Ragdoll Cats : EVERYTHING You Need To Know About Ragdoll Cats & Kittens

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Originally published Dec 4, 2015 and updated as needed.

Ragdoll Cat

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.

A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide

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?

Unlike other cat breeds, Ragdolls do not have an undercoat, which is typically the cause for excessive shedding in cats. The Ragdoll cat will still shed.  They are also not hypoallergenic cats.

Chunky Knitted Ragdoll Cat Bed from Jennys KnitCo on Etsy Product ReviewThe 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.

Tips and Tricks for Grooming Ragdoll CatsRagdolls, 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 CatsUsually, most Ragdoll lines are free of most major health risks. Ragdolls are normally a good breed for lower health risks.

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.

Ragdoll Cat Picture

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:

  • Mink
  • Solid
  • 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:

  • Bicolor
  • Colorpoint
  • Lynx
  • Mitted

More Links to Ragdoll Cat Colors/Patterns:

Ragdoll Cats Pics on Floppycats.com

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.

What can I expect or what can I plan for when I bring home my Ragdoll kitten?

Floppycats has been online since 2008, and in that time, we have put together a comprehensive guide that will help you know what to plan for, so you can be prepared.  You can check out our A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide: Bringing Your Ragdoll Kitten Home.

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.


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    1. Helen, no, at 9 years old she is considered a Senior. They are a full grown adult at 2-3 years old. I love the older ones! Enjoy her!! And if you want you can submit her as Ragdoll of the Week.

      I wondered if you would be willing to share your Ragdoll’s story as Ragdoll of the Week on my site, Floppycats.com.

      You just write something about them (guidelines are here: https://www.floppycats.com/ragdoll-of-the-week.html and an example of one is here: https://www.floppycats.com/shadow-ragdoll-of-the-week.html) and then submit it all to me at jenny@floppycats.com

      I hope you’re up for it! Would love to share them with other Ragdoll owners!


    2. I have just got a flame ragdoll I’ve only had him 3 days x he’s keeping me company already not leaving my side Charlie is adorable x getting me through self isolation due to the covid 19 outbreak x I would like to know how many times a year should I clip his claws he’s netting me groom him already x

      1. Lucky you! We just got our rag doll kittens too… Your local vet will trim its nails for a small fee. You could ask the vet how frequently it’s required when you go.

  1. I just rescued a year old female Rag, I already own a 6 month old female rag both are spayed great health. Will there be any issues? the both are laid back and I work from home so I can keep an eye on them. By the way I used to raise and show Rotties now I can’t seem to get enough of Ragdolls.

    1. Jeff – love it! I love when someone rescues a kitty – especially a Ragdoll. I hope you will share both of your kitties as Ragdoll of the Week – I can give you guidelines – just e-mail me at jenny [at] floppycats.com

      Issues – yes, there could be. I would recommend reading my posts about how to introduce cats – it worked out beautifully for us. The problems you have is you are bringing an older kitty into your home and you may not know her history. She is also probably scared and frightened. Your 6 month old shouldn’t be too much of a problem – unless there is a weird territorial thing already in her. I would definitely recommend letting the rescued one get her bearings by closing her off in a room and letting her settle into the smells and sounds of your house – then let her explore the house while you put the 6 month old in the room that the rescue was in. This is assuming, of course, that the rescue came to you healthy.


      Let me know what you think of the posts and more importantly – how it goes. It’s a frustrating process, but well worth the rewards in the end!

      1. Thanks so much, my rescue ragdoll is now exploring my house and talking to me. I keep the younger one in the bedroom for now, so far so good the new kitty is still a bit nervous but its looking good, will post pictures soon and the full story which is pretty interesting.

  2. We are a retired couple and have had dogs a hairnd 2 cats during our life, all at different times. Our last dog died in 2009. Our cat Muffin who was 20 years was very special and we treated her kidney and thyroid disease for years. We really miss her and have decided to adopt another kitten if we cold find one that looked something like her. She was small with long hair, had the appearance of a calicos. with a mixture of a main coone.(Thats what people would say that knew about cats) We adopted her from the humane society anfy taild she was a stray that was turned in.We never really knew what breed or mixed breed she was. But she was a beautiful cat right to the end when she only weighed a little over 3 lbs.I would like to find a pretty kitten like Muffin. One that might grow to around 10-12bs and one that held her fluffy tail straige.ht up! Would a rag doll kitten be a good choice?

  3. I just found your site, after searching for info on renal failure developed into hyperthyroid for my nearly 15 yr old ragdoll, Kaos. He was diagnosed nearly 5 years ago with early kidney failure alongwith his sister, Mischief. 2.5 years ago, I had to say good bye to her, as she developed a tumor in her stomach region and by the time it was discovered, it was far too late. It was a difficult thing to do, but I loved her dearly and couldn’t let her suffer for my selfishness.

