According to the CFA, there are around 45 breeds of domestic cat. These breeds have evolved over centuries through selective breeding by humans to produce cats with desired traits. In this post I’m discussing two breeds the CFA recognizes, the crossbreeding of which results in a cat that isn’t a recognized breed: the Ragdoll Himalayan cat.
Read on to discover this cat mix’s unique history, characteristics and care needs.
Table of Contents
- The Ragdoll & Himalayan Cat History
- Physical Characteristics
- Personality & Behavior
- How to Care for a Ragdoll Himalayan Cat
- Working With a Ragdoll Himalayan Breeder
The Ragdoll & Himalayan Cat History
Ragdoll Himalayan cats are a cross of the two breeds, but where did each breed come from? Let’s start with Ragdolls. These famously floppy cats came about in the 1960s in Riverside, California, by a breeder named Ann Baker. A beautiful white, semi-longhaired cat named Josephine was at the heart of her breeding program. When Josephine had kittens that tended to go limp when held, Baker kept breeding them.
Through selective breeding, she emphasized traits unique to Ragdolls. The International Cat Association (TICA) and the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) recognized the breed in 1963 and 2000, respectively.
What about our Himalayan felines? For starters, they’re not from the Himalayas, and they’re not named after the mountain range. The name comes from their resemblance to the Himalayan rabbit, which looks quite similar to this breed thanks to the colorpoint markings. Also known as the Colorpoint Persian or the Himmie, the Himalayan breed was born in the 1920s or 30s when breeders crossed Siamese and Persian cats. In 1957, American breeder Margaret Goforth dubbed them “Himalayan” cats.
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Ragdoll Himalayans inherit some physical traits from each parent. Both breeds happen to share plenty of characteristics, like blue eyes and colorpoint fur. In fact, it can be tough to distinguish a Ragdoll from a Himalayan sometimes!
Himalayans are medium-sized cats, growing 7 – 12 pounds and up to 12 inches tall. In contrast, Ragdolls are larger. They can weigh 10 – 20 pounds or more and grow up to 11 inches tall. Ragdolls have more angular faces than their round-faced Himalayan friends, although Himalayan faces tend to be flatter in front.
Both breeds have long fur, but Ragdolls don’t have the thick undercoat that Himalayans do. Thanks to their cozy undercoat, Himalayans may look larger than their bodies actually are. Himalayan coats are fine and soft-textured, while Ragdoll coats are silkier.
It’s difficult to predict exactly which traits will be handed down to a Ragdoll Himalayan, but they tend to be medium to large-sized cats, weighing around 8 – 15 pounds. They may have some facial angles of the Ragdoll or the short Himalayan nose. They’ll have blue eyes and are most likely to have colorpoint fur.
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Personality & Behavior
Both breeds are friendly, gentle, and loving. Ragdolls tend to be a bit clingier and more dog-like, always wanting to be near their humans. Both breeds are relatively active, but they adore lounging in their humans’ laps. Thanks to the personality traits of each breed, the crossbreed can be very owner-attached.
These playful, sociable kitties make wonderful, devoted family pets. Children and other household pets are no problem for these laid-back feline friends. Their gentle temperaments and serene nature are sure to bring love into any caring household.
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How to Care for a Ragdoll Himalayan Cat
All cats have many similar care requirements although all breeds such as Ragdolls and Himalayans have very specific needs too.
The following then are some of the care requirements you might expect from a Ragdoll Himalayan cat mix.
Their magnificent coat requires regular brushing to prevent tangles and matting. A thorough brushing session 2-3 times a week should do the trick. This is also a great bonding activity that will keep your kitty looking fabulous and feeling loved.
A high-quality, balanced diet is essential for your fluffy friend’s overall health. Consult your veterinarian for recommendations on the best cat food and feeding schedule, keeping in mind that moderation is key for treats and snacks.
Ragdoll Himalayans aren’t extremely active, but they’re playful and need regular exercise. A half-hour or so of daily playtime with wand toys, lasers, or balls will keep them happy and healthy. No need for extensive exercise regimens or overexertion.
Regular check-ups with your veterinarian are crucial for maintaining your cat’s health. Some common health issues for the Ragdoll Himalayan Cat Mix include kidney problems, heart disease, and dental issues. Early detection and preventative care can help ensure a long, happy life for your feline companion.
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Training & Socialization
Training your Ragdoll Himalayan cat should be a gentle, rewarding experience. These kitties are intelligent and eager to please, making them pretty easy to train. Positive reinforcement, patience, and consistency are essential in teaching basic commands and good manners to your kitty.
Early socialization is key for your Ragdoll Himalayan kitten to grow into a well-adjusted, sociable adult. Introduce your kitten to new experiences, people, and other pets in a controlled and positive environment. That way, your fur baby will develop confidence and adaptability, making her a delightful little friend.
Also, harness and leash training can be a valuable skill for your Ragdoll Himalayan kitty, allowing for safe outdoor adventures and veterinary visits. Start early, be patient, and use treats and praise to encourage progress.
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Working With a Ragdoll Himalayan Breeder
If you’ve fallen head-over-heads with this breed and want a Ragdoll Himalayan kitten immediately, start your search for the right breeder. As you search, ask breeders if you can meet the parents, so you can confirm their behavior and health. Obtain information on their genetic backgrounds and history of diseases. Ask about the kitten’s socialization, vaccinations, and deworming.
Ragdoll Himalayan kittens may cost anywhere from $500 to $2,500, depending on the breeder and the cat’s lineage. Of course, you’ll have ongoing expenses for keeping your new kitten well-fed, well-groomed, and well-cared for so be financially prepared!
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Summary – The Ragdoll Himalayan Cat Mix
In summary, the Ragdoll Himalayan cat is one that intrigues cat lovers around the world thanks to its desirable traits.
With proper care and attention these fluffy companions will be loyal, cuddly friends and live long, healthy lives.
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