Does Your Cat Like to Snuggle With You?

| May 23, 2015 | 16 Comments

Does Your Cat Like to Snuggle With You?

My Ragdoll catRags never really snuggled with me – and my Ragdoll cat, Charlie only does it when he kneads and this is a new thing – he started doing it when he turned 5 years old.  He didn’t do it before then.

Ragdoll Cat Charlie Snuggling

Trigg, however, loves to snuggle (on his terms and when he wants to), simply for the purpose of snuggling.  And has done it forever.  When my sister stays here when I am out of town, he will also snuggle with her.  And I WISH I could get a video of the way he jumps up on the bed when he is ready to snuggle.  He jumps with such joy and execution of his motives.  It’s like an announcement, “HELLO HUMAN!  I am here to snuggle!”

Ragdoll Cat Trigg Snuggling

Does your (Ragdoll) cat snuggle with you?  Do you have other kitties?  Do they like to snuggle with you and with each other or just with you?  Charlie and Trigg do not snuggle together – although I am sure Trigg would, if Charlie would allow it.

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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. strikersmom says:

    My baby is not a snuggler at all. He likes to be near me but not touching. He likes affection, on his terms. And picking him up is ok but only if he is held upright and I move around so he can see things. He is very sweet, and smart, and quite a character. A wonderful companion! But noooo snuggles, lol 🙂

  2. Ruth Paulson says:

    pewter is a quintessential ragdoll. He is our first ragdoll and 7 months old. Everything I read about ragdolls was true! I could verify all of it very soon after his homecoming. I work nights as a nurse and he sleeps with me during the day. Infact he sleeps with us in the bed at night to. I call him “purr ball” because he is so affectionate and engaged with me constantly. I would call him a totally co dependent cat or a true therapy cat. He is more dog like than any dog I’ve ever known. He follows my every move . Including a middle of the night bathroom trip. He snuggles but moves away 12 inches to sleep. My ragdoll is one of the very best things that ever happened to me!

  3. ABarletta says:

    Sebastian, my almost/maybe floppy cat, does not snuggle. He sits close by and if I get too close he inches away. Very gentlemanly, but definitely lets me know I have gone over the line. Although last night, I was feeling poorly and had some saltines by the bed for nausea. He got really close too me then and licked all the salt off the crackers!!

  4. plmcat says:

    first off.. those are such great photos jenny. all of my cats are snugglers. of course it’s on their terms. my orange cat wasn’t a snuggler in the past but since i got them off the dry food, he is now. and lately they seem to trade off on who is going to initially go to bed with me and snuggle. they are all there in the morning but one of them will go to bed when i do and want to snuggle. they will do it on the couch too but like i said.. on their terms. that’s fine with me, i’m just happy that they do it. i think it must be like people. some people like to snuggle, some don’t and it depends on the day, the mood and if they want to. chiggy looks like he is a wonderful snuggler.

  5. Josette Walsh says:

    Koko is a half snuggler? He cuddles, but doesn’t really snuggle, per say. When I recline in bed, he gets on my lap, and lays on his back all sprawled out. Calvin however is a true snuggler, especially with his “daddy”. Often my husband will end up with a neck warmer when he’s sleeping. Koko prefers sleeping next to my hip at night, and loves sleeping underneath the blankets, especially during the day, when I’m relaxing I’m bed. As for the cats snuggling together…if they ever stop fighting long enough to snuggle, they do…and when they do, it’s rare, but absolutely adorable.

  6. RagdollCatMom says:

    Dusty is the ultimate snuggler – he likes to be as close to me as possible, especially when he can get under the covers with me. He will stay with me for as long as I stay still. Stormy is a drive-by snuggler. Sometimes the mood just strikes him, and he jumps up and says here I am, let me knead you while you pet me. About 5 minutes and he’s gone. Denali is much too restless to be a snuggler! He likes to be picked up and carried around, but rarely jumps on my lap. All three boys snuggle with each other at varying times. Dusty and Stormy or Dusty and Denali can be found snuggled up together a lot. Every once in a while I find all three snuggled together. Stormy and Denali never snuggle together on their own – Denali is such a bully and likes to pick on Stormy, so they merely tolerate each other.

