Mt. Cheam Ragdolls

Mt. Cheam Ragdolls

How did you begin breeding?

I grew up with a Ragdoll, my mother introduced me to this incredible breed and when I had my own family I also wanted a Ragdoll to bring joy in our home for our family with small children. So one day I brought home a Ragdoll that I found advertised on the internet, didn't know too much about the history, or health of Ragdolls, I just wanted a Ragdoll. We had Truffles for one year and suddenly she passed away due to heart failure. I knew I liked this Ragdoll a lot but from this experience I was devastated, very much attached to Truffles and knew I wanted another Ragdoll in the near future. At the same time I was becoming a Lab Technician and so naturally diagnostics and diseases was my interest. I started to research as much information I could about Ragdolls so this would not happen to our family again, and at the same time I always thought that If I ever got an opportunity to breed Ragdolls I would. Soon I had the perfect opportunity and brought home all TICA registered, a male, and two females all unrelated and decided that I was going to start. I took them home, obtained all their pedigrees from TICA, became registered as a breeder and sent off all their DNA for testing, making sure that before I breed, they were genetically sound and screened for up to 21 different congenital diseases. I wanted to be sure that any babies I allowed to come in this world by my breeding HAD to be healthy ensuring myself and my families that I place Ragdolls with were not going to have their beloved companion suffer, or their families burdened with heavy vet bills, or worse suddenly die and then be emotionally heartbroken. To this day, I DNA screen all my breeding Ragdolls for up to 21 different congenital diseases.

What should people know about Ragdolls before taking one home?

Most of us that have looked into this breed knows that they are very special from any other feline breed. In short, they are very social, much like a dog but in a cats body without the dog maintenance. They will love you unconditionally, waiting for you to come home and play fetch. They like to stay low, so they don't prefer to be on your counters or climb your curtains. They are very intelligent and tend to go limp in your arms, they have no undercoat or dander, making then hypoallergenic. They do shed, but its hair not fur, they have big round blue eyes and large body structure, they are amazing with children as they are calm natured and trusting and do well in an apartment or condo like setting. I could go on about the great characteristics of the Ragdoll breed but most importantly I want families to know that they must do their homework in this breed. Make sure that the breeder is ethical, and by knowing if the breeder is ethical, they must prove to you that their Ragdolls have been DNA tested, especially for HCM, which is a heart condition. HCM is a genetic disorder in our Ragdolls causing heart failure. Also know that your breeder is raising all their Ragdolls in a loving and sanitary environment. The home or cattery should not smell bad, ask how they keep their males, and ask if you can get a reference from their vet which they will disclose vaccination records and general health. Make sure that your Ragdoll baby is fully vaccinated age appropriately, dewormed and is going home no sooner than 12 weeks of age as Ragdolls take 3 years to fully mature. A 10 week old Ragdoll is still nursing and it isn't until that last two weeks before they go home when they fully wean and learn their emotional independence, being the Ragdoll you desire.

Why do you send your kittens home on Breedsecure trials?

This one is easy…our Ragdolls give us a huge amount of enjoyment and quickly become our companions to all our family members, they are our babies and everyone who meets a well socialised and emotionally independent ragdoll loves them. Stuff can happen, injury, theft, or sudden illness which we never saw coming no matter how careful we are, not saying your Ragdoll will have something happen to them but if it does, we can rely on our pet insurance to cover us and allow our Ragdoll to get the best treatment needed to make him or her better without massive vet expenses. It’s a very nice peace of mind.

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What do you do when you’re not taking care of your cats?

We are a family of five and do try to find some time for family outings. Our favorite things to do are quading, camping, swimming, nature walks and really anything outdoors, we love to explore off road trails here in our beautiful B.C. mountains and have some very special secluded spots with natural hot spring pools we relax in. We don't go away longer than a few days and certainly don't leave our home if we have Queens near their due date or young kittens. But when the time permits I have family members who love to help and come stay in our home.

Tell us your most memorable adoption story.

This one is the hardest question. I have many great memorable adoption stories, many families are replacing a void in their life because their Ragdoll passed on. Some families believe that it is the rebirth of a lost loved one, and some families really wanted a family pet and did their homework on different breeds and found me. But what really stands out over and over is the joyful experience I feel from my families when we finally get to meet for the first time after corresponding for months, many of my families cry happy tears and are just so happy to have found a breeder they can trust. Knowing that their baby is sound, healthy and well socialised, my families that take home my babies can now emotionally invest all of themselves into their new companion Ragdoll friend.