Adult Ragdoll Cats: How Much Do You Know About These Furry Companions?

| September 14, 2016 | 36 Comments
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The adult ragdoll cat is a magnificent animal in strength, beauty and personality – or should we say, “purrrsonality”? Because of their sweet, laid-back dispositions, these cats make excellent family pets – but before you adopt, how much do you know about Ragdoll cats? Check your knowledge here with some basic Ragdoll cat facts about the breed:

#1 They grow and grow.

Ragdolls keep growing for a while, and Ragdoll cat weight is on average higher than other breeds. A male Ragdoll usually weighs between 12-25 lbs. when he is fully grown and female Ragdolls weigh anywhere from 10-25 lbs. depending on their parents’ weights. To give some context, the average adult cat weight in general is between 8-10 pounds. Ragdolls typically experience growth spurts up until they are four years old, at which point they have usually reached their mature size.

#2 They are known for their long, beautiful coats and bright baby blues.

Ragdoll breeds have semi long hair and striking blue eyes, distinctive features that make them a particularly beautiful breed. They typically have a pointed coat pattern, meaning that their fur is darker at points (face, paws, tail) than on the rest of the body. Ragdoll cat colors vary, and some are officially recognized while some are not. A Ragdoll cat’s color pattern is not fully developed until the cat reaches about two years old, though the cat itself continues to grow until it is four years old.

#3 They can live up to their name.

Ragdoll cats have been dubbed “ragdolls” because of their tendency to go limp in the arms of someone who is holding them. They are a sweet, snuggly breed of cats who are affection towards their owners prefer to stay near them, following their humans around the house and greeting them at the door.

In general, the amiable Ragdoll personality makes the breed great pets for families with children, and with the right training, they typically get along well with other pets, both cats and dogs alike. If you’re thinking about bringing home a Ragdoll and you have kids, make sure you also teach the kids how to treat a cat with gentleness and respect, and especially how to properly hold a Ragdoll – with one arm beneath the front legs and one beneath the hind legs, never let them hold them just under their front arms with the hind legs hanging.

Although Ragdolls are generally calm and quiet, they do love their playtime and enjoy toys, puzzles or being a part of whatever the family is doing. With training, they are quick to pick up good habits, like using a scratching post, or even learning tricks.

#4 The long hair needs some care.

As with most longhaired cats, adult Ragdolls need to be groomed at least twice a week to keep their coat clean and free of mats. Some Ragdoll’s coats are better than others, and some don’t mat as quickly. Although Ragdolls shed less than other longhaired felines, they still shed and need to be groomed as a result.

#5 They need a big litter box.

Since Ragdolls are large cats, you will need a larger sized litter box. Be sure to clean this regularly, as all cats in general are very hygienic and a neglected litter box can lead to reluctance to use it.

#6 Like all cats, they have a few genetic disorders to look out for.

All cat breeds, just like humans, can be predisposed to different cat health issues, regardless of how insistent a breeder is about a lack of defects in their line. While it is important to do a little research on a breeder and ask about the incidence of health problems, it’s also good to be generally aware of some of the health issues Ragdolls can be prone to:

  • FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) – All cats can get this horrible disease.  Unfortunately, there aren’t really reliable ways to test for or treat FIP, but the risk can be reduced through good nutrition, a clean environment and keeping current on vaccinations – so check out a cattery/breeder for all of these things.
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – This genetic heart disease can be screened for through a DNA-based test.

Ragdolls are generally pretty healthy, but if you are considering adopting one, it’s important to be educated on what health problems they are at risk for.

#7 There are a few different ways to adopt a Ragdoll cat.

Are you looking to adopt a Ragdoll cat? There are several options. If you want to adopt an adult ragdoll cat specifically, the Ragdoll Fancier’s Club International has a page on their site for adult Ragdolls available for adoption, or here on Floppycats.com, we have a page dedicated to helping you find a Ragdoll cat rescue, which will help you locate a Ragdoll in a local shelter, on Craig’s list, etc.

