If you're a Ragdoll lover looking for a new furry family member, congratulations! Ragdolls enrich our lives, and they have lots of love to give. These beautiful cats often have a friendly temperament, big blue eyes, and plush coats, making them a popular breed.
If you want to adopt a purebred cat, many options are available. It is probably best to adopt 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 for various other reasons) or a retired breeder (these are purebred cats that breeders have used for breeding litters, and they are usually 3 to 8 years old).
There are many reputable breeders to choose from, and we would like to help you learn how to find a fantastic breeder in your area.
- Is It Worth It to Wait and Buy My Ragdoll Cat from a Reputable Breeder?
- Some of the things to look for in a breeder are:
- BEWARE! Ragdoll Breeder Scams
- Where to Look for a Reputable Ragdoll Cat Breeder
- What Do Quality Ragdoll Breeders Offer?
- Fun Facts About Ragdoll Cats
- FAQs - Ragdoll Breeders
- What Should Ragdoll Cat Breeders Give You?
- What Should I Look for When Buying a Ragdoll Kitten?
Is It Worth It to Wait and Buy My Ragdoll Cat from a Reputable Breeder?
Check out Floppycats readers' list of recommended Ragdoll cat breeders by state.
First, it's essential to know that a "reputable breeder" concept is very subjective. You will find that many reputable breeders of all kinds of animals are rather opinionated because they are so passionate about animals' well-being. As a result, some problematic breeding and animal care controversies can be tough to discern.
Our "Find a Ragdoll Cat Breeder" page might help you more with the research process. A good Ragdoll cat 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. Purebred cat rescues do a great job of 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 underfoot? (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 you personally like the breeder's personality?
- Does the breeder test their mating cats for genetic diseases?
There are many questions to ask a potential breeder to determine if they're the right fit. If you'd like additional ideas, please visit our Questions for Breeders page. Getting along with your Ragdoll breeder is very important. Any negative energy from either side can indirectly affect the cat you are considering.
Their kittens must be either raised underfoot or in the breeder's home. If the breeder has a separate room, that can be okay if the breeder is proactive about socializing the animals.
How Do You Evaluate a Cat Breeder?
If you are looking for a purebred Ragdoll from a responsible breeder, it is a good idea to look at several breeders. Ask other breeders if they know another breeder you are interested in. In such a field, they usually know of one another.
Photos of each new kitten on a breeder's website always say much about the cats. If there is a lot of "gook" in the cat's eyes and the eyes of the cat are droopy, then more than likely, it has health conditions.
Be sure to look at 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. Getting photos of the kitten you are considering texted, emailed, or mailed to you is essential.
You will likely have to put down a deposit to reserve a kitten or an unborn 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 photos of the kitten or the unborn kitten's parents before you put down a deposit.
Lastly, consider whether or not the breeder has children or dogs. If you have children and dogs, the kitten should be raised in that environment so that when the kitten arrives at your home, there isn't a challenging adjustment period with your kids or dogs. Good Ragdoll breeders ensure that the young kittens are raised in an environment similar to their new home!
Some Ragdoll breeders will ship their kittens. You pay an extra fee for this (the airline charges) and 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 yourself, so it may be the wisest thing to find a Ragdoll breeder in your 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 to check that it is in good condition. If the breeder is hesitant to let you see their home/facility, you might be wary of adopting from that breeder. After all, as a cat breeder, they are operating a business, and part of their business is the facility they operate in!
Words of Caution
As with any purebred animal, beware of "discount" Ragdolls. The kitten might be inexpensive up front, but even a gorgeous cat can come with diseases that could make the kitten very expensive in the future. Unfortunately, Ragdolls are a popular cat breed, incentivizing people to breed them haphazardly and ignore health concerns.
Ragdolls should be purchased from a registered, reputable breeder. Unfortunately, when a breeder wants to breed happy, healthy pedigree Ragdolls, it's an expensive and timely undertaking that will show up in the price of a Ragdoll kitten.
BEWARE! Ragdoll Breeder Scams
Apart from irresponsible breeders, you also have to watch out for scams. Some people pretend to be Ragdoll breeders, but they are scam artists.
Like many scams, these can be tough to spot, so personally asking the breeder questions and ensuring you see pictures and tour the facility is very important.
Where to Look for a Reputable Ragdoll Cat Breeder
When we talk about buying a new Ragdoll kitten, the best option is to do it through a reputable, well-known breeder in your area. A professional and good breeder will also make sure you're a good fit before allowing you to take in any floppy cats, and they are breeding cats as a business!
They should ask about your:
- Financial situation,
- Living standards
- Ability to love and take care of the kitty!
On top of that, a professional breeder will also do genetic testing to screen for everyday health problems and ensure that the kitten is vaccinated.
One thing to remember, though, is that a kitten that is vaccinated will also come with a certificate and is often called "Veterinarian Certified."
Buying an adequately vaccinated kitten free from any genetic defects provides the owners with peace of mind. It can also save one from veterinary bills later down the road.
Some of the diseases against which a kitten is tested are:
In short, there are a lot of benefits in choosing a professional breeder, and one of the top positives is that you get quality kittens bred according to the standards for this breed of cat.
