5 Reasons Why Cats Lick Their Owners- VyWhy

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2022-09-26

Why does your cat lick you? Is it because it loves you? Is it because you taste good? Find out here!

I am an avid animal lover and love to write about cats in particular.

Have you ever wondered why your cat licks you all the time?

Have you ever wondered why your cat licks you all the time?

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Why Does My Cat Lick Me?

We all love our cats—from their cute little paws to their sometimes inscrutable facial expressions.

On the other hand, you might wonder about some of the things they do. I mean, is it really necessary to try to scale a wall only to fall on their butts, or to yank your favorite teddy off of the shelf a thousand times a day? Here's another age-old question: "Why does my cat lick me all the time?"

There are many different possible answers, and it is up to you to determine which one fits your cat.

Have you ever wondered just why your kitten licks you so much? Perhaps it's because they think you are THEIR pet!

Have you ever wondered just why your kitten licks you so much? Perhaps it's because they think you are THEIR pet!

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1. She's Grooming You

One of the many reasons that our cats lick us is because they are grooming us. Cats are notorious bathers! They love to lounge for hours at a time while only bathing and napping the day away. Cats are very clean animals, as you can probably tell by their neat appearance and well-maintained coats. For the most part, there is never a single hair out of place!

Cats will also turn this attention to us. Kittens and cats tend to be social groomers; that is, they love to groom their family members. They lick us because they want us to be clean and healthy too. They will commonly try to bite and pull off any foreign object on your body. This could be a ring, a sock, or even a mole. Should your cat groom you, you should take it as a sign that they care for your well being. Then again, many of us may take it as a sign that our cats are telling us, "PHEW! You're stinky and need a bath!"

Kitties love to lick! There are many possible reasons why they may be doing this.

Kitties love to lick! There are many possible reasons why they may be doing this.

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2. You Taste Good

Of course, this one might be a given. If you taste like a delicious steak, your cat is going to want to lick you- especially if you were not courteous enough to share a few bites with him or her! Kittens and cats love our food just as much as your dog does. If they don't get the chance to have any, they will resort to the next best option: getting a taste from you! Kitties may lick your fingers or face to see what they were missing out on, and will also lick your clothing if you dropped food on yourself. Don't worry though: these quick tastes won't be enough to harm your cat if you're worried about them ingesting human food.

3. It's a Survival Strategy

Cats are accustomed to bathing after eating in order to eliminate any evidence of food. It's a survival strategy to fend off predators! Therefore, it is quite possible that your kitty is trying to help protect you from predators by ridding you of any meal evidence.

4. Your Kitten Is Lonely

"Does my kitten lick me because she's lonely?" This is quite possible! Grooming (licking each other) is a very common social activity among cats. It is their favorite way to bond with each other, other than stampeding through the house together while terrorizing your breakables. When a kitten or a cat begins to feel lonely, they are going to try to groom and play. If you are away from home often (perhaps work or school), it is quite possible that your kitty just needs more bonding time. In this case, the best way to react is to "groom" her. You can do this by brushing the cat, petting her, or by scratching the kitty's favorite scratch spots (usually located behind the ears and at the tail base). Ensure that your cat or kitten gets enough attention; and if nothing else, get a playmate for the kitty!

How to Keep Your Kitty From Becoming Lonely

ObjectsSocialization

Leave the TV on

Hire a pet sitter

Use a treat dispenser

Get another kitten to be a playmate

Leave your favorite music playing while you're out

Invite family or friends to visit

5. Anxiety

Cats will overgroom due to anxiety, which might carry on over to you, the owner. If you notice that your cat has been off its rocker lately, then anxiety might just be the cause. Moving to a new home, gaining a new roommate, moving the furniture, and even a change in diet can bring on an anxiety issue. Try to determine any problem causing factors that may be in the kitty's environment if you think this might be the cause. No one likes to be stressed out or anxious; especially animals!

Why Are Cat Tongues So Rough and Spiky?

Cats and kittens have rough-looking tongues. They seem to have lots of spikes on them, much like the bristles of a boar bristle brush. This bristly structure of the cat tongue (the bristles are actually papillae) is made up of backward-facing taste buds that are actually a tool for survival. They are used to deep clean the coat, while also helping them to eat. They help the cat to remove flesh from bones (not a common occurrence for the modern house cat) and help them to remove food and debris from their coats. These papillae on the cats' tongues also help cats to drink. Believe it or not, they don't just dunk their tongues into the water and swallow whatever water is absorbed. Instead, their tongues are capable of yanking water upwards into a miniature column of water, and then they close their mouths quickly around the water. How cool is that!?

How Much Licking Is Too Much Licking?

Sometimes, our wonderful kitties may begin to lick too much. At first, we might not even notice it. All we see is an adorable kitten bathing in the sunlight or a kitty who might be licking some messy spills from the night's meal off of our clothes. Unfortunately, there is a point where licking becomes excessive and unhealthy. How and why does this happen?

When your cat begins to spend an excessive amount of time licking itself or you (let's say 30 minutes to an hour or more per session), it should set off a red flag. After a while of licking, your skin will become irritated. If the cat is only licking itself excessively, you may notice a thinning coat on your cat or even bald spots. As the problem worsens you will probably see irritated patches of skin that may even bleed or become infected.

There are several main causes for this issue:

  • Anxiety
  • Skin irritation or allergies
  • Parasites

Anxiety triggers cats to compulsively clean; anxiety may be a part of a cat's personality or it can be due to environmental stress. Skin irritations, allergies, and parasites can all cause itching or odd sensations on the cat's skin, enticing the cat to eliminate the problem the best way it knows how: licking and scratching! For most of these issues, a veterinarian can prescribe medications. Yes, there are anxiety and allergy medications available to pets!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Cats are cute on April 30, 2020:

There is a typo

There are 2 reason #4's and no reason #5

not david on March 26, 2020:

you lied to me it said 5 reasons

Frannie-Cakes on December 07, 2019:

"i lick my cat because she purrs when i do it"

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Lmao! Does anybody else see that comment?! How am I the first to say something?! 16 months ago lmaooo.

Great article by the way! Thank you.

Kandy the Ferret on August 11, 2019:

My cat demands lots of attention, but she loves grooming me also. Although she doesn’t lick me a lot anymore.

Risandi jayasekara on June 09, 2019:

I lick to do

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Dont need to know on November 04, 2018:

My cat licks me so much and purrs I had him for two months he Is 7 weeks he’s adorable but he’s a bad cat

He also has “wobbly cat syndrome”

His back legs don’t work

So he falls when he walks or runs

He runs like a bunny

someone on July 22, 2018:

i lick my cat because she purrs when i do it

Yes I do on May 20, 2018:

To donald duckling:

My cat which I have for 9 years sometimes does the same, she does love to have very sharp claws, perhaps that's the reason she sometimes comes to me for grooming

donald duckling on March 07, 2018:

I have owned/been owned by cats all my life and I have a unique (for me) situation in the licking department. One of my cats, LB, does this licking of my hands and then rubbing himself on it......trying to get me to 'groom' him. Not sure if this is due to the fact that he was found in the woods with his siblings as a kitten or not. I have had him for almost 5 years (his previous owner gave him up to fight a losing battle with cancer) and he has been anxious cat for 3.5 of the years he has been with me......... he's 12 now. In the last year or two since he's calmed down a bit, he insists that it is my job to 'groom' him by letting him lick my hand and then having me rub the sides of his face and body...... over and over again. He gets brushed, but that always ends with him trying to lick my hand and rub it. I don't have 30 minutes before bed each night to do this and it is seriously getting on my nerves. I have started to tell him no every time he tries to lick me, but i kind of feel bad for the guy. He has another cat that I adopted 1 month before him that will groom him, but he is really intent on having me do it.