Another option is the Ragdoll Fancier’s Worldwide Club, which has a page where breeders can list their retired Ragdoll cats for adoption. Ragdoll cat breeders who belong to Ragdoll Fanciers Worldwide and Ragdoll Fancier’s Club International have the opportunity to list their retired breeding females, their retired show cats and their retired studs (breeding males). Because the breeders are looking for good permanent homes for these kitties, they are usually available for a lower price than a kitten.

If you’re interested in any of these, check out the links below:

Another option is to check individual breeders’ websites to see if they have listed any available adults or retired breeders. See our Ragdoll Breeders’ page to look through our list of breeders as well as our breeder directory.

Overall, ragdolls are a sweet, beautiful breed and a great addition to a pet-loving home!

Do you have a Ragdoll cat? What stories do you have to share about them?

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. patricia says:

    i have just adopted a beutiful seal ragdoll cat.. she is very affectionate but a little timid at the moment only had her a day,, having a little trouble getting her to eat, and she has not urinated yet, am i to be worried.. she is four years old

  2. patricia says:

    thank you for your reply. she did wee and poo last night and ate a little,, got her off my nephew, as they are having a second baby and have another ragdoll, they said she was getting a bit timid of there 20month old so thought it best to give her a new home.she seems timid when a male enters the room.. she is good with me and sits on my lap and purrs.
    also the litter they brought me is the paper granual stuff. when she goes on the tray she is covered in the stuff with her being fluffy, is there a better one i could get..

    • It would be best to keep her in one room where she can get used to the smells and sounds of your home and then let her venture out on her own.

      Litter – yes, there are great litters out there – Purr & Simple, World’s Best Cat Litter that are biodegradable. The process of switching goes like this:

      first week – 3/4 old litter, 1/4 new litter
      second week – 1/2 new litter and 1/2 old
      third week – 1/4 old litter, 3/4 new
      fourth week – all new litter

      Of course, new litter and old litter refers to the old brand and new brand.

      i feel badly for your cat – did she get along with the other cat? she probably doesn’t understand what happened.

  3. patricia says:

    she did get along with the other cat. and i feel sorry for that too. i can assure you she is already very loved and will be . we lost our othere beloved cat bobo two years ago and said we would never do it again, but i fell in love with this one ,nutmeg as soon as i saw her, we are in our sixties and will take great care of her.. i thank you for responding to my e-mail i will take your advice.. the litter i am using at the moment is breeders choice.. like i said it sticks all to her fur.

    • Jenny says:

      oh that breaks my heart about the other kitty! not only for Nutmeg (great name!) but also for the other kitty! i am sure she will be loved and glad she was able to go to a good home.

      • patricia says:

        thank you once again for you reply… she has been a lot more settled this morning and is loving her new cat scratcher, she is inside the bottom of it at the moment.. off to look for another new toy for her…

        • What scratcher did you get her? I always like learning about new toys!

          • patricia says:

            i just mean a three tier scratch post with a tunnel shelf and a big base with an arch opening, she sleeps in the bottom of it at night. i got her some crystel litter yesterday. just changed it straight over and she used it last night.. each day is better. last night she was relly exploring around the house. jumped up onto the couch and snuggeled into my hubby , which was a first. been cleaning herself and eating now. i am very happy as i know all this is a good sign that she is accepting us. at the moment she is on my 10year old grandaughters lap .. my grandaughter is so gentle with animals. she wants to be a vet.so i think eveything is going to be fine.. we are very happy to have her as a member of our family.

  4. Jenny says:

    Do you know who makes the scratcher? I’d love to check it out!

  5. Georgina says:

    We adopted an 8-year-old Chocolate Point Ragdoll two weeks ago. We are concerned that when we pick him up after a few minutes he has tried to bite each of us. He actually did bite my ear and almost got my husband. He comes to us to be picked up, but he also likes to bite when playing. I am not sure what to do and I don’t want him up near my face anymore. He likes to sit on your chest and nuzzle at your chin while purring, which now makes me extremely nervous. Any suggestions? His previous owner said he never did this before but I’m not sure I’m getting the whole story.

