The other day on YouTube, someone wrote on our- How to Hold a Ragdoll cat video – "Your cats are so cool. I really want a Siamese Ragdoll; they're so badass." It reminded me of this post. (There are cat breeds that are Ragdoll Siamese mixes. This happens when two separate breeds, "Ragdoll" and "Siamese," are bred together, which is also known as a "Ragamese.")
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I replied and said my cats were Ragdolls. He replied, "Really? I thought the ragdolls with that coat were bred with Siamese/Himalayan cats, but tbh Idk a ton about cats; all I know is I want one of those. Lol".
I replied, "No, Ragdoll is a breed of cat, Siamese is another breed of cat, Himalayan is a breed of cat - all separate. All are known as color-pointed cat breeds - meaning they change color as they age and show their color the most on their points."
Ragdoll Siamese Mix
A Ragdoll Siamese mix is a Ragamese. Ragdoll + Siamese = Ragamese. In other words, a Ragamese is a cat produced from a Siamese cat and a Ragdoll cat mating. This article talks about the differences between the two color-point breeds of cats.
A Common Question
Surprisingly, this is a frequently asked question among cat lovers far and wide. Growing up, I can't tell you how many people saw my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, and thought he was a Siamese.
Ragdoll and Siamese cats are often confused due to some similarities that these breeds share regarding blue eyes, colors, and patterns. Still, they are very different breeds from many points of view.
This article talks about the similarities, and differences, between the Ragdoll cat breed and the Siamese cat breed. With this information, you can get an idea of the unique features of each of these cats.
Ragdolls and Siamese Cats - Similarities
The most prominent characteristic shared between Ragdoll and Siamese cats is the seal color pattern of their fur. This means the white to creamy white bodies with dark brown masks, ears, tails, and mittens in contrast.
Since this combination of colors is quite different from those seen in other breeds, people often associate it with a single breed, thus confusing the Ragdoll and the Siamese.
While this pattern can be found in both cat breeds, plenty of elements can be used to differentiate the two.
Like Ragdoll kittens, Siamese kittens start out almost white and acquire their full color as they age because they are color-pointed cats.
Ragdolls and Siamese Cats - Differences
In this section, I will relay the most important differences between the two cat breeds. The main objective is the disambiguation of this relatively common Ragdoll-related confusion.
Siamese - As the name may suggest, Siamese cats come from Thailand (Siam), and they are one of the oldest cat breeds in the entire world, dating back to 1351 AD.
In 1878, US President Rutherford B. Hayes received a Siamese cat, the first ever of its breed to reach the US. The modern version of this breed came in the 1950-1960s. There was a boost of interest in cats of this particular display.
Ragdolls - This breed also came about in the 1960s when seal point cats were all the rage. The first ever Ragdoll came from a Persian/Angora cat that bred with several unknown Birman males, out of which one presented the Siamese staple seal point coloration.
Ann Baker of Riverside, California, developed the Ragdoll breed and trademarked the name.
Siamese - The typical Siamese cat has a very short yet uniquely silky coat. Please note that there are no long-haired Siamese cats. Are there fluffy siamese cats? No. Silky but not fluffy. But the Balinese are known for their purebred long-haired Siamese cats.
Ragdoll - The breed standard for Ragdolls is a long coat of silky texture, similar to rabbit fur's touch.
Please note that Ragdolls do not have undercoats, which makes them shed significantly more than other cat breeds.
Siamese - The seal point Siamese cat is the breed's most well-known color variety. These cats also come in several other colors - blue, chocolate, lilac, flame, and cream.
As you may expect, in the beginning, the breeders and cat associations considered all the other colors inferior to the traditional seal point Siamese cat. But as the breed grew more and more popular, they eventually accepted various patterns, such as tabby, lynx, and tortie.
Ragdoll - This breed became popular with seal point individuals. As such, to this day, this is the most common type of Ragdoll cat. However, like for the Siamese, there is significant variety in colors and patterns.
Ragdolls include blue, chocolate, lilac, flame point, and cream point. As far as patterns are concerned, Ragdolls also have tabbies, torties, and lynxes.
Siamese - Known worldwide as one of the most intelligent cats, the Siamese makes for an excellent pet. They are very affectionate yet social and particularly vocal and agile.
Siamese cats tend to get attached to a single person, but they will be sociable with the entire family. They are extroverts in the true sense of the word, and they thrive on human and/or cat companionship.
Ragdoll - The trait Ragdolls are known worldwide for is their docile nature. These cats are exceptionally calm and loving, up to the point where their floppy behavior has inspired their name (Ragdoll).
But don't let their calm nature fool you, for Ragdolls are extremely intelligent and social.
Unfortunately, as with other cat breeds, pedigree Ragdolls and Siamese can be found in shelters and rescues in the United States. In fact, many times, a Siamese could be listed as a Ragdoll or vice versa. Check out our Ragdoll Rescue page to learn more tips and tricks on how to find a Ragdoll or Siamese in need of a home.
As you can see, Ragdoll and Siamese cats are quite different, even though they share unique seal point colorations.
Each of these two fantastic breeds has some unique characteristics. Still, many things make them different from each other.