Ragdoll Cats Facts

Want to know more about Ragdoll cats? They’re a stunning breed with some clear defining characteristics. Although, remember that while the physical characteristics of a cat will determine whether it is a purebred Ragdoll, each cat is an individual when it comes to personality. So while these Ragdoll cat facts will apply to most Ragdolls, they aren’t universal when it comes to their nature or personality.

Ragdoll Cat Charlie sleeping overnight on Peach Pet Provisions Pet Pillow Bed

Do you know how Ragdoll cats got their name? Ragdolls earned their unusual name because these cats will go limp and relaxed when they are picked up and held.

This is just one delightful attribute of these beautiful, social cats. Here are some more facts about Ragdoll cats that you might like to know if you are thinking about adopting one!

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Ragdoll Cat Colors

Ragdoll cats have a very distinct look, with bright blue eyes, a semi-long coat, and fairly large bodies. Their typical coloring is a lighter-colored body with darker fur on the face, ears, tail, and legs. Ragdolls come in three different patterns:

  • Colorpoint Ragdolls
  • Mitted Ragdolls
  • Bicolor Ragdolls (Van, True, Mid High White, High Mitted)

Ragdolls’ silky coats are shorter on the face, turn into a ruff around the neck, shorten again on the body, and end in a plume-like tail. Their fur can come in many different colors:

  • Seal
  • Blue
  • Lilac
  • Chocolate
  • Cream
  • Tortie
  • Mink
  • Solid
  • Red or flame

Ragdoll kittens are born pure white, with the color and pattern developing over the first few weeks of their life. Distinctions between the purity of certain colors or patterns only matter if you want a Ragdoll for the show ring. Otherwise, these cats all have the same mild, loving personality regardless of coloring.

Ragdoll Blue Eyes

All purebred Ragdoll cats will have bright blue eyes – it’s considered one of the defining characteristics of the breed. Mixed-breed Ragdoll cats may have different colored eyes, including dark blue, green, or gold.

Ragdoll Cat Charlie Walking

Ragdoll Cat Size and Build

Ragdolls continue to grow and their coat coloring continues to develop until they are about three or four years old. Female Ragdolls usually weigh around 10-15 pounds, and male Ragdolls can weigh more than 20 pounds—they are some of the largest domesticated cats!

According to the Cat Fanciers Association breed standard, Ragdolls who are suitable for the show should have a large head in a modified wedge shape with a gently rounded muzzle.

Their eyes are bright blue ovals, and their medium-sized ears should tilt forward and round at the tips. Their bodies are solid and heavy-boned, with hind legs that are longer than their front legs. Their paws are round with fur tufts, and their tail should be fully furred.

Ragdoll Cat Trigg Laying on Bed

Ragdoll Cat Personality

As previously mentioned, Ragdolls are known for relaxing in the arms of someone who holds them—even if they are held on their backs like a baby.

They have a love for their owners usually associated with dogs—they like to greet them at the door, trail them around the house, and snuggle with them whenever they sit down.

Though Ragdolls are known for being docile, that doesn’t mean they don’t like to play. Ragdolls enjoy being a part of family activities and playing with a variety of puzzles and toys.

Some owners have even had success training them to “fetch” toys. They learn quickly and respond well to praise and treats, so they can actually pick up on a variety of tricks or be trained to exhibit good behaviors and stop unwanted ones.

Ragdolls make especially good pets for families with children because they are so social, yet relaxed.

They rarely extend their claws during playtime, and they will tolerate activities like being dressed up or incorporated in a child’s game of “house”!

Ragdolls generally get along with dogs as well—although introductions to both children and other pets should be thoughtful and controlled.

Teach children how to properly hold a Ragdoll (one arm under the front legs and the other supporting the hind legs), and give pets plenty of time to get used to each other before giving them the run of the house together.

Ragdolls – Quiet by Nature

Ragdoll cats are generally quite a quiet breed by nature, although remember not all cats are the same. While this has its perks – especially if you don’t want a cat that makes a lot of noise – it can have its downsides too.

Some Ragdoll cats may be quiet even if they’re in pain or distress. It’s important you monitor the behavior of your cat if they’re normally quiet, and look out for any pattern changes, such as using the litter tray more often.

Ragdolls – Water Lovers?

