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.
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 abreeder 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