    Both have been a total delight, with no aggressive behaviour, gentle, beautiful fur, gorgeous eyes and the most wild sleeping positions I’ve ever seen in any of my cats! Neither drank milk or ate any human food. Mostly, they are very quiet, but most expressive with their eyes in communicating.

    Kaos especially loves to hang over my left shoulder with feet swinging in the wind, he just knows he’s safe!

    Nearly 5 years after being diagnosed with early kidney failure – meaning 70% of the kidneys are not working and fairly stable, perhaps because I had them on Walthams Renal Diet – dry for this time. I tried many other brands and even visited other vets to find new food, because they wouldn’t eat / didn’t like the others.

    In December 2011 his behaviour changed, which I immediately took him for his annual test – I guess it should be semi annual. The liver enzyme results have now accelerated by ~25% and moved into the hyper thyroid range. I am so distressed for the turn of this news.

    We changed his food to the new special diet from Hills, which thank God, he liked from the onset – both the wet and dry.

    He’s not eating very much, every so often he drinks ALOT and then urinates alot, sometimes he vomits the water, he drank so fast. Other times, he seems quite normal. Sometimes his body temp is quite cool to the touch and then it is quite warm – then he seems normal. He use to REALLY STRETCH out on his back like a human, and let his legs dangle freely when he hung from my shoulder. Now he tends to curl up or sit upright and tends to hold his legs close to his body. The vet checked for tumors – by hand around his stomach but says there is nothing.

    Has anyone else had a cat Ragdoll or not – with renal and hyperthyroid and what advice can you offer to watch for and care for my dearly loved Kaos in keeping him as healthy as possible.

    Thank you so much for your care and concern.


    1. Hi Sandra,

      I lost my 19.5 year old Rags to renal failure in March 2009. I talked about his Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) in a blog post about anemia in cats.

      At the end of that blog post, there is a list of other articles that you can read about kidney failure.

      As far as hyperthyroidism is concerned, that’s pretty manageable with anti-thryoid drugs. Your vet will be able to monitor the dosage by taking Kaos’ blood.

      Your focus should be on his kidneys. Dry food is detrimental to his kidneys now – but if that’s all he’ll eat, then you probably need to feed it to him – see if he will eat it soaked in water.

      You might also ask your vet about giving him Sub Q fluids. https://www.floppycats.com/administering-fluids.html

      I wanted to let you know, too, that you are welcome to share Kaos and Mischief on Floppycats as Ragdoll of the Week – you can feature them individually or together.

      I am so sorry to hear of your news, as I know so very well how stressful it can be.

      Keep us in the loop!


  4. Hi Jen,

    Thank you for your warm welcome and the work on your site for Ragdolls.

    I read a few sites, which freaked me out about the Hill’s y/d, HOWEVER, I calmed down after we weighed him and he gained .6 lbs! plus from Wednesday night.

    His body movements, demeanor and energy seemed to have increased a lot.

    I have an appointment to take him back to the vet for follow up blood work to mark where we’re at and to monitor.

    I did stop at my local holistic vets office and talked with them – very calming, very helpful in knowledge, experience and direction.

    1. They assured me the Hill’s y/d was safe.
    2. They have treated cats still alive in the high teens and even early 20’s with renal and hyper thyroid issues.
    3. They were pleased to hear Kaos had gained weight – a very good sign – they also suggested getting back to my vet for follow up blood work. Then to address the renal matter since Hill’s/ y/d is for hyper thyroid only they said to come in for a review and they would make some Chinese herb medicine for his particular levels on the renal side, which they have had very good success with.

    Now I am going to keep a daily diary for him so that I can be far more on him … maybe this is ambitious but to know they have cats that are 22 with renal and hyperthyroid (each one is different I know) has buoyed my spirits dramatically. Since he is “only” 15 years we do have so much more to look forward to!

    Thank you for your time to maintain this site and share stories about cats – Ragdolls are beautiful, expressive, smart, gentle and loving catsI


    1. Did they recommend he stay on dry food? Or when they said Hill’s y/d was safe were they referring to the wet food?

      What about vaccinations? Did you talk to them about vaccinations?

      Please keep me in the loop on Kaos progress – I think a daily diary would be great and maybe you can share your experience here on Floppycats too!


  5. Hi Jenny,

    The holistic vet said they believe in all the Hills R&D and had toured the facility for both dogs and cats, in addition to having a rescue operation for other animals.

    I have the Hill’s y/d dry out but he doesn’t care about it, he’s had the odd nibble over 1 month. The Wet Hill’s y/d he eats ~ 1/2 to 2/3 of a can per day.

    I called Hill’s 1-800 line and they suggested to add water to the dry food to make a gravy mixed with the wet. I tried this, but Kaos was indifferent to it.

