Ragdoll Cats or the Floppy Cat: Are All Ragdoll Cats Floppy?

| February 19, 2010 | 25 Comments

Ragdoll Cats or the Floppy Cat: Are All Ragdoll Cats Floppy?

Rags in Pink Bed on 12-22-08Many people love Ragdoll cats or the floppy cat. Ragdoll cats sometimes are not the first cat a person has. In fact, many times people have an assortment of cats over the years. Yet, when someone gets a Ragdoll cat for the first time, many find that Ragdolls are friendlier towards humans than other cats are. Others claim that Ragdolls can be very therapeutic for them. Ragdolls are chosen for their size, their sociability, their gentleness and the in tune ability towards the person they are with. Well, and of course, as per this website’s name, www.floppycats.com page, Ragdoll cats are known as floppy cats, they did, after all, get their name of “Ragdoll” from being very floppy.

Are all Ragdoll cats floppy?  No.  Of the many Ragdoll cats I have known and loved, I have only known of one as truly floppy when you pick him up and the others are more floppy when they are sleeping.

Because of their laid back attitude, Ragdoll cats are usually very good cats for children, as they tend to tolerate the energy and craziness of a child more than other cat breeds. With that said, however, a child’s interaction with a cat should always be monitored in order to ensure the safety of the child as well as the cat.  Also, many have found that people with Asperger Syndrome or Down syndrome that Ragdolls love them.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the history of the Ragdoll cat, visit our Ragdoll cat history page.

You can see Ragdoll cat appearances by visiting our Ragdoll colors and patterns page.

So if you are looking for a cat Ragdoll Rescue, be sure to check out our Ragdoll Rescue page.

Learn more about a Ragdoll cats health.

Have you learned something about Ragdoll Cats that you would like to share with us, so we can include it on this page? Please use our contact form to let us know what you learned about ragdoll cats or floppy cat.

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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. s. Pogue says:

    sent a friend to your site, she asked me if I liked the “pearls” from hair.
    Did not see that, how do I find it?

  2. Karen says:

    Hi jean just wondering if u have heard if there is any distributors in Australia or of anyone that can send cats trapez here I haven’t heard of anyone. Or if u can find out what is involved to b one(distributer) in this country oz that is. Thanks so much. Karen rann

  3. Paula Costa says:

    Hi Jenny,
    At what age should I introcuce toys with cat nip? My Boy is 6 Monhs old. And yesterday he got a gift of Toys with cat nip.
    I was wondering if is still too soon to introduce cat nip?

  4. Cria says:

    Hello Jenny,
    I just finished reading your book “A RAGDOLL KITTEN CARE GUIDE”, and I loved it.
    It is a useful and interesting guide, with lots of important information.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Cria,

      Oh, I am so excited to hear that you liked it! It would help me out if you would be so kind and leave a review on Amazon. If you’re game – here’s the link where you can do that.

      Do you have a new Ragdoll?

      • Cria says:

        dear Jenny,
        finally I gathered up all my courage and decided to have another cat, actually, two.
        So in January my babies ar coming, Charlie and Celine, we are all so excited an happy.
        I still think a lot about my Abby, but I feel better and think that she would want my children and I to be happy.
        I will surely write a review on your book.
        Lots of love

  5. Crystal says:

    I’m very interested in getting a ragdoll kitten. I’m a stay at home mom of 2 daughters ages 3 years and 10 months. I’ve called 2 cattery”s asking to see if they have ragdoll kittens and then I tell them that I would like to come and see them to pick one out and they say ok and then I say I’m going to bring my 2 daughters with me and they say no that they won’t sell me a kitten because my kids are still to young. I stay at home all day with my daughters and my husband works all day and most of the time he’s goes out of state to differnt job sites that he works at and I have no friends and no other family here and would like a ragdoll cat to keep me company . How do you guys feel do you think I should call around at other breeders or should I wait until my kids are alot older? What do you think I should do? I would love some advice because I have no one to talk too.

    • Phyllis says:

      I’ve always had cats around, even when pregnant and raising two small children. I think it’s a great way to teach little ones how to respect and care for animals. I would suggest you continue to shop around for a suitable breeder, as Ragdolls are very gentle cats, and you may actually find an adult cat that needs a good home. Ragdolls are very social and crave attention, so you may find yourself having 2 human and 1 feline offspring.

    • Marissa says:

      If you can go onto the website Cat Fancy http://www.catchannel.com/cat-fancy/ to find cattery’s near you. That is how we found ours. I think getting a ragdoll would be great but your children are young so you will be the primary caregiver for awhile. While ragdolls are gentle with toddlers, since toddlers are unpredictable, we have to watch our ragdolls very closely so they don’t get hurt by accident. My ragdoll is 2 years old and my son is 1 years old..They coexist but not much interaction since my ragdoll sleeps during the midday…I would say get one but be prepared for a third child because they do require a lot of love and attention and need to play….

    • Cottonball says:

      Mmm it is not the ideal situation for a breeder, I think. I already know cases of the family returning the adult cat to the cattery because the mother surrenders when children arrive: it is too much work. Also, think that you need a very specific kitten, it has to be calm so it won’t try to play with the baby, but “brave” in order not to be afraid of the baby crying. This is hard to find together as the more playful kitten are the bravest :) and a baby is stressful for the kitten, it is full of scents and makes lots of noise… I mean, if the cat is already used to the house, then it is just one factor, but when thinking about a new arrived kitten that has to be used to everything… Anyway I won’t like you to surrender, but to understand you need a specific character and pherhaps a specific breeder, ready to trust you. Maybe you can visit the cattery with the children if you find the right one, to see how the kitten react to them

    • Sharron Kriminger says:

      I feel a Ragdoll kitten takes a lot of your time as it is developing. With two small children, I don’t feel you can give the time it takes. I had five children and know how busy I was. Yes I had animals, but believe me they did not get the attention that I am giving my kitten. You said you wanted one to keep you company, what about your children. Wait a couple of years, when you can teach your children how to treat an animal.