I have never had this experience before with a cat, even the 2 that I raised from 1 week old. Has anyone else??

donald duckling on March 07, 2018:

@marie, keep an eye on your cat and the inappropriate urination because the stress could have inflamed his bladder. I have a boy that used to sometimes pee on my clothes and then in my bed if I didn't notice the clothes. He had a chronic inflamed bladder which turned into chronic UTIs, for a while it happened every six months or so. Once I tuned into the signs and gave him UTI when it started, it got much better. Now he hasn't had an episode in 1 1/2-2 years. Don't get upset at him because of the peeing, that will only make it worse; it is just his way of letting you know that something hurts.

The reason he is licking/kneading you every night is because it is probably his routine to groom before going to bed.... and he includes you in that.

Marie on February 28, 2018:

My cat licks my hands aswell as neading me every night for at least 20 minutes before he goes to sleep! He's done this from 2 months old.....

Can anyone tell me why??

Also he wakes me every night throughout the night doing whatever he can to piss me off,

About 3 months ago he started urinating in the house I found out this started after he was attacked by another cat and was told it was stress related!

I've brought spray to stop him and plug in stress relief which worked for a while then he started agian

Advice greatly appreciated please

anonimoose on February 22, 2018:

My cat is blind, and she accidentally licks me all the time trying to groom herself

Luis Laureano on August 03, 2017:

Thanks for the info, I had a feeling I was right about my cat grooming and bonding with me. I love my cat named Fatboy ☺

Soul on March 26, 2017:

Joker likes to groom and groom if he did something wrong. Including trying to bite if you pet him.

Beth on November 21, 2016:

I have two cats right rascals they are I just wake up in the middle of the night to find my cat trying to lick me lol

Terry h on November 03, 2016:

My oreo licks me and my hubby all the time and always licks herself too alot she also scratches at her ears and shakes her head i wonder if she has ear mites and or skin condition doesnt want you to pet her too much yet she is affectionate i will have to take her to the vet see whats what thanks for the post

Barry Bishop on September 28, 2016:

My experience tells me that licking behavior in cats is often a domination behavior. I've always allowed my cats to lick me as much as I could stand because it gave them the sense that while they were doing it, despite their almost total dependence on me, they were "the boss." To my mind, a happy, satisfied cat is the best kind! Thanks for the chance to tell about my little Skippy.

Barry Bishop on September 28, 2016:

In the 1980's I had a cat who I found near death in the Minnesota winter with a severed, severely infected paw (caught in a trap?). After he recovered, and was neutered, he was a serious behavior problem. He would attack me, biting and scratching. Famous animal behaviorist Dr. Robert K. Anderson (U. of MN Vet School , inventor of the Gentle Leader harness) taught me how to train him ("boot camp" style). He became my little buddy. He was a compulsive licker, and would lick my arm bald if I let him. I called him Skippy because of the way he walked with his right front paw missing. He's been dead over 25 years, I've had many cats since, but I still miss him.

Eric on July 21, 2016:

I appreciate all the neat information ! My kitty Honey Bear always licks me :) She was a rescue and a medium hair orange and white tabby and just saves me from the world daily !

Cheska on April 10, 2016:

My cat has bald spots due to excessive grooming, she has mites btw and I already took her to the vet for medication. Will my cat's fur grow back?

Amelia on April 10, 2016:

I love your cat

Alex on January 03, 2016:

Yes my male cat George licks me I think out of effection

angryelf (author) from Tennessee on April 29, 2014:

Thank you everyone! I'm glad all of you enjoy it! I used to have cats in the past who were big on licking; but I saw this question somewhere and decided that it would make an awesome hub :) Thanks for the support & interest!

travmaj from australia on April 29, 2014:

My daughter has the cats now, totally spoiled and much loved. And oh so bossy, they groom us all. Now we know why. Lovely hub and most informative. Thank you.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 29, 2014:

I quite enjoy the care that they give me; they can lick all they want to. Good hub!

sheilamyers on April 29, 2014:

The cat I have now doesn't lick me that much, but last one loved to lick. He'd even lick my toes. YUCK! Usually it was my fingers or hair. He really loved sitting on the back of my chair and washing my hair for me. I ask the vet about it and he told me the same things you covered in this article. I'd say Pippen did it for the first three reasons you gave. This hub will really help people learn why cats lick people, especially those who are first time cat owners.

Jennifer Kessner from Pennsylvania on April 29, 2014:

Prince Fredward is the groomer! He's super social, and I wish I had a companion for him. (It might save me from some of his baths!)

Sp Greaney from Ireland on April 29, 2014:

Our previous cats used to do this quite often, but our current cat just wants to chase butterflies outside. :)

angryelf (author) from Tennessee on April 28, 2014:

Thank you Peggy! Cats truly are awesome pets, I myself currently have two. They will terrorize our home all hours of the day and night... destroying everything within their paths... but I wouldn't trade them for anything! LOL! It's absolutely adorable when they cuddle up and bathe us. Thanks for jumping in and browsing my little ole corner :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2014:

We have 2 inside cats both of whom were strays. They are a joy and delight. Our female cat Peaches not only grooms Dusty, our male cat, but me as well on occasion. Ha! Up, useful and interesting votes.

People Are Obsessed With a Weimaraner Puppy Who Won’t Stop …

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Those first few minutes after delivery are so special. You finally get to meet your baby and see their personality for the first time. That's even true for animals. Like a Weimaraner puppy on TikTok, who's received the sweetest reaction from the internet after video of them "talking" went viral online.

The puppy's first words were captured by their mother Ashley, or @k9trainerashley as she goes by online. Like any proud dog-mom, the TikTok creator probably took tons of videos of her newborn puppies. But there's a clear reason why this one is a winner. "Little Weimaraner puppy has a LOT to talk about at five days old," she wrote in the video's caption. "Story time!" she joked. We can't get enough of those tiny puppy sounds. Don't worry little guy, we're all ears!

The comments section was completely onboard for this puppy's chatter. "He makes a compelling point I say we make him Prime Minister," @just_getting_by_i_guess joked. "*Dramatic gasp* OMGG I can't believe that happened to you!" @lemonadelairmore teased. While another commenter really picked up on what the pup was (probably) saying. "My eyes don't work, the lunch line is too long, these pillows keep moving and one of 'em smells weird..." @tonymitty wrote. "Such a talkative puppy," @nyxxcc14 chimed in.

Although Ashley better watch out or she could end up like one commenter, "Mine is 3 years old and still has a lot to say," @dawnbauman95 commented.

Thankfully, dogs are pretty cute even when they're talking up a storm. It's probably safe to say that we don't think Ashley will mind if her little guy never grows out of his "talking" phase.

9 Beautiful, Rare and Unusual Horse Breeds

Horses are my favorite animal in the world since I can remember. But think it is so sad they made the Akhal Teke extinct. Since I'm such a horse lover I've seen so many different types, kinds, races and mixes but truly believe this is the most beautiful horse I've ever seen.

Anna studied psychology, law, English, and animal welfare in college. She is a mother of two and a 2019 bride!

Since the domestication of horses some 6,000 years ago, many breeds and varieties have developed—these 9 are among the most unique.

Since the domestication of horses some 6,000 years ago, many breeds and varieties have developed—these 9 are among the most unique.

Sebastian Grochowicz via Unsplash

Rare Horse Breeds

Horses come in a variety of breeds, sizes, colours and personalities. Some breeds, like the Shire horse, are renowned for being hard workers and gentle giants. Others, like the Akhal Teke (AKA "golden horse"), are famous for their dazzling colours. Still more are known for their indisputably weird (albeit sweet) appearances—Bashkir Curlys fall into this last category. So what makes some horse breeds stick out from the crowd as rare or unusual?

'Unusual' is a term that can describe a breed so rare that it is on the verge of extinction, but it can also be used to denote a particularly strange-looking physical appearance or striking feature of a breed. When making this list, I took rarity and physical appearance into account, but I also considered other factors such as gait, size and colouration.