  7. Patti Secreto says:

    I did have a Ragdoll who was such a beauty. She went to the Rainbow Bridge 2 years ago. She blessed us with her presence for 16 years! She did love to cuddle with us! All of our cats have always slept with us. But she loved to cuddle! She loved to get in the middle, right in between of my husband & I & she loved to go under the covers! 🙂

    Currently we have two Maine Coons. The female does like to cuddle. Sometimes when I wake up in the morning she is right there on the pillow with me! Or she likes to be up against me lying right up alongside me. 🙂

  8. Teresa Reid says:

    So cute Jenny! Little Illaria came and rubbed her head on my arm the other day and turned upside down and rubbed all over me. She will be 3 next month. Grace sleeps beside me but doesn’t really snuggle. Miss Mari curls up at the back of my legs when I’m lying on my side. That’s about the best I get right now and keep hoping that some day, they will start to snuggle like Trigg does to you. Just so precious.♥♥♥

  9. Rex Powell says:

    I have a little girl who is 7 yrs old. She has just started to cuddle in the past 6 months. She was a rescue kitty and had a bad beginning.Now what I have noticed is in my years of raising domestics are the females seem to cuddle more than the males do. This could be part of their mothering instincts, I don’t know. But I’d like to hear from more of the female Ragdoll owners.Is it a sex thing or a breed thing? We did have a part Ragdoll female that could not get enough cuddling, but we lost her at the age of 16.We are now looking to get a Ragdoll kitten. If anyone knows of a good
    breeder in Western Pa, let me know.

  10. Pat Davidovich says:

    I googled “lap cat” and Ragdoll popped up. My first Ragdoll, Zaky, is not a lap cat!! Occasionally, he will give me a few minutes of being beside me and I am grateful for that! At night, he will lay by my legs in bed, always just out of reach. I can hold him briefly, especially if I am giving him a chin/neck rub. He purrs loudly for that! He will do somersaults for a belly rub! He is just two, so I am hoping with age, he will become a lap cat, like my other three cats. Zoe, a calico, is my real cuddler!! Paris and Chi Chi groom each other and cuddle together.

  11. Christy says:

    Looking at those pics makes me jealous!

    Prossimo is not a smuggler but I’m hoping one day he’ll decide he is. He sometimes wants to curl up in my lap – I have to be in a certain chair, with a blanket over me and he has to decide to jump up. I usually don’t touch or pet him because that accelerates his trajectory to sleeping to agitated – he thumps his tail, puts his ears back and then turns to look at me while giving me an angry meow. I can’t figure that one out at all!

    Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and he’s curled up near my head but never snuggled. He’s started climbing on me while I’m in bed and kneading. At night before he jumps up in his cat tree (where he sleeps the majority of the night), he is purring like mad and wants lots of pets.

    The one snuggle-type behavior that he has developed in the last 6 months or so is he has a particular way of rubbing against my legs when I’m sitting that signals he wants to be picked up. I hold him kind of in a “c” shape with his head below my chin. I can feel his body completely relax and he’s quite content.

  12. Patti Johnson says:

    Awesome photos and great post, Jenny! We have had other kittehs in the past who were regular Snuggle Bears! However, Miss Pink Sugarbelle is very quirky when it comes to snuggling. She’ll lay between our legs when our recliners have the foot rest up and she ALWAYS has one rear foot propped on top of one of our lower legs and one front paw touching one of our feet. Sometimes she’ll crawl as high as she can get between our legs and curl up and rest her head on the top of our inner thigh and look back as if to say “Scratch me under my chin & tickle my ears, Human Slave.” (And we do!) 🙂 <3

    I hope as she gets older that she will snuggle more in bed with us. She does jump on top of my hubby and make bread on his tummy. She will jump up on my side to check if I'm okay if she thinks I'm sleeping too long. But that's about it for now. 🙂 <3

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbear 🙂 <3

  13. jpapia says:

    I have 3 of them that love to snuggle

  14. Denise Schultz says:

    Robin, a 10 month old rescue ragdoll mix, is also a half snuggler. When I go to sleep, no dice (I think I move around too much early in the night). But I always wake up with her in my arms <3 <3 <3
    What a way to start the day. She is such a great cat. Glad to find her, glad to find you all.

  15. ABarletta says:

    Jen, a viewed these photos of you and your babies this a.m. again. Boy am I jealous. The look on all of your faces is one of pure love and contentment. God bless you all.

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