As you might guess, the Siamese Ragdoll cat mix is a mix between a Ragdoll and a Siamese. These felines are often billed as people-oriented, affectionate felines. However, there is more to them than meets the eye, especially because they are a mixed breed.
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As a mixed breed, these cats can inherit any trait from any parent. Therefore, you may end up with a mostly Siamese cat or a mostly Ragdoll cat. Most of the time, you’ll end up with a cat that’s somewhere in the middle, but where in the middle varies widely.
Therefore, these cats are extremely hard to pin down. However, there are a few ways these cats tend to act. Let’s take a look at those below.
Siamese Ragdoll Mix Characteristics
Siamese Ragdoll Mix Kittens
Unlike many dog breeds, cat mixed breeds are often incredibly rare and hard to find. Siamese and Ragdoll cats are even rarer, which means finding this mixed breed is exceptionally difficult. Furthermore, this breed is solely a mixed breed. They aren’t recognized by any major cat fancier’s group, so breeders don’t specialize in them.
You may be able to find a reputable breeder that likes to create unusual mixes like this one. But you’ll likely have to travel and may find yourself waiting on a list for some time.
You can also check local animal shelters and rescues. However, these rarely have specific-breed cats like this mixed breed. Siamese and Ragdoll cats are rare enough, finding mixed kittens will be even harder unless you specifically seek them out.
Temperament and Intelligence of the Siamese Ragdoll Mix
These cats can have a mix of several temperament traits. Remember, they can inherit any trait from either of their parents, so you never really know what you’re going to get.
They are often curious, loving, and vocal. They love their owners—that much they make very clear. They will follow them around the house, meowing for attention and “chattering” as if they’re keeping up an intelligible conversation.
They aren’t usually very active, so small spaces work fine. You’ll find these cats lounging around on top of warm, sunny tables more often than running around the house. However, you still must provide them with some exercise. Otherwise, they can easily become obese (which causes a range of issues from arthritis to heart disease). Plus, having some toys laying around can help distract them from being alone, which they tend to be quite bad at.
While cats aren’t as obedient as dogs, this breed is often intelligent. This can be both a good and a bad thing. Sure, your cat may understand what you’re trying to say (even if they don’t care to do it). But it also means that they know how to get around this rule.
Are These Cats Good for Families?👪
These cats tend to be extremely people-oriented and affectionate. Therefore, they work well for families. They’re suitable for those that want a cat that will follow them around the house and bond well with seniors and children alike.
Of course, socialization does play some role in their personality. If they aren’t socialized well, they may be more skittish and less friendly. Therefore, getting them around lots of people at a young age is vital.
They also require lots of attention. Therefore, you’ll need to be home plenty to provide them the attention they need to thrive. Otherwise, they can develop behavioral problems (like separation anxiety).
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
In most cases, this cat can get along well with others when properly introduced. They do need to socialize with the particular kind of animal, though. A cat that’s been around dogs since she was a kitten will be far better off than one that has never been around dogs.
However, Siamese cats can be a bit vocal and may closely attach themselves to one person. Therefore, they may not like it when other animals hang around “their” person. It depends a lot on the cat’s particular personality and temperament, as well as the type of other pet.
Things to Know When Owning a Siamese Ragdoll Mix:
Food & Diet Requirements
Siamese Ragdoll cats need a high-quality diet that is rich in protein, moderate in fat, and low in carbohydrates. They should get most of their protein from animal sources, and organ meats and whole meats are preferable. Most quality cat foods fit into this category.
This breed doesn’t require any special food compared to other cats, but you should take care to choose a high-quality food.
These cats should be given a high-moisture diet. Typically, this means either wet food or water added to their dry food. Otherwise, they can be prone to dehydration, as cats tend to not drink very much as a whole.
Be cautious when free-feeding these cats, as they can easily become overweight.
While these cats do tend to be a bit lazy, that doesn’t mean you should let them lay around all day. They aren’t very active cats, but they can become obese if exercise isn’t encouraged. They will enjoy playing and climbing if given the opportunity (and encouragement; this is really something you’ll have to be involved in, too). Invest in quality cat toys and a cat tree, as these will help keep them busy.
