Ragdoll Cat: Breed Information Pros and Cons

The Ragdoll cat is a large, color-pointed cat breed known for going floppy when picked up, hence why they got the name “ragdoll.” They are known for their laid-back personalities, semi-long coats, blue eyes, and more.

Ragdoll Cat Breed Profile Characteristics and Care - Seal Mitted Ragdoll cat with a blaze

The Ragdoll cat embodies the very essence of feline majesty, its morphology defined by largeness and weightiness. Possessing a most singular pelage, its fur forms a tapestry of contrasting hues, the lighter tones of the torso yielding to the deeper shades of the face, ears, paws, and tail, reminiscent of a watercolor artist’s delicate dance of colors.

See this quick video to learn more about Ragdoll cats:

Our Ragdoll breed summary chart is your one-stop shop for key information about the Ragdoll cat breed. Think of it like a condensed encyclopedia spread across a handy table.

Breed Summary

TraitsBreed Characteristics
WeightFemales up to 15+ lbs (6.8 kg)
Males up to 20+ lbs (9.7 kg)
Height9-13 inches
Length17-21 includes (not including tail)
OriginDeveloped in the 1960s by Anne Baker, a breeder in Riverside California
Life Expectancy13-15 years
CoatSemi-long coat, plush and silky
Traditional patternsBi-color, van, mitted, and colorpoint
Traditional colorsSeal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream
Traditional points Solid, lynx, tortie, or torbie (tortie and lynx)
Eye ColorBlue eyes [controversial Minks and Solids might not have blue eyes]
QualitiesBreed Score *
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Kid-Friendly🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈
Pet-Friendly 🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈
Shedding🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈
Grooming Needs🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈
Independence🐈 🐈 🐈
Attention Needs🐈 🐈 🐈
Affection Towards Owner🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈
Exercise Needs🐈 🐈 🐈
Playfulness🐈 🐈 🐈
Vocalization🐈 🐈 🐈
Trainability🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈
Intelligence🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈
*🐈 = low 🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈 = high

After having this website dedicated to Ragdoll cat lovers worldwide since 2008 and living with purebred Ragdoll cats since 1987, I have learned you can only sometimes rely on breed descriptions. So, remember that if you adopt a Ragdoll cat, s/he could have all these traits, some of them or none.

The Meaning Behind “Ragdoll” Cats

Ragdoll cats are known colloquially as “floppy cats”; after all, they got their name, “Ragdoll,” from being floppy. Many Ragdoll cats are known to literally “flop.”

They adore being handled and often go limp when picked up – hence, their name and nickname, the floppy cat (and the reason for our site name – Floppycats).

Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat Caymus on chair IMG_4524

Ragdoll Cat History and Origins

The History of Ragdolls is not that extensive because Ragdolls are a relatively new cat breed compared to others. The first Ragdolls were bred in California in the 1960s by Ann Baker.

Ann Baker and her white Angora Persian-type cat queen, Josephine.

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 coats, and a very equable disposition.

Baker kept the kittens with the desired looks and carefully line-bred to keep the strain pure. All Ragdolls must be descendants 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 descendants, 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 and still have a purebred Ragdoll.

Check out this post for a deeper dive into the Ragdoll’s history.

Ragdoll Cat Breed Personality and Temperament

The Ragdoll cat is probably most famous for its calm disposition compared to most cats. However, Ragdolls have a more dependent personality than other cats.

Ragdolls prefer to be near people as much as possible and enjoy being doted on. Ragdolls are also an excellent breed for children. Many don’t mind being hauled around. The Ragdoll is an all-around ideal cat.

The Ragdoll’s Striking Physical Characteristics

Ragdolls, on average, are larger than most cats. The average female Ragdoll is between 14 and 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 reaches full maturity and size once 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 should not be left to roam outside.

10-year old blue lynx mitted trigg chiggy outside April 2020 IMG_2267

Ragdoll Cat Health

Usually, most Ragdoll lines are free of significant health risks. Ragdolls are generally a good breed for lower health risks.

Just like any other cat breed, Ragdolls can be prone to developing health conditions. Health starts with diet, and these websites are excellent at explaining cat nutrition – CatInfo.org and Feline-Nutrition.org.

For a more comprehensive understanding of your Ragdoll’s health, read the cat health advice from our veterinarians’ ebook.

15-year old Ragdoll Cat Caymus Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat with Paws Crossed under table IMG_3725
15-year old Ragdoll Cat Caymus

Ragdoll Cat Colors, Points & Patterns

While there are not multiple Ragdoll cat breeds, there are numerous Ragdoll colors and patterns. All Ragdoll cats are born white, but as they grow, they develop a wide variety of colors and patterns, as seen in the Ragdoll color progression.

Additionally, they are color-pointed cats, meaning their bodies are lighter in color than their extremities. As for the patterns they can develop, Ragdolls can be colorpoint, mitted, bicolor, lynx point, or tortie point, as per the Ragdolls Fanciers Club International (RFCI) & Cat Fanciers Association (CFA).

If you want more fun photos of Ragdoll kittens to cats changing colors as they age, check out our Colorpointed Cats Transition: Ragdoll Cats.

Fiyero, blue point mitted with a blaze, loved by Cynthia IMG_0273
Fiyero, blue point mitted with a blaze, loved by Cynthia I

Traditional Ragdoll Colors

ColorsDescription
Blue RagdollThe cat’s body is a very light gray, and the extremities are a darker shade of gray – various color patterns.
Seal RagdollThe body is creamy white, and the extremities are a very dark brown.
Chocolate RagdollA combination of a light-colored body and light brown extremities.
Lilac RagdollThe body is very light in color, and the extremities are gray and cream-colored.
Cream Point Ragdoll A combination of an ivory-colored body and creamy extremities.
Flame
(Red Ragdoll)
The body is very light in color, and the extremities are red or orange.

Traditional Ragdoll Points

PointsDescription
Solid RagdollsWith 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.
LynxLynx is a variation of other patterns. It includes lynx markings – stripes or ‘pencil lines’ – within the colored points.
TorbieThe Torbie pattern combines the tortie calico colors with the tabby striping of the lynx pattern.
Tortie Ragdolls Short for tortoiseshell, which the pattern is said to resemble – these cats are calico-colored, a mix of three colors with patches of various sizes.

