Last Updated on December 4, 2021 by Jenny
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This page on our site covers the Ragdoll breed description – but after having this website since 2008, I have come to learn you can’t always rely on breed descriptions. So, be sure to keep in mind if you adopt a Ragdoll cat, s/he could have all these traits, some of them or none at all.
Aren’t sure you have a Ragdoll Cat? Review our Ragdoll Cat Breeds guide this will help.
|Weight||Females up to 15+ lbs (6.8 kg)|
Males up to 20+ lbs (9.7 kg)
|Length||17-21 includes (not including tail)|
|Origin||Developed in the 1960s by Anne Baker, a breeder in Riverside California|
|Life Expectancy||13-15 years|
|Coat||Semi long coat, plush and silky|
|Traditional patterns||Bi-color, van, mitted and colorpoint|
|Traditional colors||Seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream|
|Traditional points||Solid, lynx, tortie, or torbie (tortie and lynx)|
|Eye Color||Blue eyes [controversial Minks and Solids might not have blue eyes]|
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- Breed Summary
- The Meaning Behind “Ragdoll” Cats
- A Little Ragdoll Cat History
- Ragdoll Cat Breed Characteristics
- Ragdoll Cat Health
- Ragdoll Cat Colors, Points & Patterns
- A Few Tips on Getting a Ragdoll Cat
- 60 FAQs About Ragdoll Cats!
- ❓ General Ragdoll Information
- ❓Ragdoll Health & Lifespan
- ❓ Ragdoll Cat Care
- ❓ Ragdoll Colors & Patterns
- ❓ Owning a Ragdoll Cat
- ❓ Feeding Ragdoll Cat
The Meaning Behind “Ragdoll” Cats
Ragdoll cats are known colloquially as “floppy cats”, they did, after all, get their name, “Ragdoll” from being floppy. Many Ragdoll cats are known to litterally “flop”. They adore being handled and often go limp when picked up – hence, its name and its nickname, the floppy cat (and the reason for our site name – Floppycats).
A Little Ragdoll Cat History
The History of Ragdolls is not that extensive because Ragdolls are a relatively new breed of cat compared to others. The first Ragdolls were bred in California in the 1960s by Anne Baker.
Baker bred a white Angora Persian type cat queen, Josephine, who had a Himalayan coat pattern (Siamese) to beautiful longhaired Burmese sire and Birman sire males. The breeding resulted in cats of substantial size, non-matting coat and a very equable disposition.
The kittens with the desired looks were kept and carefully line bred to keep the strain pure. In fact, all Ragdolls must be descendents of Josephine. No other strain of Persian, Birman, or Burmese has been introduced. The traits of the Ragdoll cat can only be found in Josephine’s descendents where the history of Ragdolls exists. The looks may vary slightly as to pattern or color, but the disposition must remain the same to be a Ragdoll. No one, not even the originator, can add to the lines at this time, and still have a purebred Ragdoll.
For a deeper dive into the history of Ragdolls check out this post.
Ragdoll Cat Breed Characteristics
The Ragdoll cat is probably most famous for their calm disposition compared to most cats. However, Ragdolls have a more dependent personality than other cats do. Ragdolls prefer to be near people as much as possible and enjoyed being doted on. Ragdolls are also a great breed for children. Many don’t mind being hauled around and being dressed up. The Ragdoll is an all around ideal cat.
Ragdolls, on average, are larger than most cats. The average female Ragdoll is between 14 or 15 lbs, and male Ragdolls average closer to 20 lbs, however, some males can be as big as 30 lbs. According to multiple sources, Ragdoll does not reach full maturity and size until it is 3-4 years old. Since Ragdolls have an extremely mellow disposition, they do not possess the fighting instincts of other cat breeds and therefore should not be left to roam outside.
Ragdoll Cat Health
Usually, most Ragdoll lines are free of most major health risks. Ragdolls are normally a good breed for lower health risks.
Just like any other cat breeds, Ragdolls can be prone to developing health conditions. Health starts with diet, and these websites are great at explaining cat nutrition – CatInfo.org and Feline-Nutrition.org. For a more comprehensive understanding of your Ragdoll’s health, be sure to read the cat health advice given by veterinarians ebook.
