How My Kittens Are Raised
All my Ragdoll Cats except for my stud boys live within the family home, they are pets foremost and breeding them comes second. They are treated just as your ordinary family cat. They have their own unique characters, given plenty of love and attention. Playtime is fun time as Ragdolls are so interactive with you, I always say 'you get back what you give' this is very true of these cats. We shall get to why I have added this page and what is all about.
Many breeders who breed cats do so in a different manner, some are bred purely outdoors in a cattery or some kind of out building separate from the home. Mine are not bred in this manner, as I have already said they live with us in the family home. Kittens that are bred out of the family home are not socialised well with living in a home. Because we live in a home we do not really take much notice of our surroundings, we take it for granted. Then imagine a kitten that has lived all it's life in a separate enclosure suddenly being exposed to a T.V, the hoover, washing machine all the other household appliance's, this is very traumatic for them. Then consider the impact of being with human contact from barely having any, our movements, our voices this is equally traumatic.
Then you ask yourself 'why is the kitten running away from us and hiding in the smallest place possible' these are the reasons and they can become so frightened to come out to eat and use the litter tray. Therefore creating more unwelcome problems.
I chose to breed Ragdoll's and I also chose to breed them in the home as I see breeding them any other way would not suit me.
My Ragdoll queens give birth where they feel most comfortable, generally this is in my bedroom as it is nice and quiet and they can have privacy. I work with them and go with what there instinct's require. Once the kittens are safely brought into the world they are observed on a regular basis, without interfering with mum. Once they have reached three to four weeks of age, they are moved with mum into a kitten pen. Where they have access to food and water and of course the litter tray. Toys too! Mum is still free to come and go as she pleases as always. We now concentrate on socialising the kittens and litter training, they get used to household appliances on a daily basis and all the movements and voices of people. They are handled played with, come out the pen for a little wander and back in where they feel safe. This process then moves on from a little wander to complete free reign of the family home, once I am satisfied that they are fully litter trained. They are then becoming more interactive the family and investigating stairs, hoovers and washing machines close up. The washing machine is always fun! My sofa then gets taken over by kittens and poor old grandpa Bagpuss gets climbed upon and he becomes there new cuddle bud, even though they know he is a different type of cat, this does not deter them (the fearless nature of Ragdolls). I am greeted at the door by all my Ragdolls upon on my return home, and soon the kittens are following suit too! Getting in the house can be quite tricky as they must know if you have anything that they can nosey in to!
By the time the kittens are ready to leave for their new forever homes, they are very well socialised and this makes it so much easier on them to cope with the move to a new home with the least trauma impacting on them. Ragdolls can stress very easily, hence they may feel a little upset with their new home to start with, with a little love and affection they soon overcome this.
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