Do Ragdoll Cats Shed?
Originally published on Apr 11, 2015
This topic comes up pretty frequently through emails and on our Facebook page. And I have been watching Charlie shed like a maniac recently, so I decided to republish this post.
There is a myth out there that Ragdoll cats don’t shed. I have never experienced a non-shedding Ragdoll cat! They are long-haired cats, so of course they are going to shed and there is going to be a lot of hair because they are long haired!
Curious readers sometimes ask me, “How much do Ragdoll cats shed?” It’s a subjective question and there’s no way to quantify the amount Ragdoll cats shed. The amount they shed depends on:
- Where they live – the climate, temperature, humidity
- What they eat
- Their genes
- How often they are brushed
- What sort of health they are in
Sometimes brushing a cat regularly is enough to prevent cat mats from forming and comb out any mild ones. It’s good to establish brushing habits as early as possible in a kitty’s life before it gets harder for them to become accustomed to it.
Many owners recommend using a reward system to slowly acclimate a cat to brushing. Start by simply showing the cat the brush, letting him or her nuzzle it, and then rubbing the brush near the scent glands on the cheeks – giving treats for accepting movements from the cat.
Then progress to alternating between a few brush strokes and a treat during brushing sessions until your kitty becomes more comfortable.
Some cats are particularly opposed to grooming under the legs, but there are some tricks and strategies that might allow you to reach the knots in that area.
Try a change in position – for example, having the cat sit or stand on your legs while you carefully try to reach these areas, paying attention to their reactions and respecting when they want to stop.
Some owners also recommend finding a “sweet spot,” perhaps on the cat’s chest between their front legs and starting with pleasant brushing there before moving slowly to more problematic areas.
We have a download-able ebook, Grooming the Fluff, that will help you learn about the best methods and tools to use to keep that cat hair at bay.
You might also be interested in reading our post about Best Vacuums for Ragdoll Cat Hair According to Ragdoll Cat Owners
Here’s a YouTube video of me brushing Caymus, a seal mitted Ragdoll cat, with the Shedmonster and the amount of hair that comes off of him.
You can buy the ShedMonster
I also love the Lilly Brush BFF for getting Ragdoll cat hair off of furniture and other fabrics.
You can buy the Lilly Brush BFF
Other popular brushes by cat lovers:
1. Equigroomer Cat Brush – Read our review or buy it here
I was introduced to the EquiGroomer when the inventor reached out to me via email, introducing her product. I definitely recommend using the EquiGroomer outside – as fur can fly everywhere. I was probably most impressed by its ability to not piss off Charlie and Trigg – a hard task for any cat grooming tool.
2. JW Grip Soft Cat Brush – Read our review or buy it here
We have had the JW Pet GripSoft Cat Brush for a very long time. I have used it on Charlie and Trigg and I have also used it on Caymus and Murphy. I cannot say anything bad about it. I like it just fine and it does the job it was made to do! This cat grooming brush is for daily brushing.
3. JW Pet Gift Soft Slicker Brush – Read our review or buy it here
Trigg and Charlie hate being brushed. Let’s just get that out of the way first. It doesn’t matter what the brush is, they just don’t like it. With that said, I like the JW Pet GripSoft Soft Slicker Brush very much and think it is a great brush for many reasons – it had a rubber sheathed handle so that it doesn’t slip in your hands. It also has finger fitting contours. It also comes with a 3-year guarantee that it will be replaced if it fails to perform as advertised.
4. JW Pet Cat Comb – Read our review or buy it here
The JW Grip Soft Cat Comb For Combing. Cat combs help to prevent matting and hairball formulation. Great for removing dingleberries from the behind area! Much like a comb vs. a brush for human hair – just gives the hair a different look. I also love the fact that I can stick this sucker into the dishwasher – so it’s easy to sanitize – if I use it on Charlie and Trigg and then on Caymus and Murphy (this was especially true this summer because I was worried that if Charlie and Trigg had flea eggs on them, that I would then transfer them to the other cats).
5. JW Pet Gripsoft Rotating Comfort Cat Comb – Read our review or buy it here
I did not know these two combs existed until a reader alerted me to the fact that rotating teeth might help my cats (who hate to be brushed and combed) tolerate brushing/combing. And after using this comb for a number of weeks, the rotating teeth absolutely do help – but my cats still hate being brushed and combed. I will definitely be keeping the medium JW Pet Company Rotating Comfort Comb – I like to keep it in my drawer in the kitchen and quickly grab it when I see the cats’ manes are a mess.
6. JW Pet Shedding Blade for Cats – Read our review or buy it here
The JW Pet Grip Soft Shedding Blade. The GripSoft rubber-sheathed handle makes it easy to hold in your hand and the little teeth along the shedding blade aren’t too sharp that you fear you will be cut. The only warning I have is that I suggest you remove the hair outside or in your garage because it tends to get everywhere as you are removing it – especially if your cats’ hair is as plush as Charlie’s.
7. Safari Cat Comb Review – Read our review or buy it here
The Safari Cat Comb is the first thing I grab to comb Charlie and Trigg’s manes. It’s also great for pesky knots and mats. As with any cat comb or brush, I used it to brush my hair to see how much it hurt or not. It has smooth, rounded teeth, so it didn’t hurt, other than when it pulled my hair! It would be a great comb for scratching an itch – think back scratcher!
Please share your shedding experience with your Ragdolls by leaving a comment below. Also, be sure to include what you do to help with the quantity of cat hair.