Originally published September 6, 2016 – updated as often as I receive information about pricing
Buying a Ragdoll Cat
Are you worried about how to find the perfect Ragdoll Cat for you? Where to start looking? What questions to ask? How Much Do Ragdoll Cats Cost?
If you’re in the process of buying a Ragdoll cat, you’ll definitely want to know the whos, whats, wheres, whens and whys of buying a ragdoll cat.
This article will provide you with the information you need to know before you approach a rescue group or a Ragdoll cat breeder about your future housemate!
Ragdoll Cats for Adoption: Rescue Ragdolls
We have a page entirely dedicated to helping you find and adopt a Rescue Ragdoll, please visit our Ragdoll Rescue page here.
From there, you can start to email or phone the appropriate rescue group expressing your interest in buying a Ragdoll cat (make sure to write down the cat’s name or ID number before contacting the rescue and reference that name or ID number when you call or email them).
When they reply, they will most likely ask you to fill out a questionnaire about yourself, your financial situation (pets cost money and rescues want to make sure you have enough to cover your own costs plus the costs of the new addition to your family), your free time to spend with your cat and so on and so forth.
Find a Ragdoll Kitten through Ragdoll Cat Breeders
Perhaps you’re interested in buying a Ragdoll kitten from a Ragdoll Breeder. It’s essential you know what to look for, what questions to ask and more.
The first step is understanding breeder terminology when it comes to Ragdoll cats for sale. There are four different categories of Ragdoll Kittens to choose from:
- Pet Alter Quality – mismarked, not 100% up to the standard on type but will have the temperament of a show cat, has been neutered or spayed. Some breeders choose not to spay or neuter and will leave that to the owner to do later on.
- Show Alter Quality – Perfect markings, perfect type, but has been neutered or spayed.
- Breeder Quality – Breeder good type and temperament but mismarked for show.
- Show/Breeder Quality – show breeder Perfect markings perfect type every thing you want in a show cat.
All kittens, no matter which category they fit into, should have a good temperament and deep blue eyes.
Ragdoll Cats Price: Why Price Can Vary
When considering buying a Ragdoll cat, prices for these categories of Ragdoll kittens can vary considerably. There are many reasons for this:
- Breeders in some states are required to get the appropriate vaccinations for their kittens before they sell them.
- Some kittens come altered, so some breeders have to pay for the spay or neuter.
- Many breeders prefer to have at least 2 vet checks before the kittens are sold.
- Some Ragdoll breeders have their Breeder Quality or Show/Breeder Quality kittens DNA tested and most of my breeding cats are shown and titled to make sure that they are meeting the standard for the Ragdoll.
- Actual Cost of caring for a kitten (like food, litter, etc.)
Responsible breeders do not adopt their kittens until they are at least 12-14 weeks old and, sometimes, older.
In fact, it is very hard to compare prices because expenses vary in different locations, that’s why knowing the price of buying a Ragdoll cat can be difficult without just inquiring with each specific breeder.
The cost of cat food, vet bills for vaccinations, and spay and neuter have a wide spread of costs so, what may be high in some areas actually will barely cover the expense of the kitten itself in others.
Most cat breeders will offer some sort of a discount if you are willing to buy two of their kittens at the same time.
All breeders will require a deposit on a kitten, sometimes even before they are born. The reason breeders do this is so that your kitten is reserved.
In other words, a breeder cannot be guaranteed that you are for sure going to buy a kitten, therefore they ask for an “escrow”, if you will, to confirm you are serious about your adoption and purchase.
Ragdoll Cats Price: What’s The Breakdown
Here are some Ragdoll cat prices that one may expect to pay:
|Pet (Alter) Quality||USD$850+||(some breeders charge more for females due to the fact that spaying costs more than neutering, also some breeders will charge more for rare or non-traditional color patterns, like Torties , Creams, Lilacs and Flames)|
|Show (Alter) Quality||USD$1200- USD $2300+|
|Breeder Quality||USD$1500- USD $2500+|
|Show/Breeder Quality||USD$2300- USD $2700+|
Since this is such a popular topic, I went ahead and asked our Facebook community – How much did you pay for your Ragdoll kitten/cat? What year was it? Are you a breeder – do these prices pretty much match your ranges?
These pages on our site might be helpful for you as well:
- Ragdoll Cat Cost – How Much Does a Ragdoll Cat Cost to Keep?
- Ragdoll Cat Price – Readers share their experiences
Below are examples of these different qualities, so you can get an idea of how these categories are determined. Thank you, Nene’s Ragdolls for supplying these photos!
Pet (Alter) Quality
Certainly, there isn’t a way to show that the cat has been altered in these photos (well, there is for the male, but not worth the point here).
Mordekai is a pet quality Ragdoll. He is a flame lynx mitted. While he does have nice deep eye color and good body type, he is mismarked.
His blaze is too wide and his hock should be white but he has a spot of red on it. You’ll want to determine the importance of a Ragdoll’s physical appearance before buying a Ragdoll cat.
NenesRags Misbehavn of AllDolledUp is a seal tortie point. She has good type, nice tortie markings, deep blue eye color, large size, soft coat and excellent temperment. She is a show breeder but could also be a show alter. She is 4.5 Months old in this photo.
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