Another good sign for a credible Ragdoll breeder will be if they've registered their catteries with the following:
- American Cat Fanciers Association (CFA)
- The International Cat Association (TICA)
- Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe)
These organizations are cat associations or cat registries that:
- Keep a register of pedigree cats
- Specify and update the breed standard for registered breeds
- Monitor the development of new cat breeds
- Organize and host cat exhibitions with competent judges
- Guarantee that all registered cat breeders follow a strict code of ethics
What Do Quality Ragdoll Breeders Offer?
Variety of Ragdoll Colors
Most reputable breeders offer Ragdoll kittens in the usual/traditional colors, including:
- Bi-color Patterns
Health and Veterinary Care
A good practice best Ragdoll breeders follow is to test their kittens for PKD and HCM. They usually guarantee that their kittens are HCM-negative. Some also get their kittens tested every year for FIV and FELV. The kittens should have all their vaccines, along with 3 deworming doses. Some breeders offer a health guarantee for a certain period, too.
Free Consultation Call
You can always look at their website (because reliable Ragdoll breeders have websites or some online presence.) If they offer a free consultation call, we have a list of questions for cat breeders that will help you in the adoption process and ensure this kitten is the right cat for your family. You don't need to spend a lot of time talking to the breeder to sense whether they are knowledgeable about domestic cat breeds and thorough in their care.
Additional Pet Insurance
Some breeders are also pet insurance gurus. They could offer different insurance packages for your family. You'll be able to select a good option for your needs and ensure that your floppy cat has access to lifelong quality care.
Fun Facts About Ragdoll Cats
If you want to dive into more details about what makes this pointed breed unique, check our post about Ragdoll genetics. For example, did you know that the breeder Ann Baker is the creator of Ragdoll cats? Or that all Ragdoll cats carry Josefine's genes? Did you know that, although they're bred to be an affectionate breed, each adult cat has its soul, and the personality traits of each adult Ragdoll cat can differ?
FAQs - Ragdoll Breeders
Let's dive into the most frequently asked questions related to Ragdoll breeders.
What is the average price for a Ragdoll kitten?
The answer can differ from country to country and even from one US state to another!
For pet quality, you can get one starting from $1200.
For breeder quality, the starting price is $3500.
If you want to buy a show-quality kitten from champion bloodlines in the Ragdoll cat breed, you need to expect to pay a higher price. Some can cost $5000+.
How do I find a reputable Ragdoll breeder?
We have listed some of the best and most reputable Ragdoll breeders above. But to find Ragdoll breeders in any US state or other country, you can also rely on Google Maps. Try only to pick those breeders who have primarily positive reviews from the customers. Then, check each potential breeder's certifications and inquire about any health guarantees.
Are boy or girl Ragdolls better?
It depends on your personal preference and requirements. Both male and female Ragdolls are adorable, and the decision to get either is on you! Whatever you choose, you're going to make a good choice.
Are Ragdoll cats clingy?
Ragdolls are very affectionate cats, and some might call them clingy due to their higher need for attention than other breeds. Ragdoll cats are amazing indoor cats for owners who want a companion to play with, but they can be a bit much for an owner who treasures their independence and personal space.
What Should Ragdoll Cat Breeders Give You?
Every cat breeder packages the documentation of their kitties on their terms. NEVER get a pedigree cat without asking the breeder for the proper paperwork! There are certain things you should look for when you're buying a Ragdoll from a legit breeder:
An essential part of the adoption process is the contract between you and the cat breeder. The sales contract describes the particular kitten you're buying and any guarantees the breeder offers.
The document should include the following:
- The name of your cat
- Your signature
- The breeder's signature
Some contracts include a clause that you should spay/neuter the kitten if it's not for breeding. The buyer should do it within 12 months of buying their pet. Some breeders may withhold the paperwork until proof of spaying/neutering. This is an acceptable practice.
Be sure you read the contract carefully and discuss with the Ragdoll cat breeder all the parts you don't understand or disagree with.
Veterinary Health Certificate
Even though a health guarantee might be specified as a part of the sales contract, the breeder needs to give you the kitten's documentation that proves the feline has been under proper veterinary care (like blood, genetic or other test results, the kitty's passport, etc.).
The health guarantee should include the following information:
- That the cat is free of specified conditions at the time of sale.
- The guarantee covers a specified period after the sale (usually one year).
- The dates and the vaccines the cat has received.
- A deadline by which a buyer must get the cat examined by a licensed veterinarian to ensure that it is in good health.
Some examples of conditions a breeder might guarantee against include:
- FeLV (feline leukemia)
- Upper respiratory infections, including panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and calici
- Known genetic problems
- FIV* (feline immunodeficiency virus)
- FIP** (feline infectious peritonitis)
What Should I Look for When Buying a Ragdoll Kitten?
When buying a Ragdoll cat, you're not just getting a pet. You're adopting a new member of your family. And just like every household member, the kitty you're getting will have their personality, preferences, and needs.
Here's a video about what's it like to live with two Floppycats and what you need to know about them:
If any questions still need to be answered, please check our blog post about all the essential information when buying a Ragdoll cat. We covered all the most important questions you'll need to be answered before adopting a new furry friend.