Does Your Ragdoll Cat Like Bath Mats?

| January 26, 2011 | 31 Comments
Charlie on the bath mat 1-24-11

Charlie on the bath mat 1-24-11

Every single morning Charlie is all about the bath mat – AFTER I get out of the shower.  I wonder what it is that makes him so attracted to it.  He usually just rolls around on it, but other times he starts attacking it.

After Monday’s Ragdoll of the Week, where Caroline commented on the fact that her Ted likes bath mats – I figured I had to ask – Does Your Ragdoll Cat Like Bath Mats?  Is it Ragdoll cat behavior or all cat behavior?

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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. Tammy says:

    Hello everyone!
    We’ve only had Autumn since 12/31/10, but yes, she loves to roll around on the bath mat after a shower. Other times she runs under the shower curtain and claws at the mat, like she would a scratching post. It’s so cute.
    Good question, glad to see it’s not just her..lol
    Take care.

    • admin says:

      Tammy!

      Too fun! Love to hear it! I want to see photos of Autumn! How old is she? Love her name.

      Jenny

      • Tammy says:

        Sorry it took so long to write back. I have been trying to get a photo of her with the bath mat, but to no avail. Now every time she see’s me with the camera she want’s to play with the lens cap, or the shoulder strap. On a side note, I think she wants to try out for the kitty Olympics. When I’m in the bathroom, she climbs up my back onto my towel rack. I have a duel rack, so they look like uneven bars. She now likes to sit up on my bath towels. She’s my crazy girl. That I think I can get a picture of, because she hasn’t figured out how to get down without me yet..
        But I’m not even sure how to post a photo here..lol She’s about 4 months old now, and quite the Imp! Is it normal for ragdolls to play hide-and-go-seek? She loves that game. I wish I could find my video recorder. Sorry I am rambling.

  2. Barbara says:

    Definitely it’s a “cat” thing. Sometimes find the bathroom rugs rumpled up the same way.

  3. Barbara says:

    I have 3 right now, 2 calicos and a Ragdoll. The ragdoll and one calico both do it.

    • admin says:

      Hmm…are they both males? Wonder if male or female has anything to do with it? Have you thought of featuring your Ragdoll as Ragdoll of the Week on the site?

      • Barbara says:

        The calico is a female and the Raggie is a male. Yes, I’ve thought about it a lot, and I just need to get with the program and get some photos uploaded. He is a beautiful, big, bluepoint boy, so laid back, and an expert at the ragdoll “flop”. Loves to show off his big beautiful white tummy.

        • admin says:

          Hmmm….interesting! I would love, love, love to see your beautiful bluepoint boy – please be sure to send it all to me at jenny@floppycats.com rather than posting it to the blog – as that’s a different deal…

          • Barbara says:

            I will try to do it in the “near” future. I’m so uncomputer savvy with attachments, etc. My bluepoint boy does have a mismarked “blue” nose. His sister, who only lived 2 years, complications of a neurological disorder, had the perfect ragdoll “v”. He may very well be a “wannabe” since they came from a pound, but they look exactly like all the ragdoll pictures, and the behavior is classic–especially the ragdoll “flop.” He loves having his “blue” nose kissed over and over . . . and of course, I do!

          • admin says:

            Thanks, Barbara – but thank you more for rescueing him and his sister!!

  4. Cat Spicer says:

    We have 9 members of the fur herd and the 3 youngest (one is either a Ragdoll or Maine Coon – all were strays so we don’t know and they are still kittens) are constantly curled on the bath mat whenever I am in the bathroom. The trio have all been know to actually join me in the shower as well (of their own free will) so I’m not sure what to make of them! LOL.

  5. Beth says:

    Sammy Mouse and Prince Charles, American Short-hair males, are both Rug Rollers… but they don’t look quite as cute doing this as your Charlie does.

  6. Jackie says:

    Yes. yes, yes. Angel romps and rolls around in the mat and then tries to get it into her litter box. Why?? She also likes to lie on it. Usually after I have my shower she’ll try to get it into the tub. I just watch her in amusement. She’s full of cuteness. I don’t understand all of her antics but it’s fun watching her.

    Off subject: Does anyone else’s doll pull toilet paper into their litter box? Angel does, I often go in and see lots of toilet paper there. Trying to wipe her bum-bum, maybe? :>) I should add that her litter box is right by the toilet paper dispenser. Maybe the temptation is just too much to resist.

    • admin says:

      Jackie, sounds like Angel likes additional things in her litter box! Toilet paper and bathmats! How funny! If you want to send me a photo of the toilet paper in the litter box with Angel – I can do a blog post similar to this one so that more people will see it and be able to respond. Only if you want to, of course! Thanks, Jenny

  7. Barbara says:

    It was my blessing the day I rescued them. Bartok is 8 and 1/2 now and the love of my life. He loves his Mom so much, and shows it. Only wish Bella could have lived to grow up with him. Took her to every specialist known to man for the self-mutilation she would not stop doing after what i think may have been a spider bite. I spent more on her than it would cost to purchase any pedigreed ragdoll, but it would all have been worth it if she could have been cured.

    • admin says:

      WOW! I love his name – where is that from? I am sorry to hear about Bella – and yes, the money we spend on our cats is always an investment in my mind even if it doesn’t work!

    • Beth says:

      Rescue kitties know you saved them, Barbara, and they thank you for that each day. All my cats (and there have been many in my life) were rescues. Whatever I’ve paid for their vet care has been well worth it. They ask so little and give us so much love in return. Saddest is when no amount of money can fix them even though we would give our last dime to make them well. I am so sorry you lost Bella and I wish you a lifetime of happiness with Bartok.

      • Barbara says:

        I totally agree, yet we also have to know when no amount of vets or money spent is going to change anything. I wouldn’t be able to do now what I did then, unfortunately. I spent $3500 on Bella’s problem, $1200 on MRI’s from top to bottom to find if there was some problem in her spine that caused what she was possibly feeling in her legs that caused the endless self-mutilation, to no avail. She spent 2 days at the U of Penn veterinary school in 3 different depts. being observed. No answers. I just loved her so much, and she was so young to have such a horrible problem.

        • Beth says:

          Yes, there is a limit to what we can do, especially if veterinary medicine can’t help. There comes a time with our kitties, just like with people, we need to look at “quality versus quantity of life”. When we can’t relieve their suffering, we have to let them go. A good vet who is more concerned with kindness than money makes a big difference. Mine always explains the options to me (some which he will not offer because he feels they are cruel and pointless). When our pets’ suffering is hopeless, we have to let them go. If only human medicine were as humane…

  8. Knitterliness says:

    Two of my 3 ragdolls are Bath Mat Cats. One of them greets me at the door, leads me to the bath mat and flops down so I can pet him vigorously. This is the only place he asks to be petted.

    • admin says:

      Ha! I was just at my parents’ house talking to my mom and petting Caymus (the shoe cat) and said, “Mom, do you know that Caymus is crazy about being petted if you find him in his spot and pet him there?” Love what you said – I can just see it!

  9. Geo says:

    My boys always cuddle up on the bath mat when in that room. I used to hang it over the tub but now I leave it on the floor for them. It’s much warmer than the cold ceramic tile and they seem to prefer it to the rug I have in front of the sink.

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