    BUT, After reading your site and others, about the need for more water with eating the food, on Wednesday I began to mix hot water to the wet or pate food. This has had an enormous effect – he is eating more. It seems that its much softer consistency, similar to a human’s “cream of wheat” is much easier for him to eat.

    Nothing was mentioned about vaccinations, but she did suggest Sub Q fluids to address the kidneys, but I will ask my Vet when we RETEST at the 4 WEEK MARK.

    I also asked the Holistic Vet Clinic, if there were ANY conflicts of feeding Hill’s y/d (hyper thyroid) and supplementing it with Chinese herbs (renal) and it was emphatically no.

    I will keep you posted, as I know the other site I visited was so alarming to me, that I freaked out about possibly accelerating the illness of my dearly loved Kaos!

    I want to remain calm, educated and watchful for symptoms that may indicate change that isn’t favourable for him. I am not a vet, just a cat lover who wants the best, healthiest life for my indoor cat.

    I will keep you posted and thank you for inviting me to participate.


    1. I am glad he doesn’t like the dry as much.

      Don’t think I would wait on the Sub Q fluids…

      Glad he likes the warm water in his food – yes, it’s like a cream of wheat! And makes the food “mouse body” temperature.

      Another great website about cat diets is http://www.catinfo.org

      Kaos’ litter box will be a big indication of his kidney’s state. Increased pee amount and frequency will show where the kidneys are.

      I would just say no to vaccinations – but I am not a vet. It’s just what I experienced with my Rags.

      Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

  6. my entire post just disappeared!

    Hilarious warm mouse comment!!

    I have a list of questions for the Vet, including the Sub Q and also possibly constipation.

    Agreed – the litterbox is on my daily entry list with times.

    After 1 month on the Hills y/d and I do not work for them or receive free food, but I have to be honest about my experience, as I have read some very disturbing comments that freaked me out, no one wants to know they hurting their pet, vs helping!

    Since writing on Wednesday and after 1 month on Hill’s y/d

    he has gained weight for a hyper thyroid cat – this is GREAT news! He’s also liking the “warm mouse food” (warm water mixed with the wet)

    his blue eyes are bright again – not dark and hollow

    he’s doing his BIG forward and back stretches

    he’s sleeping in a relaxed curl vs tight curl

    he’s talking to me, his head is up and those beautiful Ragdoll tails are swinging full and high again

    his fur remains – as always – soft and silky.

    I’m not giving anyone false hope or under any illusion he is healed, I know he has issues that require careful watching and health care – which I intend on doing. I’m only reporting that his condition which was so worrisome, has progressed positively.

    I am also reporting my experience with Hill’s y/d as some others have villified the company – I feel so sorry for their pet loss, but cannot concur that feeding of Hill’s y/d led to their deterioration.

    The y/d only addresses the thyroid – not the renal matter.

    As stated previously, I will seek the Sub Q &/or Chinese herbal remedies for that side – as soon as we see the results of the new blood tests (which are bloody expensive, $200 in Calgary, but the only means in measuring the progress.)

    Thank you Jenny!


    1. I am pleased he is doing well. Yes, constipation definitely happens because their kidneys don’t help keep everything moist – therefore my comment about Sub Q.

      I gave Rags Sub Q fluids and enemas! https://www.floppycats.com/cat-enem.html

      Talking about all of this brings back some memories!! I could tell you something about Rag’s constipation that was so gross – I could literally help push out his poop by pinching slightly under his tail – the part still connected to the body.

      I just tried it on Charlie to see if it would work! Ha!

      I didn’t know you were in Calgary. Did you get your kitties from Chatandolls?

  7. aha .. I shall add constipation to my list for the vet – never thought about that for cats, although I know Kaos has had a fit of hicups on a few occasions!

    ok Sub Q very important for added moisture – do you know of any remedies to help that? I will also add that to my Holistic Vet visit list.

    ok cat enemas and pushing poop – is that the anal gland to squeeze? I’m sure they don’t care for you squeezing their a$$ … just a guess 😉 I’ll read your post and may have to try it.

    My vet’s friend had them and due to some changing family circumstances, had to give them up. I had said goodbye to my dearly loved Goober, a brown tabby and after 2 years was ready to find a buddy for Spike, a Balinese. One visit to my vet, the when I asked the girls about a cat for adoption on their board. They were so excited, because when Kaos and Mischief came in, they immediately thought of me with Spike and when I saw them and they saw me it was love at first sight! Although it was not so with Spike … ever, but story I should save for your weekly story 🙂

    Where are you\?

  8. aha .. I shall add constipation to my list for the vet – never thought about that for cats, although I know Kaos has had a fit of hicups on a few occasions!

    ok Sub Q very important for added moisture – do you know of any remedies to help that? I will also add that to my Holistic Vet visit list.

    ok cat enemas and pushing poop – is that the anal gland to squeeze? I’m sure they don’t care for you squeezing their a$$ … just a guess 😉 I’ll read your post and may have to try it.