    • Carrie Wehmeyer says:

      Our very cuddliest Ragdoll has a pinched nerve in his shoulder off and on. When it is bothering him, he will nip and squawk, but I would not deprive him of his cuddles. Perhaps your baby has an injury or something else that is bothering him? Another possibility is that he just needs some time to get used to you and he may be asserting dominance. I would recommend observing him carefully and noting exactly when he bites, what was happening at that moment, etc. Also, I would immediately put him down the minute he bites, quickly but gently. It doesn’t hurt to make a little “ouch” sound when he bites, just to let him know it’s hurting you.

      • Georgina says:

        Thank you for such good advice. It is very possible he has an injury and we just don’t know about it. We have decided not to pick him up for now but when he does jump into our laps we can’t help but cuddle him, he does drool so we keep kleenex on hand. We did put him down each time and said “NO” and within an hour he was back purring and being his normal self. Our vet is coming to meet him next week (he is a house call vet) and will check him over for any ‘wounds’ he may have. He and we are adjusting in every other way, i.e., litter box, food, water from the bathroom taps … he has stolen our hearts for sure! Thanks again.

      • Georgina says:

        I forgot to mention, we pay good attention to his nail flicking when we are patting him or playing. Once we see his tail flicking we immediately stop what we are doing as I do believe it is a sign he is getting over stimulated and will do what any normal cat would do … ‘play like a cat with a mouse’ …

        • Shelley says:

          My Sammy has a tendency to bite as well. I saw on Martha Stewarts fb page that she bites back, as their mothers would have done to them as kittens!

      • Georgina says:

        Sorry that should read ‘tail flicking’ … not nail flicking …

    • Jenny says:

      Georgina,

      If you don’t think it’s too far out there, you might consider talking to an animal communicator about your kitty – we use the following animal communicator:

      Holly Jacobs
      816-686-0858
      hollyjpets [at] yahoo [dot] com

      Holly and I have worked with rescues and rehoming before and she told me that she is able to find out a lot about the kitty’s past experience to help the new owners.

      Hope that helps and good on you for rescuing!
      Jenny

      • Georgina says:

        I don’t think this is too far out there Jenny. I feel as though his previous owner is holding back information that is important, in that he may have been mistreated or mishandled by her ex, it’s hard to say. So I am keeping this information handy and thank you. He is our third rescue in the past 20 years and they have all been very different, different breeds too so we hope this will go well in the end and we can keep him. Too bad we can’t show pics of our babies!

    • B^!!^J says:

      I would have any of my babies into the vet – healthy cats do not drool! His ragdoll nature is urging him to be close to you, but something is happening during handling that stimulates a bite response.
      From what you’ve told us, it does not seem to be agression or fear based, as your kitty is voluntarilary approaching you, so it could very well be pain based. While you’re waiting for your vet, I would suggest you start taking notes of when a biting episode occurs. Was your cat laying on right or left side, belly down or belly up. How were you touching your kitty? A full pet down along thespine or were you skritching neck, right or left shoulder? Since the doctor is coming to your home, your through notes could offer as much information to him as an x-ray would in his office.
      And do write it down! Don’t worry about how it will look – you will only show the doctor the health of your cat is your primary concern. When you’re under stress the things you are certain you will remember to tell the doctor, especially when asked a direct question, your mind will go blank and vital information is often overlooked. Take my word for it. I was a fire/ambulance dispatcher for m-a-n-y years. People will forget their own address when they are in an overwhelming situation. Our purrs are with you! >^!!^<

      • Georgina says:

        Really they don’t drool when they are nuzzling you? I am going to make notes right now on what I can remember while I’m thinking about how we were holding him. We haven’t yet approached his tummy, I thought we should let more time pass as he gets used to us rubbing/cuddling him. He prefers your left shoulder and moves over to it when you have him up in your arms and we were both rubbing down his spine so that tells us something right there! He only seems aggressive when you play with him, he wants to play rough … claws and biting which we are not used to so have a few battle scars and now are wary of hand to hand play! I use a shoelace, feather thingee and I made him a catnip sock which he loves to bite and use his back feet on. Thank you so much for the wonderful information, I will let you know after the vet sees him.

