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.

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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 *
Gorgeous🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈
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

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.
(Red Ragdoll)
The body is very light in color, and the extremities are red or orange.

Traditional Ragdoll Points

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

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

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

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. Thelma Lopez says:

    I have 2 rag doll kittens, they attack my feet when I’m sleeping.. how do I stop this behavior, NO! means nothing, yet they know “treat” & can “sit pretty”.

    1. Patricia McKee says:

      Put a folded blanket across the foot of your bed

    2. Anonymous says:

      Have a spray bottle next to your bed head & when they do that give the a few sprays (have done it with my previous cat he did not like me that very morning but got over it)

      1. That’s never a good idea. Use an
        air spray instead.

  2. Susan K Moore says:

    Why don’t Veterinarians know anything about RAGDOLL CAT’S, my Veterinarian keeps telling me, Harmony my RAGDOLL cat is OVER weight. She’s been 17 lbs now 4 years.
    I feed her IAMS dry cat food. She eat when she gets hungry.
    How do i teach my
    Veterinarian about
    RAGDOLL CATS???????

    1. She might be overweight. It depends on the individual cat, not the breed. Dry food is actually the number one cause of obesity. And obesity leads to diabetes. Check out catinfo.org. My male Ragdolls are 11 lbs and 15 lbs – the 15 lb one is fat. He needs to lose weight. If I went by the breed standard my cats should be between 15-20 lbs. And yet my 11 lb one is a perfect weight and my 15 lb cat needs to be more like 13 lbs.

  3. It’s good to know that ragdolls should not be left outside since they can’t really defend themselves. I have been living alone for the past six months, and I want to adopt a pet to be my companion. Ragdolls seem like a great choice since they are so social and affectionate.

  4. Hi there, i live in cape town, south africa. Adopted a ragdoll kitten. She had major health problems, took her to the vet, the vet confirmed that her body is not producing any enzimes. Is this a major illnees,can it be fixed?
    I am trying everything to save her.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Kind regards

    1. Hi Valerita – I am not sure – I can ask our community of Ragdoll cat owners on Facebook for you if you email me or you can post in our Group

  5. Hey There!

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

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

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

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

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated 🙂

    1. Are you still needing help with this? If so, please email me – info@floppycats.com – and I can post this question on our Facebook page or you could join our Facebook group to see what those folks thought – fewer people are on the website to respond instantaneously like they are on Facebook.

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

    1. Love it – thanks for sharing – glad your daughter gets to experience a mellow cat and you too!

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

    1. That is freakin’ horrible. I am so sorry – definitely one of my biggest fears.

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

    1. I would also be grateful for respond from anyone from this community. I love the way you talk about your cats.
      Thank you very much,

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

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

  9. Aleja Magat says:

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

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

  10. Kenneth Cagle says:

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

    1. Can you take him to the vet? Or have you taken him to the vet with your concern? I am not sure anyone on here can give you advice, especially from a written message. Wouldn’t be morally sound to do so.

    2. Susan K Moore says:

      Weezing and not sleeping
      My Harmony gets that when she has an upper
      Respiratory infection in her lung’s.
      You needs to get you cat to his Veterinarian ASAP, or you might not it much longer

  11. Anna Gross says:

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

    1. Sure it is – many Ragdolls do not have a floppy behavior! So in other words, being floppy isn’t a Ragdoll thing only. You could always have his DNA tested through BASEPAWS Cat DNA Test Kit to find out for sure –

  12. Nancy Gerwig says:

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

  13. Stacy Harper Foden says:

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

  14. Patti Johnson says:

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

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

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

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  15. Yours, is one of my favorite blogs. Wonderful source of info, tips, humor and love of a beautiful breed of cats. I am so blessed to have cats in my life.

    1. Thank you, Becca! What other blogs do you visit?

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

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

    2. Susan K Moore says:

      Animals become DEPRESSED locked up in a cage for no reason…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. I am pleased he is doing well and glad that the thyroid issues are under control. is he easy to pill?

      i am surprised to hear he’s on dry food with kidney issues.

      1. Hi Jenny,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          I had hyperthyroidism, so I understand the disease well.

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

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