's not hungry. Like us there's stuff that he knows are rare treats and so he snaffles them when we're not looking. His favourite foods to steal are roast chook, roast turkey, roast duck and camembert. As soon as the duck is bought home he's on top of your feet until he gets his paws on some. Just like DH.

How much do you feed them?
It depends on the size but our boy now eats 1/3 of a tin of cat food or two chicken necks in the evening and a half cup of biscuits in the morning. He's fit and active and we exercise him daily. Ping pong balls on the wooden floors are a big hit here as are empty toilet rolls, pens, anything that rolls. For your kitten you'll need to let him guide you food wise just don't overdo it and keep an eye on her weight. Often the biscuits have feeding guides based on size which help. Our boy gets a few bones additional to his regular feeds once or twice a week as a treat.

What brush do you use?
We have a cheapie double sider from woolies also. I'm trying to get my hands on a furminator to manage his winter coat as he doubles in size.

How often do you bath?
We don't bathe him and it's something I've regretted. I've just never tried it and not sure he would take kindly to it now that he's older. He spends so much time in the bath sans water he'd probably love it but I'm worried we live in a cold climate and he could get a chill easily.

Also what do you do to help with hairballs?
We rarely have them but we do have a problem with vomiting. Every now and then he'll steal a food that's too rich and he'll throw the whole lot up. If he eats too quickly it can also upset him. He won't eat pet roo now for this reason. Too fatty for him but he doesn't mind the human stuff.

Edited by *alpharuby*, 08 June 2010 - 12:10 AM.

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