Ragdoll cats are beautiful cats and have a way of catching people’s eyes and hearts. If you have been struck by the “I want a Ragdoll cat” vibe and are starting your research on what you need to know when buying a Ragdoll cat, you have come to the right place!
We have compiled much of the research for you including the main characteristics of Ragdoll cats, the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a Ragdoll cat, the different avenues there are to purchasing a Ragdoll cat, the conversations you need to have with a reputable Ragdoll cat breeder or individual seller when meeting them, the average Ragdoll cat price, as well as some of the additional costs involved in adding a Ragdoll cat to your family overall.
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What is a Ragdoll Cat?
Ragdoll cats are one of the most sought-after breeds on the market with some of their top characteristics including lots of fur, a bluish grey coloring, large size, silky coats, and their overall genetic predisposition to be an affectionate cat. With lots of love and a little bit of patience, you and your new Ragdoll cat can be the best companions for a long time.
There are different categories that purebred Ragdoll cats typically fall under and choosing which one is for you will be based primarily on what you are wanting the cat for.
Are you looking for a high pedigree cat for show purposes? Are you looking for a new cat because your home feels lonely and you want a buddy to hang out with? Are you looking to possibly become a Ragdoll breeder and need some high-quality cats for your breeding stock? No matter what you are looking for the Ragdoll breed of cat is a big cat that can fill many different spaces in your life.
There are four different categories of Ragdoll cats to choose from. Understanding each of them will help you make a better choice for your lifestyle:
- Pet Alter Quality-Mismarked: Not 100% up-to-the-standard on type, but will have the temperament of a show-quality Ragdoll cat. The cat has been neutered or spayed.
- Show Alter Quality: Perfect markings. Perfect Type. Has been neutered or spayed.
- Breeder Quality: Has good type and temperament. Can be mismarked for show.
- Show/Breeder Quality: Perfect markings, perfect type, everything you would want in show-quality Ragdolls. This type should include a pedigree certificate at purchase.
For more detailed information on the different types of Ragdoll cats please check out our link on Ragdolls Breed and Genetics.
Deciding Where to Purchase Your Ragdoll Cat
There are many different avenues you can choose to go when finding the perfect Ragdoll cat for you. One of the main considerations you will want to consider is whether or not you are looking for a young kitten at just a few weeks of age or an adult cat.
When you choose to buy from a breeder you will typically be buying a kitten, whereas if you choose to look into a rescue or shelter the cats will usually be older and might have some issues adjusting to a different lifestyle, although it probably won’t take any more patience or time than training a brand new kitten!
No matter where you choose to buy your Ragdoll cat the two main features you need to look for are a good temperament and bright blue eyes! Their cute faces can win you over no matter what stage of life they are in.
Buying from a Ragdoll Cat Breeder
There are some advantages to buying your Ragdoll cat from a good breeder, and that is why it often comes with a higher price tag, but you still need to be diligent with getting all of the necessary information and not expect them to just have it ready for you.
It is a good idea to have your questions written down when you go so that you don’t get distracted by the cats’ big blue eyes and forget about checking on things like if they have a family history of bladder stones, heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or other health conditions.
Some questions you should ask the breeder include:
- Do you have the vaccination records available?
- Are the kitten’s parents on-site? Can I see them?
- Are there any known health problems in the bloodline?
- How long have you been a breeder for Ragdoll cats?
- Has the kitten been tested for any possible genetic defects?
- Do they offer any type of health guarantee?
- Have they established themselves as a reputable breeder?
If you are looking at purchasing a Ragdoll cat to show you will want to develop a more detailed list of questions along with accessing pedigree records, and a thorough check-over for the correct markings.
Another thing to observe when visiting a breeder is how they interact with their cats. Do their cats seem comfortable with them? Are they relaxed or are they tense? Some breeders simply raise cats as breeding stock and aren’t as interested in the relationship they might build with their pets. While this isn’t necessarily a reason to buy or not buy from a particular breeder it will have an effect on the cat’s overall disposition.
Buying a Ragdoll Cat from a Rescue or Shelter
Buying a Ragdoll cat from a rescue or shelter can be a great opportunity for you and for your potential new friend, but there are some things you need to keep in mind when going this route.
Be prepared to fill out a detailed questionnaire. A few of the questions that will probably be included in this will be:
- Who all lives in your home? (people and other pets)
- Have you ever owned a Ragdoll or similar breed of the cat before?