If your cat gets particularly overweight (or just doesn’t like any of the toys you purchased), consider teaching them to walk on a leash. Then, you can take them on walks and help them burn some calories.
Aim for at least 15 minutes of playtime each day. However, some cats will need more than others.
This cat breed is very intelligent compared to other felines. However, that doesn’t mean they’re easy to train. Often, they put their intelligence towards avoiding things they don’t like (like your commands) and not listening to what their owners say. In this case, intelligence can be more of a curse than a blessing, leading to escape artists and food hoarders.
Therefore, you’ll need to extra-cat-proof your home with these felines. You’ll also have to take steps to keep them entertained so that their smarts are not aimed at your pantry. Invest in quality puzzle toys and try some simple training. Don’t expect much, but the simple act of training can wear them out a bit.
It’s recommended that you teach these cats to walk on a leash. While this takes a while to get the cats used to, it can be very helpful if they start becoming overweight.
These cats usually have semi-long hair. However, it varies widely. Some have shorter hair. Some have very long hair. Their fur will vary in color and pattern. You never really know what you’re going to get.
However, these felines do often need regular grooming. Their coats can tangle, and excessive shedding can lead to furballs if you don’t remove some of this fur for them. You can use a metal comb to take out mats and excessive fur. You’ll need to groom them about once a week, though some cats may need it more often.
Health and Conditions 🏥
For the most part, these cats are quite healthy. They have a wider gene pool than purebred cats (which is another way of saying that they aren’t inbred). Therefore, they’re much less likely to end up with genetic conditions that affect their health.
These felines are prone to mouth and gum disease. They can end up with bad breath, tooth decay, and inflammation. Luckily, this is mostly preventable with brushing and dental check-ups. Brushing your cat’s teeth may seem a bit weird, but it is preferable to paying thousands for a feline tooth extraction.
Sadly, these cats may also be affected by heart disease. There isn’t much you can do about how hardy your cat’s heart valves are. However, proper diagnosis and treatment can help control the complications.
Pancreatitis may also be common. Usually, this is triggered by something, though with a list like “infections, medication, diet, and exercise” it’s nearly impossible to avoid all the triggers. In many cases, this condition is treatable.
Obesity and kidney disease are also common. We’ve already discussed obesity to some extent above. These cats tend to be lazy and have a wonderful relationship with food, which often leads to obesity. When they eat and never exercise, the pounds will pack on. With all that said, a balanced diet and exercise can help prevent obesity.
On the other hand, kidney disease isn’t always something you can prevent. It often develops as the cats get older. However, it can also be caused by other conditions.
Male vs. Female
For obvious male-female differences to occur, a breed has to be very standardized. Otherwise, all the cat’s individual differences cover up any potential gendered differences—and that’s exactly what happens here.
Males tend to be larger than females. However, you have such a variance in weight and females could just as easily be bigger than many males.
There aren’t any obvious personality differences, either. Again, the variance is just too significant.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Siamese Ragdoll Mix
1. They may like playing in water.
Many owners report that these felines like playing in water. While this may be an odd trait for cats, Siamese and Ragdolls seem to think it’s absolutely normal. Early introduction is key, though.
2. They don’t get their “points” until later.
Like Siamese cats, Siamese Ragdoll mix kittens are usually born white or cream and develop their pointed coloring by the time they are a few weeks old. The “points” develop on the cooler parts of their body, such as their ears and tail. However, when inside their mother, everywhere is warm, which is why their points don’t show up until after they cool down after birth.
3. They may like doing tricks.
“Like” may be a strong word, but these cats can be trained to perform some tricks. They’re very intelligent and food-driven, which may make training easy. However, their attention span is often short, and they aren’t nearly as obedient as a dog.
Siamese Ragdoll cats are extremely friendly, vocal, and people-oriented. They want to be around their family all the time. For those that want a needy, cuddly cat, this breed may be a great choice. However, they may be prone to separation anxiety and can’t stand to be alone for longer periods.
However, even if you decide that you like these cats, you may not be able to find them. They are an extremely rare feline. If you have the opportunity to adopt one, though, they can make wonderful pets.
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