Beautiful, Rare and Unusual Horse Breeds

  1. Bakshir Curly
  2. Marwari
  3. Miniature
  4. Gypsy Vanner
  5. Akhal Teke
  6. Fjord
  7. Knabstrupper
  8. Appaloosa
  9. Paint

For me, these beautiful animals are simply one of nature's best designs—they're powerful, graceful and capable of befriending humans. I have ridden horses since I was five, and to this day, I feel so free and safe every time I ride. I feel very strongly that horse riding is something that I would now like to pass on to my own children. It truly is a wonderful feeling.

Curlys are renowned for their friendly, calm and intelligent personalities as well as their distinctive curly coats and kinked manes and tails.
Curlys are renowned for their friendly, calm and intelligent personalities as well as their distinctive curly coats and kinked manes and tails.
Bashkir Curly

Curlys are renowned for their friendly, calm and intelligent personalities as well as their distinctive curly coats and kinked manes and tails.

1. Bashkir Curly

When I showed a photo of a Bashkir Curly to my friend, she remarked that it looked like a sheep pretending to be a horse. This really made me giggle, and you can see why she would think that. In fact, I'm pretty sure there are many people who would agree with her, but the Bashkir Curly is, indeed, a horse breed—and one of my favourites at that.

Curlys are renowned for their friendly, calm and intelligent personalities as well as their distinctive curly coats and kinked manes and tails. These horses are the only hypoallergenic breed and are excellent choices for beginning riders and children because of their sweet, patient, trainable and reliable nature. Those who know them say they seem to actively seek out and enjoy the companionship of people.

I have only ever met two of these wonderful creatures at a special horse show when I was on holiday in the South of France near the Dordogne. They were getting a lot of attention—as you can imagine—and the first thing I noticed after I got over their adorable curls was how utterly gentle and sweet they were. One was gently nuzzling a young girl who must have only been four or five, and the other was enjoying a pat on the nose from a passing stranger. They genuinely looked like they were enjoying the whole situation.

Marwari horses originated in India.
Marwari horses originated in India.
Marwari

Marwari horses originated in India.

2. Marwari

Marwari horses originated in India and are well-known for their inward-facing ears. This horse has a naturally ambling gait and comes in a wide range of colours, but pinto seems to be the most common and the most popular with breeders. Marwari horses were bred extremely selectively, which resulted in a horse exhibiting incredible hardiness. They typically stand between 15 and 16 hands, so they are considered medium-sized horses.

This breed was close to extinction in 1930, but fortunately, due to popular demand, the breed's numbers have increased once again. I, for one, am extremely happy about this—I used to ride a Marwari horse at HMS Dryad, where I learned to ride. He was a tall, handsome gelding with an extremely fancy name (though I've completely forgotten what it was—oops!).

My Marwari always had this wonderful energy, but at the same time seemed to know that the young rider on his back was in need of a good, calm horse. When he galloped, his speed was incredible; he would always leave me and any spectators speechless.

Miniature horses have become a controversial breed in recent years.
Miniature horses have become a controversial breed in recent years.
Miniature

Miniature horses have become a controversial breed in recent years.

3. Miniature Horse

Miniature horses have become a controversial breed in recent years. Although many equine enthusiasts feel that breeding miniature versions of horses is exploitative and cruel, I personally think that it is acceptable provided they are well cared for and treated like equines and not teacup dogs or cats.

I believe that selective breeding is only cruel when animals are bred to display physical abnormalities or other characteristics that might render them unhealthy. Take pugs, for instance. This breed is considered "cute" by huge numbers of people, but pugs tend to have difficulty breathing and keeping themselves cool because of their unique facial structure. To me, that is far crueler than simply selectively breeding smaller horses.

Gypsy Vanner

Gypsy Vanner

4. Gypsy Vanner

Gypsy Vanners, also known as Gypsy Cob Horses, are possibly my favourite of all breeds, and I'm delighted that they have finally been accepted as a breed in their own right. They typically measure between 13 and 16 hands, which makes them a wonderful size for children.

I first encountered these gorgeous animals while on holiday in Spain. I saw a young man who made his living by taking tourists out on hacks through the mountains with his three horses (all Gypsy Vanners). The three horses were piebald with abundant leg feathering from their knees down to their hooves. Their manes, feathers and tails were straight, and their bodies amazingly powerful and strong.

He told me that the breed first came about due to the Romanichal people of Great Britain. They were originally used to pull the vardoes in which the Romanichal lived, hence the name Gypsy Vanners. Although they have incredible muscle, they're docile, friendly and calm, and I think they would make excellent family pets.

I still hope to own some of these incredible creatures one day. I would just like to add that the working horses I encountered in Spain were extremely well-cared-for. There is nothing worse than using horses for income and failing to meet their basic health needs. You see this everywhere. There are overworked donkeys and horses who aren't given enough water and never see dentists or farriers to attend to their overgrown hooves. It makes me sick, and I want to take this opportunity to say if you see an animal being offered up for tourist pony or donkey rides when they aren't in good health, report it! The abuse will never stop unless a stand is taken.

Some consider this breed the most beautiful horse.
Some consider this breed the most beautiful horse.
Akhal Teke

Some consider this breed the most beautiful horse.

5. Akhal Teke

The Akhal Teke has been called the “world’s most beautiful horse,” though this opinion isn't necessarily universal among horse breed enthusiasts. The Teke has an almost ethereal look about it because its coat tends to display a metallic sheen. The most sought-after varieties have coats with a golden appearance.

Experts believe the metallic-looking coats developed as a sort of camouflage when the breed originated in Turkmenistan (they are now the country's national emblem). They have also been nick-named “the greyhounds of the horse-world” for their unbelievable agility. Sadly, no "true" Akhal Teke horses exist now, as they were all crossed with thoroughbreds to create horses with incredible stamina, speed and intelligence. They range from around 14 to 16 hands.

The Fjord horse originated in Norway.
The Fjord horse originated in Norway.
Fjord

The Fjord horse originated in Norway.

6. Fjord

The Fjord horse originated in Norway and bears a striking resemblance to Przewalski wild horses. They are generally dun in colour. Their short, erect manes have a naturally-occurring black stripe down the centre. Their manes are hogged, so their black mane hairs stand taller than the others. If left alone, their manes would continue to grow, but they are usually kept shorter to adhere to the breed’s standards.

The Fjord horses were used by the Vikings and were pitted against one another for the "sport" of horse fighting. Sometimes, Viking Fjord horses would even be forced to fight to the death.

Look at the spots on this breed!
Look at the spots on this breed!
Knabstrup

Look at the spots on this breed!

7. Knabstrupper

Knabstruppers—sometimes called "Knabstrup" horses—are very similar to the more commonly heard-of Appaloosa horse. They are a Danish breed and are famous for their "Dalmatian" or "leopard-spot" appearance. Most measure between 15 and 16 hands, but some are pony-sized, measuring less than 14.2 hands.

Their unusual colouration is caused by a genetic mechanism known as the leopard complex. These horses do exceedingly well in dressage and showjumping and are also great for general riding.

The Appaloosa, as previously mentioned, is associated with the Knabstrupper.
The Appaloosa, as previously mentioned, is associated with the Knabstrupper.
Appaloosa

The Appaloosa, as previously mentioned, is associated with the Knabstrupper.

8. Appaloosa

The Appaloosa, as previously mentioned, is associated with the Knabstrupper. With Appaloosas, however, the leopard-spot look can cover the horse's entire body or just a certain area, such as the back.

Other physical features include mottled skin, white sclera (the part of the eye surrounding the iris) and striped hooves. They can weigh up to 1250 pounds and usually measure around 14 to 16 hands. Several different breeds, including Spanish and Warmblood horses, were used to create this hybrid, so there are many possible body types for this breed.