Traditional Ragdoll Patterns

PatternsDescription
Bicolor RagdollThis 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.
ColorpointWith this pattern, the cat will have colored markings on its points – the paws, ears, tail, and face. In addition, nose leather and paw prints are also pigmented, matching the points.
VanCats 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.
MittedRagdolls with a mitted pattern have well-defined colors 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

ColorDescription
Mink Ragdoll Mink Cats are darker versions of their lighter counterparts–like Blue, Lilac, Red, Seal, Solid, and Tortie.
Solid RagdollsSolids come in the same three patterns and colors as the pointed ones, except Seal (dark brown) and Black on solid cats.
Cinnamon RagdollsCinnamon Ragdoll cats have reddish-brown fur and typically have a light-cream body if they are the colorpoint pattern. Only accepted by TICA right now.
Black RagdollThis color variation for Ragdolls is yet to be accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA)

A Few Tips on Getting a Ragdoll Cat

You can pursue a few different options if you are looking for a Ragdoll cat for sale.

Rescuing a Ragdoll Cat

One option is Ragdoll rescue organizations. But, unfortunately, there is no one go-to place for Ragdoll cat rescue. Still, a variety of smaller or regional organizations specialize in Ragdolls to look into, or you can go for more general options like shelters.

If looking at local shelters, be aware that Ragdolls are often mistakenly grouped under Himalayan 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 local Ragdoll cat breeders.

Even hardworking breeders who 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 and learn more about their reputation, for example, whether they were raised in the breeder’s home and if they were exposed to children/or dogs.

A cat bred in this environment might be better prepared for your home if you have children or dogs. Look into multiple breeders to compare these and use these questions to ask cat breeders.

The breeder will present you with the official documents of the parents, including their medical background (and vaccination status). Another way to get your Ragdoll cat is to adopt one from a cat shelter.

Even if this breed is one of the most popular 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 about bringing home a Ragdoll kitten, A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide: Bringing Your Ragdoll Kitten Home.

Buying a Ragdoll Cat

If you are looking for a Ragdoll cat, you should begin by searching for authorized catteries in your area. After that, getting your cat from a breeder would be best because that is the only guarantee 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 pretty easy to get scammed unless you seek your cat in a well-reputed cattery. It would be best if you took the time to talk to the breeders to find people with whom you connect. You should also request to see the kittens’ parents because this should give you an idea of what the kittens will grow up to look like.

Seal Mitted with an hourglass blaze Ragdoll Cat Charlie on brick pillar outside IMG_4706

Ragdoll Cat & Kitten Pricing Suggestions

  1. Rags, purchased in 1989 with his brother Cosby – $350/each
  2. Caymus and Murphy, purchased in 2004 – $600/each (reduced by $50 each because my parents were buying 2)
  3. Charlie and Trigg, purchased in 2009 – $800/each (reduced by $50 each because I was buying 2)

Here is a breakdown 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):

Quality:Approximate Cost:Notes
Pet (Alter) QualityUSD$850+(some breeders charge more for females because 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) QualityUSD$1200- USD $2300+This is a Ragdoll cat that is perfectly marked to be shown at cat shows but is spayed or neutered.
Breeder QualityUSD$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 QualityUSD$2300- USD $2700+This is a Ragdoll cat that is perfectly marked to be shown at cat shows and is also fit for breeding.

Cost of a Pet Over Their Lifespan

Owning a pet has many factors, such as food, veterinarian visits, pet insurance, grooming their long hair, and related expenses of owning a cat.

65+ FAQs About Ragdoll Cats!

We’ve prepared a list of the most commonly asked questions about Ragdoll cat facts. We hope you find the answers you need right here:

❓ General Ragdoll Information

Are Ragdoll Cats Quiet?

Addie a seal bicolor Ragdoll cat on the couch

Yes, they can be. While they engage in social activities and spend time with their human parents, most Ragdoll cats are not vocal. So, this may not be it if you want a cat to have conversations with. However, their quiet nature makes them ideal for apartment living.

Are Ragdoll Cats Deaf?

Blue lynx mitted Ragdoll cat Trigg on his 13th birthday IMG_4066

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 blue eyes have made many people question their hearing, but this is not true for Ragdoll cats.

Are Ragdoll Cats Playful?

Blue lynx mitted Ragdoll cat Trigg Chiggy playing with paper blue eyes IMG_8239

Energetic, curious, and engaging, Ragdoll cats have a surprising dog-like personality which will immediately show once you start living with them. This is why they are playful and resourceful in spending their time around the home.

They can simply enjoy being by themselves by finding something to play with, and they typically relish playing with their human companions just as well.

What Is So Special About Ragdoll Cats?

There is so much that makes Ragdoll cats unique! They’re beautiful cats with striking blue eyes and bunny-soft fur that is a joy to stroke. Still, more importantly, their loving and calm nature gives them a gentle and affectionate personality without being high maintenance.

They often seem to be in touch with their owner’s emotions, so they love sharing your happiness and comforting you when needed.

What Are Cons About Ragdoll Cats?

There aren’t many downsides to Ragdoll cats compared to other species. They do shed a lot due to their long hair, and that fur can also cause them to have poop cling to their rear. It’s all about opinion and perspective, but Ragdoll cats are generally popular.

Do Ragdoll Cats Make Good House Cats?

Ragdoll cats generally make excellent house cats. They are certainly better indoors than outdoors, where they can be naïve about dangers. Also, while all cats are individual, Ragdoll cats are usually very good with children, and while they prefer company, they can be left alone while you’re at work once they have matured.

Are Ragdoll Cats High Maintenance?

Whether Ragdoll cats are high maintenance is a matter of perspective. Ragdoll cats are typically low maintenance if fed the proper diet (raw or canned), and you take good care of them. You’ll need to clean their litter box regularly and ensure their environment is not stressful.

Are Ragdolls Indoor Cats?

