About our Ragnarok Cattery


Ragnarok:

We have been raising Ragdolls since October of 1977.  When we first started raising Ragdolls CATS Magazine used to combine all the scores from shows all over the country from all Cat Associations (except CFA) and give Annual Awards for the best of Breeds nationally and regionally. We had the best All-American Ragdolls for 9 out of the first 10 years we were breeding. The one year out of those 10 that we did not win was because my wife was severely ill--but one of our Ragnarok cats won that year--just that he was sold and we did not own or show him.  After that CATS Magazine discontinued giving the awards.  We still show occasionally, but after many years of   going to and putting on cat shows it is more fun to stay home and play with the kittens.  We are proud that many of the Ragdoll catteries today carry the Ragnarok lines.

Below is a photo of Dave at the Ragdoll Congress held on Labor Day weekend of 2000, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The cat I'm holding is Merrypawpins Supercalifragilistic, a bluepoint bicolor alter. He was one of our demo cats, now deceased. But we do have other Ragdolls here that can help you decide on color or pattern of your kitten. The kitten on the right was sold in late 2005 to a new breeder. She is a very good example of a sealpoint bicolor female, typical of the quality breeders that we offer for sale.

Here I am in Denver at the August, 2002 Ragdoll Congress ready to show.

At first all our kittens were raised in the house underfoot.  We found out that this isn't always the safest or healthiest way to raise kittens.  We needed a totally cleanable area for our breeding males. Sometimes they can have bad habits.   What used to be our breeding area  is now our nursery.  All the babies are safe and we can tell that everyone has eaten and is doing fine.  Our kittens all come into the house routinely.  How could anyone not play with these furry babies?    Please let us add that we are not a Back Yard Breeder in anyway.  We have also earned cattery awards from two major cat associations.  This means that a veterinarian has inspected our cattery to make sure it is up to these cat association standards for cleanliness, ventilation, exercise features, safety features, and that our breeding cats cats are in good health.

All of our breeding Ragdolls have Avid microchip identification chips.  This allows us to positively identify every cat in our cattery. We have an Excel spread sheet with this data: Avid chip number, name of cat, date birth, color and pattern, and parentage.  This sheet is very helpful in determining which female is compatible with which male at breeding time.  We own two of the Avid microchip readers, so we can easily identify any of our cats in our cattery or kitten room.  We began this chipping procedure back in the early 90's and feel it is the only accurate way to permanently identify one cat from another. As kittens, same pattern kittens can be identified easily by their traits. But as they mature, they begin to look the same.  We do offer a microchip service to clients who want to be able to identify their cats if they get out of the home. Due to a recent issue where someone accused us of shipping the wrong breeding cat, all breeding cats will be required to receive the Avid microchip at your cost of $35.

Our nursery is a 14 x 22 foot room, located adjacent to our kitchen. It has porcelain tile flooring, and white oil based enamel paint, and some white polypropylene wall panels in high wear areas. It also has and timer controlled exhaust fan, wall mounted oscillating fan, an ozone machine to kill airborne bacteria, as well as a circular skylight for additional light on cloudy days.  A large picture window with a 12 inch wide window sill allows the cats to get plenty of sunlight.  One of my 4 foot cat trees is in the middle of the room, and there is plenty of room for exercise.


This is a photo of the exterior of our cattery on 3-15-2006.  Please note that all surfaces are fully covered in vinyl siding (including the soffit areas of the roof), vinyl gutters on both roof eaves, plenty of windows for sunlight, security bars on large south facing window, security door, security light, galvanized material to cover all roof fascia areas, pvc wire on window screen areas, etc. The rack by the door is where we temporarily place cat boxes when they are changed. If left on the ground, our large dogs in this area like to chew on cat boxes. On the extreme right of the photo, is one of the 95 gallon trash cans for cattery refuse.


 Our cattery consists of a 650 square foot building on our property. I just completed the remodeling of the cattery in 2005. The building was built by myself in 1979.  Improvements have constantly been made since then. The wall and ceiling panel installations, electrical wiring, cage design and construction, porcelain floor tile installation, etc. was all done by myself. The only thing I had someone else complete was the new roof installation in 2004.  I had a two layer "torch roof" installed by professional roofers.  The remodel completed in 2005 includes:

                                     

Detailed plans on the construction of these stud condos and queen cages are included in my Cattery Management Book.