I absolutely adore American Paint horses.
I absolutely adore American Paint horses.
Paint

I absolutely adore American Paint horses.

9. Paint

I absolutely adore American Paint horses. They are well-known not only for their utterly gorgeous coats but also for displaying the physical characteristics of a Western Stock horse. Although the breed is generally white and black or white and chestnut, there is a huge range of accepted colour varieties for this breed.

I think that these horses have incredible beauty—especially in the face, head and neck. All of the Paint horses that I have met have been friendly, docile and easily trained. Most are superb riding horses for children.

They originated in America and are becoming increasingly popular as a breed, not only for their looks but also due to their intelligence and the fact that they seem to love being with people. Personally, I'm glad they are so popular—I don't think they have a bad bone in their bodies!

I'd love to know your favourite breeds

Sam on April 19, 2020:

I loved this I learned so much thank

#HorseLover on March 19, 2020:

I’m doing a project about horse and I got a lot of important information. I’ve always thought all my life why would anyone ever be rude to animals to treat them poorly? I don’t think they really care and definitely do not have sympathy for them. I mean, have they even tried putting themselves in their shoes? (Well hooves!)Thank you for having (most) of the information I needed. I do have one recommendation to make your website better: MAYBE add a little more information to some of the horses. Like I wanted to know how many hands the Fjord was and I had to go somewhere else to find out. Just try assign more information. Ask someone if they have any questions and then find out the answers!

Robert Blannin on March 06, 2020:

I love all breed's i miss riding them

Thorunn on November 19, 2019:

My favorite is the only 5 gaitet breed in the world, the Icelandic horse, I’m actually very surprised that you don’t have them on your list...

Ashley on November 19, 2019:

I love those breeds i have 5 appaloosas and 2 Knabstruppers

[email protected] on September 23, 2019:

My favourite horse is the appaloosa

I like all coloured horses aswell

C Gacia on September 04, 2019:

Horses are my favorite animal in the world since I can remember. But think it is so sad they made the Akhal Teke extinct. Since I'm such a horse lover I've seen so many different types, kinds, races and mixes but truly believe this is the most beautiful horse I've ever seen. I don't have an issue with them crossing it with a thoroughbred but why didn't they continue to breed it so we could have Akhal Teke today? truly awful

Claudia Sergejev on August 30, 2019:

Thank you for providing information about these beautiful horses, and for encouraging people who witness cruel and neglectful treatment of animals to report it. (I hope it's not difficult to locate the appropriate animal protection agencies in foreign countries). It's heartbreaking to think of any animal being exploited by heartless individuals.

Richard on July 31, 2019:

My daughter is very fortunate and is able to work with miniature horses and curlys

Bill on June 04, 2019:

I raised Tennessee Walking Horses in Canada for 50 years. Regardless of all the bad press the show horses get (& deserve), they are great dispositioned horses and a joy to ride.

M.Mckay on January 17, 2019:

The paint is the best I use to ride when I was a teenager my best friend and horse was Sundance Gentle sweet and smart.

Jordan on November 15, 2018:

I loved the Akhal Teke

naomie on December 03, 2017:

do you have a horses name

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on August 10, 2014:

These are all very beautiful horse breeds. I have never seen most of them, thanks for sharing.

Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on July 31, 2014:

Wow, I've never come across many of these breeds, so I learned a lot more about horses through this lens. Horses are indeed beautiful creatures and so versatile. I think I rode a horse just once, but i truly enjoyed it.

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on July 27, 2014:

We are pretty proud of or Lipicanec (Lipizaner), a breed of white horses. You presented several unusual ones I never heard of. Fascinated!

topclimb lm on July 08, 2014:

I passed this lens on to my wife. She loves them and used to ride a lot in her youth.

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on July 04, 2014:

interesting information about several horse breeds. i love knabstrupper variety. looks great!

Richard from Hampshire - England on June 28, 2014:

Wow some of these are really wacky, love the woolly one!

Amine from Doha, Qatar on June 24, 2014:

the pony horses are cute, specially at the circus when they perform some great shows.

thanks for the info

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on May 25, 2014:

Unique and beautiful at the same time. I love all kinds of horses.

Delia on May 13, 2014:

Some of my favorite horses shown here...love Akhal Teke and the Gypsy Vanner...I have a lens on the horses I owned, but none unusual outside of the fact personality wise.

kathysart on May 08, 2014:

I LOVE the Gypsy Vanner. Horses are so majestic. Lovely lens.

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on May 05, 2014:

These are amazingly beautiful. I've never seen many of them before. That metallic looking one and the curly one will stay in my mind all day.

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on May 05, 2014:

These are amazingly beautiful. I've never seen many of them before. That metallic looking one and the curly one will stay in my mind all day.

Vikki from US on May 03, 2014:

Just beautiful!

MarcellaCarlton on April 30, 2014:

They are each so beautiful. I think I like the Paint the best though. Nice Job!

WriterJanis2 on April 29, 2014:

I'm very curious as to what Gypsy Vanners look like after learning about them here.

norma-holt on April 28, 2014:

Nice lens and great subject. It would be great if you could add pictures of the different types of horses as you describe them and break up the text into different modules. I would also put this comment box at the end as assumes there is no more to read.Just a few suggestions to make the lens better. Welcome to Squidoo and keep up the writing. Well done.

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on April 26, 2014:

My granddaughter loves horses and collects Breyer. Nice lens. :)

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on April 25, 2014:

Fascinating info about these breeds of horses!

happynutritionist on April 25, 2014:

Years ago for a few years I owned an Appaloosa, I love horses, but don't have the land for one, or the extra money required to board one. Beautiful animals though.

Takkhis on April 24, 2014:

These are really unusual horse breeds! Thanks for sharing :)

TanoCalvenoa on April 21, 2014:

I love the intro photo. They look like dalmatians.

Fay Favored from USA on April 21, 2014:

Enjoyed reading about these unique horses. I would love to see one of them in person. Looking forward to more of your articles.

Anna (author) from chichester on April 19, 2014:

@marktplaatsshop: Oh great I'm so pleased you like it :) you're lenses are fab by the way - you're very talented! Hope you're daughter enjoys the lens - all the best!

marktplaatsshop on April 18, 2014:

I never heard about Marwari horses, but love to own one it is a real beauty, but all animals are beautiful, thanks for sharing this special lens I will be back and show it to my daughter.

Anna (author) from chichester on April 16, 2014:

Thank you VioletteRose, they are the Knabstrupper horses - I love them!

VioletteRose LM on April 16, 2014:

Interesting, I have never seen horses like that shown in the first picture in introduction. Thanks for sharing!

Anna (author) from chichester on April 16, 2014:

@SamiMartel: Wow they are absolutely beautiful! I'll make my next article about this breed in honour of your ladies :) just been reading about Lippizzaners and they're beautiful creatures with a fascinating history. I didn't realise they were so critically rare too - they're very lucky to have you too, there are way too many people who own horses but don't know how to care for them properly! Thanks for reading :)

SamiMartel on April 16, 2014:

Loved reading your post - I have two rare horses - Lipizzaner. There are approximately 3,000 left in the world and although everyone knows the "Dancing white horses from Vienna" few realize that they are considered endangered. I am very lucky to own two beautiful girls - Wandosa (in my profile picture here) and Tucsok. Wandosa was born in the U.S., but Tucsok was born at the State Stud in Austria (Piber). Her father, and grandfather both performed with the Spanish Riding School and her 1/2 brother is there now. Hope you will continue to post info on rare breeds. All the best!

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on April 15, 2014:

I have never heard of these unusual breeds. It is very interesting. I am most fond of the big, heavy horses personally. There is just something about them.