    My vet’s friend had them and due to some changing family circumstances, had to give them up. I had said goodbye to my dearly loved Goober, a brown tabby and after 2 years was ready to find a buddy for Spike, a Balinese. One visit to my vet, the when I asked the girls about a cat for adoption on their board. They were so excited, because when Kaos and Mischief came in, they immediately thought of me with Spike and when I saw them and they saw me it was love at first sight! Although it was not so with Spike … ever, but story I should save for your weekly story 🙂

    Where are you?

    1. Kansas City, USA.

      Does your holisitic vet offer acupuncture? I tried acupuncture on Rags, but in hindsight I think it was the acupuncturist not the acupuncture. In other words, it might have worked if I knew more about finding a quality acupuncturist.

      Not sure what you mean by this – “ok Sub Q very important for added moisture – do you know of any remedies to help that?” – Sub Q is how you get the added moisture.

      Yes, they don’t appreciate – although Rags didn’t care because he was too weak to push hard – I tried it on Charlie (he’s 2) before I sent you the email and he looked at me like I was out of my mind – but it’s the right spot. I can take a video and show you, if that’ll help.

      How you acquired them is a neat story and would make for a great Ragdoll of the Week submission.

      When Rags was about 2 months from dying (didn’t know he was that close at the time, but it was towards the end), he was put on Clavamox – it’s an antibiotic, but for some reason it made him feel like a million bucks. The animal communicator that I talked to on a regular basis during that time told me that he had infection, so I just told my vet and she was up for trying it out.

      I also gave him iFlora made by Sedona Labs – it’s a probiotic and helps with digestion. I am not sure if it helped, but you never know.

      I do have more information on this site I could give you – but it is more like the final days and my emotions, so might be too much?!

  9. Hi Jenny,

    Thank you for sharing what must be some very bittersweet memories. I held my dear Spike, as she had her last breaths and it was the most extra-ordinary experience, she was 19 years old and I was so blessed to have had that privilege, as difficult as it was.

    re: Sub Q – acknowledged your suggestion.

    Kaos is not weak, but I do recognize the constipation is a problem when I’m cleaning his litterbox and he isn’t pooping … urinating yes, some vomiting yes, but very little poop … not good – toxins build up in the system … just like humans. I see now, problems that were experienced with Kaos’ sister Mischief – with the tumor – maybe not … but the vet should be stating this issue of constipation has HIGH!!

    I’m unsure of how you expelled it and I felt around his bum, which he (nor I for that matter) was that comfortable … but all day, he hasn’t pooped and he did have a good amount to eat … what goes in, must come out! I did see your enema post, but couldn’t figure out what you did on the manual aspect.

    thank you

    1. Ok, then don’t worry about how to push it out – it only works when there is some stuck- so it’s in the colon, not in the large intestine. happy to do the video (and piss off Charlie in the process), if it gets to that point.

      You might try iFlora to see if that helps him. iFlora can do no harm either way.

  10. Hi Jenny,

    Thank you for offering to do the video – but don’t worry right now.

    Saturday morning and I just returned from the Vet .. I was concerned about his poop being so dried out and his bum, that I thought it best not to leave it, since they have such small bodies and they can’t speak.

    My vet was very pleased to see him looking good and especially that he gained weight in a month!

    He checked his stomach – said there was some poop inside, but it didn’t feel like a lot; checked his bum – in good shape and said he isn’t dehydrated.

    To address the dry poop – ADD a SMALL AMOUNT OF OIL to his wet food, or ~ 2 cc of Lactulose per day, until it softens, then 1 time per week, you mntioned on site.

    I asked what to do about addressing his renal issues – since Kaos’ levels – for the past 5 years are just on the outside of normal – low 200’s. We really did catch him at the EARLY stages, vs being in the critical 600 to 800 ranges.

    We will test his blood again in late February and he feels the levels should drop, but I will keep you posted on his progress and hope that whatever we exchange, will help someone else.

    Thank you!

    1. sounds like great news! thanks for sharing! my mom’s cat, murphy, is at the emergency vet and has been over night. if you follow us on facebook, i have been giving updates. his kidney values were high and they are recommending a kidney diet – but we will be going to the acupuncturist first!

    2. Our cat has been on Laculose for U4 months and it’s stools are still rock hard.We have changed his diet from normal cat food to the more expensive tins but without success. We had the vet enema him in February but constipation returned within a month. Any suggestions. ???

  11. Jenny,

    Thank you for your note, but I’m sorry to hear of Murphy’s higher levels and in emergency care. I will send out a prayer for his immediate improvement.

    btw the Holistic Vet here does have a Vet acupuncturist and chiropractor in addition to the Vet Chinese Herbal specialist … http://www.calgaryholisticvet.com/
    Helen is the Manager – let her know Ralph and I were in, speaking with her Thursday about kaos’ renal and hyper thyroid condition … they have a great amount of info on their site.