    • Andra says:

      Hi Georgina,
      Did he come from a home with other cats? If so, it sounds like he is needing a way to get out his playful energy. Ragdolls tend to be playful into adulthood and often need ways to rough and tumble. If there are no other cats for him to do that with at your home, he might turn to you for that play time. It is not necessarily a bad thing to him, as he would think of this as bonding and showing he likes you. I often suggest to people to try using a stuffed toy while you are playing with him to let him bite that and get aggressive with that (instead of you or your hands). Have play time before snuggle time to see if he gets his energy out if he will no longer bite during snuggles. If you watch cats and kittens, they will bite during snuggle time to transition to play time. I think he is telling you he wants to play. It is important if you have a single cat home to make sure he has plenty of toys to play with and that he has play time with you every day. If he came from a home with other cats it might take him a while to adjust to the fact that he is alone and he might need more play time at first. Another thing, the way cats tell each other not to do something is to cry out (if someone bites too hard or if they don’t want to play right now). If he is biting hard enough to hurt it would be appropriate to say “ouch” and pull away from him. This will train him to know that it is not appropriate behavior with you.

      • Georgina says:

        Hi Andra – thanks for the feedback. He was an only cat I am told and your suggestions are great. We have now established “play time” in the morning when I get up and as soon as I get home. He greets me at the door and it’s “catch the kitty” for a good half hour. I have a few toys but will get more stuffed ones so he can bite. I do say “ouch” or “no” when he bites really hard. He starts off very gentle with no claws out but gets over stimulated very quickly. My vet came a week ago and we discussed his “agressive” behaviour when he wants to nuzzle on our chins (you can actually feel his teeth!). The vet says he is trying to dominate us, which makes perfect sense since he is in a brand new home. We let him come up but when he gets too close to our face we stop him and say “nooooo” and place him where we feel comfortable with him. He’s incredibly smart! He now hesitates to see what the reaction is going to be, he still tries it on every other day or so but it has gotten much better. I have to admit I am very surprised at how energetic he is for his age, but he’s very healthy according to my vet. So we are all learning how to live together! It’s exciting and scary all at the same time, guess I waited far too long to have a pet (it’s been 11 years). So we are now trying to think of life from his perspective. Thank you kindly for your advice I do appreciate all the advice I have received on this site.

  6. Georgina says:

    Another new development for Sparky is he bites and chews on a microfibre blanket I have for him. He just started this a few days ago. He was kneading at first only but now bites on it and shakes it. Is this something from his childhood or is he trying to make himself feel more ‘at home’ since he’s been relocated. It must be hard for him about being with another owner for 8 years. I’m worried he might bite a piece of the blanket off and choke on it!

  7. Laura says:

    My adult son and I rescued an abandoned littler of 2 week old kittens last June. It was a terribly rainy day in a secluded, forest park. So sad. We fostered the kittens because the local shelter was full. Kitten season and litters found everywhere. Two of the kitties survived. The male was adopted by friends. We kept the female, named Picaso. She is a long hair calico. Beautifully and funky marked, hence her name. Anyway, she has such strong similarities to the rag doll kitties. She goes limp when we pick her up, she wants to be on me all the time, she loves people. She is not like any cat we have ever had. She is comfortable in the most vulnerable positions. I believe she may have some rag doll in her. I absolutely love her and am so thankful for her.
    I just wanted to tell my story, which has had a happy ending.

