Once you have found an excellent Ragdoll breeder and your kitten is soon to be joining your family, you will need to prepare for the big day. The following is a guide to the main items you will need.
A good quality cat carrier:
You will need this to collect your kitten from the breeder
and for whenever you need to transport your Ragdoll to the vet
or cattery. It is not safe to have a kitten or cat free in the
car. Remember, your little Ragdoll kitten could grow into a 6kg
adult Ragdoll, so invest in a carrier which will be roomy even
when your Raggie is fully grown.
A good quality scratching tree:
Choose one which has a good sized base and is very stable, so
it can take the weight of an adult Ragoll. Any sisal covered posts
should be tall enough to accommodate an adult Ragdoll at full
stretch. It is also useful to have one or two less elaborate sisal
covered scratch posts around the home, so your Raggie has a scratching
area close by, wherever they are in the home. If you do not invest
in a cat scratcher, then expect your kitten to use your carpets
A litter tray:
You need at least one litter tray per cat and sometimes even a
single cat will require two trays, if they are fussy. Whether
you choose open or hooded trays is personal and will also depend
on what your kitten has been used to at the breeders. Hooded trays
do help to minimise litter ‘eruptions’ during use
by over zealous diggers and also help to minimise odour.
Litter: Find out
from the breeder what litter your kitten has been using and stick
to this for the first few weeks at least. Changing litter type
suddenly will confuse your kitten and may lead to bad toileting
habits, so make the switch slowly, by mixing some of the new litter
type with old. If your kitten tolerates this, increase the amount
of new litter gradually, until the switch is made.
Food: Your breeder
should provide you with a diet sheet and a small supply of food,
when you collect your Ragdoll kitten. Continue to feed the diet
your kitten has been used to for the first two weeks at least.
Changes to diet when you first bring your kitten home will lead
to upset tummies.
Food Bowls: You
will need bowls for food and water. Metal or ceramic are the best,
as they are easy to clean. Avoid plastic bowls, because they scratch
and these scratches harbour bacteria, even after washing.
Toys: Your Ragdoll
kitten will need a selection of toys to keep them amused and so
you can engage in play with them. Balls, mice, cat dancers etc.
are all available from pet shops. Cardboard boxes, rolled up balls
of foil, even a screwed up piece of paper are fun for kittens
too. Always supervise play with toys.
Bedding: Most Ragdolls
will want to sleep on your bed or on the sofa, but some type of
bedding is useful. The most practical bedding is vet bed, as it
can be laid on furniture, carpets etc. and long lasting and is
washable, even at high temperatures.
Ragdolls need regular grooming to keep their coats healthy. Hopefully
your kitten will already be used to being brushed. A slicker brush
removes old coat and a bristle brush helps to keep the coat shiny.You can buy these separately or as a dual brush. A metal toothed comb is useful for teasing out small knots
as your Ragdoll's coat matures. A good pair of
nail clippers designed for cat use are worth having too, just
to take the sharp tips off your Ragdolls nails.