    Maybe a google search could help you find a Vet Herbalist close to you quickly.

    If not … maybe with Murphy’s bloodwork analysis, they could prepare a Chinese Herbal remedy specifically for him that will address his levels.

    My strongest prayers for you, your mom and Murphy from Ralph, Kaos and me!

    1. sandra,

      we have found an awesome acupuncturist here – Pat Perkins – she does chinese herbs and acupuncture among other things – Charlie and Trigg have gone to her and so has Caymus, but not Murphy – he will be going now, though!

      murphy came home tonight and ate like a champ. wanted more food, but my mom wanted to take it slow.


  12. Hi Jen!

    Bloodwork UPDATE for Kaos on Hill’s y/d – good news and not so good news

    This is such a highly emotionally charged subject, because it is our dearly loved pets and they don’t speak English!

    There’s a LOT of info that is meant to educate, yet it is also inflamed, conflicting, ambiguous and critical – without offering any food suggestions that WOULD HELP both the Kidney and the hyper-thyroid issues.

    Futhermore, although the above issues are quoted to originate ~ 1979 when pet food became more commercialized – why hasn’t more than one company offered a pet food solution … in 30 years?

    Here is my experience – December 13, 2011 to January 20, 2012 – 2 blood tests costing a few hundred dollars EACH

    From what I’ve read, it seems that Hill’s y/d is for those cats which are caught at the very early stages of HyperThyroidism.

    My Vet told me it is NOT A SOLUTION for Renal issues and only the bloodwork would determine that, so here it is:

    In ~ 5 weeks Kaos was on Hills Y/D:

    Thyroid Level – DROPPED by 50% (from 61: the very early range of HyperThyroid to 28.5) he’s still sick – not cured!

    BUN levels – INCREASED by nearly 50% (from 15: just over the normal range to 27) … this is the blood urea nitrogen aka BUN

    The bloodwork must be done regularly and YOU must understand your Cat (or Dog’s) results to realize if (s)he is in the early stages or higher levels – critical.

    This is the only way way to determine your pet’s health status and it is costly: $200 per test and in the next 5 to 6 weeks he will have a 3rd test.

    The Hill’s Y/D did exactly what they claimed it would – for Hyper Thyroid cats – it is not designed for Cats with Renal issues and my Kaos is at the early stages … we have been managing this issue for nearly 5 years – we are taking him off it and returning to a k/d and also putting him on methimizole (sp?) I did read about a natural product called L-Carnitine

    I hope this helps anyone out there … just remember each pet is unique and will react differently – just like people.

    take care

    btw How is Murphy??

  13. I am looking for a RELIABLE, nurturing, responsible ragdoll Breeder in California.
    I have a roommate, a long time friend who is allergic to cats, but we have lived with a Siberian, and he had not allergic reaction. Would like to visit a Ragdoll Cattery, to see if he is comfortable.

    Naomi Blum,

  14. Hi ! I have recently adopted 2 four yr old ragdolls. What do you think is the best food to feed them for their health and stools ? and how much? currently ive been giving them hills science indoor formula dry food during the day and half a whiskers satchel morning and night. sometimes i will mix some raw cat mince with the wet food.
    A lot of people say you should only feed your cats a raw diet , and so I tried this but one will not give up the dry food. others say its fine to just feed a good quality dry food only (there previous owner fed them only dry Iams) and to always keep fresh water nearby, and some will say only feed wet food or a mixture of both.
    im so confused ! 🙂

    1. hi michelle – i would recommend no more dry – EVER. i am very opposed to dry food and if you want to learn more, then you might be interested in reading catinfo.org which is a site written by a vet. if you want to learn how to get your kitties off of dry food, you can read how i did it with my Ragdoll cats. If you are having stool problems, it’s the dry food. If you are wanting healthier cats, then also get rid of the dry food – cats weren’t meant to eat dry food – in fact, it’s the furthest thing from what they would eat if they were to fend for themselves. please let me know if you have any more questions.

      1. Hi jenny , thanks for your advice. I will read that article. how do you keep their teeth clean if on wet/raw food only ?

      2. I brush them. It’s a fallacy that dry food helps keep their teeth clean. My vet put Charlie on Science Diet TD dry food to help clean his teeth – did just the opposite – made them worse and he became fat! you could also give them raw meat as a “treat” with bones in it to help clean their teeth that way – you might have to ask the raw food people about which meat to give to them.

  15. how often do you brush them ? can you use plain baking soda?
    one of my cats is fat and my other cat had tarter buildup. have tried them both on chicken necks with not much success.

    1. at least I think jemma is fat , she is twice the size of Lucy and their only 4 months apart. but ragdolls are quite big. There is a photo of the 2 of them I posted on your facebook page today , my name on there is Jemma Lucy. what do you think ?