- What do you do for a living?
- What is your home environment like? Is it an apartment? Do you have any outside space?
- Do you have a family veterinarian?
- Do you have a plan in place to take care of the Ragdoll cat after you take it home?
- Do you do a lot of traveling?
- Are you prepared for any unexpected costs that might arise for injury or illness of your new Ragdoll cat?
Don’t be put off by all of these questions. The shelter has possibly rescued this Ragdoll cat from a bad situation and they want to do their best at finding a secure and loving new home so that there is no more trauma for the cat to go through. A cat’s life should be full of a lot of love and attention and that is what they are trying to find when pairing a shelter or rescue cat with their new companion.
If you are looking for a Ragdoll rescue cat please visit our article that is dedicated solely to Ragdoll Rescue for more information.
Be Aware of Breeder Scams
As with most large purchases, there are always scammers out there trying to take advantage of people’s hearts and wallets. Here are a few of the most well-known scam operations when it comes to Ragdoll Cat Breeders, but be sure and do your research before completing any purchase. There are a lot of backyard breeders out there just trying to take your money on one of the most popular cat breeds out there without actually offering you a high-quality cat.
Another thing to think about when purchasing your Ragdoll cat from a breeder is that they will more than likely require you to place a deposit on your cat before you pick it up. This gives them the security that you will move forward with the purchase and can often determine who gets the first pick of a litter, as many begin to sell the kittens before they are even born. You may also be put on a waiting list depending on how many kittens the breeder has available.
This is another reason to complete your research on the breeder and make sure they have a positive history with their buyers to make sure you don’t put a deposit down on a cat and then they disappear.
Keep in mind that these are average prices and can vary depending on where you live and what the demand is for Ragdoll cats in your area.
Here are some Ragdoll cat prices that one may expect to pay:
|Pet (Alter) Quality||USD$1200-USD $2800+||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$1500- USD $4000+||This is a Ragdoll cat that is perfectly marked to be shown at cat shows but is spayed or neutered.|
|Breeder Quality||USD$1800- USD $3000+||This is a Ragdoll cat that is fit for breeding and should also have been tested to be free of genetic diseases.|
|Show/Breeder Quality||USD$2300- USD $5000+||This is a Ragdoll cat that is perfectly marked to be shown at cat shows and is also fit for breeding.|
Costs of Maintaining Ragdoll Cats
Budgeting for the purchase of your Ragdoll cat is only the beginning. You also need to be prepared for the maintenance and upkeep so that your cat is able to truly live its best life. While there will always be unplanned costs such as emergency surgeries or a broken claw or tooth, the basics can be more predictable, but can definitely add up if you haven’t prepared yourself for them.
Some of the basic costs of maintaining Ragdoll cats include
- Regular vet check-ups
- Required vaccinations
- Good Quality Food and Treats
- Litter Box/Litter
- Regular Grooming
- Assorted Accessories such as a pet carrier, collar, cat trees, cat bed, etc.
- Spay/Neuter Fees (if this wasn’t done before you bought your Ragdoll cat)
- Pet Insurance
Other Things to Consider When Buying a Ragdoll Cat
Some other factors to consider when buying a ragdoll cat include the age of the cat, their pedigree, the real reason you are looking for a Ragdoll cat (ex: for a companion vs to show professionally), their personality, breeding purposes, and anything else that might fall outside of the “I just really want a Ragdoll cat because they are beautiful” category!
Owning a Ragdoll Cat
Ragdoll cats make great companions along with many other fun character traits. As with any pet, it’s important to understand that owning a Ragdoll cat doesn’t come without responsibility, some work, and the ability to care for them financially.
Ragdoll cats have great personalities and most of them will help boost your spirits at the end of a long day by curling up in your lap and relaxing like a true ragdoll. Their variety of sizes and colors make them a diverse breed that can fit well in many different types of households.
Whichever option you choose for getting your Ragdoll cat we hope that you found the information in this article useful in your process! We look forward to hearing from you and seeing pictures of you with your new Ragdoll cat!
Mordekai is a pet quality Ragdoll. He is a flame lynx mitted.
While he does have nice deep eye color and a 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 deciding how to buy a Ragdoll cat.
A Lifetime Commitment!
So, while you do your research about how to buy a Ragdoll cat, keep in mind the lifetime costs of owning one. It is a lifetime commitment to owning a soul that you commit to care for.
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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,