Ragdoll Cat Colors, Points & Patterns
While there are not multiple Ragdoll cat breeds, there are multiple Ragdoll patterns and colors. All Ragdoll cats are born white, but as they grow, they develop a wide variety of colors and patterns. They are colorpointed cats, which means that their bodies are lighter in color than their extremities. As for the patterns they can develop, Ragdolls can be colorpointed, mitted, bicolor, lynx point, or tortie point, as per the Ragdolls Fanciers Club International (RFCI) & Cat Fanciers Association (CFA).
If you want to see more fun photos of Ragdoll kittens changing colors as they age check out our Colorpointed Cats Transition: Ragdoll Cats
Traditional Ragdoll Colors
|Blue||The body of the cat is a very light gray and the extremities are a darker shade of gray – various color patterns.|
|Seal||The body is creamy white and the extremities are a very dark shade of brown.|
|Chocolate||A combination of a light-colored body and light brown extremities.|
|Lilac||The body is very light in color and the extremities are gray and cream-colored.|
|Cream||A combination of an ivory colored body and creamy extremities.|
|Flame||The body is very light in color and the extremities are red or orange.|
Traditional Ragdoll Points
|Solid||With this pattern, the cat will have colored markings on its points – the paws, ears, tail and face. Nose leather and paw prints are also pigmented, matching the points.|
|Lynx||Lynx is a variation of other patterns. It includes lynx markings – stripes or ‘pencil lines’ – within the colored points.|
|Torbie||The Torbie pattern is a combination of the tortie calico colors, with the tabby striping of the lynx pattern.|
|Tortie||Short for tortoise shell, which the pattern is said to resemble – these cats are calico-colored, which is a mix of three colors with patches of various size.|
Traditional Ragdoll Patterns
|Bicolor||This pattern has a symmetrical inverted V in the mask. The whole back will be colored, while the front and back legs will be white with a white strip on the cat’s underside.|
|Colorpointed||With this pattern, the cat will have colored markings on its points – the paws, ears, tail and face. Nose leather and paw prints are also pigmented, matching the points.|
|Van||Cats with a van pattern will only have darker points across the ears, mask and tail, which will be well defined from the rest of the white fur. Pads and noses will be pink.|
|Mitted||Ragdolls with a mitted pattern have well-defined color on the legs, ears, mask and tail. However, the front feet and back legs around the hocks will be white, as will the belly.|
More Controversial Ragdoll Color Patterns
|Mink||Mink Cats are just darker versions of their lighter counterparts–like Blue, Lilac, Red, Seal, Solid, and Tortie.|
|Solid||Solids come in the same three patterns and same colors as the pointed, except Seal (dark brown) is Black on solid cats.|
|Black||This color variation for Ragdolls is yet to be accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA)|
A Few Tips on Getting a Ragdoll Cat
There are a few different options you can pursue if you are looking for a Ragdoll cat for sale.
Rescuing a Ragdoll Cat
One option is Ragdoll cat rescue. There is no one go-to place for Ragdoll cat rescue, but there are a variety of smaller or regional organizations that specialize in Ragdolls to look into, or you can go for more general options like shelters. If you are looking at local shelters, be aware that Ragdolls are often mistakenly grouped under Himalayan and/or Siamese. You might also ask a breeder if they have an older Ragdoll breeding cat who needs to be retired to a permanent home.
Adopting a Ragdoll Cat
Another option is to adopt a kitten directly from a breeder, but be aware that it does take some research to find good Ragdoll cat breeders. Even breeders who are hardworking and invest a lot of time and energy into their business can still have quite a few problems. Some ways to evaluate a breeder are to check and see if their cats look healthy and happy in pictures, find out more about their reputation, for example, whether they were raised in the breeder’s home and if they were exposed to children and/or dogs. If you have children or dogs, a cat bred in this environment might be better prepared for your home. Look into multiple breeders so that you can compare these and other factors.
The breeder will present you with the official documents of the parents, including their medical background (and vaccination status). Another way to get your very own Ragdoll cat is to adopt one from a cat shelter. Even if this breed is one of the most popular ones in the world, pet abandonment is still a big issue. This way, you can save the life of a Ragdoll in need. You will be getting a companion in return.
If you’re looking to adopt Ragdoll kittens, you might be interested in our book, A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide: Bringing Your Ragdoll Kitten Home.
Buying a Ragdoll Cat
If you are looking to buy a Ragdoll cat, then you should begin by searching for authorized catteries in your area. It is absolutely essential that you get your cat from a breeder because that is the only guarantee that you will get a purebred Ragdoll cat. The kittens in this breed look a lot like kittens of other breeds, which means that it is quite easy to get scammed, unless you seek your cat in a well-reputed cattery. You should take the time to talk to the breeders to find people with whom you connect with. You should also request to see the parents of the kittens because this should give you an idea of what the kittens will grow up to look like.