      1. I brush them nearly every day. I do it right after I brush my own in the morning because they are both around. https://www.floppycats.com/how-to-brush-cat-teeth.html I cannot figure out Facebook with the new timeline stuff – I cannot find the photo. Could you please just respond directly to the email address that sends you notifications that I have responded with the photo. I probably won’t be able to tell unless you have a bird’s eye photo of them.

  16. I’m thinking to get a ragdoll when I’m older because I’m a young teen and my parents don’t like cats of course 🙁 but I will defiantly get one since I’m very interested in this type of breed 🙂 but I’m not sure to get a boy or a girl? Are boys more affectionate than girls or are they the same?

    Sima xx

  17. Hi, I’m writing to ask if this could be a Ragdoll cat. No one can tell me if he is…but he seems like one. We just adopted a 2 years old fixed, fluffy long haired cat. Hes sweet and just lets my daughter carry him around without even getting mad at her. He has a sweet little meow and is just totally laid back. He’s ok with my dogs and is very lovey with a young fixed female cat we also adopted with him. Always cleaner her and doesn’t mind when she lays right on top of him. I’m wonder if if he’s not ALL Ragdoll, could he be part. He looks like a black stripped tabby….not like the “pointed” cats that I guess Ragdolls tend to be.

  18. Hey Debbie,

    First of all congrats on your new family addition!! We had many cats that loved to be carried like a doll, in fact I have wonderful memories of Mary who we would dress in doll clothes and lay in our doll carriage to walk around when I was a little girl… OMG!!!

    Ragdolls are known to have:
    vivid blue eyes,
    very soft skeletal system, they will lay on the floor lke a star fish ..all spread out … another mark is the the M in the fur on the forehead
    hind quarter is far higher than front
    huge, thick shoulder collar
    usually they’re very quiet – no meows
    (I thought mine had their voice box removed!)
    very gentle nature
    don’t shed a lot hair – but love to be brushed & held
    love to be with people (mine absolutely hate to be held on their back – hissy fit!)
    … there must be more characteristics but these are representative of mine – brother & sister … Kaos & Mischief ( I had to say goodbye to her, due to a tumor)

    he has always been an indoor cat – they were too gorgeous to be left alone outside!! I adopted both when they were ~ 5 years old and Kao is now 16 years, with early kidney failure for last 6 years and hyper thyroid diagnosed at Christmas … he is doing well on the proper diet for EKF and a 1/4 tabliet for hyperthyroid … love him dearly and expect him to live for a long time!

    Regardless of what your cat is …. love, love, love and totally enjoy him or her!!

    Best of cat love, life and luck to you!

  19. Hi…I have a 3 year old Rag…..He is a beautiful boy for sure..he is a very independent boy…really doesnt want to be held…he sleeps with me but down on the foot of the bed…He is happiest if I leave him alone..LOL…occasionally he wants to be loved on and will follow me around until I stop and love on him, but that is rare….he is super sweet to me and to my little dogs…however,…he is very agressive to my other two cats…he is the baby of the cats and when I got him I was worried the other two would pick on him, but they didnt they accepted him right away…he has never warmed up to them….he will attack (usually right after all the lights go out at bedtime) and has actually scratched a big gash in my middle cats belly… Just wanted to know if anyone else’s Ragdoll is agressive like my Bailey…or if I have an exception to the rule… When I was researching the breed before I got him, I read many times that you couldnt let a Ragdoll out because they wont fight and are submissive so if confronted by another animal they could get hurt…My Bailey definitely does not fit this description at all..

  20. Just a note of follow up: Kaos with Early Kidney & Hyper Thyroid

    He is doing REALLY WELL with 1/4 tablet of 5 mgTapazole / Methimazole per day.

    He’s gained weight, his coat is soft, his eyes are clearm, he is walking, talking and stretching on the floor as usual.

    He eats a variety of dry food Hill’s and MediCal – Royal Canin plus same wet food.

    We still watch him for outward changes as Cat’s are masters of hiding pain.

    But so far he’s doing well and we;re happy.

      1. Hi Jenny,

        I think all animals hate pills …. like a child he sticks his tongue to the roof of his mouth !! So I just wait for the moment he drops his tongue and pop the pill in, give him a little squirt of water from the syringe to help him swallow …credit to my vet Dr. Ron Torrence, a wonderful, country type vet in the city.

        It is most important that a cat with early kidney failure and Hyper thyroid eats to keep his energy up, especially as a Senior cat he needs protein like kittens.

        He has been eating dry food and some wet food all of his life – Today – I tend to offer him more variety especially if I see he’s not eating.

        MOST importantly I have 6 BLOOD / URINE tests over 5 years on a spread sheet so I can see what is happening by each area – this is the most critical action anyone can take … don’t just go by well it’s normal … what is the Number? How ha it changed over 6 months or 1 year?

