By Vince Stead
How to Understand and Take Care of Your Ragdoll Kitten & Cat
Copyright © 2012 by Vince Stead
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1 The Characteristics of a Ragdoll Cat
2.How to Potty Train your Cat
3.Items You Should Never Let your Cat Eat
4.How to Trim your Cats Nails
5.Some Fun Ways to Entertain your Cat
6.How to Clean your Cats Ears Correctly
7.What You Should Know about Cat Teeth
8.How to Make Sure your Cat is Eating a Healthy Amount of Food
9.The Different Kinds of Worms Cats can Get
10.How to Deworm your Cat
11.What to Expect When your Cat isPregnant
12.Tricks you Can Teach your Cat
13.Why Cats Like to Climb Up Things
14.How to Make Home Made Cat Food
15.Homemade Cat Toys you Can Make Yourself
16.When Should You Spay Or Neuter Your Cat?
17.What you Should Know about Fleas and Ticks
18.What the Benefits of Micro chipping Your Dog Are to You
19.How Invisible Fencing Typically Works to Train and Protect Your Cat
Ragdoll cats are very popular, as Ragdolls have an easy, laid-back nature, but are not cats for outdoors, as this nature may make them an easy target for anything that is aggressive, including other cats. In order to give your Ragdoll cat the best life, ensure he or she is confined to the house, or if you want to take it outside for a little while, make sure you watch him or her all the time, as even birds will attack these cats.
Ragdoll cats are one of the least aggressive and calmest breeds of domestic cat and possess a warm, affectionate disposition. Although they will get along with most other animals, it is better to watch if you get a puppy for the cat may be fine and probably will be, but, as the pup grows, it may be too rough and hurt the cat badly. These cats are also a favorite to be stolen because of their friendly nature to anyone, so good care should be taken of them not to lose them. They will enjoy a brush as they consider that attention, although their coat is not prone to matting and tangling too much.
Although they have a strong looking frame, they can be hurt, but it is usually because they have been picked up wrong, or the clumsiness they seem to keep from kitten stage. These cats have short legs and so may try to jump farther than they can, injuring a hip or a leg, or their body if it is a long fall down to the ground.
There are several characteristics these cats share with dogs, including the ability to learn sometimes quite complicated tricks. They will happily learn to fetch, but try not to make the object too hard or too big for them to carry or fit in their mouth. They can be taught to dance on their hind feet and roll over, should you have the inclination, and they adore attention, preferably from the owner, but anyone will do. This characteristic often gets them stolen, so keep watching your cat.
The markings on Ragdoll cats are usually the same as Siamese, although the kittens are born white and develop their colorings by the time they are ten days old, so you cannot really pick a kitten and say it is going to be a certain color. Often in addition, the cats do not really come into their full colors until they are two or three years of age. Though these cats are noted for their ability to go limp when picked up or cuddled, they are still prone to injury, should you grab one too roughly or yank it by a hind leg.
Ragdoll cats have short legs, and semi longhair coats. They have soft, rabbit like fur with the look of a Persian without all of the shedding and matting. They have medium sized, muscular frames with a broad, flat-topped head and medium sized ears pointed frontward. Ragdoll cats have deep blue oblique eyes and bushy tapered tails. Adult males weigh anywhere from 12 to 20 pounds and the females weigh roughly 10 to 15 pounds.
Did you ever dream that your favorite and adorable precious cat would do his poo in your human toilet and not in the cat litter box? You might have seen this kind of act in the movies and on TV, but you wonder how exactly this could be done. Aren’t cats stubborn creatures, with a mind of their own? Can they actually be potty trained? There is a way to do it, but you have to have loads of patience.
The first thing is, if possible, dedicate a toilet, and yes a real toilet for your cat.
The second thing to do is very simple and logical. Just take the cat litter box and place it next to the toilet. Leave it there for a day or so. Let your cat get used to the idea that her litter box and the toilet are close to each other and non-threatening to one another.
Next, raise the level of the litter box from the floor. Do this a little bit at a time by placing thick books like phone books if you have some, to put under it. Do not substitute a box for the books, not yet anyway. This is because a box is naturally taller than a couple of books are. You do not want to create a new and unfamiliar situation.
The rise in the height of the box from the floor must be very, very small each time. Do not threaten your cat unnecessarily by changing the box’s height abruptly. Do it as gradually as possible. Patience is the best way you are going going to get your cat to do this for you.
As the litter box’s height increases, take off a bit of litter from the box. Again, do this gradually. This is because you do not want to create anything unfamiliar to your cat.
After a few days, the height of the box should now be close to the height of the toilet. In addition, if all is right, your cat will do her stuff in her box, as usual. Take care to ensure that the box is secure, because as its height increases, it may fall when your cat jumps onto it, and will mess the whole process up.
Now, move the box nearer to the toilet seat. Gradually that is, until it is about one inch into the toilet seat, and later, directly over the seat. By this time, the amount of litter in the box should be very, very little.
At this point, your cat should already have the idea that she should urinate and defecate in the toilet area. The real transition now begins, where you use a ‘training toilet’ and keep decreasing the amount of litter in the box.
Specifically built commercial cat potty training devices can help you at this stage of the training. Each comes with instructions, which you must follow closely. You must always pay attention to your cat’s safety, because in doing this and if the training toilet is not placed securely, your cat might fall into the toilet bowl.
There will come the ‘moment of truth’ when you finally remove the training toilet altogether. If you carry out the training well, your cat can figure out what to do next.
The whole process is a slow one, and all the while, you might be wondering if your cat will ever get it. That is a valid concern, but you really do not have much to lose, other than a bit of your time in the weeks that this training is carried out, and it's a cool trick to show your guests!