Ragdoll Cat & Kitten Pricing Suggestions
- Rags, purchased in 1989 with his brother Cosby – $350/each
- Caymus and Murphy, purchased in 2004 – $600/each (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.|
60 FAQs About Ragdoll Cats!
We’ve prepared a list of the most commonly asked questions about Ragdoll cats. We hope you find the answers you need right here:
❓ General Ragdoll Information
Are Ragdoll cats quiet?
Are Ragdoll cats deaf?
Are Ragdoll cats playful?
Regardless if you’re engaging in simple physical games with your Ragdoll, such as playing catch, or if you’re stimulating it with puzzles and other specially created games, you can immediately notice how your cat becomes interested and thrilled. Having said this, here are 5 of our favorite toys for Ragdoll cats:
What does it mean that Ragdolls have dog-like personalities?
Are Ragdoll cats affectionate?
Are Ragdoll cats intelligent?
Are Ragdoll cats smart?
Ragdolls are also quick learners – you can easily see this if you offer them interactive games that require them to use their memory and mathematical intelligence. However since they were bred to be mainly indoor cats, Ragdolls do not have great survival skills. Leave them outside for too long and they may not find a way to manage, as many other cats eventually do.
Having said this, just as with humans, intelligence is a muscle and you can always train your Ragdoll to become even smarter.
Do Ragdolls Like to Be Held?
Having said this, most Ragdolls do like being picked up and held – it’s where their very name came from. When you pick them up, they tend to loosen up and relax so much, to the point that they become as limp as an actual ragdoll toy. If you notice your Ragdoll isn’t particularly fond of being picked up, make sure to reinforce positive interaction, use catnip and establish an affection routine it may come to rely on daily – you may soon notice changes.
Why Do Ragdolls Follow You Around?
They usually want to be around you and they fully enjoy your company, which will prompt them to follow you around the home. This trait of their personality adds to their affectionate and cuddly way of being, making them very popular among cat owners.
Are Male Ragdolls More Affectionate?
If you’re looking to adopt a Ragdoll, don’t solely base your decision on the gender of the cat. If you can, try instead to get to know the cat and get a feel of its personality – this is a much clearer indicator of how affectionate it will be in the future, while you’re living together.
Do Ragdolls Purr?
Do Ragdolls Like to Cuddle?
Do ragdolls meow a lot?
My Charlie meows a lot. So much more than I was ever used to a Ragdoll meowing.
My Trigg’s meow is like a mouse squeak. Check out the video below to see the different types of meows among my parents’ two Ragdoll cats, Caymus and Murphy and my Ragdoll cats’ Charlie and Trigg.
See more Ragdoll cats meowing here.
Do Ragdolls Get Attached to One Person?
Cats usually require quite some time to warm up to people and this happens only after you’ve gained their trust. However, Ragdolls have a pretty engaging and cuddly nature, which enables them to approach people equally, without playing favorites. They love family in all its entirety and will blend in beautifully, interacting with every family member with the same amount of affection and attention. They will even play well with children, so you’ll notice them get cuddly with your youngest as well.
Are Ragdolls Dumb?
Why Do Ragdolls Follow You Around?
Which Ragdoll is the best?
❓Ragdoll Health & Lifespan
Do Ragdoll cats live long?
What is the average life expectancy of a ragdoll cat?
Something to remember about averages is that they are taken from a large crop of numbers – in other words, you have cats that die before 9 years of age and you have cats that die when they are older than 15 years old.
Regardless, I would always estimate around 15 years old if you are considering adopting a kitten because that kitty will be with you a long time and if you don’t see stability in your life, then it might not be the right time to adopt a cat. Of course, you can never predict the future, so you might also think your life will be stable and something can happen that alters everything. There’s not an exact to anything in life, but I believe it is important to consider the life expectancy of a kitty when you are adopting one.
Read more about the average lifespan of a ragdoll here.
At What Age Is a Ragdoll Cat Full Grown?
What Is the Oldest Ragdoll Cat?
Are Ragdoll cats large in size?
It’s important to make sure you hold them with both your hands in order to offer the proper support such large cats need. Since their size exceeds that of regular cats, you need to also ensure you adapt your living space to their requirements, by offering them spacious and sturdy napping places.
What Health Problems Do Ragdoll Cats Have?