        If at any time, you’re really concerned – take your blood / urine tests for a 2nd opinion.

        Along with his current behavior is the best guidance on how to care for him for longevity, with lots of love and a watchful eye. None of us live forever, but we do the very best.

        This is my experience and maybe it will help someone else struggling with a similar health issue affect their baby and if you’re concerned, get a 2nd opinion of the bloodwork/urine.

        I only wish the very best for everyone who have 4 legged friends in their life!

      2. That’s great that you give him a squirt of water – I didn’t think of that when I was going through the pill popping process with my old man, but have since read of it’s importance.

        Dry food makes his kidneys work harder and usually wet food has more protein – just food for thought. Have you read http://www.catinfo.org?

        I had hyperthyroidism, so I understand the disease well.

  21. I had a ragdoll kitten show up under my camper shed (I didn’t know at the time that it was a ragdoll). I have two dogs (a border collie and a mix terrior). I tried to find a home for it because I was afraid my grown dogs would hurt it. But I ended up keeping him and I LOVE HIM! The dogs do also. My daughter has a Morkey she brings home every weekend and they play constantly…I have never really been a cat person, but I have been so lucky (this is what we named him) to have him in my life.

  22. Hi I have a 4 and 1/2 month old ragdoll and i feel he’s still small. I have seen so many ragdoll who are 4 months and so big. My kitten weighs 7 pounds but look small. I feed him fancy feast, is that good. I had seen a 5month old kitten and he was way bigger that my kitty.

  23. hi jenny. I recently adopted a ragdoll cat male. He is now 1 year old plus. The previous owner has advised me to keep him in the cage for 5 days. At the same time we can pamper him frequently. is that a rule to be a new keeper or owner? they said the process is to let the cat easy to control later instead of the cat control us. is that true?

    1. whoa!! that sounds really sad to me. how big is the cage? i have never heard of this before – sounds mean, almost. what i do know is to have a safe room for him for usually 1-2 weeks – depending on the cat and depending on whether or not you have other animals in your house. the safe room allows him to have a place where he feels safe, but at the same time he can get used to the smells and sounds of your home. usually a safe room is a bedroom with a bathroom attached, so that he can go the bathroom, eat, etc. all in one spot. i have also posted your question on facebook to see what others had to say – here’s a link to that thread: https://www.facebook.com/floppycats/posts/10151804576638038

  24. So happy you re-posted this information, Jenny! All the great information about practically anything you need to know about This Awesome Floppycat Breed in one location…PAWESOME!!! I’m so glad we opened our home and hearts to our beautiful Miss Pink Sugarbelle back in January 2013. We have not had any regrets, as she continues to delight and improve our lives on a daily basis!!!

    THANK YOU for your love of Ragdolls and creating Floppycats.com! I would literally be lost without my Floppycats.com fix for the day!!!

    Big hugs & Happy Holidays to you and all the Floppycatters and everyone’s furry babies!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  25. I bought my first Ragdoll, a blue mitted, in December of 1997. I bought him as a show kitty and we did that for a few years. I was addicted and decided to breed them. That,unfortunately, was short lived due to a divorce and needing to the care of my family. I only kept my show baby. His name is KimsDolls Silver Sugarbearof Uneedarag. He was born October 4, 1997 and is still alive today. I was curious what is the oldest Ragdoll ever? Does anyone know? Does TICA have a record?

  26. My rag doll, Handsome Tazewell, just passed away June 29, 2018. He was over 21 years old. Born February 26, 1997. He was from Julia’s Dreamdolls in California. He was by my side as my daughters grew up and moved away, saw me through 2 divorces, 3 marriages, 5 houses and 7 jobs. He helped me through so many life changes and helped me celebrate milestones. He was my best friend and I miss him dearly. I miss his blue eyes, loud purr, the way he loved his chin scratched, and how he greeted me every day. I will always love him and hold him in my heart.

  27. Hi, I have a question. Is it possible for “regular” cat to have this “floppy” behaviour? I have stray cat named Voltaire and he behaves a lot like Ragdoll, despite it don’t look like one. He’s super friendly, cuddly, welcome-at-door, forever kitten type of cat. We sometimes make jokes that he just thinks he is a dog :-). He’s big cat (about 13-14lbs) but looks more like Siberian Cat if they come with a short hair. He is kind of athletic cat, long body, long, muscular paws. He’s fur is still about half inch longer than on my other cat, and certainly double coated (he shedds like hell), but no fluffy tail or something like that. Someone told me that’s Siberian and common domestic cat mix, but he’s almost 4yo and still growing. I wonder if it is possible that he has some ragdoll/ragamuffin ancestor too or this behaviour is just a coincidence?

