Frequently Asked Questions
How can I adopt a kitten?
Adopting a kitten is a simple and straightforward experience with Cat + Cream. Get in touch with us first and specify which kitten you're looking to adopt. Check out one of our TIKTOK LIVES to get a sense of the cat's character if you're still on the fence.
After that, we ask you and your family a few simple questions to make sure our kitten is a good fit.
Once we've established that you're a good fit for the kitten, you can reserve it by paying a $300 deposit through our website.
When the reserved kitten reaches the age of 12 weeks, we will schedule a time to meet in person for the delivery of the kitten. The total remaining balance is due immediately. All of our kittens have been raised in our care from the moment they were born, and now they are ready to join you.
What is our process?
At 12 weeks or older, our cherished kittens find their forever homes. They're trained on many food types, fish, chicken, wet, and dry food, along with water/kitten formula post their full weaning from their mother. Kitten are also trained on both pine and clay litter.
Embracing ethical practices, we ensure that each kitten is spayed or neutered before joining your family – a non-negotiable step. They receive comprehensive care, visiting the vet twice during their stay with us: first at 3 to 4 weeks, and again at 12 weeks.
Our commitment extends to vaccinations. Rabies and booster shots are included, while microchipping is available at an extra cost, ensuring a safety net should your kitten ever wander. Our kittens are registered with TICA.
For a seamless transition, each kitten is hand-delivered to its forever family, ensuring their well-adjusted journey. **Please note, discounts exclude vaccines and rabies, covering only spay/neuter. Full-pay clients receive a premium package, including these vaccinations. Your understanding and cooperation are deeply appreciated.
Are Ragdolls Hypoallergenic?
In our opinion YES! Ragdoll cats are generally medium to long hair cats. Ragdolls lack the typical undercoat that most cats have. This is what reduces the number of allergens they spread inside a home.
This makes the ragdoll breed as close to a hypoallergenic cat as possible for many cat lovers next to the Sphynx. So if you are allergic to cats we recommend you try a Ragdoll cat, many people who are can tolerate these fluff balls of fur.
Are Ragdolls cats high-maintenance?
Looking for a feline companion that's part self-care enthusiast and part cuddle connoisseur? Welcome to the Life of a Ragdoll – these cats practically wrote the book on being spoiled fluff balls! But, if your home doubles as a rat or insect haven, these pampered kitties might not be your best pest control option. Don't let their dreamy blue eyes and charming personalities fool you –They're far too busy tending to their luxurious fur, savoring gourmet meals, and soaking up endless snuggles.
Now, about that luxurious fur – imagine the softness of rabbit fur turned up to the max.
Ragdoll cats boast medium-long-haired coats that redefine silky elegance. Give them the royal treatment through regular brushing to maintain their divine texture, and the occasional bath (around once every three months using simple Dawn Dish Soap™).
And let's talk matting – not exactly a Ragdoll dilemma. They've mastered the art of staying tangle-free, which we adore. As for shedding, yes, it's there, but their voluminous fur doesn't create a furstorm. Shedding might change depending on seasons, weather, and diet – think chicken, fish, egg yolks, and constant hydration to keep them at their prime.
Yearly vet checkups keep them in tip-top shape – the short answer is NO! they are not high-maintenance. They rarely get sick and require only routine vet care. Of course, always check with your vet to ensure their well-being and keep them away from harmful situations and predators.
With proper care, these royal kitties can rule your heart for up to 25 magnificent years. So, if you're ready to pamper a playfully charming companion, the Ragdoll could be your regal match!
What is a Ragdoll cat exactly?
The Ragdoll may have descended from a cross between the Burmese and the Birman or the Persian cat, but the first Ragdoll was a white cat named Josephine. This is why some people refer to Ragdolls as "Josephine's daughters".
Ragdolls are a pointed cat breed (meaning they have a relatively pale body with darker markings on the face, ears, tail, or legs). Seal, chocolate, blue, and lilac are among the colors available, as are flame and three pattern variations, including tortie.