Video of Huge Cane Corso Who’s Scared to Go Down the …

10 hours ago · That's the lesson that one man on TikTok recently learned the hard way, after his Cane Corso refused to go down an escalator at the mall. Thankfully, Tyriek Washington ( @twashingtonspeaks) captured the whole hilarious incident and recently shared it online. "The big baby was scared to go down alone," the video's voiceover said.

Big dogs have the reputation for being tough. But when you really pay attention, you'll quickly realize they're bigger babies than one could ever imagine. That's the lesson that one man on TikTok recently learned the hard way, after his Cane Corso refused to go down an escalator at the mall. 

Thankfully, Tyriek Washington (@twashingtonspeaks) captured the whole hilarious incident and recently shared it online. "The big baby was scared to go down alone," the video's voiceover said. Which unfortunately meant one thing: dad needed to carry him. Good grief. 

According to the American Kennel Club, Cane Corsos can often weigh over 100 lbs. once they're full grown. Which probably means that Washington got quite the workout in, as was noticed by many people in the comments section. "Not a grown man carrying another grown man," @aples0ckzz joked. "He said you better not drop me," @whathappened106 wrote. "Even after you reached the floor, your dog STILL didn't want to get down!" @beethatoulds teased. To which Washing explained that his dog "still thinks he’s three months."

And while it might seem like the dad was giving his dog too much attention, many people praised him for doing the right thing. "I don’t mean to be a Karen but I have a service animal.. avoid having them go down on their own, they can get their paws stuck and shredded. ADORABLE," @michellebalvs explained. "I work at the airport in Charlotte and a dog’s paw was caught in the escalator yesterday. The screams that poor dog let out was gut wrenching," @ramcon66 shared. "No judgments here. I still always fear my shoelace is gonna get caught and I get shredded," @spinnakerou joked.

So there you have it. Just a dad taking care of his 100 pound child the best way he can.

Shelter Dog’s Reaction After One Day of Being Loved Is a Major …

TikTok user @kelseydarragh posted a clip of her latest foster dog, Hippo. As it turns out, Kelsey got this dog the day before he was going to be put down. (Ugh, the tears are starting again!) In …

We’ll start out by saying, we couldn’t even get through this entire video without stopping and going to get tissues. We were BAWLING our eyes out. But don’t worry, they were the happiest of tears because a shelter dog found a foster family! 

TikTok user @kelseydarragh posted a clip of her latest foster dog, Hippo. As it turns out, Kelsey got this dog the day before he was going to be put down. (Ugh, the tears are starting again!) In the clip, she sits down in the grass to pet Hippo. You see instantly how happy Hippo is to be out of the shelter. And what he does to her makes us think Kelsey will adopt him immediately! 

He didn’t want her to let go of him! Hippo looked so comfortable and at ease with her already, even though it was only one day of being together and one day of love. “He is so in love with you for saving him,” said @Chris H. And his love is only going to get better! @If you know it....you know it added, “Um that’s your dog now lol, you gotta keep him. He said so lol.” Ha! we don’t make the rules here. 

TikTok users are begging Kelsey to keep this beautiful dog and saying he’s a foster fail. In case you aren’t familiar with the term, it simply means a dog is adopted by their foster family because they become the perfect match and can’t part with each other! @Fadiyah said, “This is going to be a foster fail, he’s too precious.” She can’t let him go! Kelsey replied, “I foster all the time and this one I’m like…uh oh LOL😳.” Something is just different about this one. @Dandelion_wild wrote, “It will be a CRIME if you don’t keep him. 😭.” 

Hippo's love never ends! Here is Kelsey and Hippo on day 2! 

Stop it! She said in the clip that he’s really good at giving hugs. Aww! We want a Hippo hug! These videos are the perfect reminder to all of us to #adoptdontshop. There are so many other animals like Hippo out there who are in need of a loving home.

How to Build the Best Enclosure for Your Greek Tortoise

Substrate. The enclosure should have a base of soft substrates such as an equal mix of organic soil and play sand which is at least 2 inches in depth. Tortoises love to dig and burrow, hence the depth is a major factor. There is a reason why they burrow as well—to absorb moisture and retain heat.

I love my pet Greek tortoise and am always looking for ways to take care of him in the best possible way and share my knowledge with others.

The enclosure for my Greek tortoise.

The enclosure for my Greek tortoise.

Greek Tortoise Habitat

Greek tortoises are best suited for warm/hot climates. When taking care of them, therefore, one of the major concerns should be the habitat that you create.

If you have a garden area and the temperature during the day and night is warm enough, then you can create an enclosure outside. In most places, the temperature tends to dip at night, in which case then its better to have a home for your tortoise indoors.

At What Temperature Should I Keep a Greek Tortoise?

The answer depends on if you have a northern or southern type. Southern types should be kept at 80 degrees and provided a basking spot of at least 100 degrees and no lower. Northern forms can handle slightly cooler temperatures, but if it drops too low for too long, it may trigger hibernation.

What Do I Need for My Tortoise's Enclosure?

Enough Space

Tortoises need room for exercise, and they like to roam around and explore their habitat. The enclosure should be at least 2 feet by 3-4 feet in size, rectangle in shape with a height of around 6 inches should suffice.

Untreated Wood

Only use untreated wood to build the enclosure, and I recommend putting castors on all four corners underneath so that it is easy to move around in case you want to shift places or clean the area.

The enclosure should have a base of soft substrates such as an equal mix of organic soil and play sand which is at least 2 inches in depth.

Tortoises love to dig and burrow, hence the depth is a major factor. There is a reason why they burrow as well—to absorb moisture and retain heat.

Two Sunlamps or Bulbs

Your enclosure should consist of two lamps or bulb with one being a UVB lamp that replicates the natural sun’s rays and is important in their digestion when they consume food (think of their shells as giant solar panels).

This UVB lamp should be on nearly 12-14 hours a day usually through the daytime if they aren’t let outdoors to attain natural sun rays and only live within their enclosure indoors. The other bulb or lamp needed will be a heat lamp for basking around 75 watts is required. This can be kept on during the day and night.

Keeping it on the full night rather than the day is recommended as that’s when the temperature tends to dip, and the heat lamp will help your tortoise keep warm. You can place these lamps at the corners as tortoises love to burrow in corners and keep extra warm and cozy at night.

I must clearly stress again the importance of having these two lamps where either one is always on especially the heat lamp as tortoises cannot regulate their body temperature on their own since they are cold-blooded creatures.

You can acquire these as a Dual Set or individual pieces as you see fit and set them however you like. Make sure though when you do set up these lights, that you place it away from their sleeping/burrowing area for they like their dark corners and holes where they burrow and rest.

Artificial Plants

In addition, you could also place some artificial plants if you like. This helps create some shady areas for the tortoise. However, ensure they are ones with big leaves and are slightly above the ground from your tortoises reach so that they don’t mistake it for possible food.

The enclosure for my Greek tortoise.

The enclosure for my Greek tortoise.

Ramps or Bridges

Ramps or bridges or slightly higher ground in their enclosures are also good to have as tortoises like to climb over or up things. You would be surprised how determined they can be when they want to climb over something or try to get to higher ground if there’s a possibility.

In all my experience of owning and caring for tortoises, I have seen all extremes with them. It's surprising to see how active and quick they move when they want to expend energy and/or exercise.

On the flip side, I've seen them be very docile and sleep all day. It depends on many factors, regular feeding times and how much sunlight or UVB rays they absorb that keeps them fit and in good shape. The whole point is to replicate their environment as nature intended to be.

It isn’t necessary to have the entire enclosure filled with the substrate but at least a portion of it should have soft substrate. The remaining of the enclosure you could have flat pebbles or even put an eco-friendly coconut fiber mat that you get to buy in different sizes. Make it entertaining, visually appealing, your little hard-shelled friends will be grateful for it!

