Your Ragdoll by nature and design is an indoor only cat. The trusting and affectionate nature that makes it such a wonderful
companion leaves it defenseless against predators. It lacks the
street smarts to protect itself from other animals or a speeding car on your street.
There are many dangers for any outdoor cat, that far outweigh the pleasure of chasing and catching small prey. Such as:
1. Becoming infected with internal parasites (roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm) by eating it’s prey or ingesting a flea.
2. Picking up external parasites such as ticks and fleas which carry a blood parasite that cause the life threatening FIA (Feline Infectious Anemia or commonly known as Hemobartonellosis).
3. Picking up body or ear mites and fungal infections such as ringworm.
4. A simple mosquito bite can result in a deadly heartworm infestation.
Your Ragdoll was born and raised to be your loving companion for many happy years. It trusts you completely to keep it safe. Please don’t feel you are depriving it of anything by keeping it indoors.
All your Ragdoll really wants is to be with you. Spoil it rotten, shower it with love, attention and toys but above all, protect it so it can be there to love you for a long, long time.