Bladder and kidney stones – Your Ragdolls may be prone to kidney stones as they get older, especially after, and if they’ve already had other kidney-related infections. This is often attributed to a poor diet that fails to hydrate them properly. Diversity in the diet is also key in preventing bladder stones from occurring in your Ragdoll cats. This condition develops because the body tends to retain and sediment more minerals than necessary, which then painfully block your furry friends’ bladder.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – HCM is a common heart disease in many cats and it also affects Ragdolls. The cause is mostly genetic and there’s not much you can do about it, except to conduct a DNA test to identify this gene when they’re really young. Feline infectious peritonitis – This is a viral disease caused by a coronavirus that your cat can get from being outdoors. Weight loss, fever and lethargy are the symptoms of this disease. You can best prevent this disease by keeping rigorous hygiene whenever they come back home from freely roaming outside.
Why do Ragdoll cats vomit?
If you have a chronic problem with your cat vomiting, then you want to see your veterinarian to rule out a more serious underlying medical issue. Daily grooming and the proper diet will also help with hairballs if that’s a problem.
You can learn more about grooming in our ebook – Grooming the Fluff: Tips & Tricks for Grooming Ragdolls and Other Long-Haired Cats eBook
Do Ragdoll Cats Throw Up a Lot?
Another reason why your Ragdoll may vomit can come as a symptom of emotional distress. Many cats will throw up when they’ve been left alone for too long, for example. It’s simply their body’s way of dealing with the unpleasant emotional situation that they can’t actually process or understand.
However, if throwing up becomes a regular occurrence, it’s important that you take your furry friend to the vet, just to make sure it’s not a symptom of anything more serious.
❓ Ragdoll Cat Care
Do Ragdolls need to be groomed often?
Fortunately, despite being semi-long and pretty thick, a Ragdoll’s fur will remain relatively neat and detangled. However it’s still best if you begin grooming your furry friend early on, so that it gets used to the entire process, enabling it to ultimately see it more like a pleasant petting session. For great results, it’s recommended that you use high-quality professional tools. These will help you not only properly groom your Ragdoll cat, but also keep your house hair-free and clean. Having said this, here are 5 of our favorite grooming tools for Ragdoll cats:
For more tips and tricks on how you can better groom your Ragdoll, read the Grooming the Fluff: Tips & Tricks for Grooming Ragdolls and Other Long-Haired Cats eBook.
Are Ragdoll Cats Hypoallergenic?
The other advantage of the lack of undercoat is that a lot of people that are usually allergic to cats can have a Ragdoll. Most people are either allergic to cat saliva or to their undercoat. Of course, the people allergic to cat saliva will also be allergic to a Ragdoll, however, those allergic to undercoats could not be allergic to a Ragdoll. Unfortunately, there is not an easy way to know which allergy that you have. It would need to be tested by a dermatologist. Furthermore, Ragdoll coats don’t typically mat like other longhaired cats tend to do. Therefore, Ragdolls don’t require the regular grooming nearly as frequently as other longer haired cats.
Do Ragdolls Need Special Care?
They need to be engaged – Since Ragdolls are pretty high-energy and love human companionship, make sure to keep them engaged regularly in games and physical activity. It’s where they shine the most, enabling their beautiful personality to fully emerge. They do manage to keep themselves entertained around the home, but they will love you all the most when you show them the attention they crave for.
Do Ragdolls Like Baths?
Can You Take Ragdoll Cats for Walks?
Do Ragdolls Like Water?
In general, Ragdolls are pretty open cats, they welcome new experiences and they learn quickly, so water may be another one of those realms they quickly befriend. It’s important that you get them accustomed to water at a very young age – this way they may grow up to feel very familiarized with water.
Why can’t Ragdoll cats go outside?
Why should Ragdolls be kept indoors?
❓ Ragdoll Colors & Patterns
How many types of ragdolls are there?
How do Ragdoll cats get their coloring?
Are all Ragdoll cats born white?
Do all Ragdoll cats have blue eyes?
Do Ragdoll Cats Get Darker As They Get Older?
Having said this, in time you’ll notice how their fur gets colored and their pattern intensifies, making the contrast even starker against the remaining white. This change in color happens as a result of a genetic mutation that affects a particular enzyme, making the Ragdoll’s coloration dependent on its body temperature.
What Is a Blaze On a Cat?
The blaze may be positioned on the forehead or it can stretch a little bit more, from between the eyes to the nose and sometimes until it reaches the very tip of the cat’s nose.