Many people keep Ragdoll cats as indoor cats, as they shouldn’t be left to roam freely outside. Unfortunately, they aren’t a breed that can defend themselves well and can be unaware of dangers. You can let your Ragdoll into a safe outdoor space, such as a kitty-proofed garden or, ideally, a secure catio. I go choose to let my Ragdoll cats enjoy themselves outside.

Is a Ragdoll a Good Family Cat?

Ragdoll cats usually make good family pets. While all cats are individuals, the breed is typically docile, laid-back, and exceptionally patient with children, and they are not known for being violent or overly defensive.

How Much Does a Ragdoll Cat Cost?

The cost of a Ragdoll depends on the color pattern and quality of the cat. A pet-quality Ragdoll will cost less than a show-quality or breeder-quality cat because it won’t have the markings that a higher-quality Ragdoll cat would. However, that doesn’t mean they’re any less a Ragdoll. A Ragdoll kitten purchased from a breeder usually starts at about $1200 and, depending on the quality, goes up to $5000+. You can also adopt retired breeder Ragdoll cats for around $500+. Sometimes you can find Ragdoll rescues or Ragdolls needing rehoming for around $200 or less.

Do Ragdoll Cats Need To Be Brushed?

Ragdoll cats must be brushed, ideally once a day if you can. If that’s too frequent to fit your schedule, you should brush your Ragdoll at least twice a week. Ragdoll cats shed, and if you don’t brush them, the hair can tangle and become a mat, which can cause skin problems if left alone.

Do Ragdoll Cats Shed a Lot?

Ragdoll cats shed, and because they are long-haired, they shed a lot. There is a myth that Ragdoll cats don’t shed – this isn’t true. It would help if you established a brushing routine with your Ragdoll cat from an early age. Starting early with your cat gets them used to brushing and helps to prevent mats from forming with the shed hair.

What Breed Is a Floppy Cat?

Ragdoll cats are the breed of cat that is known for being floppy. The Ragdoll got its name from its tendency to go limp like a rag doll when it is picked up. However, many purebred Ragdolls do not go limp when they are picked up.

Do Ragdoll Cats Like To Be Held?

As with any cat, whether or not they like to be held depends on the individual cat. You cannot rely on a breed to know whether or not a cat likes to be held. In contrast, Ragdolls are known for their docile and affectionate nature, not all like to be held. If you’re looking for a cat that likes to be held, it’s best to find one at a rescue or from a foster situation, where they know for sure that the cat likes to be held.

Regardless if you’re engaging in simple physical games with your Ragdoll, such as playing catch or 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?

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 Affectionate?

Affectionate Ragdoll Cat Chiggy Floppycats Video

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, staying close, but they will not hover or become insistent on getting attention.

Are Ragdoll Cats Intelligent?

Blue lynx mitted Ragdoll cat Trigg on his 13th birthday IMG_4065

Yes, they are, and they are also very interested in spending time with their masters. Their intelligence is above average, making them fun to be around. If you spend time with them and train them, you can get excellent results with this breed.

Are Ragdoll Cats Smart?

13-year old seal mitted with a blaze ragdoll cat Charlie IMG_3251

Yes, they are. Ragdolls are very smart, especially when it comes to emotional intelligence. They can communicate, offer, and ask for affection from their human companions. In addition, they are astute in social intelligence and are great at communicating their needs.

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 excellent survival skills. Leave them outside for too long; they may need help to manage, as many other cats eventually do.

As with humans, intelligence is a muscle, and you can always train your Ragdoll to become even more intelligent.

Do Ragdolls Like To Be Held?

How to Hold a Ragdoll Kitten over the shoulder standing up

It depends. Ragdolls are known for being affectionate and cuddly, but every cat is different, just like humans. Some of them won’t like to be held per se, but they will show affection by following you around the home or sleeping next to you. However, they may be a bit averse to being held.

Having said this, most Ragdolls do like being picked up and held – it’s where their very name came from. However, when you pick them up, they tend to loosen up and relax so much that they become as limp as an actual ragdoll toy. If you notice your Ragdoll isn’t particularly fond of being picked up, reinforce positive interaction, use catnip and establish an affection routine it may come to rely on daily – you may soon notice changes.

Do Ragdolls Follow You Around?

Ragdolls are known for genuinely loving their human companions compared to other cat breeds. This will often make them eager to spend as much time with you as possible and want to get involved in whatever activity you’re interested in.

It’s a well-known fact that Ragdolls have dog-like personalities, which means you can expect them to follow you around the home. They’ll be there if you go to the door to greet a guest. They’ll most likely accompany you if you’re going to the kitchen to prepare a meal.

They usually want to be around you and fully enjoy your company, prompting them to follow you around the home. This personality trait adds to their affectionate and cuddly way of being, making them very popular among cat owners.

Are Male Ragdolls More Affectionate?

Charlie on Petstages Easy Life Scratch Snuggle and Rest

It depends. All Ragdolls have their unique personality, regardless of their gender. Some cat owners claim that male Ragdolls are more affectionate and easygoing, while females are supposedly more aggressive in play. However, both Ragdoll sexes are known to be loving in nature.

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 more apparent indicator of how affectionate it will be in the future while you’re living together.

Do Ragdolls Purr?

Purring is the most common sound that cats make, and it is usually a sound associated with contentment. Cats make the low rumble sound to show that they are happy, but not always – it can also be a sign of fear or nervousness, so always try to take purring in context with body language.

Cats purr by controlling the muscles in their larynx and diaphragm, and it’s believed that the vibrations purring causes could be done to relax the cat.

As for whether Ragdoll cats purr, yes, they do – but every cat is different, so some may purr more than others. And in some cats, you might not even hear them purr – it can be inaudible if your cat is particularly quiet. However, if it is indistinct, gently put your finger on the soft part of their throat, and you will feel the vibration of their purr.

Do Ragdolls Like to Cuddle?

Seal Mitted Ragdoll cats Caymus and Murphy cuddled snuggled on a dog bed IMG_5132

Like humans, each Ragdoll has its unique personality, and you may find that some like to cuddle, and others may shy away from it. But generally speaking, Ragdolls are fond of cuddling, which is a trademark of their personality.