              

Here is a photo of a stud condo. You can plainly see the dual pane insulated window, two shelves for the cats to sit on,  the cat scratcher (new PVC ones installed after this photo), polypropylene wall panels, and ceramic tile flooring. Door on the left side of ;eft photo is to a 4 x 8 foot storage closet, which holds the cleaning supplies. A piece of 30 inch tall polypropylene had to be attached to the bottom half of the storage closet door shortly after this photo. This was due to new licensure requirements, and also prevents the bottom half of the door deteriorating from any moisture.  Even though the cattery is cleaned daily, we pressure wash the entire cattery periodically every year to ensure that every "nook and cranny" is as clean as possible. The right photo depicts the stud condo that is next to the condo on the left.


The photo shown on the left below is one of the two simple exhaust fans I made for the cattery. It consists of a 210 cfm kitchen exhaust fan, mounted on a polypropylene panel to cover the hole from the smaller bathroom fan, and connected to a inexpensive timer. The timer allows the fan to remove germs and stale air at specific time intervals during the day, and remain off during the coldest part of each day.  The photo on the lower right depicts my grooming stand. It is made of a kitchen base cabinet, mounted on a platform with wheels, and covered with polypropylene.  The top is made of a Formica countertop sink cutout, edged with aluminum countertop edging.  The top drawer holds grooming tools, the center drawer is used to hold cleaning rags, and the bottom drawer is for newspaper storage (to line birthing pans and absorb fluids).  Plans for this grooming stand are included in my Cattery Management Book.  Also note that the sink cabinet is also covered in polypropylene with hidden hinges.  Food is maintained in the milky colored container with the blue top in the center of the photo.  We recently added the "retro" style pneumatic stool to make grooming easier. Also note the oil filled heater that is used in colder months in the upper right corner of the photo. 

                    


 

Here is a close up photo of the cat scratcher in each stud condo.  Also note the polypropylene panels that are used for "privacy" as well as offering some additional rigidity to the condo cages.  Photo on right depicts the use of the PVC coated wire on the screened areas of all windows. Also note that the complete exterior of the cattery is covered in vinyl siding, including beneath the roof overhang. All roof fascia areas are covered in galvanized flashing, as seen in the upper edge of the right photo below.  A security light is also seen at the upper right of the same photo.

                  


Here is another photo of my 32 x 48 inch queen condos. Floors are out of 1/4 inch polypropylene panels, kennel clamps are used to hold panel sections together, and for the hinges. Each section is 24 inches tall.  The entire cage is made of one inch PVC pipe and fittings, galvanized dog kennel panel clamps, galvanized kennel latches, PVC coated wire, aluminum clips to attach PVC wire to framework, and some one inch self tapping sheet metal screws. Standard sheet metal screws will not drill into the PVC pipe--they tend to "burn" into the PVC. The self tapping screws work much better.   These are heavy duty cages I designed and built for my cats. They work extremely well, and are easy to clean on a daily basis. The queen cages are also taken out of the room every few months, and pressure washed to make sure they stay very clean.  Also note, the white rectangles on the front panels. Those are little 3 x 5 polypropylene pieces upon we write notes with a dry erase marker.  This helps to determine who exactly is in the cage, and who they were bred to.  Detailed plans to make these queen cages are in my Cattery Management Book.


We are currently working with the largest purebred Ragdoll gene pool available.  We do no out-crossing of any kind  We can usually offer a better selection of kittens with a shorter delivery time.  We have added some old Ragdoll lines to our own since Ann Baker's death.  Only fully documented Ragdolls were used to add the lynx factor and additional colors we now have.  Again we say we have no out-crossing or adding of any other breed of cat to the Ragdoll lines being bred at Ragnarok. When considering purchasing a breeding Ragdoll, I suggest you speak to the breeder over the telephone to get as many details as possible. Ask if the breeder has a complete pedigree on a cat you are considering purchasing to either start your cattery or to augment your cattery gene pool.  A three generation pedigree will not always show complete data that is important to the breeder.  Recently I purchased a cat with a 3 generation pedigree, that I was told was corrected. I was curious as to the complete background.  Click HERE to see what I got when I obtained a 5 generation certified pedigree:  HERE


      

We also have special guard animals on duty at all times to protect our animals.  Below is a photo of our Oscar, protecting the family goldfish.

