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

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 actually purebred? For example, are your cat’s big blue eyes and long, lush coat enough to qualify it as a Ragdoll? 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, you can know it is 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.

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Wisdom Panel Cat DNA Test or the 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. These tests feature 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.

You can see my purebred Ragdoll cats‘ test results to see how they’re delivered:

Ragdoll cat breed DNA Test Basepaws DNA

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.
HCM in Cats Testing - How To Ragdoll Cat Cheek Swab Test

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 one, 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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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. Hi , my sisters ragdoll poos on her lawn, is this normal and if you know the answer why does she as she has a tray inside . She constantly wants to go outside and cries till my sister gives in. Any help we be appreciated. Thank you.

  2. Shelly Duea says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of CAT DNA testing. I am super interested in the genetic marker testing for health issues. Thanks Jenny!

    1. You’re welcome – if you have it done, please advise!

  3. 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

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