Ragdolls are known for being very affectionate. They will follow you around the house, engage in activities, and jump in your lap whenever they want to cuddle. Then, they will ask you to show them, love by being affectionate with you and cuddling.

The more mature they are, the more cuddly they will get – in comparison, Ragdoll kittens tend to divert their attention to whatever sparks their curiosity. These cats enjoy human companionship, warmth, and quality time spent together. Apart from this, their impressive size and beautiful coat make them extra snuggly and pleasant to hold and cuddle with.

Do Ragdolls Meow a Lot?

Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat Charlie with an hourglass blaze sitting on brick pillar meowing IMG_0545

It just depends on the cat, not the breed. My childhood cat, Rags, barely ever meowed – until he got older, and after he went through chemo, did he meow – and that was more of a grumpy meow.

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.

Do Ragdolls Get Attached to One Person?

How to Hold a Ragdoll Kitten two arms

Ragdolls are known to be very outgoing and friendly, so they are not prone to get attached to only one person. They love human companionship and will prove this by getting along with everyone in the household.

They play well with kids and adults while being open to new people entering your home. This is precisely what gives them that dog-like quality so many cat owners tend to love about Ragdolls.

Cats usually require quite some time to warm up to people, which 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 and will blend in beautifully, interacting with every family member with the same 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?

Ragdolls are not dumb but lack specific skills that other cats have. Although they are great at communicating their needs, asking for and offering affection, and engaging with various human activities, they do falter when it comes to surviving outside.

Ragdolls are mainly indoor cats; compared to other cat breeds, they don’t have what it takes to survive in the wild. However, they are snuggly, playful and affectionate – all these qualities make them an excellent fit for the home. If you bring home interactive games that test your Ragdoll’s intelligence, you’ll notice how far from being dumb they are.

They have a great memory, learning capacity, and mathematical abilities that will quickly help them solve any puzzle and make them move to their next quest.

Why Do Ragdolls Follow You Around?

Simply put, it’s because they love your companionship. Ragdolls feel the immense joy around their human companions, so they’ll often follow you wherever you go around the house.

You may even find your Ragdoll next to your legs when you go to the door to greet a friend or the pizza delivery person. They are well-known for their dog-like personality, which makes them active and playful, with a keen desire to be around you a lot of the time.

They are communicative, affectionate, and cuddly and will ensure that you notice these qualities in them. Spending quality time with their humans is extremely important to this cat breed, so expect them to be wherever you are in the home. It’s not to say that they hate being alone, but they’d much rather be with you if they can.

Which Ragdoll Is the Best?

The one that matches your heart’s desire. The fact is that Ragdolls are fantastic cats, and they can be good companions for dogs, other cats, children, and you, but you must be willing to invest equal time into this relationship.

The more time you spend, the more you will receive, and the better your chance of finding the perfect cat for your home. Read more about Ragdoll Cat Stereotypes here.

What Two Breeds Make a Ragdoll Cat?

Ragdoll cats are purebred – there are no two breeds that make a Ragdoll. The breed originated when a white Angora Persian-type cat was bred with a longhaired Burmese and a Birman in the 1960s in California.

Are Ragdoll Cats Good Pets?

maddie a Seal mitted ragdoll cat with a blaze in a necoichi bowl yawning IMG_1317

Ragdolls generally make for excellent pets. They’re calm and affectionate, making for a great companion, with a calm temperament that makes them easy to care for and fall in love with. They’re great around kids and can get along well with other animals, although they always take care when introducing any cat into a family with other pets.

Are Ragdolls Indoor Cats?

Flame bicolor lynx Ragdoll cat Fred and Blue bicolor lynx Ragdoll cat Birch IMG_6280

Ragdoll cats are traditionally considered indoor cats, and some breeders will make adopters sign a form confirming they won’t allow their Ragdoll outside. But many Ragdolls will enjoy the outdoors if you give them a safe space, whether that’s a garden, a catio, or if you’re walking your cat on a leash.

They aren’t usually a breed that you would let roam freely – there are too many dangers that Ragdoll cats aren’t used to, so they may be naive. But if you are with your cats and keeping them safe, they can enjoy some outdoor time.

You need to be aware of some dangers when letting your Ragdoll cat go outside, so it’s worth reading up on those and ensuring you’re prepared before allowing your Ragdoll to explore.

Do Ragdolls Sleep With You?

Blue Lynx Mitted Ragdoll Cat Trigg Stretched Out Sleeping IMG_0409

They can if you want them to and if they want to.  This is entirely too subjective to answer across the board. So it’s up to you and the cat. The Ragdoll cat I grew up with, Rags, slept with me every night at the foot of my bed. My parents’ Ragdoll cats, Caymus and Murphy, who passed in 2020 and 2021, slept with me every night when I lived with my parents in my early 20s and when I visited. My Ragdolls, Charlie and Trigg, never sleep with me. They will join me to watch TV before bed, but they leave as soon as I turn on the TV. 

Is Ragdoll a Cuddly Cat?

While all cats have individual personalities, the Ragdoll breed generally enjoys cuddles and will go limp (like a ragdoll – hence the name) when picked up. Ragdoll cats are loyal and love to spend time with their owners.

❓Ragdoll Health & Lifespan

Do Ragdoll Cats Live Long?

Rags seal mitted Ragdoll cat

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, plenty of factors might influence a cat’s development and lifespan, but Ragdolls begin with a reasonable life expectancy, which is certainly in their favor.

What Is the Average Life Expectancy of a Ragdoll Cat?

Meet Rags of Floppycats

When my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, was around 14 years old, I remember Googling the average lifespan of a Ragdoll cat. I found out that the average lifespan of a Ragdoll is 9-15 years. Of course, with Rags being 14, I wasn’t crazy about reading that! But, of course, Rags died at 19.5 years old, so he helped that average grow a little bit. So how do they come up with those averages anyway?

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 nine 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 for 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 think your life will be stable, and something can happen that alters everything. There’s no exact to anything in life, but I believe it is crucial to consider the life expectancy of a kitty when you are adopting one.

At What Age Is a Ragdoll Cat Fully Grown?

