Welcome

Welcome to Indian River Ragdolls. My name is Debbie, I have been breeding Ragdoll kittens in Brevard County on the Florida Space Coast since 1998. I am a member of The International Cat Association (TICA) and have a TICA registered cattery. My cattery consists of my Sire, Hemlock Trails Smokey Birch and my Queens Amy, Opal, Coco & Ruby of Indian River.

The Ragdoll is a cat breed with piercing blue eyes and a distinct colorpoint coat. It is a large and muscular semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat. Developed by American breeder Ann Baker, it is best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. The name "Ragdoll" is derived from the tendency of individuals from the original breeding stock to go limp and relaxed when picked up.

Why Ragdolls?

If you are looking for a large, non-aggressive cat that loves to be with people, and is very placid, a Ragdoll is the perfect choice. If you love the look of a long-haired cat, but do not want the constant grooming associated with breeds such as the Persian, a Ragdoll is an excellent choice.

Watch this very cute video on Animal Planet. If you aren't already sold on a Ragdoll, you will be.

The Ragdoll is one of the largest cat breeds. The overall impression one gets from the Ragdoll's physique is that of strength and muscularity. They are heavy-boned, muscular cats with broad chests and large hindquarters. The head is large and slightly rounded with oval blue eyes. The coat of the Ragdoll is long but not as long as a Persian cat's. It is soft and rabbit-like and does not tend to mat. Ragdolls are slow-maturing, reaching full coat color at two years with full size and weight at four years. Altered males may reach 20 pounds or more; females are proportionately smaller.

Ragdoll Care

Ragdolls need as much care as any other cat, but they don´t have any breed-specific features which need special attention. Because these cats are usually very docile and tend to be non-aggressive - sometimes lacking even the ability to defend themselves - they should be kept strictly as indoors-only cats.

Many people still think that keeping a cat indoors is cruel, but outdoor cats are very likely to meet a violent death. Luckily Ragdoll cats adapt well even to small apartments and they can be easily trained to walk on a leash.

The plush coat of the Ragdoll cat does not require excessive grooming as Ragdolls bathe and groom their moderately long, silky coats themselves and unlike Persians, which need grooming every day, Ragdolls have a mat-resistant coat. However, they still should be groomed with a steel comb as a part of cuddling (one hand stroke, one comb stroke; one hand stroke, one comb stroke...), but most never need it. A brush once every few days is usually enough to keep their coat bright and soft. They shed very little and rarely have hairballs.

"The defining difference between a reputable breeder and a “kitten producer” is the concern and the responsibility the person shows towards his/her breed, breeding program, fellow breeders, and his/her individual charges; cats/kittens and purchasers thereof." Determining the Reputability of a Breeder, by Brigitte McMinn, The International Cat Association (read the entire article)

I have been breeding Ragdoll kittens in a small home based cattery since 1998. My kittens are raised in the home, under foot, as part of my family which includes my dog Toshi, a 7 yr. old Shiba Inu. In addition to a safe, healthy environment all of my kittens receive constant love, attention and touching so by the time they are ready to leave with their new owner they are well socialized and display all of the gentle human-centric traits that are famous in the breed.

I have been a proud member of TICA since 1998. I strongly believe and practice the ten commandments of a reputable breeder.

The Ten Commandments of the Reputable Breeder

  1. The Reputable Breeder places cats/kittens by contract.
  2. The Reputable Breeder places cats/kittens with a health guarantee.
  3. The Reputable Breeder insists and contracts the return of a cat/kitten should the purchaser be unable to keep the cat/kitten.
  4. The Reputable Breeder carefully interviews prospective owners and has specific requirements to be met, i.e.; cat/kitten is to be altered (if the breeder is not already practicing early altering), not allowed to roam outdoors, etc.
  5. The Reputable Breeder is willing and able to educate the novice. He/she happily answers questions regarding the breed and his/her breeding program.
  6. The Reputable Breeder insists on being informed of health, genetic, or behavioral problems the cat/kitten may develop.
  7. The Reputable Breeder does not have more cats/kittens then he/she is able to keep clean, healthy and socialized.
  8. The Reputable Breeder spends individual time with each of his/her cats/kittens
  9. The Reputable Breeder is concerned with temperament as well as the health of his/her cats/kittens.
  10. The Reputable Breeder makes him/herself available for advice and help to other breeders, and throughout the life of the cats/kittens he/she has placed

toshi & cocoa

You can also contact me by telephone: 321-794-5155

If you have a special color you are looking for ask to be put on my "special order" list and I will notify you when the desired kitten becomes available.

If you're wondering how your new kitten will get along with the family dog, all of my kittens have grown up around Toshi, my Shiba Inu, pictured here with Coco. Watching Toshi and the kittens play is one of the highlights of my day.