What is included in your price?Our kittens are sold as pets, pet/show, or breeder/show. We do require a non-refundable deposit of $150 and signed contract to hold a kitten for you. The adoption price includes all of the necessary age appropriate vaccinations and the kitten will come to you already spayed or neutered as well as microchipped, before he/she comes home. You will also receive a kitten care package, which consists of a food sample, toys, scratching surface, and blanket or bed with Mom and littermates scent. We also give a FOUR year genetic health guarantee on all of our kittens. We also give discounts to returning adopters of past Familytime Rags kittens, as well as families adopting 2 or more at the same time. Please e-mail us if you have any questions or to get on our waiting list for our future litters.
Breeder kittens will only be available to small, cageless catteries who practice early spay/neuter, and only breed with accepted POINTED only colors.
This is a great question. Websites are a great way to find breeders, but websites can be made to look pretty, and not the only factor to go with, when finding a breeder. Try to find a breeder close to your home, that you can visit. This way you see every cat, the kittens, and what environment they are raised in. You can also visit with the breeder, a good relationship is nice to have, as this is someone that you may want to stay in touch with, for questions or concerns in several days to several years down the road. Most breeders ask specific questions, this is to ensure they are finding the best home for their babies, please don't feel offended by the questions asked. Ask for referrals, so you can find out what others have had to say about the breeder. Don't feel bad about asking, we are always happy to share those happy adoption stories. It is important to find out if the referrals are happy with the quality of their kitten, as well as feeling comfortable staying in touch with their breeder.
You can check with specific organizations to see if the person/cattery is in good standing. Don't feel afraid to call and check for any concerns or complaints. Check out the internet, by Googling the breeders name or cattery name. Check with the Better Business Bureau, to see if any complaints are against the cattery, and if there is an issue, talk with your breeder to get all sides of the story.
Here are some very important things to look for.
*Does the breeder raise their cats and kittens in a home enviroment, or do they cage?
*How many Queens and Kings does the breeder have?
*Does the breeder have a health contract? If so, what doe it cover, and for how long?
*Are the cats DNA tested NEGATIVE for HCM?
*Does the breeder spay and neuter kittens before they leave? This is VERY important.
*Does the breeder keep kittens to at least 12 weeks of age? If they allow them to leave any earlier, this is a huge warning sign.
*Does the breeder show their cats/kittens?
*Does the breeder breed "rare" colors that are NOT accepted and charge more for them? This is another warning sign.
Reputable breeders will make sure your kitten is spayed or neutered and at least 12 weeks of age to provide full immunity to vaccinations. Sometimes you may find cheap "bargain" Ragdolls, usually they are advertised on for sale sites, and in newspapers for a fraction of what a reputable breeder charges. They are usually sold between 6-8 weeks. Many times these "baragain" Ragdolls are unregistered. They are typically not vaccinated or wormed, and are not spayed/neutered. By the time you get the kitten home, and spend the money to get the kitten fully immunized, spayed or neutered, it can easily add up.
This is a good question to ask your breeder. I do not breed these colors, as they are not accepted colors in any major cat association. The Ragdoll standard is written to be a Blue-eyed, Pointed breed. Minks or non-pointed Ragdolls can not be shown for titles or championship status, and can NOT be registered as a Ragdoll in some cat associations. Ragdolls are known for their beautiful blue eye color, and beautiful points of color. Mink and Solid Ragdolls are NOT pointed, and do not have blue eyes, many are bred from Ragamuffins. If you like these colors, please support a Ragamuffin breeder. The Ragamuffin breed standard does recognize these Mink and Solid (Non-Pointed) colors, and in some associations can be shown in championship status. Many Ragdoll breeders who do breed the Mink and non-pointed "Ragdolls", are charging much more for these "Rare" colors. They are not rare, and are easy to produce, but because they are not TRUE Ragdolls, most breeders will not breed with these colors.
This is a good question to ask your breeder. Sometimes a spay will cost more than a neuter, and a female will cost a bit more. Also, show quality kittens typically cost more. Don't fall into the trap of "rare" colors. If the color is "rare", it may raise questions of why the majority of breeders are not breeding these colors, to call them "rare". If you wish to have a certain color or pattern, you shouldn't have to pay extra to get a specific kitten. There are only a few breeders who charge extra for certain colors or patterns, most do not. The accepted colors are Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Flame, Cream, Tortie, can all be with or without lynx, these are not rare colors. If you are hearing the word, rare, ask why it is rare. There are a few breeders that will breed colors outside the specific accepted standard, most breeders will breed the accepted colors.