Ragdoll cats are known for their rather impressive size. They will often weigh between 10 and 20 pounds, with females reaching their full weight at around 10-15 lbs, while male Ragdolls can surpass the 20 pounds mark.

They are a large breed, reaching their full size when they’re about four years old. It takes a long time to reach full body maturity, and once they do, you’ll notice how their weight complements their personality even better. This is because they are very affectionate, and their generous size makes them even more cuddly and comfortable to hold.

What Is the Oldest Ragdoll Cat?

Official records aren’t customarily kept for individual cat breeds, but I know that some Floppycatters have had Ragdolls that have lived until they were 26 years old, so they may live as long as that or even longer.

The average lifespan tends to be between 9 and 15 years, but they can live much longer. My parents’ Ragdoll cats, Caymus and Murphy, passed at 16 and 16.5 years old. My Rags (the reason I founded this website) died at 19.5 years old.

Are Ragdoll Cats Large in Size?

16 year old Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat Caymus smelling outside air in basement doorway 9-26-20 IMG_6268

Yes, they are. Ragdoll cats are among the largest cat breeds out there. Not only do they have long fluffy coats, but they are pretty long. They typically weigh between 15 and 20 pounds for males and 10 to 15 pounds for females. Their size and adorable personality earned them the nickname “The Gentle Giants.”

It’s essential to make sure you hold them with both hands to offer the proper support such large cats need. Since their size exceeds that of regular cats, you must 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?

As with any other cat breed, Ragdoll cats are also prone to certain health conditions that may or may not develop throughout their lifetime:

Obesity in Cats – Ragdolls are already large and may become even larger if you ignore their diet. To prevent obesity from occurring, you will need to vary their diet by switching between dry and wet food. It’s also indicated that you plan their meals, ensuring they get a predetermined food intake daily.

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 (dry food!) that fails to hydrate them properly. However, diversity in the diet is also vital 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 blocks your furry friends’ bladder.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – HCM is a common heart disease in many cats and affects Ragdolls. The cause is primarily genetic, and there’s not much you can do about it except to conduct a DNA test to identify this gene when they’re 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 maintaining rigorous hygiene whenever they return home from freely roaming outside.

Why Do Ragdoll Cats Vomit?

Cats’ vomiting is not unique to Ragdoll cats.  Usually, the number one reason cats vomit is because of their diet.  To learn more about feline nutrition, you can visit our page on best-wet cat food for Ragdolls that cats should eat here.
 
If you have a chronic problem with your cat vomiting, 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.

Do Ragdoll Cats Throw up a Lot?

No, as a general rule, they do not. But they may throw up for various reasons concerning their food quality, eating pace, hairballs, or emotional distress.

If a Ragdoll’s stomach is quite sensitive and rejects low-quality food, which can result in throwing up, you’ll want to work on its microbiome and prioritize a high-quality raw diet. But, unfortunately, they may also gobble down on their food, forgetting to be patient with chewing so that you may find your Ragdoll vomiting afterward, especially if hairballs were involved.

Another reason your Ragdoll may vomit can be a symptom of emotional distress. For example, many cats will throw up when left alone for too long. But, again, it’s simply their body’s way of dealing with the unpleasant emotional situation that they can’t process or understand.

However, if throwing up becomes a regular occurrence, you must take your furry friend to the vet to ensure it’s not a symptom of anything more serious.

How Big Does a Ragdoll Cat Get?

Ragdoll cats will generally reach between 9 and 13 inches in height and between 17 and 21 inches in length (excluding the tail). In terms of weight, females will average between 10 and 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8kg), while males will average 15 to 20 pounds (6.8 to 9.1kg). But, of course, sometimes they are more prominent, with some Ragdolls reaching up to 30lb (13.6kg). And sometimes they are smaller, like my aunt’s Ragdoll, only 9 lbs.

❓ Ragdoll Cat Care

Do Ragdolls Need To Be Groomed Often?

EquiGroomer types of cat brushes

A good brushing frequency for Ragdoll cats is twice a week, which is enough to prevent hairballs from forming and to maintain their thick coat nice and smooth.

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, ultimately seeing it more like a pleasant petting session. For great results, it’s recommended that you use high-quality professional tools. These will help you properly groom your Ragdoll cat and keep your house hair-free and clean.

Having said this, here are 4 of our favorite grooming tools for Ragdoll cats:
Safari® Cat Shedding Comb
Zen Clipper Cat Nail Clippers
EquiGroomer Grooming Tool for Cats
Lilly Brush BE FOREVER FURLESS PET HAIR REMOVER

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?

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

The other advantage of the lack of an undercoat is that many people who are usually allergic to cats can have a Ragdoll. Most people are either allergic to cat saliva or their undercoats. Of course, 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 no easy way to know which allergy you have. It would need to be tested by a dermatologist. Furthermore, Ragdoll coats don’t need typically mat like other longhaired cats tend to do.

Do Ragdolls Need Special Care?

Their semi-long fur is thick, and although matting does not occur frequently, they must be groomed at least twice a week to keep the coat neat and detangled.

They need to be engaged – Since Ragdolls are high-energy and love human companionship, keep them engaged regularly in games and physical activity. It’s where they shine the most, enabling their beautiful personality to emerge fully. They manage to keep themselves entertained around the home, but they will love you the most when you show them the attention they crave.

Do Ragdolls Like Baths?

It depends. Each Ragdoll is different in traits and personality, but generally speaking, compared to other cat breeds, Ragdolls will be more tolerant of baths and may, in fact, even enjoy them. However, it’s important to note they are very clean cats by nature, so bathing them too often is unnecessary.

Many Ragdoll owners have claimed their furry friends love running water, which draws their curiosity. However, to successfully bathe your Ragdoll cat, it’s essential to start when it’s young to get used to the entire process.

They also need to be gently accommodated in the bathroom environment. When you prepare their bath, make sure you use lukewarm water with which you can rinse your Ragdoll for a couple of minutes before applying the shampoo.

Can You Take Ragdoll Cats for Walks?

