Many of our Ragdoll parents are new to cat ownership (around 50%) As we were 9 years ago when we fell in love with Ragdolls. It has been a big learning curve and we are still constantly learning new things each year.
We are starting this page to hopefully help you, with your Ragdoll's health, food etc. Some topics that you may or may not realise about cats in general.
1. Lily's - One of the most toxic household plants for cats is the common lily. In fact, eating as little as two leaves from the flowers can result in liver failure, if left untreated, can have a fatal outcome for cats. It will have a severe impact on a cat's system.
2. Sulphur dioxide - This may be added to raw pet food (pet mince, kangaroo mince) at unregulated levels to preserve the meat. High concentration of sulphur dioxide can cause thiamine deficiency and lead to neurological problems in cats (also dogs). Please read the label first, eg - Sunday Telegraph reported on the plight of Puss, a cat that was poisoned by kangaroo mince/pet mince, which was found to have concentrations of sulphur dioxide almost double that allowed for human consumption. Puss suffered thiamine deficiency and could not walk. Check ingredients table.
3. Taurine - Cats NEED TAURINE in their food to prevent blindness and certain kinds of heart disease. Cats cannot produce taurine in their own bodies; they must eat foods containing taurine to obtain it. Fortunately, there are many sources of this important amino acid, most of which your cat will enjoy in their pre packaged food. Check your Dry Cat food ingredients to make sure there is added Taurine. The body requires a certain amount of taurine to support retinal health and keep the heart beating. It also aids in transmitting information in the brain and regulates the amount of calcium present in the body. Lack of taurine can cause blindness and heart weakness called “cardiomyopathy.”
4. Feeding too Much Tuna to Your Cat
Tuna as a treat now and then is harmless but as a steady
diet can lead to malnutrition. Tuna doesn’t have adequate amounts of vitamin E
and this may lead to a condition called steatitis (also known as yellow fat
disease). Tuna has a very strong taste and smell so many cats can become
addicted to it. The problem can
be serious because as they may refuse to eat anything else. The
other problem with a steady diet of tuna is that there’s a risk of mercury
poisoning. If you incorporate tuna into your cat’s diet, do it in a controlled
5. Offering Milk to Your Cat
Once weaned, most cats become lactose intolerant. Although some cats don’t have a problem with the occasional milk treat, offering milk on a regular basis often leads to diarrhea. Milk is not to be a replacement for water and if offered instead, it can lead to dehydration. We suggest Lactose Free (long life milk) if you would like to try milk.