What Is a Blaze On a Ragdoll Cat?
– The star – This is a small star shape that you can notice on the forehead of your furry friend.
– The diamond – This shape is a much larger star placed on the cat’s forehead.
– The hourglass – This shape closely resembles an hourglass, displaying itself as an oblong shape running down the Ragdoll’s face, from between its eyes to their nose. This hourglass may sometimes be imperfect or broken in shape, but positioned just the same on the face.
Can Ragdoll Cats Be Grey?
The seal Ragdoll is typically the most popular Ragdoll type among cat owners, with the blue one coming in close on the second position. The grey coat makes their blue eyes pop even more, making them absolutely stunning. You’ll find this grey coloring around the nose area, the back and on the paw pads. This grey shading gradually turns to white towards the stomach area. These beautiful blue Ragdolls will often come in various patterns, such as Blue Tortie, Blue Colorpoint, Blue Lynx Mitted and Blue Lynx Bicolor.
Are flame point Ragdolls rare?
What does Blue mitted ragdoll mean?
Read more details about Blue Ragdolls here.
Can a ragdoll cat be black?
While we know that Ragdolls can certainly be black, whether or not they are “legitimate” still remains highly debatable. Black Ragdoll cats can exhibit all the breed-specific features, such as the large size, the silky coat texture, and unique personality, but they do not have the traditional Ragdoll points (mask, legs, ears, blue eyes, and tails). Black Ragdolls are also referred to as solid Ragdolls, precisely due to the absence of the points on their coats. As disambiguation, solid Ragdolls, meaning Ragdoll cats of a single color, are not only black. There are also solid Ragdolls that are of other colors specific to the breed, such as white, blue, or lilac.
Moreover, there are black Ragdolls that are bi-colored. The most frequent combination of colors is black and white. While these do exhibit some points, the full array of Ragdoll-specific points is not present.
The controversy lies in the acceptance of black and other solid Ragdolls for official competitions. While more and more breeders are beginning to include solid Ragdolls, showing them in competitions is still not fully supported. According to the International Cat Association (TICA), non-pointed Ragdolls may only be shown as household pet in competitions. At the moment, they do not have official participation rights.
Can Ragdolls be black? More here.
What does a seal point Ragdoll look like?
– Colorpoint mitted (or sometimes just known as “Seal Mitted” or “Seal Point Mitted”)
– Mitted with a blaze
– Tortie or Torbie
And the above patterns can be combined – for example, you can have a Seal Lynx Mitted with a blaze Ragdoll cat.
What is a seal mitted Ragdoll?
The seal color in a cat is one of a dark brown and then the mitted part means, quite literally, that they will have white mitts and usually a white chin. If they are mismarked like Rags, who had a brown chin, then that can happen too. It just means that they are not show quality Ragdolls.
Read more about Seal Ragdolls here.
What is the most popular ragdoll color?
The seal Ragdoll is typically the most popular Ragdoll type among cat owners, with the blue one coming in close on the second position. The grey coat makes their blue eyes pop even more, making them absolutely stunning.You’ll find this grey coloring around the nose area, the back, and on the paw pads. This grey shading gradually turns to white towards the stomach area.These beautiful blue Ragdolls will often come in various patterns, such as Blue Tortie, Blue Colorpoint, Blue Lynx Mitted and Blue Lynx Bicolor.
In the maximum white marked bicolor there is, as the name suggests, more white than color. The color forms what looks like a saddle on the back of the feline. Paw pads and nose is pink and belly and legs are completely white. The mask extends past the eyes.Ragdoll kittens are born white and their colors deepen as they age. There are numerous colors that the bicolor ragdoll can come in: seal, flame, blue, and tortie. They can come in the lynx or non lynx pattern. Read more about Ragdoll cat colors and patterns here.
Do ragdolls get fluffier with age?
Genetics – were their parents fluffy?
Temperature – Where you live and the outside temperature comes into play – for example, a Ragdoll in Minnesota has a better chance of being fluffy than one that lives in Aruba, for example.
Seasons – Some cats have a fluffier coat in the winter and lose the majority of it in the summer. During the colder months of the year, the Raggie gets its winter coat, which is visibly fluffier, but then, when the warmer months arrive, it will begin to shed and it will be left with a smoother and shorter coat.
Diet – What your kitty eats will also dictate how their coat will react/grow/shine, etc.
Read more answers about Ragdoll cat colors and patterns here.