In short, yes, you can take your Ragdoll for a walk. However, cats are typically wary of being taken outside, so you must go through this process slowly. If you want to take your Ragdoll for a walk in the park, it’s indicated that you take your furry friend on a leash.

You should train your Ragdoll before you can expect it to be at ease with being outside like this. You should take a few steps, crouch, and then call it to you. If your cat comes, be sure to reward it with some treats.

Repeat this step several times until your Ragdoll feels safe and more relaxed. When you start with your walks, choose a route without distractions that may startle your Ragdoll. Watch your cat’s body language, be in tune with whatever it may tell you about how it’s feeling outside, and adapt the process accordingly.

Check out our page about the best cat leashes and harnesses.

Do Ragdolls Like Water?

It depends, as each Ragdoll will react differently to water. However, Ragdolls may not be as opposed to water as other cat breeds can be. Many owners claim they’ve seen their Ragdolls thrilled with seeing and hearing water running down from the tap. They become curious about it and may touch the water with their paws. However, when it comes to baths, it’s just the same. Some Ragdolls may enjoy the process from the get-go, while others need to be trained into it with patience and care.

Ragdolls are open cats; they welcome new experiences and learn quickly, so water may be another one of those realms they quickly befriend. You must get them accustomed to water at a very young age – this way, they may grow up to feel very familiar with water.

Why Can’t Ragdoll Cats Go Outside?

Blue lynx mitted Ragdoll cat Trigg Chiggy enjoying outside IMG_3067

One of the big things about Ragdoll cats is that they are supposed to be indoor-only cats.  As a result, many Ragdoll breeders make adopters sign contracts saying they won’t let their cats outside.

The answer is more of a response to “Should they go outside?” The most common reason people give as to why a Ragdoll cat should not go outside is because of their docile and too trusting nature – that they wouldn’t know how to defend themselves against predators. 

As with many decisions, the decision to let your Ragdoll outside is a subjective one.  And also how you’re going to let them out. More great information on the topic is here. Can Ragdolls cats go outside?

❓ Ragdoll Colors & Patterns

How Many Types of Ragdolls Are There?

Ragdoll cats come in a variety of patterns and colors. Each one is gorgeous and elegant in its own right. The Ragdoll cat has a soft semi-long coat that does not require as regular a grooming as many other long-haired breeds. Ragdolls are born white (unless they are minks), and Ragdoll patterns and colors come in slowly.

You can tell seal and blue anywhere from a few days to a week, but you cannot determine chocolate and lilac for 3-4 weeks.

All color is entirely evident by 8-12 weeks, but Ragdoll patterns and colors only come for about two years. Any cat that is a color-pointed breed (like a Ragdoll, Birman, Himalayan, Siamese, etc.) will color later in life because the point gene reacts to the surrounding warmth. As a result, all point kittens inside their mom, with a constant warm temperature, will be born (almost) completely white.

How Do Ragdoll Cats Get Their Coloring?

Ragdolls display a genetic mutation that affects an enzyme in the metabolic pathway between tyrosine and the final pigment, which is sensitive to temperature. This mutation makes a Ragdoll cat’s coloration dependent on its body temperature.

Most Ragdoll cats are bi-colored, and it is all due to this mutation. In the areas of the body where the temperature is lower, such as the extremities – the paws, the edges of the ears – the fur will be darker in color, while in the areas where the temperature is higher – the torso – the hair will be lighter in color. More about the Ragdoll color predictor here.

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 develop pigment, and their fur becomes colored in the Ragdoll transformation. However, it can take as long as two years for some color patterns to be fully developed.

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, you can be sure that your Raggie will have blue eyes.

Do Ragdoll Cats Get Darker as They Get Older?

ragdoll color development Kahlua a blue color point Ragdoll loved by Jane Approx 6-8 weeks and 2 years.

The most recognizable trademark of a Ragdoll cat is its impressive and luxurious coat. It’s semi-long and gives Ragdolls the air of gentle royalty so many people have come to love. However, there’s a clear difference between how Ragdolls look when they are kittens and how they are as mature cats. This is because all Ragdolls are white when kittens and tend to change their coat color as they grow up.  
 
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 color change happens due to a genetic mutation affecting a particular enzyme, making the Ragdoll’s coloration dependent on its body temperature.

What Is a Blaze on a Cat?

16-year old Seal mitted ragdoll cat with a blaze Murphy on dining room table (2)

When it comes to cats, it’s important to remember they are all unique, but they do have some patterns that can be easily identifiable. One of them is the blaze Ragdoll. A blaze is a white stripe or spot on your cat’s face.

The blaze may be positioned on the forehead, or it can stretch a little 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?

Charlie Seal Mitted with an hourglass blaze Ragdoll cat IMG_1588

Ragdolls will often have this recognizable facial feature – the Ragdoll blaze.

A Ragdoll’s blaze can be very discreet or downright visible – regardless of this, you can typically expect the blaze to be white. With Ragdolls, you’ll most likely encounter three types of blazes:
 
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 resembles an hourglass, displaying itself as an oblong shape running down the Ragdoll’s face, from between its eyes to its nose. This hourglass may sometimes be imperfect or broken in form but positioned just the same on the face.

Can Ragdoll Cats Be Grey?

Blue lynx mitted Ragdoll cat Trigg Chiggy make up IMG_0529

Yes, Ragdolls can be grey. However, the official denomination will most likely be ‘blue’ when registered. The grey Ragdoll is a dilute of the stronger-colored seal and chocolate Ragdolls. The seal Ragdoll is typically the most popular Ragdoll type among cat owners, with the blue one coming in close in the second position. The grey coat makes their blue eyes pop even more, making them stunning. Sometimes the grey or the blue looks more “taupe” in color.

The seal Ragdoll is typically the most popular Ragdoll type among cat owners, with the blue one coming in close in the second position. The grey coat makes their blue eyes pop even more, making them stunning. You’ll find this grey coloring around the nose area, the back, and 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?

