There are many Ragdoll breeders and catteries. If you are looking for a Ragdoll cat, it is probably best to buy either a rescue Ragdoll (a Ragdoll that has been abandoned or needs to be adopted because a family is moving out of the country or varius other reasons), a retired breeder (these cats range in age from 3 to 8 yers old and they are cats that breeders have used to breed. The breeders look for a safe home for the retired breeders) or adopt a new kitten.
NEW! Check out our page where Floppycats’ readers list recommended Ragdoll cat breeders.
We also have a page about how to spot Bad Ragdoll Breeders.
It is hard to figure out which breeders are the good ones and which ones are the bad ones. How to find a reputable breeder is a very subjective process. You will find, that many reputable breeders of all kinds of animals, are rather opinionated. They work hard, spend incredible amounts of energy and time, not to mention money on their programs. They can do everything right and still have things go horribly wrong.
Our Find a Ragdoll Cat Breeder page might help you more with the research process.
Ragdoll Rescue is sometimes the best route for those who do not have the time or energy for a kitten or are looking for a more established cat. And the pure bred cat rescues out there will do a good job in looking at your background and family needs to place the right kitty with you.
Some of the things to look for in a breeder are:
- Are the kittens raised under foot? (in the breeder’s home)
- Does the breeder have a decent reputation?
- Do the cats look happy and well on the breeder’s website?
- Does the breeder have dogs or children?
- Do I personally like the breeder?
There are, in fact, many questions to ask your breeder. If you’d like additional ideas, please visit Floppycats.com’s Questions for Breeders page.
Getting along with your Ragdoll breeder is very important. Any negative energy from either side will indirectly affect the Ragdoll cat you are considering. It is important that their Ragdoll kittens are raised under foot, or in the breeder’s home. If the breeder has a separate room, that too, can be okay if the breeder is proactive about socializing the animals.
If you are in the process of looking for a Ragdoll from a breeder, it is a good idea to look at a number of breeders. Ask other breeders if they know another breeder you are working with. In such a field, they usually know of one another or have heard of the other one.
Photos of Ragdolls on a breeder’s website always say a lot about the cats. If there is a lot of “gook” in the cats’ eyes and the eyes of the cat are droopy, then more than likely there is something wrong with the cat. Be sure to look in the background of the photos – is the area where the cats are living, clean? If not, then the cat may have health issues. If the kittens, Studs (male breeders) and Queens (female breeders) look healthy and happy, then more than likely the kittens will be too.
It is important to get photos of the kitten you are considering emailed or mailed to you. More than likely you will have to have put down a deposit to reserve a kitten or a un-born kitten from a litter. The more popular the breeder and the more popular the Queen or Stud producing the litter, the more popular the kittens will be. However, the breeder should be willing to send you a few photos of the kitten or the un-born kitten’s parents before you put down a deposit.
Lastly, you may want to consider whether or not the breeder has children or dogs. If you have children and dogs, it is best that the kitten is raised in that sort of enviroment. So that when the kitten arrives at your home, it is used to children and dogs.
Some Ragdoll breeders will ship their kittens – you pay an extra fee for this (the fee the airline charges) as well as a pet carrier fee (which the breeder buys ahead of time and ships the kittens in–so they are safe and warm). Some Ragdoll breeders insist that you pick them up. So it may be the wisest thing to find a Ragdoll breeder in your state or the next state over. If you would like to travel to get your kitten – that is, on an airplane, the breeder should allow you to see their facility. If the breeder is hesitant to let you see their home/facility, then you might be weary of adopting from that breeder. Afterall, as a cat breeder, they are operating a business and part of their business is the facility that they operate in!
If you would like to see additional questions to ask breeders, please visit Floppycats.com’s Questions for Breeders Page.
Words of Caution…
As with any purebred animal, beware of “discount” Ragdolls. The kitten might be inexpensive up front, but the diseases it might come with could make the kitten very expensive in the future. Ragdolls should be purchased from a registered, reputable breeder. When a breeder wants to breed happy, healthy pedigree Ragdolls, it’s an expensive and timely undertaking. And that’s why they charge the way that they do!
If you are a Ragdoll Breeder and would like to be featured, please contact us.
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Again, our interviews and our Breeder Directory are free advertising options we offer Ragdoll breeders.