How Can I Find Out if My Cat Is a Ragdoll?

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Do you have a kitty who looks or acts like a Ragdoll and you’re wondering, “How Can I Find Out if My Cat Is a Ragdoll?” Do you think your cat looks like a Ragdoll, but you’re not sure if it is an actual purebred? Are your cat’s big blue eyes and long lush coat enough to qualify it as a Ragdoll? Well, the short answer is no, if your cat shares some of the Ragdoll characteristic features, it’s not enough to confirm it as a purebred. But there are ways to find out for sure.

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1. Official Papers

If you have official papers from the breeder attesting that your cat is a Ragdoll, then you can know for sure that it one. Or if you have papers for your cat’s parents, they attest to the same fact and you can contact the breeder and ask him or her to provide the required paperwork for your cat as well.

2. DNA Testing for Breed Determination

If you’ve adopted your cat and you don’t have any papers attesting its breed, then rest assured that there is an alternative you have to find out if it is a Ragdoll. With modern technology, it’s quite easy to find out if your cat is a purebred or not. You can perform a quick DNA test on your cat and find out right away.

If you've adopted your cat and you don't have any papers attesting its breed, then rest assured that there is an alternative you have to find out if it is a Ragdoll. Click To Tweet

Basepaws Breed Groups Cat DNA Test is one of your options for quick tests that can help you find out what breed your cat is. This test features a comparison to 4 main breed groups and as many as 21 individual breeds, including Ragdoll. If your cat is a mix breed, then you can find out what breeds it is a combination of.

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Their DNA test also compares your cat’s genome to that of wild cats (tigers, lions, cheetah, cougar) and tells you how much of a wild side your cat has. They also have a test that goes beyond the breed determination and includes a health screening. It also tests for 39 genetic markers and reports on mutation carrier status and your cat’s predisposition to 17 genetic diseases like Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) or Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).

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3. How the DNATesting Works

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  1. The first thing you have to do is sign up on the Basepaws website and activate your CatKit. Then, you have to collect the DNA sample from your cat.
  2. All you have to do is swab gently inside of their cheek for 2-5 seconds and then secure the sample in the provided container.
  3. The next and final step is to place the sample container into the return shipping box and send it back to the address instructed in the kit. The sample will be taken to the Basepaws lab and their specialists will perform the DNA test.

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The DNA test is the simplest and most reliable way to find out if your cat is a Ragdoll or not. If you’re not sure if your cat is Ragdoll or just resembles on, then this is the most accessible way to get a definitive answer.

Have you tried DNA tests for your cat? Were they useful? What did you find out? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.



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  1. SUPER PAWESOME & FABULOUS info, Jenny honey! TYSVM!!! Enjoyed reading this very much, as usual! No DNA testing done here since we purchased Our Lurvely Girl from a very reputable Ragdoll breeder. 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love & purrs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3 <3 <3

      1. We got our tuxie boy tested with Basepaws and were very impressed. He was advertised as from an accidental litter to a ragdoll mom and street cat dad, so we had him tested for two reasons. 1. We couldn’t be 100% sure the seller was being truthful despite seeing mom cat – thanks to COVID we saw mom and kitten separately. 2. If he does have the ragdoll genes, we wanted to check for HCM. Turns out, he’s around 60% ragdoll with a fair chonk of Maine Coon and Norwegian mixed into the rest – and clear for HCM genetics. Given that he’s 11+ pounds at 9 months and very typically ragdoll in personality and face I’d have been very surprised to find out there’s no big breed DNA, but it’s still nice to have the reassurance!

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