Creating a suitable environment/habitat is always a way to ensure that your tortoise is getting the required light, sleep, and exercise to stay healthy.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

A Beginner's Guide to Ragdoll Cats

The Ragdoll Cat Is an Affectionate Breed. Ragdoll cats have striking looks and a cuddly personality that have made them one of the most sought after breeds. Their name reflects their personality since, when picked up, they usually go limp in your arms like a ragdoll. Sometimes they will even flop spontaneously at your feet in hopes of attention.

Stephanie has had many ragdoll cats over the years and has learned tips about their personality, care needs, and quirks.

The Ragdoll Cat Is an Affectionate Breed

Ragdoll cats have striking looks and a cuddly personality that have made them one of the most sought after breeds. Their name reflects their personality since, when picked up, they usually go limp in your arms like a ragdoll. Sometimes, they will even flop spontaneously at your feet in hopes of attention. They are also one of the biggest breeds of cats, often reaching 15-20 pounds.

Over time, I have had many ragdoll cats. They have all been remarkable and gorgeous. They are like the cat version of a dog, always wanting to be close to their people. If you want an affectionate kitty, this breed is definitely for you.

The ragdoll cat is a relatively new breed, but you wouldn't know it from their popularity. They have quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the most sought after cats. Once you meet a ragdoll, it's impossible not to fall in love and want one of your own.

Ragdoll Cat History

Compared to other cat breeds, ragdoll cats haven't been around for very long. Though scientific evidence is somewhat lacking, the popular belief is that the ragdoll originated in the 1960s from one cat, Josephine. She was hit by a car and upon recovering, became extremely docile. At the time of the accident, she was pregnant, but the vet who treated her was able to save her kittens. She had had several litters of normal kitten prior to the accident, but all of her litters afterward shared her new temperament. It is a truly strange occurrence, but one that I am extremely thankful for since it led to such wonderful pets.

Ann Baker, who lived behind Josephine's owner and was an already established cat breeder, purchased several of Josephine's new kittens upon hearing of their passive personalities. She knew they were unique and took the opportunity to breed them, paying special attention to their temperaments. The result is the now common ragdoll cat breed.

However, there is a great deal of controversy surrounding Baker's breeding of ragdolls. She established a monopoly on the breed, not allowing anyone to breed them unless they followed very strict rules. She also made some preposterous claims about her cats, stating that they did not feel pain. At one point, the rumor that ragdoll cats came from aliens even emerged. In the present day, the breeding of ragdoll cats has stabilized. There are now many breeders around the world.

Ultimately, the birth of the ragdoll cat breed is likely just a fluke that has carried on through the generations since Josephine.

Cat Trees Are Essential

Ragdoll Cats' Temperment

The defining characteristic of a ragdoll cat is their tendency to go limp when picked up. Of course, they do not do this every time. If they are nervous or irritated, they will act like any other cat. But generally, they are very content to be handled by their owners and will be relaxed in your arms. In addition to this, I have seen ragdolls flop over in the middle of the floor in the hopes of attention.

To go with their ragdoll habit, the breed is known to be gentle and loving. Again, they can still have their days when they are in bad moods, but they are almost always happy to be near people and have often been compared to dogs because of this. It is common for ragdoll cats to be at the door to welcome their family home after a long day. Some people actually complain that their ragdoll cats are too clingy, so if you are planning to get a ragdoll, make sure you are prepared for your own personal shadow!

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Nicky in one of his "normal" sleeping positions
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Ragdoll Cat Claims: Fact or Fiction?

There are many claims out there concerning ragdoll cats. As with anything, some of these are true, but I've personally found many of these myths to be false. While I won't pretend to be an expert, I have looked around on the internet and used my own experience to give my opinion of these myths.

Claim: Ragdoll cats have a bone or muscle deformity that makes them floppy.

  • False: Ragdoll cats are completely normal in their physiology. They do not have any deformities. They just are very relaxed. Also, while it is a very common characteristic of the breed, not every ragdoll will flop.

Claim: Ragdolls are indoor cats only.

  • True: Ragdoll cats should NOT be outdoor cats. They are far too trusting and can be easy prey for both animals or humans. They will also lie down in the road and expect that a car will stop for them. Ragdolls can go outside on a harness, though you should train them on it from kittenhood.

Claim: Ragdolls dislike high places.

  • False: Any of our ragdoll cats are quite happy in high up places. Nicky in particular was quite the adventurer and managed to get on top of the buffet, which is only a foot from the ceiling.

Claim: Ragdoll cats do not shed, do not matt, and require little grooming.

  • False, in my opinion: This is based on just our experience. Every site or book I've read agrees with this myth, but I have never found it to be true. All of our ragdolls get horrible matts, often within a day or two of being groomed. They also shed quite a bit because of their long coats. They should be combed every day, or every other day to maintain their coats.

Claim: Ragdoll cats do not feel pain.

  • False: While they may show it less than other cats, ragdolls most definitely do feel pain. Their docile personalities probably mask what they are feeling. However, their nervous systems are the same as any other cat and they feel pain on the same level.

Claim: People with allergies are not bothered by ragdoll cats.

  • False: While I disagree with the notion that ragdolls do not shed, it's actually irrelevant on this matter. An allergic reaction to cats is caused by a protein that is in a cat's dander and saliva. It has nothing to do with shedding. Ragdolls have this protein just like other cats, so unfortunately they are not suitable for people with allergies.

Playful Kittens

There's so many cute videos of kittens playing. Here are a few adorable ragdoll kittens having fun. It's amazing how much energy kittens have and just what can amuse them!

Toys for Your Furry Friend

They can be big cats!

They can be big cats!

Size

Ragdoll cats are notoriously large. Females weigh between 8-15 pounds and males weigh 12-20 pounds, though some have been known to weigh even more. Since they're such cuddly cats, this just means there's more of them to love!

Did You Know?

Ragdoll cats are known for their remarkable blue eyes. This is linked to their pointed coat pattern. However, solid ragdoll cats actually have green eyes.

Whether you're looking to get a ragdoll cat, already have one, or just love cats, let me know what you thought of my page! Or share your own cat stories, ragdoll cat or other breed. I love to hear about any kind of furball.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Stephanie (author) from Canada on March 12, 2015:

They really are wonderful, aren't they? They just love to be with their people. It's rare to go more than a half hour without our ragdolls popping up.

Lee on March 12, 2015:

Our very first Ragdoll is now 7 months. We can't imagine being without her!

JAZMYN is a love! Affectionate, very social, and a "shadow"! She follows us from room to room. So happy we did research on breeders and found this precious cat!

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on November 09, 2014:

My friend would love this page as she just loves cats.

Stephanie (author) from Canada on October 30, 2014:

Their faces really are striking, although I find that about any breed of cat. Glad to see you, too!

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on October 29, 2014:

These cats are so beautiful I love their faces. Good to see you again here on HP

Loretta Livingstone from Chilterns, UK. on October 06, 2014:

I really do have hopes of that, one of these days. :-)

Stephanie (author) from Canada on October 06, 2014:

Lol, I can imagine he might not react well! At least, not yet. Just think of all the progress you've made with him. You may find yourself picking him up one day. :)

Loretta Livingstone from Chilterns, UK. on September 20, 2014:

Hello again. I'm a sucker for your beautiful cats and cat videos. Buster sends his love. He's just been having a cuddle. Now that's something I never thought I would say. But still, it would be nice if he managed to acquire the temperament of a Ragdoll. I can't see the day ever coming when I would risk picking him up, or stroking him when he hasn't put in a stroking request.

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on August 06, 2014:

Loved the page and your cats!!

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on August 06, 2014:

Loved the page and your cats!!

marktplaatsshop on July 24, 2014:

Don't have ragdoll cats but love all cats, and other animals.

as they say here in The Netherlands I own two "home garden and kitchen cats"

Stephanie (author) from Canada on June 29, 2014:

@SteveKaye: Lol, I think all furniture becomes the same color as the cat's fur eventually!

