The “Do Ragdoll Cats Shed?” topic frequently comes up through emails and our Facebook page. And I have been watching Charlie shed like a maniac recently, so I am republishing 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 the following:
- Where they live – the climate, temperature, humidity
- What they eat
- Their genes
- How often are they brushed
- What sort of health are they in
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Sometimes regularly brushing a cat 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 more challenging 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 them 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. However, some tricks and strategies 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 before moving slowly to more problematic areas.
Our downloadable ebook, Grooming the Fluff, will help you learn about the best methods and tools to keep that cat’s 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.
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Do Ragdolls shed more than other cat breeds?
How do you quantify how much a cat sheds? Ragdolls shed a similar amount to mid- to long-haired cats, such as American Bobtails, or breeds like Siberians, which have a triple coat.
Again, you can help minimize shedding by looking at your cat’s diet, keeping them healthy, and brushing regularly. Still, it’ll also depend on their genes and your climate. You should be able to effectively manage your cat’s shedding if you follow those steps and those in our ebook for grooming your ragdoll.
Which cats shed the least?
Unsurprisingly, Sphynx cats shed the least amount of hair. They aren’t actually bald, despite their look and reputation, but their coat is extremely fine and thin. Because of that, it doesn’t tend to tangle and clump, and the cats shed a much lower amount.
There are plenty of short-hair cat breeds that don’t shed much, but that doesn’t always mean they’re easier to care for. Each breed has its own requirements and needs. Plus, even breeds like ragdolls that can shed more are easy enough to maintain if you’re a sound owner who puts the time in to properly groom and care for your cat.
How do I stop my ragdoll from shedding?
You can’t stop your ragdoll from shedding completely. But, you can work to reduce the amount they shed so that you don’t constantly have to clean your clothes and furniture of cat hair.
Obviously, regular grooming with a brush is vital. It helps collect any fur ready to be shed, making it easy to clean. Follow all my steps above and in the ebook to groom your cat best and prevent that loose hair from getting onto your furnishings.
Some people would advise you to bathe your cat to help reduce shedding. However, this shouldn’t be necessary. I wouldn’t recommend bathing your cat unless you have to – such as if they’ve suffered diarrhea. Otherwise, grooming with a brush should be sufficient.
You should check your cat’s diet. Ensure it has a healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of nutrients and that your cat is hydrated. Fatty acids and water help to maintain the health of a cat’s fur, stopping unnecessary shedding.
Consider speaking to your vet if your cat suddenly starts shedding more than it usually would. Also, if your ragdoll suffers from health problems, it could cause hair to fall out more rapidly. Any unusual symptoms are always worth checking before they develop into more severe issues.
Do ragdolls shed dander?
Dander – the flakes of dried skin found in animal fur – is one of the common substances that can trigger allergies. However, because ragdolls don’t have an undercoat, they don’t tend to produce much dander. So properly grooming your cat won’t just remove shed fur but can also remove the dander before it’s deposited around the home.
Are Ragdolls good for allergies?
Ragdolls aren’t hypoallergenic – so if you’re looking for a cat species that’s best for someone with a cat allergy, they may not be the perfect breed.
But because ragdolls don’t produce as much dander, they are well-suited to someone who is only allergic to cat dander. Unfortunately, the only way you’d know this is if you were tested with an allergist, and then ideally spend some time with another ragdoll cat before adopting one yourself.
In conclusion, if you’re asking do ragdolls shed, the answer is that they definitely shed hair, but there are ways you can manage it. Effective grooming, looking at your cat’s diet, and ensuring they stay healthy and happy will all help keep fur shedding to a minimum.
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 emailed me, introducing her product. I definitely recommend using the EquiGroomer outside – as fur can fly everywhere. However, I was probably most impressed by its ability to not piss off Charlie and Trigg – a challenging 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 negative 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 – buy it here
Trigg and Charlie hate being brushed. So, let’s get that out of the way first. It doesn’t matter what the brush is; they don’t like it. With that said, I like the JW Pet GripSoft Soft Slicker Brush very much and think it is an excellent brush for many reasons – it has a rubber-sheathed handle so that it doesn’t slip in your hands. It also has finger-fitting contours and comes with a 3-year guarantee that it will be replaced if it fails to perform as advertised.
4. JW Pet Cat Comb – 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 – it 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 – Buy it here
I did not know these two combs existed until a reader alerted me that rotating teeth might help my cats (who hate to be brushed and combed) tolerate brushing/combing. And after using this comb for several weeks, the rotating teeth do help – but my cats still hate being brushed and combed. So I will undoubtedly keep 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. My only warning is that I suggest you remove the hair outside or in your garage because it tends to get everywhere as you remove 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 an excellent comb for scratching an itch – think backscratcher!
Please share your shedding experience with your Ragdolls by leaving a comment below. Also, include what you do to help with the quantity of cat hair.
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,