Our kittens are raised in a healthy, loving environment. In the beginning we raised them with four active children and three large dogs.  Now we are raising them with two grandchildren, a German Shorthaired Pointer dog, a Beagle dog, and a Havanese house dog that thinks he is a cat, as well as two large outside dogs.  We have been raising our Ragdolls so long that we feel we do it in the best possible way. Because we have the largest purebred Ragdoll gene pool anywhere, we think our furry babies are the best.  Of course we are prejudiced, but after all these years we have a right to be.  We put a great deal of love, effort, time, and money into raising them.  They are part of our family and raising them is a part of our lives.

 

HCM in Ragdolls:

In the beginning of Ragdolls, with a gene pool very limited, some genetic lines were closely over bred. This means that many close relatives were bred together. Some of these cats from over bred lines carried heart problems, that were later diagnosed as HCM,  technically known as Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.  Around 1980, we saw several 3 generation pedigrees of deceased kittens from other catteries. The only common aspect of these multiple pedigrees, was the repetitious use of  the same male that appeared 3 to 5 times within a 3 generation pedigree.  It was not a specific male, it was the repetitious use of one male on that pedigree, and a different male on another pedigree. This made us realize early in our breeding that a wide gene pool separation was needed to prevent the problem of HCM in future Ragdolls.  We have always kept an extensive pedigree data base on our Ragdolls or other Ragdolls we were considering using in our cattery. HCM still continues to be a problem within some Ragdoll catteries. The most accurate tests are obtained by a board certified cardiologist or a board certified radiologist. These two fields work closely together in diagnosing HCM.  General veterinary practitioners may not be fully qualified to give an accurate HCM reading, and have given false HCM readings, which greatly alarms the cat owner.  Many breeders have gone to the expense of HCM screenings, but they are not cheap.  An individual cat screen at a board certified cardiologist or radiologist will run around $300. So many breeders, such as us, do get together and hire a specialist for the screening of several cats together. These type of "clinics" help to bring the pricing down to around $100 per cat, which is how we can afford to have several cats scanned at the same time.

We've often been asked if we perform the HCM DNA screening test. The simple answer is no. The primary reason for perfecting this test procedure, is to help those catteries who have had major issues with HCM, to help "weed out" those cats that may be causing issues.   A no test result does not mean you cat will not have HCM issues in the future.

Ragnarok Cattery is proud to announce that we have never had HCM diagnosed in our breeding cats, nor have we ever sold any breeding cat that has been diagnosed with HCM.

    We have made every effort to produce strong, long-lived Ragdolls. Now that HCM testing has been more readily available, we are proud to say that all of our breeding males have been tested for HCM and found to be HCM negative. When acquiring a Ragdoll, ask the breeder if they have had any HCM history in their cattery or if any new arrival breeding Ragdolls have been scanned.

    Our breeding males, and their testing dates:

The following cats were tested by Dr. Mark Kittleson, a board certified cardiologist at a clinic near UC Davis on August 25, 2002 for HCM:

Merrypawpins Super Califragilistic, bluepoint bicolor male, dob 5-30-97,Mourningdove Te Rah of Merrypawpinx x Ragnarok's Frostine of M.P.,  retired.

Ragpurrs Blue Chip of Ragnarok, bluepoint bicolor male, dob 9-2-91,Ragnarok's Sir Lancelot of Ragpurrs x Ragnarok's Olivia of Ragpurrs,  retired.

Ragmeister's Gimmy, seal colorpoint male, dob 6-6-00, Fireside Imp Apurring of Ragmeister x Ragnarok's Anastasia, sold to another cattery. Sold.

Ragnarok's Thunder Roads, bluepoint colorpoint male,dob 10-6-97, Ragnarok's Blue Thunder x Ragnarok's Brandy, sold to another cattery. Sold.

Ragnarok's Taz, sealpoint lynx mitted male, dob 4-27-96, Tuftytoes Joseph x Ragnarok's Sapphire, retired.

Southerndawls Syn Ops Is, sealpoint bicolor male, dob 10-19-97, Ragnarok's CA Diablo x Katayms neferkitti, actively breeding in Canada.


