Aaron's Affordable Ragdolls / Bad Breeding
First, let me start off by saying that these ragdolls are affordable for a reason! Our family had always wanted a ragdoll, but we always adopted strays. This was our first breeder experience, so we didn't see the signs and wish that there was someone out there to warn us. So, that's why I'm writing this. We picked out our ragdoll online, for we were not allowed to visit the cattery. We found this odd, but didn't really think twice about it. When we were finally able to pick her up, we were sent home with antibiotics and a ringworm dip "as a preventative." We took her to the vet the next day to have a checkup. The first thing our vet noticed was that she had a heart virus which meant our brand new kitten needed to be on heart medicine, potentially for the rest of her life. It was possible that after 6 months of treatment, the virus would no longer affect her heart, but there was no guarantee. She also had to stop in monthly to have an EKG to see if the medicine was working or if the condition was getting worse. Granted, we wanted the best for her and bought the medicine and gave it to her religiously. What really got me was that my vet the virus was being passed down from the mother. Fortunately, the virus isn't contagious to other cats and so exposure to an infected cat wouldn't make our kitten sick with the virus. Which means the ONLY way she could get this was if it was passed down by the mother during pregnancy.. So, she is breeding sick cats! Well, it's been several years now, and she still has to be on the medicine.
The other concern we had when we picked her up was that we were not allowed to see the parents, or any of the other cats for that matter, even though they were both on site. What was she hiding?
The second thing was that there was an odd patch of skin by her tail which glowed under a black light, which can signify ringworm. We did a culture, but that takes two weeks to get a positive result. Our vet was sure it was, so he started us on an antifungal oral medicine, a series of ringworm dips, and a topical antifungal cream. The test came back positive, but we knew it had to be even before that because a week after we brought her home, my grandmother had ringworm on her back. So, clearly this "As a preventative" saying of hers was bull. She knew that cat had ringworm and sold her to us anyway. As a result, we had to quarantine her from our other cats and our dog because they could get ringworm.
Lastly, our ragdoll is the most beautiful cat. She is absolutely stunning, but she definitely does not have the ragdoll personality. We chose a ragdoll because of the dog-like qualities; how they follow you around the house, like to be with humans, and are very vocal with you. The cat we have is the most antisocial creature you can get. Granted, we adore her, but we are disappointed that she doesn't have one single personality trait of a ragdoll. She hides whenever there's a new person over. When we are home, she will sit NEAR us, but does not like to sit on our laps or be petted. Our family has had cats for over 35 years, and we've never had a cat like this. I'm very familiar with socialization and the impact that can have on your cat. But, she was like that since the say we got her. Even as a tiny kitten, she was extremely independent. Granted, I will admit this could be a fluke, but at the same time, personality of the parents can have a huge impact on future generations. I just find it odd that I've had cats for so long and have never once met a cat that was so antisocial. Ours have always been people oriented and sweet as pie. Most play fetch. I find it odd that our kitten is completely the opposite when the breed is renowned for its personable personality
Like I said before, we love our ragdoll dearly and we would not trade her for anything, but she is a ragdoll in looks only, definitely not in personality. If you're looking for healthy, sweet ragdoll, I'd look elsewhere.