Originally published Dec 4, 2015 and updated as needed.
This website’s mission is to unite Ragdoll cat lovers worldwide. Therefore, we can help you find anything you’re looking for as it relates to Ragdoll cats.
This page on our site covers the breed description – but after having this website since 2008, I have come to learn you can’t always rely on breed descriptions.
So, when reading this Ragdoll cat breed description 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.
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.
Likewise, they adore being handled. Other kitties, depending on the line and how well they are socialized as kittens, may enjoy being handled as well, but not to the extent of a Ragdoll, which literally goes limp when picked up – hence, its name and its nickname, the floppy cat (and the reason for our site name – Floppycats).
Usually, Ragdolls will welcome visitors at the door to a large extent like a dog.
Are Ragdoll Cats Hypoallergenic?
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.
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.
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.
There are a few different options you can pursue if you are looking for a Ragdoll cat for sale. 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.
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. A Ragdoll cat price varies based on the quality of the cat in terms of breeder quality and show potential.
With their calm and pleasant dispositions, generally good health and potentially hypoallergenic qualities, a Ragdoll cat makes a great pet, and there are plenty of rescue options or breeders out there if you are interested in giving one a loving home.
There are many more resources on Floppycats about Ragdolls, a few are listed below. But you are also welcome to use our search bar at the top of the site on the right hand side. Also, you might be interested in reading stories about Ragdolls written by their owners.
While there are not multiple Ragdoll cat breeds, there are multiple Ragdoll patterns and colors.
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.
Ragdoll Color Patterns
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. The color options are:
- Blue – the body of the cat is 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.
Check out our fun page – Colorpointed Cats Transition: Ragdoll Cats to see kitten –> adult photos of the same Ragdoll cat.
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).
More controversial colors:
- Black – this is an upcoming color variation for Ragdolls, as it is yet to be accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA), but they do come in black as well.
The main Ragdoll patterns are:
More Links to Ragdoll Cat Colors/Patterns:
- The Bicolor Ragdoll
- Tortie Ragdolls
- The Chocolate Ragdoll Cat
- Lilac Ragdoll
- Seal Point Ragdolls
- Blue Ragdolls | Blue Ragdoll Cat
- Cream Point Ragdoll Cats
Ragdoll Cats Pics on Floppycats.com
- Pictures of Ragdoll Cats with White Tipped Tails
- Pictures of Ragdoll Cats in Laundry Baskets
- Pictures of Ragdoll Cats in Sinks
- Pictures of Ragdoll Cats With Their Paws Crossed
- Ragdoll Cat Pictures: The Seal Mitted Transition
- Ragdoll Cats in the Snow
- Ragdoll Cats in Boxes Photos
- Ragdoll Cats with Blazes: Pictures of Ragdoll Cats with Blazes
- Adult Ragdoll Cat Photos
- Pictures of Rags, a Seal Mitted Ragdoll
- Pictures of Rags, a Seal Mitted Ragdoll
- Ragdoll Kitten Photos
A Few Tips for 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.
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.
Ragdoll Cats FAQ
We’ve prepared a list of the most commonly asked questions about Ragdoll cats. We hope you find the answers you need right here:
Do all Ragdoll cats have blue eyes?
Yes, the vast majority of Ragdoll cats have blue eyes. This is considered to be the typical eye color for this breed. While there can be some exceptions out there, you can be pretty sure that your Raggie will have blue eyes.
Are Ragdoll cats large in size?
Yes, they are. Ragdoll cats are among the largest cat breeds out there. Not only do they have long fluffy coats, but they are quite long. They typically weigh between 15 and 20 pounds, for males, and 10 to 15 pounds, respectively, for females. Their size and their adorable personality has earned them the nickname “The Gentle Giants”.
What does it mean that Ragdolls have dog-like personalities?
Their dog-like personality is aimed to hint that they are very social animals that will greet you by the door and spend a lot of time with you, preferably engaged in activities. Ragdolls are also very playful cats. They are famous all across the World Wide Web for playing fetch with their owners.
Are Ragdoll cats quiet?
Yes, they are. While they do engage in social activities and spend time with their human parents, most Ragdoll cats are not vocal. So, if you are looking for a cat to have conversations with, this may not be it. However, their quiet nature makes them ideal for apartment living.
Are all Ragdoll cats born white?
Yes, they are. All Ragdoll cats are born white, regardless of the color they will end up having as adults.
In their very first days, all the kittens look alike, and then, day by day, they start to develop pigment and their fur becomes colored. However, it can take as long as two years for some color patterns to be fully developed.
Do Ragdoll cats live long?
Yes, they do. Ragdoll cats are considered one of the longest living cat breeds out there. The average lifespan of a Ragdoll cat gets as high as 20 years, which puts them at the top of the list.
Naturally, there are plenty of factors that might influence the development and lifespan of a cat, but Ragdolls begin with a good life expectancy, which is certainly in their favor.
Are Ragdoll cats deaf?
No, they are not. This is one of the common misconceptions about this breed, particularly the lighter-color members such as lilac points or blue points. Their lightly-colored coats and their blue eyes have made many question their hearing, but it is not the case for Ragdoll cats.
Are Ragdoll cats affectionate?
Yes, they are. Ragdoll cats are more interested in their human companions than other cat breeds, so you will have a friend in your Raggie. They usually spend their time in the same room as their owner, they will stay close, but they will not hover or become insistent to get attention.
Are Ragdoll cats intelligent?
Yes, they are and they are also very interested in spending time with their masters. Their intelligence is above average and it makes them very fun to be around. If you spend time with them and train them, you can get excellent results with this breed.
What do you think about Ragdoll cats? Are they affectionate? Are they playful? Do you have your very own Ragdoll cat or are you looking to buy one? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.