The following cats were tested by Dr. Seth Wallack, a board certified radiologist at a clinic in our home on 2-5-05. These cats were scanned for HCM and also scanned for PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) and were all found to all be negative. The cats still producing kittens at Ragnarok Cattery are in bold:

Ragnarok's Cream of Wheat, cream bicolor male, dob 1-29-01,  Mourningdove Sundance of Janaldo x Ragnarok's Ida, still actively breeding here.

Divadolls Redster of Ragnarok,  redpoint mitted male, dob 6-29-01, Funnyfarm Shamrock x Westcoastrags Smugen, still actively breeding here. Sold in 2006.

Ragnarok's Homer Simpson, sealpoint bicolor male, dob 7-19-01, Ragnarok's Lance x Ragnarok's Vanna, still actively breeding here.

Glacier Mosekteoar, sealpoint mitted male, dob 3-17-97, Mourningdove Great Gatsby x Ragnarok's Tiffany of Glacier, actively breeding in Europe.

Carlydolls Somba of Ragnarok, sealpoint mitted female, dob 3-20-01, Grandharbor Poohbear x Carlydoll's Wonder Girl, retired.

Divadolls Harley of Ragnarok, sealpoint mitted male, Ragnarok's Taz x Kooky Kid of Dazzledolls, dob 7-12-00, still actively breeding at another cattery. Sold in 2006.

Ragnarok's Ruffles, bluepoint mitted male, dob 4-20-00, Ragpurrs Blue Chip of Ragnarok x Ragnarok' Sapphire,still actively breeding here. Still actively breeding.

Dazzledolls Kristopher, bluepoint colorpoint male, dob 4-2-01, Ragmeister's Kodiak x Funnyfarm Krista of Dazzledolls, still actively breeding here. Still actively breeding.

Ragnarok's Mister Big, sealpoint mitted male, dob, 2-28-02, Merrypawpins Tip of the Iceberg x Ragnarok's Lady Godiva, still actively breeding here., Grade 1 heart murmur noted, marked "Equivocal", and recommended to retest in one year. Retired in 2007.

 Mr Blue Spike of Ragnarok, dob 7-23-02, still actively breeding here.  The parents of this cat, Showdolls Bubba of Capitalcats and Cattailridge of Capital Cats were PKD and HCM tested11-28-02 by J. W. Garretsen in The Netherlands. Sold in 2006.


The following cats were tested by Dr. Sarah Miller, Cardiologist at the Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Lawndale, CA on June 10, 2006. The cats still producing kittens at Ragnarok Cattery are in bold;

Ragnarok's Mister Big, sealpoint mitted male, dob 2-28-02, retested. Condition is static as he still has a Grade 1 heart murmur, but no HCM. Retired from breeding in July, 2007

Ragnarok's Biggun, Bluept Bicolor Male, dob 3-6-05, Ragnarok's Homer Simpson x Ragnarok's Birdy. Tested negative for HCM, has healthy heart. Sold in 2007.

Divadolls Big Boy of Ragnarok, dob 8-18-03, Dazzledolls Spencer x Kooky Kid of Dazzledolls. Tested negative for HCM, has healthy heart. Retired from breeding in late 2006.


The following cats were tested by Dr. Sarah Miller, Cardiologist at the Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Lawndale, CA on August 26, 2006. these cats are beginning to produce kittens at Ragnarok Cattery.

Ragnarok Hershey Barr, chocolate mitted mink male, dob, 6-19-05, Ragnarok's Mister Big, Ragnarok's Phurrygirl. Tested negative for HCM, healthy heart. Still actively breeding.

Blink of Ragnarok, blue mitted mink male, dob 10-24-05, Dallasrags Sir Purple Purrsalot x Fefe Sealpoint Girl. Tested negative for HCM, healthy heart. Still actively breeding.


Registration and Associations:

Our Cattery is registered with all recognized  well established Cat Associations. Our kittens can be registered in all recognized Cat Associations. When we sell a pet or show quality kitten, Tica litter registration papers are normally provided at time of sale. If Tica registrations have not been received from Tica at time of sale, they will be mailed to you when we receive them. When we sell a kitten or cat as a breeder we furnish a litter or adult registration and a full pedigree. Pedigrees are not normally furnished with pet quality kitten, but can be obtained for a $10 fee.  Breeding rights are not included in pet or show quality priced kittens.   


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