Lilac, blue, cream, the list goes on! Ragdoll cats come in a wide range of colors, each more lovely than the last. But the flame point Ragdoll has a striking combination of creamy white fur and fiery points that makes them stand out from the crowd.
Continue reading to learn about the flame point Ragdoll’s history, physical traits, personality, potential health concerns and more!
Table of Contents
- History of the Flame Point Ragdoll
- Physical Traits of the Flame Point Ragdoll
- Personality and Behavioral Traits
- Maintenance and Health
- Is It Hard to Find a Flame Point Ragdoll?
History of the Flame Point Ragdoll Cat
Flame point Ragdolls, also called red point or flame tipped Ragdolls, relate to the coloration of a relatively recent cat breed.
Well, the Ragdoll breed originated in the 1960s. A Californian feline breeder, Ann Baker, produced the Ragdoll breed via a long-haired queen named Josephine.
Ragdolls have Persian and Birman roots. When Baker noticed that Josephine’s new litter had abnormally docile personalities (along with a reflex to go limp when picked up), she trademarked the “Ragdoll” name.
By 1971, Baker had set up her very own Ragdoll registry (the International Ragdoll Cat Association).
What about the flame point color pattern, though?
The flame color refers to the stunning red or orange hues a Ragdoll may have. The “point” specification means that the flame color is deposited on the Ragdoll’s extremities. So, the body is creamy white, and those dainty paws, ears, nose, and tail are all flame-colored.
It’s tough to say when the first flame point Ragdoll was born, but we know it was a result of cross-breeding Ragdolls with the colorpoint pattern and flame color in their DNA. Note that even the unique flame point Ragdoll cat must fall into the overarching Ragdoll standards, which were set by our friend, Ann Baker.
Find out more about Ragdoll cat colors.
Physical Traits of the Flame Point Ragdoll
Besides having fiery-colored extremities and a cream-colored body, what do these cats look like? They’re large kitties, ranging from around 10 to 20 pounds or more.
All Ragdolls have medium to long fur with a soft double layer. Flame point Ragdoll parents adore the icy blue eyes that are the cherry on top of the signature Ragdoll look.
You may see a Ragdoll with some orange or red hues and wonder if she’s a flame point. Keep in mind that the “point” pattern isn’t the only pattern the flame color appears in. A flame Ragdoll could have a bicolor pattern. In this case, her face would have flame and white markings, and her paws would be creamy white. The flame mitted Ragdoll has flame-colored paws and creamy white fur everywhere else.
Flame point Ragdolls have adorable pink noses and light pink paw pads. Their long, bushy tails are slightly tapered, and the flame color fades from the tip down to the tail base. These cuddly kitties range in height from about 9 to 11 inches and in length from 17 to 21 inches. Consider their large size if you have limited space, and prepare to share the couch!
Personality and Behavioral Traits
Like any other Ragdoll, the flame point variety has a sweet and loving nature. These friendly fluff balls enjoy following their owners around, acting quite dog-like. They love being held and cuddling or snoozing with their owners. While not as active as other breeds, Ragdolls enjoy affection and daily playtime.
Flame point Ragdolls love companionship, just like other Ragdoll color varieties. They make wonderful family pets thanks to their social, laid-back personalities.
Owners love hearing their occasional sweet meows, which are usually quiet and musical. If you have a flame point Ragdoll, expect to see those flame-tipped paws trotting over to greet you at the door every time you get home.
Find out more about the personality of Ragdoll cats.
Maintenance and Health
Flame point Ragdolls are a joy to have inside your home and are adorable animals, but are they hard to maintain? In short, no. They’re easy-going cats that typically don’t need higher levels of care than other breeds.
However, thanks to their medium to long hair, you’ll have to groom them consistently. Brushing sessions once or twice a week keep their double-layered coats tangle-free.
Since they’re naturally low or medium-energy cats, you need to ensure they get proper daily exercise to avoid weight issues. Feed your flame point Ragdoll a nutritious diet, keep her hydrated, and stimulate her (physically and mentally). Experiment with different cat toys to find what stimulates your furry friend most!
Work with your vet to create a preventative health plan and get all the necessary vaccinations. Regular vet check-ups will help you catch any health concerns early.
Note that Ragdolls are predisposed to heart muscle disease (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), polycystic kidney disease, and urinary tract issues. Monitor your Ragdoll’s behavior, daily habits, and quirks so you can spot any potential health issues.
Find out more about common Ragdoll health issues.
Is It Hard to Find a Flame Point Ragdoll?
Flame points aren’t the most rare type of Ragdoll, but evven so, they’re fairly rare. The mitted, color point , and bicolor patterns are common in Ragdolls, but the rarity comes from the color. For instance, lilac and chocolate-colored Ragdolls are fairly rare. Not far behind those two on the list of rarest Ragdolls is the flame-colored Ragdoll.
If you’re looking for a flame point Ragdoll kitten, pay close attention to the breeder. Make sure you can meet the queen and king. View the pedigree and ask about genetic health issues. You may need to find a breeder specializing in flame point Ragdolls and go on a waiting list.
Expect to cough up anywhere between $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the parents’ quality and cat show titles. This is normal though as Ragdoll cats are expensive.
By the way, all Ragdolls are born white. It takes some time for the color to develop, so the flame points may not be evident yet in weeks-old kittens. Coloration may continue developing until your Ragdoll is around two years old.
Find out about seal point Ragdoll cats.
Summary – The Flame Point Ragdoll
You’ve learned quite a lot about the flame point Ragdoll by now! Is your favorite part of this gentle kitty her beautiful color scheme or her relaxed temperament?
Perhaps it’s the whole adorable package, from the flame-tipped paws and pink nose up to the fluffy reddish tail.
No matter what their exact shade of red or orange is, flame point Ragdolls are loyal companions who will have a place in your heart forever!
Do you have a flame point Ragdoll? Or perhaps you’d like to know more about this coloration and pattering? Please tell me about your experiences or ask a question in the comment section at the bottom of this page.
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