No, if you have an allergy to cats, Ragdolls would not be any different. Feel free to visit, to find out if you have a reaction. Just remember, one visit may not trigger symptoms, and kittens are at less risk to trigger allergies than adults. Also, it could be certain shampoo's, seasons, litter use, that may be the trigger of symptoms. Most people are actually allergic to the specific proteins found in the cat's saliva. It is important to know if you or your family may have an allergy to cats, prior to adoption, as an allergy can develop at any age.
Ragdolls are a very docile, laid back breed. Most do very well in multiple cat and dog homes. Our vet has one of our Ragdolls, and she gets along well with their birds. One should always supervise the interaction, until you feel comfortable knowing there will be no problems.
Yes, Ragdolls shed, just like any animal with fur. Though, the shedding is minimal compared to most long hair breeds. The hair is also easily cleaned up, as it sheds in clumps, that can be picked up or vacuumed. Spring is the shedding season, and it tends to be the worst, during that time. The grooming is also minimal as well, as the coat is non-matting. We recommend using the Zoom Groom, to remove some of the coat.
No, we no longer can ship pet kittens because of a new law went into affect in 11/2013, that prevents breeders from shipping kittens to families. The law now states that kittens must be seen in person. You are welcome to drive to our home and pick up your kitten, or fly into the OKC airport, and we can meet you there. In some cases, we may be willing to travel to bring your kitten to you. If you have a family member close by that can see your kitten in person, we would be able to ship your kitten with a pet courier.
We keep most of our kittens between 12 and 14 weeks, and some kittens could be kept as long as 16 depending on how they mature, each kitten will be evaluated individualy. There are many reasons that breeders do this, so many to list that I would rather refer you to a wonderful written article
"How young is too young" by FBRL Services and Barbara C. French
Yes, it is very safe, and easier on kittens than older kittens or adult. Most cat breeders practice early spay and neuere and a huge majority of Ragdoll breeders. The concept of early spaying and neutering is not a new one, it has been practiced for over 50 years in North America and is endorsed by the American Veterinary Medical Association. There are huge benefits to altering such as, spaying a female can actually protect her against mammary cancer and uterine infections. In males, neutering reduces the risk of testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate and related infections. You don't have o worry about your male kitten learning to spray before he is neutered. There are many other positives, please read
Early Spaying and Neutering
for more information on early spaying and neutering kittens. All of our pet and show kittens leave spayed or neutered, with no exceptions.
Introducing your Ragdoll into your home and other animals is a big step for you, but also a big step for your kitten. It is his/her first time in a new surrounding. First, have a room set up for your new kitten away from any other animals and away from the major hustle and bustle of your home. Bring his food, water, and litter box inside the room, so that he gets used to his new surroundings. It is recommended that you stay on the same food and litter that is being used at the breeders home, if you are inclined to change brands, it is best to wait a few days for the kitten to adjust, and then slowly starting changing the litter or food over a 2 week period of time. If diarrhea occurs try changing a little slower. If there are litter box problems, go back to the original brand and then slowly bring in the new litter Next, let your other cats and dogs smell the new kitten under the door. The kitten is also being introduced in a safe area to new sounds and smells of his new home. After a couple of days, start allowing your new kitten to explore his new surroundings, making sure to help her find her food and litter areas. When meeting your other cats for the first time, you can expect hissing and growling, make sure that for the first few meetings, that you are around to supervise if anything gets out of hand. If that happens, just give it a few more days and try the introduction at a later time.
That's wonderful!! There are many Ragdolls out there in need of rescuing. Here are 2 links to help you begin your search for a Ragdoll.
and Pet Finder I am a member of Ragdoll Rescue, so please contact me about finding a Ragdoll or Ragdoll Wannabee that would fit into your family.
These sites update frequently, so please check back often.
There are also many breeders who have retired adult breeders for adoption, if I do not have any currently available, I would be happy to refer you to breeders who do have adults available, or help you on your search for a Ragdoll that needs rescued. Contact Us
No, I am sorry to say, we don't allow our kittens to go outdoors, and that includes not allowing your Ragdoll outdoors under supervision, or on a leash, the only time to take your Ragdoll outdoors is inside of a soft or hard sided carrier, and into a vehicle. We have thought hard about this subject, and know that it is the only way to fully protect a cat from the many outdoor dangers. Once a cat gets comfortable with the outdoors, your cat is more apt to run outdoors when the door is open. There is many reports of cats supervised on a leash that are attacked by neighborhood or stray dogs, there are also many internal and external parasites that your cat can pick up even in the short amount of time outdoors. Please keep your cats indoors for their safety.
For other questions not answered here, please e-mail us anytime.
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