Frequently Asked Questions
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 $500 and signed contract to hold a kitten for you. Pet kittens are $2200, and this 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 favorite 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. The parents of our kittens are DNA tested for multiple genetic diseases, to ensure the best health of our Ragdoll cats and kittens. We also give discounts to returning adopters of past FLASHYRAGDOLLS kittens, as well as families adopting 2 or more at the same time. We do not use a waiting list but we contact potential families in the order that the applications are received.
Breeder kittens will only be available to reputable breeders with references from other reputable breeders. We will consider cageless catteries that practice early spay/neuter, and only breed with accepted POINTED only colors .
What testing has been done on your breeding cats?
Our cats have been tested through UC Davis and Neogen. We have tested for the HCM mutations for Ragdoll and Maine Coon, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency, and multiple mutations of Mucopolysaccharidosis. Our Ragdolls are also blood typed, to ensure we are only breeding with blood type A. When and if other tests become valid for the Ragdoll breed, we will be sure to include those.
How do I choose the right breeder for me, or my family?
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 the 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 does it cover, and for how long?
*What health tests have been done on their breeding cats?
*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.
Do you breed Mink or Solid (Non-Traditional) Ragdolls?
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. Our goal is is to breed to a standard. We do not believe in just putting 2 cats together and having kittens. We have a specific goal in following the TICA and CFA breed standard.
Are Ragdolls hypoallergenic?
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.
How are Ragdolls with other animals?
Ragdolls are a very docile, laid back breed. Most do very well in multiple cat and dog homes. One should always supervise the interaction, until you feel comfortable knowing there will be no problems.
Do Ragdolls shed?
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.
Will you ship your Ragdolls?
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.
Why do you keep your kittens 12-14 weeks?
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,
Is it safe to early neuter and spay?
Yes, it is very safe, and easier on kittens than older kittens or adult. Most cat breeders practice early spay and neuter 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,
How do I introduce my kitten into my home and around my other animals?
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.
Can I take my Ragdoll outdoors with me?
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.