  28. Hello everyone I’m new to this site but not new to my favorite ragdoll cat named Nubs on account that he doesn’t have a tale longer than an inch. I’m was wondering if anybody has had any trouble with breathing problems such as kind of a wheezing when they’re sleeping if so any input or information on the subject would be greatly appreciated because I’m kind of worried about him

  29. Hi! 🙂
    I bought my ragdoll when he was 8 months old… I contacted the breeder and she put him on a plane 1-2 days later… she was very insistent on it as she was going into hospital and I agreed because I didn’t want him to be moved around so much. The breeder told me that he was in and out of catteries, and it seems like he was also going from house to house for a while prior to me as she later mentioned that the kittens she still has are staying with different friends of hers or have been left at home alone while people come and feed them and give them water every day. She has also told me that some of the boys have pulled their coats out from stress? The reason she told me he hadn’t been sold, along with two siblings, is because they had a problem with their microchips and 2 of the kittens had their microchips switched so they had to be redone? I don’t know… it all seems really weird.

    He is the gentlest kitten ever, he is 10 months old now, so I have had him for 2 months now. He loves to snuggle and loves to be pet. He has never hissed and never scratched, except for when we try to pick him up and he’s not trying to scratch but he tries to get away from us by pushing his legs against us. He becomes very panicked and I’m scared that he’ll break his neck or a leg… he will hide for such a long time afterwards and he’ll run away and hide as you walk towards him for a few days to a week afterwards… I’m not sure what to do 🙁 I feel like something could have happened in the first 8 months of his life that we haven’t been told about… being picked up, it’s not that he doesn’t like it… he’s absolutely terrified of it.

  30. Hi,
    You seem like a person who can give me a good piece of advice 🙂 Can ragdolls be left alone for around 5-6 hours (probably no more)?I looked for the answer on many pages and some said they can’t be left even for 2 hours and some say they can be alone for 6-7 hours. I don’t know which is right. I am a teenager, I will soon start hight school. My Mom works for 5-6 hours, I will probably end lessons later (7 hours + maybe one extra class in the evening), but that means our cat would be alone just for 5-6 hours. I wrote “just” but I don’t know if it is a long amount of time or not. We consider ragdoll (I would love a white, calm, fluffy and loving cat). Our potential cat would be our only pet. Birman wouldn’t do because there aren’t many birman cat breeders (I haven’t found any yet)here, in Poland. Neva masquerade breed is a little too active (we live in the apartament in big city).
    So I was wondering whether ragdoll is a right breed for us. The most important thing is whether it can be left alone (as above).
    I have just found your page, but I already love it. I would be over the moon if you answered.
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Julia, sure they can – many cats are left at home during the day when their owners are at work. Just because you are looking at a Ragdoll, though, doesn’t mean that they will be calm and a kitten is VERY active. Are you getting a full grown cat or a kitten? Also, I respond to emails more quickly – just a head’s up – thanks for writing. Jenny

      1. Hi,
        Thank you very much for answering my question.
        Of course I don’t mind active kitten, but I heard some breeds are more active than others. I thought more of a kitten. Are there any other important things that I should know about owning a ragdoll?

  31. We adopted a rag doll and he (my son named him Sofie) became best friends with my son. He would come when called and just was my sons little friend. We are devastate as he was hit by a car a few days ago and although the vet could fix his fractured hips, he could not mend his bladder/urethra. We are soooo sad, the breeder said it’s not unusual for rag dolls to be run over??? Our friend has been looking after him during this lockdown as we had to move and they are also distraught. He was only 2 1/2 so not even an adult, we had planned for him to be around until my son was an adult! Sooooo so sad!

  32. We moved into a house a year and a half ago, and there is a neighborhood cat that visits all the time. I’m pretty sure it’s a rag doll (at least in part). And is so friendly, my 5 year old daughter loves the cat, and calls the cat Sophia- my daughter has been so silly with the cat, and the cat never reacts. Super soft, and sits on my lap if I’m outside (does the limp thing when picked up… Not sure if its boy or girl, but kitty isn’t very big now, so I’m assuming younger female?) Shocked at how mellow that cat is. Thought kitty was declawed at one point, lol. Sophia has been making quarantine life more bearable. I’ve grown a some respect for this mellow cat. I grew up with cranky barn cats, lol.

  33. Hey There!

    We have a 2 year old male ragdoll at home and he is an absolute delight! We love him so much we want to get another and we were also concerned he is alone too much now that we are both working and have moved so our commute is a bit further away.

    i have found a pair of male ragdolls needing rehoming that are 1 and 2 years old and was wondering what the general opinion was of bring two adult male ragdolls into the home of another adult male ragdoll and if there are any special considerations.

    Our Ragdoll – Moony – was bought from a reputable breeder and had been around a lot of cats as a tiny kitten but has been the only cat in our household ever since.

    The two I have found needing rehoming are a 1 year old male and a 2 year old male that the owner does not want to separate.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated 🙂

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