    • NO WAY, NO HOW, COMPLETELY OUTRAGEOUS, SHOP A DIFFERENT BREEDER. Please go to my site and educate yourself on the amazing ways that a ragdoll can enhance your kids lives! Let me know if I can help you find a breeder in your area. You spoke with someone who is clearly not educated on the subject. http://www.TempleDolls.com Send me an email if you’d like me to help you. Until then, please feel free to look at my site and get some info on how you can and SHOULD get a ragbaby for your home, and the specific reasons why. :) Head up girlie.

    • amanda says:

      Ragdolls are slow maturing cats. The average ragdoll is 4 YEARS old before it is considered adult. They are extremely sensitive cats, but like all cats they are easily hurt by small children. I can understand most breeders being reluctant to send a kitten to a home where they may be hurt. Even if you are at home, you cannot supervise small children all the time, and it takes only a few seconds for either fur baby or skin baby to be hurt.

      If you are absolutely determined to have a ragdoll, I would probably recommend you get two. Give them a “safe” room where you can put them when you are busy (cooking, cleaning, in the bathroom) so they are out of the way of your small humans and can relax and play together.

      I’m sure your 3 year old would be fine, but a 10 month old …. how would you feel if the cat felt threatened or was being pulled around by a learning-to-walk baby and scratched your child? What would your reaction be? A cat doesn’t understand the concept of punishment, it’s brain doesn’t work that way, so you would need to be very sure that you can find a way to keep baby and kitten(s) safe in the same space.

    • Janet says:

      Some of these replies sound nutso. Get the kitten for your family. They are the best cats for children of all ages. There is no other reason that I do this work, other than the therapeutic value for the family. The kitten will be well loved and have lots of companions. Just choose from a breeder who raises kittens underfoot.

  6. Sharlene says:

    I grew up with domestic cats throughout my childhood and feel it taught us great lessons in responsibility in looking after them and they gave us many hours of enjoyment. When our kids were small they too grew up with cats as part of our family and we have always loved watching their interactions and the love they shared with their pets. Only having been lucky enough to have two ragdolls in the past two years, i am constantly amazed at the affection and company they display and feel they would be a perfect addition to your young family.

  7. Lori says:

    I have 2 Ragdolls. I thought they’d be good cats for my grandchildren to play with when they visited. Unfortunately, I cannot trust either of them. They can turn mean in an instant and bite. Not all Ragdolls are docile like the breed suggests. Our rescue cat, although afraid of children and people, never bites or behaves mean. Also, the breeders I’ve known did not want visits, so I really couldn’t get a know the kittens, before getting them. We love our Ragdolls, but they are so expensive, and aren’t always good with kids. I guess I might recommend checking out some regular kittens and seeing how they behave with your children.

  8. Jessica says:

    Look for a different breeder, you should be able to get a kitten with young kids, I see nothing wrong with it

  9. Crystal says:

    Thankyou for all the advice I appreciate it. I’m glad I have somebody to talk to.

  10. Steph says:


    I am a breeder of Raggies and I sell to couple’s with young children as long as the child has monitored play with the kitten and the kids are taught to respect and take care of animals. I love to see kids and pets grow up together. I would visit the cattery in person to meet the babies as each has a very individual personality. A Nice breeder will show you and your children the correct way to hold and carry your new baby and give a list and gift bags of things that need to be done for them. Keep checking around.

  11. Gaye Johnson says:

    If I were you, I wouldn’t give up. Of course, breeders can and do choose to not home their kittens in some cases where there are babies and young children; however, others do, especially when they are able to meet your children and you and see for themselves that your children are well-supervised etc. The noise and activity levels with a baby and a toddler can be a bit scary for cats, so you would probably need one of the more outgoing kittens, and allow for as much quiet time as he/she seems to need. Growing up with a cat in the family can be an amazing experience. We didn’t get our Ragdolls until my children were older, but we had rescue kitties in the family when they were both babies and toddlers. One cat really didn’t take too well to baby crying (both my kids had colic and reflux and cried a lot!), and she would retreat to a quiet place in another room. She wasn’t traumatised or anything but I think she would have ideally preferred not to have babies and younger kids around. The other cat would come running TOWARDS the crying as she felt it was her job to comfort the child.

  12. Tara says:

    I think Ragdolls are perfect cats with kids. Out daughter is older – 16 – but our friends have younger kids and our girls are great with them. I assume the breeders were more concerned about the time you’d have to spend with the Ragdoll. Ours take up A LOT of time. Don’t get me wrong – I wouldn’t change it for the world. But – they are definitely higher maintenance than any other cat we’ve ever had. This is the very reason we chose the Ragdoll breed! I wanted to have a cat who needed me.

    Anyway – I wish you luck in your search for a Raggie. They are amazing babies!!! I love ours with my whole heart and am very grateful we found an amazing breeder who had amazing babies!

  13. Paula Costa says:

    Hi Jen,
    My beautiful boy, had his one year check up last night.
    He had the rubbies and the RCP shut.
    This morning he is not himself not getting up, not eating,
    He mones every time i touch him. It breaks my heart.
    He is a very energetic boy.
    First thing in morning he is up with me runs to the shower on top of the counter ,so i can feed him.
    I called the emergency the nurse sad it was a reaction to the vacinies.
    Any of your under subcribes ever had this issue?
    I ‘m also waiting for my regular vet to call me back.

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