Flame lynx bicolor Ragdoll kitten Fred with his tongue out IMG_6877

“Blue mitted” is the color pattern of a Ragdoll cat which means that the body is bluish-white, of a cold tone, which shades gradually to white toward the cat’s stomach and chest. Its points are deep blue, but it has white mitts at the end of its legs, and its dominant eye color is also blue. As for the nose leather and the paw pads, these are slate-colored. In addition, mitted Ragdolls are supposed to have a white chin – but some will have a dark chin – which is OK too – but not “show quality” by Ragdoll cat show standards.

Read more about Red Ragdolls here.

What Does Blue-mitted Ragdoll Mean?

Blue Mitted Ragdoll Cat Ash on bed paw up IMG_9857

“Blue mitted” is the color pattern of a Ragdoll cat which means that the body is bluish-white, of a cold tone, which shades gradually to white toward the cat’s stomach and chest. Its points are deep blue, but it has white mitts at the end of its legs, and its dominant eye color is also blue. As for the nose leather and the paw pads, these are slate-colored. In addition, mitted Ragdolls are supposed to have a white chin – but some will have a dark chin – which is OK too – but not “show quality” by Ragdoll cat show standards.

Read more about blue Ragdolls.

Can a Ragdoll Cat Be Black?

Black Ragdoll Cat Jen Chappell of ragdollchapps in Raleigh NC area FB_IMG_1534623106569_wm

This is one of the most controversial subjects in the Ragdoll community – can Ragdolls be black?

While we know that Ragdolls can undoubtedly be black, whether or not they are “legitimate” 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 due to the absence of points on their coats. As disambiguation, solid Ragdolls, meaning Ragdoll cats of a single color, are not only black. There are also solid Ragdolls 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 exhibit some points, the full array of Ragdoll-specific points is absent.

The controversy lies in accepting black and other solid Ragdolls for official competitions. While more and more breeders are beginning to include solid Ragdolls, showing them in competitions still needs to be fully supported. According to the International Cat Association (TICA), non-pointed Ragdolls may only be shown as household pet in competitions. Therefore, at the moment, they do not have official participation rights.

Can Ragdolls be black?

What Does a Seal Point Ragdoll Look Like?

Seal colorpoint Ragdoll Cat Harlow IMG_3432

Seal Ragdolls can come in various patterns, but their dark brown fur makes them all seals.
 
– Colorpoint
– Colorpoint mitted (or sometimes just known as “Seal Mitted” or “Seal Point Mitted”)
– Mitted with a blaze
– Bicolor
– Lynx
– 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?

Cat Names Seal mitted ragdoll cat Caymus

The seal-mitted Ragdoll is perhaps one of the most magnificent-looking felines on earth.

The seal color in a cat is dark brown, and then the mitted part means, quite literally, that they will have white mitts and usually a white chin. That can also happen if they are mismarked like Rags, who had a brown chin. It just means that they are not showing quality Ragdolls.

What Is the Most Popular Ragdoll Color?

The bicolor Ragdoll is a sought-after color pattern and is one of the three accepted color patterns of the Ragdoll Cat breed. When looking at show quality, there are two ideal marking patterns: Minimal white and maximum white. Minimal white marked bicolor ragdolls have pink paw pads and noses. They have an inverted and symmetrical V in the mask, and almost the whole back is colored. There is white on the front and back legs and a long white strip that goes from just under the chin to the underside base of the tail. Some of the point colorations could be visible.

The seal Ragdoll is typically the most popular Ragdoll type among cat owners, with the blue one coming in close in the second position. The grey coat makes their blue eyes pop even more, making them stunning. You’ll find this grey coloring around the nose area, the back, and 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. The paw pads and nose are pink, and the belly and legs are 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. In addition, 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?

It depends on several things:   
 
Ragdoll 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 in Aruba.
Seasons – Some cats have a fluffier coat in the winter and lose most 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?

Please note that there are only two ways to know for sure if your cat is a purebred Ragdoll:  
 
1. If the cat has official papers from an authorized Ragdoll breeder stating that the cat is a purebred pedigreed Ragdoll.

2. 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 verify that it is a Ragdoll is by performing a DNA test.

Aside from these two official methods, how identifying a Ragdoll cat can be done by analyzing the cat, which you can read more about here.

Should I Adopt a Male or Female Kitten and Why?

Many people say that male Ragdolls tend to be sweeter, but many owners of female Ragdoll cats would say the opposite. A good rule of thumb is that it’s not about the sex of the cat, but the personality in general, so the best question is whether the Ragdoll cat breeder has any insight into the kitten’s personality. Read more answers to the question: should you adopt a male vs. female Ragdoll?

Is It Better To Get a Male or Female Ragdoll Cat?

This is a question a lot of people interested in adopting a Ragdoll cat ask. Many people say that male Ragdolls tend to be sweeter, but many owners of female Ragdoll cats would say the opposite.

A good rule of thumb is that it’s not about the sex of the cat, but the personality in general, so the best question is whether the Ragdoll cat breeder has any insight into the kitten’s personality.

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 connect with.

Female kittens can be slightly more aggressive in play but have a strong bond with their owners.

Since females can become protective mothers, they might be slightly more careful and aloof.

Often, breeders want to sell male cats first because males can breed as young as five months, so this is why it often seems like the females are the last to sell.

Males are usually bigger, which many pet owners look for in a Ragdoll cat.

Females might have fewer issues with UTIs and blockage than males – but any cat fed a proper Ragdoll cat diet will not have this problem. Do remember that a proper diet will eliminate the UTI problem. 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. 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. However, it depends on the individual cat’s personality and the love and trust they develop with their owner. Try to focus on getting to know a kitten’s personality when thinking about Ragdoll kittens for adoption rather than relying on gender as an indicator of what they will be like.

Read more answers on adopting a Ragdoll male vs female kitten.

What Can I Expect or What Can I Plan for When I Bring Home My Ragdoll Kitten?

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.

At What Age Do Ragdoll Kittens Calm Down?

Ragdoll cats are known for being very relaxed and affectionate towards their human companions. However, this is only sometimes the case since they go through different development stages, just like us. Having said this, Ragdoll Kittens are known for being more curious, energetic, and challenging to keep in one place. As with other kittens, they want to explore their environments and often find themselves in trouble, even if unwilling.

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 calmer 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?