Ann Baker, an American breeder, created the Ragdoll breed in the 1960s. Their graceful disposition, idyllic temperament, and loving nature have earned them widespread renown. The original breeding stock has a characteristic of becoming completely relaxed when picked up, hence the name "Ragdoll" or "Floppy Cats".
Ragdolls have earned the nickname "puppy-like cats" due to their friendly demeanor, eagerness to be petted, and lack of aggression toward other animals and people.
Ragdolls are distinguishable by the upside-down V-shaped markings on their forehead, large round blue eyes, soft, thick coats, thick limbs, long tails, and soft bodies. Most often, their color rings will have three or more colors. See above as mentioned.
Do you ship kittens?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Shipping Kittens is a practice we will NEVER adopt. It is in our opinion to be an unethical practice. We hand deliver each kitten by hand to you. We can fly internationally if needed. For details, Contact us. We can also meet you halfway if you live outside of North Carolina, within a reasonable driving distance or you can fly into Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).
Address: 5501 Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte NC, 28208.
We can meet you in person at the airport. Book a same-day turnaround and ask for a pet-in-cabin on your way back to your city. Ask for more details as needed don't worry we will guide you through the process.
TIP: Scammers offer to ship kittens. Please beware!
Additional Tip - There are many con artists out there! Here are some steps you can take to ensure the legitimacy of your transaction: Speak with the seller! Face time calls are the most convenient because you can see the seller, the kitten, and the surroundings.
Can we request a specific print?
Indeed! Print and pattern requests are always welcome. Our breeders, on the other hand, are family members.
Our Queens let us know when they want to mate, when they don't, and which male they prefer.
Our Cattery follows ethical breeding principles, which is a natural process. Despite the fact that our females are frequently in heat, we do not over-breed. Our females and males are all on the premises, and we allow them to relax and enjoy life as much as we do.
We cannot guarantee the prints in future litters because we cannot predict which female will be the best to have a litter. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We do, however, guarantee an affectionate, playful kitty who will adore you and be your perpetual shadow, and who will love you forever if treated with the love and affection they have been created with!
Take this as a fair warning.:) Sign up for our kitten waitlist to be notified when that print becomes available!
Can we return the kitten after it has been picked up?
Unfortunately, our Cattery does not currently have the capacity to house kittens/cats after they have left for their forever homes. We are currently putting together such arrangements. In the meantime, please keep in mind that a pet is for life and considers you to be a member of their family.
The kitten will become very attached to you and your family, so please keep this in mind before purchasing or adopting any pet. Think of things such as who will keep your cat if you go on vacation if you leave the country, or will be out of town for an extended period of time.
Can I get a refund if I put down a deposit but then decide I don't want the kitten?
Deposits are non-refundable but transferable towards an upcoming litter.
It's inconvenient for us to reserve a kitten and then re-list that kitten. This creates an unnecessary stigma on that kitten. Many think something is wrong with the kitten.
Once you place a deposit, the kitten is reserved for you until the final payment is made at pick-up. We will issue a refund minus processing and transaction fees if you cancel within 24 hours of placing a deposit.
Our kittens are well loved and well socialized, if you have other cats, please introduce them using the "Paws under the Door process". Place your new cat in a room with a door, litter box, food, and water. Allow the cats to meet under the door, they will use their paws to play under the door. Give it about a week or so. Then open the door. This step is crucial to avoid hissing and help with a smooth introduction.
What is the best diet for a Ragdoll kitten?
Providing the right diet is crucial for the healthy development of your Ragdoll kitten. Opt for a well-balanced approach by selecting a high-quality commercial kitten food, specifically designed to meet the nutritional requirements of growing felines. When choosing a brand, prioritize those that feature real meat or fish as the primary ingredient. Kittens rely on substantial protein intake for proper development.
