Ragdoll Cat Price
A long time ago (or it seems like it), I wrote a blog post about the buying a Ragdoll cat. The Ragdoll cat price does vary quite a bit depending on the potential show and breeder quality of the cat in question.
I thought it would be fun to show the prices of the Ragdoll cats my family has purchased:
- Rags, purchased in 1989 with his brother Cosby – $350/ea
- Caymus and Murphy, purchased in 2004 – $600/ea (reduced by $50 each because my parents were buying 2)
- Charlie and Trigg, purchased in 2009 – $800/each (reduced by $50 each because I was buying 2)
Here is a break down of the prices of Ragdoll kittens that I have found (please leave comments below to let me know if prices are much higher than these):
|Pet (Alter) Quality||USD$850+||(some breeders charge more for females due to the fact that spaying costs more than neutering, also some breeders will charge more for rare or non-traditional color patterns, like Torties , Creams, Lilacs and Flames)|
|Show (Alter) Quality||USD$1200- USD $2300+||This is a Ragdoll cat that is perfectly marked to be shown at cat shows, but is spayed or neutered.|
|Breeder Quality||USD$1500- USD $2500+||This is a Ragdoll cat that is fit for breeding and should also have been tested to be free of genetic diseases.|
|Show/Breeder Quality||USD$2300- USD $2700+||This is a Ragdoll cat that is perfectly marked to be shown at cat shows, and is also fit for breeding.|
To see an explanation of what each quality means, please visit Buying a Ragdoll cat.
Keep in mind that average prices for Ragdoll cats differ from one breeder to another and also depending on the kitten’s parents.
If you want to buy a Ragdoll kitten, then the first thing you have to think about is why you are buying it for – as a pet, to take to cat shows, to breed, or to breed and take to cat shows. This is the main stepping stone because it also tells you where to buy your Ragdoll kitten from.
Some breeders only sell show-quality, which increases the price, while others only sell pet quality Ragdoll kittens, which are purebred Ragdoll cats but have some breed characteristic defects that disqualify them from shows. Pet quality cats cost less than show quality, making them the most affordable Ragdoll kittens.
If you want to purchase a breeder quality Ragdoll cat, then you should be prepared to spend more than you would on a pet or show quality kitten. Breeder quality cats come with a certificate that attests that they are free from genetic diseases and that they are authorized to breed purebred Ragdolls. Pet and show quality, on the other hand, are sold neutered/spayed.
Show/breeder quality are the most expensive because they present the characteristic features of the breed perfectly, so they are fit to be shown in official cat shows. They also have a reproductive certificate, which increases their price even further. Why are these Ragdoll cats so expensive? Because not only are they show-worthy, but they can breed show-worthy kittens.
Aside from the quality of the Ragdoll cat, another major factor that impacts the price is the color/pattern. While blue and seal point Ragdolls are the most common variety, red and lilac Ragdolls are rare, which also makes them more expensive. Please note that each color/pattern may come at a different price.
The final price for a Ragdoll cat also depends on the breeder and the medical procedures they have performed on the kittens before selling them, such as veterinary checkups and spaying/neutering (for non-breed-quality kittens). In some states, the breeders have to complete the full course of vaccination before they can sell the cats.
The cost of these procedures will be included in the overall purchase price the breeders set for the Ragdoll kittens, so make sure you inquire about them. The more of these the breeder performs, the less you will have to take your new kitty to the vet.
If you are looking to buy two or more Ragdoll kittens, ask the breeder for a discount because this is common practice. Any breeder is happy to have the kittens stay together, so they will be pleased to sell you more kittens.
Ragdoll Cat Price vs. Ragdoll Cat Cost
When you decide to buy a Ragdoll kitten, you have to consider the price you are going to pay to the breeder, but also the cost of caring for your Ragdoll cat. Raggies are more expensive than many other breeds, so you might be focused on the initial investment. But keep in mind that there is also a long-term investment that you have to be ready to make in your Ragdoll cat.
The cost of caring for a Ragdoll cat is higher than that of caring for a regular cat. Ragdolls are large size cats, which means that they need more food and specialized accessories like grooming tools for cats with long coats, cat beds, cat scratchers, and cat towers for large-sized cats, which are more expensive. Aside from these, you should also consider the cost of veterinary bills for vaccinations, regular checkups, and, if needed, for special interventions.
The initial price of the Ragdoll cat is only the beginning of the investment. The total cost includes the long-term cost of caring for your Ragdoll cat.
Since this is such a popular topic, I went ahead and asked our Facebook community – How much did you pay for your Ragdoll kitten/cat? What year was it? Are you a breeder – do these prices pretty much match your ranges?
Really though – the question about Ragdoll Cat Price should ALSO include the total cost of a cat in 1 year’s time. A kitten can be quite expensive because of vaccinations and what not. A cat can still be expensive because of food, litter, vet bills, etc. Do you have an idea of what you budget for your kitty every year?