If you are looking to get your very own Ragdoll cat, then finding a good breeder is the starting point of your journey. In this article, you’ll find some tips and tricks on how to sort through breeder websites and find the ideal Raggie cat breeder.
Where Do You Start?
As with many other things you want to find, finding a good Ragdoll cat breeder can start with a simple Google search. It is filtering out the results that is more complicated. A safe way to separate the good breeders from the bad is to go with the ones backed by feline associations, that have good reviews on Facebook or other social media and that test their cats for genetic diseases.
There is a list of Ragdoll cat breeders from TICA (The International Cat Association) that features quite a few catteries. However, one step up is to go with one that is registered with both TICA and the CFA. There is also a Ragdoll breeder directory that features more options by location.
How Do You Choose the Ragdoll Cat Breeder?
Even if they are backed by TICA, the CFA, or other authorities, there is further research you should do when looking at cat breeder options before you make a choice.
You have to find a cattery that meets your personal expectations all the way. Here is a simple plan that you can set in motion:
1. Do they meet the requirement checklist?
Aside from being an authorized Ragdoll breeder, it is essential that the person you choose to get your cat from is able to show you official proof of the cats’ identity as a Ragdoll. Make sure you look for DNA info on the parents (or cat association papers of the parents) just so you can be sure you get a purebred Ragdoll.
2. Take a Closer Look
You can find out a lot about a breeder just by looking at the pictures on their website. I recommend you look closely and stay on the lookout for some of these things:
- Are the cats happy in the pictures?
Spotting stressed cats on a breeder’s website is certainly not a good sign. No matter how adorable the kittens may be, the adult breeding cat photos will say a lot too. Pay very close attention to the way that the cats interact with each other and go with the catteries that have the happiest cats. Be aware that the photos could not show much – especially if they have a solid color background, for example.
- Are the kittens socialized properly?
In your search for a breeder, you will find catteries that isolate the kittens and catteries that raise them under foot (in their homes). Opting for kittens that are used to interacting with children and even dogs will certainly be easier to raise if that’s what you have in your home, so when you analyze the pictures on the breeder’s site, make sure you keep an eye out for children and pups. You can find more information about this in our article on Ragdoll breeders.
3. Do a Bit of Spy Work
It is essential that the Ragdoll cat breeder you choose has a good reputation and that is something that is something that you can check online. Nowadays, the internet provides us with far more transparency for service providers and cat breeders definitely fit into this category. Here are a few things that you can do:
- Look for complaints
- Analyze reviews
- Spy all the way by looking for negative feedback specifically – type the breeder’s name and words like “bad”, “scam”, “sick”. Read our guide on how to spot a bad Ragdoll cat breeder to get even more ideas on what to look out for.
After going through these 3 steps, you should reach out to the breeder and see how you feel about the interaction. It’s important that you feel a positive connection with the breeder because, ultimately, getting a cat is not a purchase, but an investment in your future.
The Adoption Route
If you want your very own Ragdoll cat, buying one from a breeder is not your only option. There are so many Raggies out there that you can adopt. Adopting an adult Ragdoll is a very rewarding experience.
We have a page on the site that contains a list of resources of how you can go about finding a Ragdoll Rescue in your area. I also asked Floppycatters about this on social media, and the adoption sites for Ragdolls they suggested are Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue and Rescue Me. Many perfectly papered and perfectly well-mannered Ragdoll cats end up needing a new home due to a divorce, an owner dying, an owner moving out of the country and so many more reasons.
We have talked about how to find a good Ragdoll breeder on Facebook – here is the discussion, in case you’d like to take a gander.
Many readers have found our book, A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide: Bringing Your Ragdoll Kitten Home, a great resource for those who have just adopted a Ragdoll kitten and are bringing it home.
Did you adopt a Ragdoll kitten from a breeder? Was it a good experience or a bad one? What tips and tricks do you have for finding a good breeder?