Remember to ensure a constant supply of fresh water, as proper hydration is essential for their overall well-being. By offering your Ragdoll kitten the right diet and access to clean water, you're setting the foundation for a healthy and vibrant life. Always consult your veterinarian for personalized dietary recommendations to meet your kitten's unique needs.
How often should I feed my Ragdoll kitten?
How often you should feed your Ragdoll kitten depends on their age and developmental stage. In their early months, kittens have higher nutritional needs and require more frequent meals. We recommend providing them with 3-4 small meals a day until they reach around 6 months of age.
As they grow and mature, you can gradually transition your kitten to a regular feeding schedule, typically consisting of 2-3 meals a day. This adjustment aligns with their changing nutritional requirements and promotes healthy eating habits.
However, every kitten is unique, and their dietary needs might differ. For tailored advice and guidance on ensuring your Ragdoll kitten's optimal health and well-being, we encourage you to consult with a veterinarian. Their expertise will help you create a feeding routine that best suits your kitten's individual needs, contributing to a vibrant and happy life.
How big do Ragdoll kittens grow?
Ragdoll kittens undergo a remarkable journey of growth before they achieve their full size, which usually occurs around the age of 4 years. This extended maturation process is part of what makes these felines so unique.
As Ragdolls transition from the adorable, tiny creatures they are at birth to their majestic adult forms, their physical development is a testament to their breed's distinct characteristics. While individual growth rates can vary, a general understanding of their size progression can provide valuable insights for potential cat owners.
Among adult Ragdolls, there's a noticeable difference in size between males and females. Adult male Ragdolls tend to be larger, with a weight range of 15 to 20 pounds (6.8 to 9 kg). Their robust stature not only adds to their visual appeal but also contributes to their affectionate and gentle nature, hallmark traits of the Ragdoll breed.
Females, on the other hand, have a slightly lighter weight range, typically spanning from 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kg). This distinction in size between the genders is consistent with the breed's general tendencies, and it's important to note that variations within these ranges can still occur due to genetics, individual metabolism, and other factors.
Observing the growth of a Ragdoll kitten into a full-fledged adult is a rewarding experience for any cat enthusiast. Their journey from playful kittens to regal adults is a testament to their unique characteristics and the care they receive. Whether male or female, these felines embody the essence of the Ragdoll breed, captivating the hearts of their owners with their gentle demeanor, striking appearance, and gradual transition into their full, majestic size.
Do Ragdolls shed a lot?
Ragdolls are known for their moderate shedding, which means they do shed, but it's not excessive compared to some other breeds. Their shedding tendencies can vary based on factors such as genetics, individual health, and seasonal changes.
One fascinating aspect of Ragdolls is their unique seasonal coat changes. These enchanting felines sport two distinct coats throughout the year: a lush winter coat and a lighter summer coat. During colder months, their winter coat showcases a beautiful full collar, adding to their regal appearance while providing extra insulation.
As warmer weather arrives, Ragdolls shed their winter coat, transitioning to a lighter, breezier summer coat. This shedding process helps them adapt to changing weather conditions, ensuring their comfort during hotter days.
Ragdolls further captivate with their exceptional mink fur, renowned for its luxurious softness. This remarkable fur adds a touch of opulence to their appearance, making them even more captivating to the eye and delightful to touch.
Another noteworthy trait of this pedigree is their non-matting quality. Ragdolls' fur is less prone to matting compared to some other breeds, thanks to its silky texture and a lower undercoat density. This quality not only contributes to their stunning appearance but also simplifies grooming efforts.
To promote a healthy coat and minimize shedding, regular grooming is essential. We recommend brushing your Ragdoll weekly, especially during shedding seasons, to remove loose fur and prevent matting. Not only does this grooming routine help manage their fur, but it also creates a bonding experience between you and your feline companion.
Incorporating these grooming practices into your routine can help maintain your Ragdoll's splendid appearance and keep their coat in optimal condition. With their unique seasonal coat changes, exceptional mink fur, and non-matting quality, your Ragdoll will continue to captivate with their beauty and charm throughout the year.