Stephanie (author) from Canada on June 29, 2014:

@soniabaad lm: Thank you so much! Cats really are beautiful and remarkable creatures, aren't they?

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on June 26, 2014:

I don't have pets, but the ragdoll cat sure is adorable!

SteveKaye on June 23, 2014:

Not yet. Maybe someday I'll have a ragdoll cat who's fur is the same color as the furniture. Meow.

soniabaad lm on June 18, 2014:

Gosh I am going crazy over your lens. You have got no idea how mad I am for cats. I feel they are the most beautiful animal present on this planet. I am definitely not concerned of what breed they are. I just love them like a maniac. Thank you soo much for a wonderful lens like this. You made my day.

DavidMoses1986 on June 13, 2014:

I don't have ragdoll cat, but these cats looks so cute, love them, nice lens :)

Stephanie (author) from Canada on May 31, 2014:

@CherylsArt: It's definitely possible. The lines haven't been as closed as some breeders would like to pretend. You're very lucky if your cat has some ragdoll :)

CherylsArt on May 31, 2014:

My daughter has mentioned that she thinks one of our cats is part rag doll.

Stephanie (author) from Canada on May 25, 2014:

@BodyHairRemoval: Cats really are wonderful if you're able to have one. Some people don't give them enough credit.

BodyHairRemoval on May 25, 2014:

Very beautiful! Love cats, I'd like to own one.

VspaBotanicals on May 19, 2014:

one, but I wish I did. They are beautiful!!!

VspaBotanicals on May 19, 2014:

one, but I wish I did. They are beautiful!!!

Stephanie (author) from Canada on May 19, 2014:

@tazzytamar: Thank you! They really are wonderful cats. They just love to be around people. I'm glad Garfunkel found a good home. :)

Anna from chichester on May 18, 2014:

I love ragdoll cats - they're perfect for pretty much any family. I rescued an old ragdoll named Garfunkel who was 8 years old and he was one of the most affectionate kitties I've ever had. Great lens and your cats are beautiful

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on May 10, 2014:

What sweet kitties. The story is amazing.

Fay from Cornwall, UK on May 02, 2014:

No I don't have one but they sound adorable and loving.

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on April 19, 2014:

No, but if I ever have a cat again, I might try this breed. My one big issue with getting pets again is the fur thing. I've been fur free for over 10 years. Don't like cleaning it and don't like finding it everywhere. But, a ragdoll is tempting. Perhaps I can train it to clean its own fur? Great lens.

CampingmanNW on March 31, 2014:

No, I have a Russian Blue and he is an older cat. I have had him since my kids brought him home from Safeway on a Saturday. Since that time, my Wife of 27 years and both of my black labs are gone, Kids have all grown and moved away and it was just me and Bill for several years Thanks for an excellent lens. Well written and well deserving of the Purple Star award. Congratulations

Stephanie (author) from Canada on January 24, 2014:

@Loretta L: I'm glad Buster is becoming more affectionate. It's nice to have a furball around, even if he doesn't live with you. Hugs to you :)

Loretta Livingstone from Chilterns, UK. on January 24, 2014:

No, as I have a cat allergy, but you know all about my Ollie, and now Buster, who is becoming increasingly affectionate. He would be so upset if we got a cat of our own, even if I didn't have an allergy. I just love the sound of Ragdolls though, and yours sound like real characters. It was lovely to catch up with you on my lens. Thank you for thinking of me on Ollie's 1st anniversary. Hugs.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on January 14, 2014:

The Ragdoll is a cool looking cat.

norma-holt on December 25, 2013:

The daddy of one of my queens was a Ragdoll and his babies were too fluffy for me. Gem, however, the one I kept is not quite that bad. Nicely done lens and its great to see another cat loving person on Squidoo.

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on December 17, 2013:

I've never had one but those blue eyes are sure an attraction.

Giovanna from UK on December 07, 2013:

I have never heard of this breed of cat! Isn't that remarkable. They are very beautiful - their eyes are as blue as my husband's!!

TommysPal on December 04, 2013:

All three of my kitties are domestic short hairs. All very special to me. I've never met a ragdoll but have read about them and how can you not fall in love with the breed. I hope to be owned by a ragdoll some day.

sierradawn lm on December 04, 2013:

The ragdolls' blue eyes are very delicate and super susceptive to eye infections. I have found using a vet's recommendation of applications of neosporin to clear baby eyes right up. Ragdolls also seem hypersensitive to stress, which manifests itself in colds and sneezing. Following vet's advice I have had much success giving dissolved capsules of L-Lysine in drinking water fortify kitty's immune system and ward off illness.

sierradawn lm on December 04, 2013:

Many ragdolls are so quiet that you can barely hear them, and they do clicks. I thought one of my first ragdolls to have damaged vocal cords, and that kitten fell behind a catty corner bookcase. She could not cry loud enough to call for help so was there all night before I found her. (So no more catty corners in my home after that. Wonder if that is why they call it "catty corner"?) Lots of my kittens turned out quiet kittens and lots turned out real talkers.

sierradawn lm on December 04, 2013:

I was deeply touched with your story, Stephanie36. I have had felines as my closest companions ever since I can remember remembering. I just turned 63 so I have experienced the grief and loss of many of my these, my cherished friends. Last month I just lost my own first Ragdoll, Mystik Blue. He was the Patriarch of my private ragdoll cattery: "Dawn's Celestial Dolls". It is grievously hard to let go of one's precious baby. I send you my love and blessings. Nicky sounds very much like my own big sweet Guardian Companion, Orion. I have 2 Ragdolls left from my retired cattery, Orion and Mama Cat, Celestial Dawn. Celest is still whole as I need to let her produce one more litter at some distant time in the future before she grows too old.(She is 5 years old).---This is because I still have 1 promised grand-niece on my cattery waiting list to supply a "Celestial Doll" to. If the future shines bright for this, I have on this waiting list only one name, hers. I would be honored to add your name to this waiting list. The cattery where Celeste was born was Love Ragdolls. She has a 5 generation pedigree and is registered with TICA. I plan to have her artificially bred when the time comes, from a King from Love Ragdolls. I do not sell my kittens. I breed them and adopt them only to fill the special needs they were brought into this life to fill. To see my Mama Cat and all of our kittens, we have our "Dawn's Celestial Dolls" Squidoo lens.

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on November 24, 2013:

Such cute kitties!

Blonde Blythe from U.S.A. on November 17, 2013:

Fantastic, very well-done lens! I really enjoyed it! Ragdolls are so adorable!!!

ChristyZ on November 17, 2013:

When I was young my mom would take me to cat shows with her and I remember how cool this breed of cat was, I was completely fascinated by how they would just flop in the judges arms while most cats had to be held down! They are a wonderful breed. Thanks for sharing and sorry about Nicky and Simon (and your dog Daisy), it's always hard to lose a special pet.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on November 17, 2013:

I never knew much about ragdoll cats before. Enjoyed reading all about them and learning something new. They're beautiful!

WriterJanis2 on November 10, 2013:

These are such beautiful cats. I love the coloring and the fluffiness.

RoadMonkey on November 04, 2013:

We have a tabby cat at present. The first cat I ever had around was my parents' cat who was a Manx cat (born with no tail) he was a great cat. We have had several cats over many years but all were strays or from unwanted litters, we have never gone out looking for a cat, they have always found us!

tonyleather on October 25, 2013:

Goergeous Beasts!

PriyabrataSingh on October 15, 2013:

Great pictures. Thanks for the digging the history regarding the "Ragdoll Cats".Cheers.....

grrbtn on October 15, 2013:

Great lens with loads of useful information. I had not heard of ragdoll cats before, but after seeing the images on this lens i now realise I have seen some before. Well done for creating such an informative lens.

Aladdins Cave from Melbourne, Australia on October 14, 2013:

Sorry, don't have a cat.

