Originally Posted by FamilytimeRags
Hi Ginger's Mom,
The statement that Ragdolls go completely limp is somewhat an exaggeration. Each cat will have its own personality, some enjoy being held and will relax in our arms, very trusting. We do have some that don't enjoy being held as much, and would much rather snuggle up against you. Also, if one does have a Ragdoll, that does relax, it also doesn't mean that it will each time one picks him/her up. It isn't a guaranteed trait, but the Ragdoll in majority, should have a laid back temperament, very trusting with people and other animals, and many will say have the ability to go limp. I won't say that isn't true, just not true of every Ragdoll. It is best to let a breeder know what type of personality you are looking for, and let them choose the best kitten for you.
There are other breeds, as well as many moggies that will show Ragdoll traits, floppy, loving, it isn't just the Ragdoll.
It sounds like Ferris and Ginger are very loved. Do either of them enjoy sleeping belly up? Another Ragdoll trait, but other breeds and moggies do this as well.
Continuing trying to hold them for a few times each day and hold them a little longer each time, it may help them to realize that being held and cuddled with is a good thing. You could try giving a treat after each holding, so they have something to look forward to, as well. Just some suggestions you might find helpful.
Ferris turns onto his back ALL the time when I'm scritching him, but doesn't want belly rubs - and he likes to watch TV. He is coming along very nicely, from a feral kitten that was always wide-eyed in fear to becoming a little loverboy housecat.
I've always thought it strange how he just FLOPS, though. I've never known another cat to be that loose-limbed, and I've known lots of cats in my 40 years, despite just becoming a meowmy fairly recently.
His fur is incredibly
soft, even at 8 months old, it feels like rabbit fur still.
Ginger, on the other hand, loves to sleep on her back in very
strange positions - if I didn't know she was a moggie, I would guess her to be 98% Maine Coon, as she has all of the personality characteristics and nearly all of the physical traits.
I do know that with the exception of pure-bred cats, pretty much all moggies are a mix of almost any breed cat, but it is fun and interesting for me to try to identify those traits that are most dominant in my two.
And Ferris is a bit of a puzzle, showing some Maine Coon (as remarked upon by the vet,) some Angora (facial structure,) and with his huge, huge
bottle brush tail and floppiness, I thought perhaps there may be some Ragdoll or Ragamuffin in his genes.
At 8 months old, he is still growing, and looks very raggedy-coated, even when freshly groomed. His mane or ruff is growing in, he is growing a cute
little beard under his chin
and is starting to look like he's going to become a pretty large boy, even though he is quite lanky at present.
I think underneath his semi-feralness (is that a word?) that he is a really laid back little guy, and the more comfortable and trusting he gets, the more joy I have because he craves affection, and I crave giving it to him.