As with other kittens, Ragdolls must get appropriately acquainted with their new environment and sleeping space. For this to happen, you need to create a safe space for them. You can offer positive reinforcement whenever they sleep in their designated area or leave them their favorite blanket or a similar item that gives them security and comfort. Depending on what you want, you can train your Ragdoll to sleep in its kitty bed somewhere further away from your bedroom, at the foot of your bed, or maybe even next to your pillow.

The one thing to remember about Ragdolls is that they need plenty of entertainment since they are active and playful. So make sure you leave toys around its sleeping space, so your furry friend won’t feel estranged.

Do Ragdoll Cats Scratch Furniture?

It depends. Ragdoll cats are not known to scratch furniture, but they are cats, after all, and they need to sharpen their claws so that the occasional furniture damage may occur.
To prevent scratching episodes from happening on your furniture, you must 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 quickly leave your furniture alone and switch to the scratch post.

We always keep a running list of scratchers we love for Ragdoll cats.

Are Ragdoll Cats High Maintenance?

Generally, no, Ragdoll cats are not high maintenance. It depends on your definition and perspective, but you don’t need to spend every waking minute attending to something for your Ragdoll.
They do need semi-regular grooming, but once or twice a week should suffice to help remove any loose fur and dead skin that could cause matting if left untreated.

And Ragdolls do need exercise and stimulation, so spending quality time with them often and making sure they have toys they can use, either with you or alone (if safe), is essential too. But don’t let them play with toys that involve wires or strings when you aren’t around, as they could get hurt.

Can You Leave a Ragdoll Cat Alone?

Every cat is different, and Ragdoll kittens with minimal interactions with owners or other pets could still be happy and playful.

On the other hand, some pet owners report that they didn’t even know their cat was lonely until they brought home another pet, and the two became inseparable.

Here are a few signs that you might have a lonely cat:  
 
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 and 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 you are gone, or squatting and spraying – leaving feces and urine in prominent 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 too excited for your return, it might be a sign that they are lonely in your absence. If you have asked, “Can ragdoll cats be left alone?” This post will help.

How Do I Know If My Ragdoll Is Happy?

As with any other cat breed, it’s pretty easy to tell if your Ragdoll is happy. You’ll need to watch and interpret its body language and how it communicates.

First, you can see your Ragdoll is happy whenever it’s energy is high, in the mood to play, or simply following you around, ready to engage with you and other household members. Apart from this, your Ragdoll is also happy when relaxed; you can tell this by looking at how it holds its body.

If your Ragdoll sits or sleeps next to you, then it means it’s comfortable enough and feels safe in your presence. If its eyes are half closed and its paws tucked snuggly underneath the body, your Ragdoll is relaxed and happy.

Another way to tell if your Ragdoll is happy is by looking at how vocal they get. When they are happy, they will delight you with their sounds. A Ragdoll may also bring you gifts and jump in your lap to ask for affection. This is a surefire way to know it’s happy.

Do Ragdoll Cats Need a Companion?

Cats are usually not the kind of pets you can leave alone for indefinite amounts of time, and Ragdolls are certainly not any more tolerant of solitude than other cats. Their affectionate nature makes them long for the human companionship they enjoy. They love playing, following you around, or simply cuddling with you, so be sure to offer them enough quality time spent together. It’s not indicated that you get a Ragdoll if you know you’ll be away most of the day and no one else can stay at home.

Ragdolls get along just as well with kids and other pets, so companionship comes in many shapes and forms for them. Your Ragdoll may show symptoms such as marking, vomiting, vocalizing, or aggressive behavior whenever you are away for too long. Having said this, Ragdolls are an excellent fit for people with inconsistent and flexible schedules.

❓ Ragdoll Cat Feeding

What Food Is Best for Ragdoll Cats?

Ragdolls are known for their impressive size and luscious coat, which require offering them a proper diet. This needs to be diverse, with a good intake of protein and vitamins.

A well-balanced raw diet is best for a Ragdoll or cat. It is the closest thing to the diet that they would have if they needed to fend for themselves.

Not all owners are willing or can feed raw, so the next best is canned – and we keep a list of the best-wet food for Ragdoll cats.

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. 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!
    Sandra

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

    Thanks
    Sima xx

    1. My family prefers males, but it really depends on the kitty itself – you can always ask the breeder for the sweetest kitten!

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ?

        1. 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.

  6. Naomi Blum says:

    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.

    Thanks,
    Naomi Blum,
    mzngb@yahoo.com
    2/7/2012
    213-448-3720

  7. 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
    Sandra

    btw How is Murphy??

  8. Glad to hear you have a chinese herbal vet specialist and wishing you great success for Murphy!

  9. 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!
    xoxo

    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.

      jenny

  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!
    Sandra

    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. Phyllis Gellard. says:

      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. 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.

  12. 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?!

  13. 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\?

  14. 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!

    Sandra

    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?

  15. 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.

    Sandra

    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.

  16. 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

    Sandra

    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!

      Jenny

  17. 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.

    Sandra

    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!

      Jenny

  18. 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?

    1. HI Mary – sounds like a Ragdoll might be a good choice for you guys. Although Ragdolls are usually larger than 10-12 lbs. I am not as sure about females. Where do you live?

      1. We live in Banner Elk, NC which is close to Sugar Mt. in the high country

  19. 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.

      http://www.floppycats.com/how-to-introduce-new-cats-to-your-household.html
      http://www.floppycats.com/how-to-introduce-cats.html

      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.

        1. Hi Jeff – I am delighted to hear it! I am excited for your submission for Ragdoll of the Week – please do e-mail it to me at jenny [at] floppycats.com

          If you’re on Facebook – please post photos!! http://www.facebook.com/floppycats

  20. HELEN PEREZ says:

    I OWN A RAGDOLL, SHE’S 9 YEARS OLD. WHEN IS A RAGDOLL CONSIDERED AN ADULT? SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT RAGDOLLS ARE STILL KITTENS UNTIL THEY ARE 10 YEARS, IS THIS TRUE? THANK YOU.

    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!

      Thanks,
      Jenny

    2. Vicki Stockton says:

      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.

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