Judi and Blaine Gaither
We are Ragdoll Breeders in Ft. Collins, Colorado
About Our Ragdoll Cattery
Our Ragdoll kittens have the great Ragdoll disposition. Many of our kittens have an unbelievable flop ability. They truly will go limp when held in your arms. They are loyal like dogs and follow their people everywhere. They will often sit next to you while you are using your computer or watching Television. Many people that have adopted our Ragdoll kittens have taught them to play games. Many of them learn their names and talk to you and come to you when they hear their name called. We have been blessed with many breeder male and female Ragdoll cats that are the best in personality that you could find in a cat.
Ragdoll cats require only a minor amount of grooming. About once or twice a week I brush them to remove any loose hairs. Our kittens are bred for non-matting, medium length coats. Your Ragdoll kitten from our cattery will have a fairly low maintenance coat.
Ragdolls get along with children and dogs as well. When people come to visit, usually our Ragdolls go to the door to see what is going on. They are very sociable and inquisitive.
We raise our Ragdoll kittens in our home in healthy bright cheery surroundings. The kittens and mothers and fathers receive high quality food and regular healthcare. The Fathers are kept in a clean, heated, well-lighted room designed just for them with many windows, television and a lot of human contact. Their room is also a refuge/clubhouse for my teenage son. At all times the male cats are free to roam in either a large room or are in a large indoor "dog-run" sized enclosure.
We believe that you will find that our cats and the kittens receive the best of care, and you will receive your kitten well-adjusted, happy and in the best of heath.
Patterns and Colors of Ragdoll Cats
Ragdoll Cats come in the following three traditional patterns. We produce kittens in all three of these patterns:
Colorpoint Point colored mask, ears, feet, nose, paw pads and tail. Same pattern as siamese. A Colorpoint has no white.
Mitted Point colored masked, ears and legs with white mittens on the front feet and white boots on the back legs. They also have a dominant white chin, chest and underbody.
Bi-color Point colored ears and tail. White inverted "V" extending downwards covering the nose, whisker pads and chin. The legs and complete underbody are white and there is often an asymmetrical area of white on the shoulders or back.
Ragdoll Cats come in the following traditional colors:
Seal Point Body color may vary from fawn to warm brown. Nose leather and footpads are dark brown.
Blue Point Body color is ivory. Nose leather and paw pads are dark blue-gray.
Chocolate Point Body color is ivory. Point color is slightly lighter than the color of a milk chocolate bar.
Lilac Point Body color is milk white. Nose leather has a lilac hue and paw pads are coral pink.
New Patterns and Colors of Ragdoll Cats:
Lynx Point This pattern overlays any one of the above patterns. Ticking or striping appears on all the pointed area except the back or saddle Lynx pattern comes in all colors and patterns.
Tortie Point This Pattern overlays any of the above patterns. Tortoiseshell pattern appears on all the pointed areas. Colors generally are Red or Cream mixed with one of the other colors
We currently do not produce kittens in the new patterns and colors
History of the Ragdoll Cat
In the 1960's, a woman named Ann Baker from Riverside, California began breeding Ragdolls by mating a white female long-haired (possibly similar to an Angora) cat to a Burmese-like cat. She used cats from a feral cat population that resided at her neighbor's house. She named the white-Angora-type cat "Josephine". The burmese type cat was named "Blackie".
Josephine was hit by a car at some point. Prior to this she would not let anyone touch her. After her accident, Josephine supposedly became more tame and allowed Ann's neighbor to take her to the vet for treatment. After her recovery, Josephine moved back into the colony and became pregnant with a litter of kittens. Josephine had lost her feral behavior and had become laid-back and affectionate. Ann Baker was very taken by a kitten from this litter, a mitted sealpoint brother of Blackie. She believed that the accident had caused Josephine to produce kittens with calm and affectionate dispositions. She took this kitten for her breeding program and named him "Daddy Warbucks". At some point Ann also obtained a daughter of Josephine: a black female that she named Buckwheat. Buckwheat was like a Burmese but not like a Siamese in structure. Ann also obtained Fugianna, a mismarked bicolor. Fugianna and Buckwheat were bred to Daddy Warbucks and formed the foundation of the Ragdoll breed.
Ann Baker accomplished having the breed recognized in 1965 in the NCFA, a cat registry association that no longer exists. Ann founded an organization called IRCA for registering breeders of her Ragdolls. Her organization had very strict rules for those breeding her Ragdolls. One of the breeders working under Ann did much of the work to get the breed accepted for competition in other cat organizations. Ragdoll cats are at this time accepted for competition in all cat associations.