I was raised with Ragdoll cats. Although, of course, I didn't get my first one until I was eight years old, when we got Rags when I was 10, my sister, Amy, was not yet born. So she was genuinely raised with my Rags.
My cousins (children of my mom's twin sister and my mom's older sister) were also raised with Ragdolls. So in our family, Ragdoll cats and children were hand in hand.
However, I know many people looking to get a cat are interested in learning if it's true that Ragdoll cats are good with young children. And while in general, I think they are, there are so many factors that go into whether or not they will be good with children. Such as:
- Your respect level for animals and how you introduce them to the children
- What do you allow your children to do and not do, and what do you teach them about respecting an animal
- Your respect level for children and their desire to learn
Of course, I am not an expert in this area - so I want to hear about your experiences with Ragdolls and young children too!
In the videos below, you'll see my nephew's experience with my parents' Ragdoll cats, Caymus and Murphy. They were 5 when he was born; they are now eight, and Marshall is now 3.
Remember, these are my PARENTS' CATS - they are not cats that Marshall lives with - so their tolerance of him is unbelievable to me. Furthermore, Caymus and Murphy were not raised with young children. When they could live with us in 2004, my sister was 14 years old - way past the baby and young child stage. So, it's more impressive that they are OK to eat in front of him, etc.
Marshall as a baby:
Marshall is now with Murphy and Caymus:
My niece and nephew with my parents' Ragdoll, Caymus:
My niece and nephew with my parents' Ragdoll, Caymus, again, but they are much older here:
My cousin Molly with her Huck:
We have also had discussions on our social media about Ragdoll cats and kids:
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Lynn writes, "This little guy could put Dinky to sleep brushing him. Have a series of pictures where Johnny dusts off Dinky's tail with a feather duster. Dinky just sat and let him to funny. I am going through so many pictures to find some of these gems. Also, have my granddaughter making Fisher Price ice cream cones for Dinky the week before he passed away. The best thing is that my cats have never hissed or scratched me or any of my kids." Hugs, Lynn
Do you have Ragdolls and children? Tell me your experience by leaving a comment below!