Cheers from DOWNUNDER

anonymous on October 14, 2013:

Not a huge cat person, but if I was, these are just adorable!

KarenTBTEN on October 14, 2013:

I have not had a purebred ragdoll, but I had a cat whose appearance and personality suggested ragdoll: a big, blue-eyed 'pointed' cat who would let me sleep with my arms wrapped around him like he was indeed a rag doll. He showed up mysteriously as a kitten.

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on October 14, 2013:

I'd never heard of a ragdoll cat. They're so pretty!

sousababy on October 14, 2013:

I love cats and dogs - I think they give us unconditional love and are wonderful companions. Love your photos.

Carolyn Bennett from Longview, Washington on October 14, 2013:

Great lens. I would love to have a Ragdoll, but living with a wonderful GSD right now..

Meganhere on October 08, 2013:

No, I don't have a ragdoll cat and I don't really like cats. But . . . https://hubpages.com/animals/life-with-a-siamese-c

MarcellaCarlton on October 03, 2013:

No. I have a rescued Dog. He is the love of my life, a purebred cutie-pie, and an urban wolf. He would never tolerate another animal in our lives, but Toby sounds like a blast! Lovely lens, dear!

Takkhis on September 05, 2013:

I don't have it but I hope I will have one in the future. I am sure my GF would love to have a ragdoll someday :)

Fay Favored from USA on August 28, 2013:

What beautiful creatures. Lucy and Toby are so cute, I'm sure they are the best pets. This was very informative, thanks.

steadytracker lm on August 24, 2013:

Cats can be some of the best pets ever. We qalways ahd one, or two or three or four when I was growing up. Thanks for sharing this great information on ragdolls

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on August 23, 2013:

I have never held or know anyone with a ragdoll cat, but I have heard how big they get. Thanks for sharing your photos of cats :)

Valerie Smith from New Zealand on August 19, 2013:

No I don't have a ragdoll cat but I do have two cats that follow me wherever I go, and it says in the video that ragdoll cats do that so they must be related!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 18, 2013:

Sharing with my friend who is a cat lover. The Ragdoll looks like a great pet.

Snakesmum on August 12, 2013:

They look like a beautiful cat, but I got my cat from a shelter, and she's beautiful too. :-)

Stephanie (author) from Canada on August 12, 2013:

@dwillar: That's so cute! My nephew is 2.5 years and does the same thing with our kitties. He's obsessed. Thanks for the visit!

dwillar on August 12, 2013:

My two year old daughter loves this lens! She climbed on my lap and keeps saying "Ooooh, a kitty!" They're adorable for sure. :)

Stephanie (author) from Canada on August 04, 2013:

@happy-birthday: Thank you very much! They really are gorgeous cats.

Birthday Wishes from Here on August 04, 2013:

No, but they are very beautiful! Thanks a lot for sharing another beautiful lens!

Stephanie (author) from Canada on July 30, 2013:

@Tom Maybrier: They're wonderful cats! I love to get shelter cats, but if you're going to get a purebred, ragdolls are the way to go.

Tom Maybrier on July 30, 2013:

No, but I'd sure like one!

Stephanie (author) from Canada on July 27, 2013:

@sierradawn lm: They're fantastic, aren't they? :) Thanks for coming by!

sierradawn lm on July 27, 2013:

My Ragdoll cats rock my world!

Stephanie (author) from Canada on July 14, 2013:

@Lorelei Cohen: That's wonderful! I think it's great to give shelter cats a much needed home. I'm reluctant to get a shelter cat if I already have one, because I've heard a couple of bad stories, but my kitty now is from the shelter and my sister/we had another from the shelter.

Lorelei Cohen on July 14, 2013:

Had not heard of this breed but I will stick with cats who truly may otherwise not acquire a home.

electrolion on July 12, 2013:

Thanks for the information about the Ragdoll cat. The blue eyes are gorgeous!

thingz1 on April 22, 2013:

I've never heard of this kind of cat before. Good to know since I would prefer a cat that is cuddly versus the aloof kind.

Delia on April 22, 2013:

I don't have a Ragdoll, but it would be cool to own one...my feral Kitty is almost like a rag doll in allowing me to handle her, laying on her back in my arms...most cats don't like that.

Stephanie (author) from Canada on February 19, 2013:

@HSP Connections: Very true. I'll need to add that in :) Thanks for stopping by!

Peter Messerschmidt from Port Townsend, WA, USA on February 19, 2013:

I used to have a Ragdoll cat named "Bear," he was very sweet natured. I'd say the other defining characteristic of Ragdolls is their amazing blue eyes.

Oneshotvariety LM on February 15, 2013:

Cute cats. I'm sure my twins would like one soon. Great lens!

Sara Krentz from USA on January 23, 2013:

I'd heard of ragdolls, but I did not know anything about them. Thanks for this informative lens.

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on January 23, 2013:

Such pretty kitties. never heard the name Rag Doll cat before. very interesting.

SteveKaye on January 19, 2013:

These are beautiful cats. Thank you for publishing this lens.

Stephanie (author) from Canada on January 17, 2013:

@verymary: Thank you! All kittens are cuties :) I haven't found one yet, radgoll or not, that I don't love.

Mary from Chicago area on January 17, 2013:

don't have one, but have 2 kittens we adore .... one is fluffy like a ragdoll! nice work :)

Mary from Chicago area on January 17, 2013:

don't have one, but have 2 kittens we adore .... one is fluffy like a ragdoll! nice work :)

Stephanie (author) from Canada on January 15, 2013:

@junecampbell: Oh wow, you're so lucky! I've recently read that they don't necessarily live as long as other cats. Two of ours are almost 11 and 12, but lost our 6 year old exactly a year ago tmorrow.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on January 15, 2013:

Yep, I have a ragdoll. He is almost 13 years old. Before him, I had a ragdoll who lived to be 21. I bought my first ragdoll in the eighties. They are lovely animals.

Stephanie (author) from Canada on January 08, 2013:

@savateuse: Oops! I still have a lot of fixing up and adding to do to this lens...I will add that to my list! Lol. Thanks for the like! Ragdolls are awfully sweet. :)

savateuse on January 08, 2013:

Hi Stephanie. Nice lens, I love ragdolls!

You have a typo in one of your headings... it should be "history".

Keep writing!

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Who doesn’t like getting a package in the mail? Admit it, even getting a package of sponges is sort of a treat. (Kidding. Sort of.) On TikTok, one Golden Retriever definitely got something pretty special in his latest delivery: a brand new puppy brother!

We’ve heard of a baby coming by stork, but never via Amazon Prime. It looks like the joke's on us, however, as can be seen in the footage on Vicki Molnar (@vickimolnar’s) TikTok page. The video shows the Golden, Walker, getting a very special present. “Brought home a baby brother for our Golden boy,” Molnar wrote in the video’s onscreen text. As soon as the Amazon box was placed in front of Walker, he began to investigate, but he needed a little help seeing the special present that was inside. Watch how he reacts when he sees what's in there.

Aww! SO sweet! People could sense how excited Walker and his new brother Waylon were. “He’s like: ‘for ME??? you shouldn’t have!!’” @christinacordill wrote. “He just can’t believe it, look at him,” @sylt.ovean remarked. “THEIR TAILS, ahhh dogs are just gifts from heaven,” @lightyque chimed in. “The dog be like: Thanks, dad, for finally let me have a dog,” @favoriteskateclips joked.

Later in the caption, Molnar explained that they decided to add Waylon to the family after a loss earlier this year. “Our Golden was so sad when his sister had to leave us (only have her part time) brought him a surprise home…and so begins a new friendship,” she wrote. And in a second part of their story, mom even shared a video of the two pups snuggling shortly after Waylon arrived.

“They really love each other,” she explained. We can tell! These two are definitely going to be friends for life.

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