❓ Owning a Ragdoll Cat
How can I tell if my Kitten is a Ragdoll?
If the cat has official papers from an authorized Ragdoll breeder stating that the cat is a purebred pedigreed Ragdoll.
If the cat takes a DNA test – this can confirm or deny that the cat is a Ragdoll. If your cat does not have papers from a breeder, then the only way to confirm that it is a Ragdoll is by performing a DNA test.
Should I Adopt a Male or Female Kitten and Why?
Is it better to get a male or female Ragdoll cat?
– Sometimes female kittens take a little longer to transition.
– Visit with kittens of both genders and have some playtime with them, then choose a kitten you have a connection with.
– Female kittens can be a little more aggressive in play, but still strongly bond with their owners.
– Since females can become protective mothers, they might be a bit more careful and aloof.
– Often breeders want to sell male cats first because males can breed as young as 5 months, so this is why it often seems like the females are the last to sell.
– Males are usually bigger, which is what a lot of pet owners are looking for in a Ragdoll cat.
– Females might have fewer issues with UTIs and blockage than males. Do keep in mind though that a proper diet will eliminate the UTI problem entirely. Please read catinfo.org for more info.
While some believe that male cats have better temperaments than females, many owners find that there isn’t much difference once they are altered.
Try to get a pair of kittens if possible. Ragdolls are very social and need company, so a sibling or another kitty might prevent behavior issues caused by loneliness
Overall, the Ragdoll cat temperament tends to be friendly and affectionate in both genders, though it really just depends on the personality of the individual cat and the love and trust they develop with their owner. Try to focus on getting to know a kitten’s personality when you’re thinking about Ragdoll kittens for adoption, rather than relying on gender as an indicator of what they will be like. Read more answers on the question should adopt a male or female kitten here.
What can I expect or what can I plan for when I bring home my Ragdoll kitten?
At What Age Do Ragdoll Kittens Calm Down?
At about 11-12 months of age, they will start to change and you’ll notice a shift in their behavior. As they leave their early childhood behind, they will become more calm and more prone to showing you affection. In time this behavior will only intensify, enabling them to grow into the cuddly personality they’re so well-known for.
Where Should My Ragdoll Kitten Sleep?
The one thing to remember about Ragdolls is that they need plenty of entertainment, since they are active and playful in nature. So make sure you leave toys around its sleeping space, so your furry friend won’t feel estranged.
Do Ragdoll Cats Scratch Furniture?
In order to prevent any scratching episodes from happening on your furniture, it’s essential that you get your Ragdoll a scratch post that can satisfy its needs. Just be sure to get one that’s large and sturdy enough to accommodate your cat’s impressive size. They are good learners, so they will quickly leave your furniture alone and switch to the scratch post. Here are 5 that we love to keep kitties from scratching on furniture.
Are Ragdoll Cats High Maintenance?
Ragdolls are pretty active cats with an active and playful personality, which means they need to be engaged with often. This is why you need to either make sure you can spend quality time with them or give them enough stimulating toys to play with on their own. They also need regular cuddling and if you won’t give it to them, they will most likely be straightforward about asking for your affection. Due to the health conditions they may be prone to, you’ll need to pay extra attention to their diet, by making sure you combine both dry food and wet food with protein-rich raw meats.
Can you leave a ragdoll cat alone?
Aggression – becoming aggressive or dominant with you, particularly when you are getting ready to leave the house.
Anxiety – signs of anxiety could include fear of loud noises or strangers visiting, as well as excessive grooming, which can be a cry for more attention.
Vocalization – communicating unhappiness at your departure with loud vocalizations.
Marking and Destruction – moving or wrecking household objects while your gone, or squatting and spraying – leaving feces and urine in obvious places while you are gone might be your cat’s way of conveying their unhappiness.
If your cat seems a little too sad to see you go and a little too excited for your return, it might be a sign that they are lonely in your absence. If you have asked, “how do I know if my Ragdoll cat is lonely?” This post will help.
How Do I Know If My Ragdoll Is Happy?
Do Ragdoll Cats Need a Companion?
Ragdolls get along just as well with kids and even with other pets, so companionship actually comes in many shapes and forms for them. Whenever you are away for too long, your Ragdoll may show symptoms such as marking, vomiting, vocalizing or aggressive behavior. Having said this, Ragdolls are a great fit for people with inconsistent and flexible schedules.
❓ Feeding Ragdoll Cat
What Food Is Best for Ragdoll Cats?
We have a page dedicated to this topic here.