  8. Georgina says:

    I’m back again. I have a question for everyone about how their cat’s react when you are cleaning their litter box. We’ve had Sparky for 41/2 months now and he has really settled in quite nicely. We are still getting to know all the ‘ins and outs’ of his personality but on the whole it’s pretty good. He has taken to attacking me when I am cleaning his litter box. This week was the worst when he yowled and caught me unawares on the leg with full claws open as I was scooping the poop. I turned and told him NO but had to stop what I was doing as he wouldn’t stop hissing at me. To say the least it was somewhat distressing for both of us. I now shut him the bedroom when I clean the box. Anyone experience anything like this?

    • Ashley says:

      My ragdoll Gavin was not as bad, but he used to get mad when I scooped his box. I think it’s a combination of my messing around with HIS box and the fact that I’m digging up the poo he worked so hard to bury lol When he was a kitten, he’d paw at me and nip my ankles and hands when I would scoop. I realized that the daily scooping was what brought it on. If I scoop it every couple of days instead, he’s happy to have me clean his box. He has an extra large box, so maybe he didn’t realize it was dirty enough to be cleaned everyday or something. I don’t try to understand his logic 🙂

      • Georgina says:

        Hi Ashley – thanks for sharing. He did start off just nipping at my ankles and hissing but this was full blown ‘don’t mess with my “s**t” !! I think you hit the nail on the head about working hard to bury it, he definitely spends a great deal of time digging. Yes logic vs cat …. hmmmmmm …. I don’t think the two will ever be compatible LOL.

    • Julie says:

      Georgina,
      I have the opposite…Mooshu sits in between my legs as i crouch down…and seems to ALWAYS have to pee right when i am scooping…but he never hisses or attacks me. Was Sparky previously sharing a box with other cats? Did they hog it? Maybe he’s just VERY territorial? I dunno…But yes…shutting him out sounds like a good idea.

      • Georgina says:

        Hi Julie – isn’t it funny how they all have different reactions? My previous cat (a Maine Coon) did exactly the same thing and if I put new litter in he jumped in before I was done! Sparky was an only child, or so I’m told. I do believe he is VERY territorial and so shutting the bedroom door for a few minutes works well for both of us! Thanks for writing.

  9. Georgina says:

    Here is an ‘odd’ question for everyone. How do you know that your Ragdoll is a true Ragdoll? I was told Sparky was a Ragdoll but he does not go limp when you pick him up … EVER! He looks like the pictures of the cats above, especially the Seal Point so I’m just not really sure he isn’t just a gorgeous Siamese Seal Point. Any comments would help me figure out what he really is, not that it changes how I love him all to bits, just me being a curious cat!

    • Andra says:

      Hi Georgina,
      It is a good question and one that a lot of people ask. To be a true Ragdoll, the cat or kitten needs to have papers showing that they come from the Ragdoll lines. The Ragdoll characteristic of going limp when you pick them up is not the determining factor because there are cats that are not Ragdolls that will also go limp when handled. It is also possible to have a purebred Ragdoll that doesn’t go limp. A good breeder will aim to breed cats that have kittens with all the wonderful characteristics expected in Ragdolls, but it is possible to occasionally have kittens that do not go limp when held. So your cat could be a Ragdoll, but the only way to know for sure is to have the papers. I hope that helps!
      Andra
      Little Apple Ragdolls

  10. Laura says:

    Hi Georgina. I’m interested in this too. My 5 month old kitten is one of a litter I rescued in a rainy state park last June. At two weeks old only two survived. I kept the little Calico. She acts like my friends Ragdoll. She has the characteristic of going completely limp when I pick her up. When I cradle her on her back it’s hilarious because she just flops all 4 legs out and lets her head hang back. It seems too good to be true to have ended up with this sweet little cat. Her brother that survived is much more rambunctious than she is. He is an orange tiger. How do I know if she’s a Ragdoll?

  11. Georgina says:

    Hi Andra – I wish I had known this when I adopted him I would have asked if she actually had papers from the breeder. She was able to give me all his vet visits information but nothing on his breed and I didn’t know to ask. It makes that this is truly the best way to know the breed. I am no longer in contact with his previous family as they have moved, so we shall just keep on loving him no matter what! Thanks very much for this valuable information.

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