While many cat breeds don’t like water, a lot of Ragdoll cats actually love it. If you buy a Ragdoll cat you might find that you have to shoo them out of the shower, and if you own a pool then they might enjoy some supervised swimming sessions. Again, not all cats are the same, but Ragdolls are generally much more fond of water than other breeds of cats.

Not ALL Ragdolls are Floppy or Snugglers

Not to labor the point, but while Ragdoll cats are generally known to be friendly, snuggly cats that go floppy when you pick them up, that isn’t guaranteed. Every cat is an individual and should be loved for its own personality.

If you only want a Ragdoll cat that has these personality traits, then you should consider looking into a rescue organization to find an older cat whose personality has developed, so you know that the cat behaves in this way.

If you’re buying a kitten from a breeder then you can get information about the parent cats, which will help, but be prepared to love your cat even if they develop a more aloof personality.

Ragdoll Cat Addie

Where to Find a Ragdoll Cat for Sale

There are a few different places you can look to buy a Ragdoll cat:

  • Rescue Organizations
  • Breeders
  • Websites like Craigslist or Petfinder

With all of these places, it is important to ask the right questions to make sure you are getting a healthy cat with all of the correct documentation. A Ragdoll cat price can vary depending on where you buy the cat, as well as what expenses the breeder or the previous owner has already taken care of (i.e. vaccinations or other veterinary visits).

Ragdoll cats can make great show cats or simply great companions. They are beautiful, docile, and well-suited to family life. To start bringing a Ragdoll cat into your home, give a breeder or organization a call to start asking about their available Ragdolls and discussing a timeline!

FAQs

How to identify a Ragdoll cat

Purebred Ragdoll cats are normally larger with medium-long coats and bright blue eyes. They have a large head with a gently-rounded muzzle and a solid body with long hind legs. Ragdoll cats come in a variety of patterns and colors.

They are generally docile, friendly cats who will go floppy when picked up (hence the name of this website!). However, they are social and will often greet their owners at the door and follow them around the room.

Do Ragdoll cats have health problems?

Ragdoll cats don’t have many health problems that are specific to the breed, although they can be more prone to a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This heart disease weakens the pulmonary muscles and can lead to heart failure if left untreated.

Ragdoll cats have medium-long coats that need regular grooming with a comb, especially when shedding. Otherwise, they can get matted, leading to skin conditions if left untreated.

Do Ragdolls get more affectionate with age?

Every cat is different, but Ragdoll cats can get more affectionate with age. During their early kitten years, they will be more curious and playful, although they don’t lose that sense of play as they get older either – they’re a breed that usually likes to have fun and play with toys. Ragdoll cats may get more affectionate as they get used to their owner more.

Are Ragdoll cats friendly?

Ragdolls are generally known to be friendly, social cats. They will enjoy playing with their owner and follow them and snuggle up to them when they can.

What is a Ragdoll cat’s personality?

Ragdoll cats tend to be gentle and calm, often compared to dogs (sometimes called “puppy cats”) for the affection and loyalty they show their owners. However, they are intelligent cats, often in tune with their owner’s emotions, and they can be very loving and friendly, known to be lap cats that love cuddles.

Why are Ragdoll cats so friendly?

Because the Ragdoll breed has Sphynx-like roots, they are genetically predisposed to being calm and social. Being friendly is literally in their genes! Ann Baker was the person who first bred Ragdoll cats in Riverside, California, in the 1960s, carefully selecting felines that were larger, docile, and would go limp to create a friendly and calm breed from her longhaired cat Josephine.

What other questions do you have about the Ragdoll cat breed? What do you love best about Ragdolls? Related reading on Ragdolls: Why Is My Cat Sneezing?Ragdoll Cats – EVERYTHING You Need to Know about Ragdoll Cats

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12 Comments

  1. Michelle, proud cat Mom says:

    We just adopted a beautiful Blue Point Ragdoll kitten named Lodie. I owned a Ragdoll several years ago and fell in love with the breed. Little Lodie, aka Miss Cuteness, has that super sweet and floppy nature that makes her irresistable, even when she is being naughty! I finally gave up on trying to rebuild a floral arrangement on my dining room table as everytime I looked at it, something else was missing. She adjusted very well to our 8 yr old male Somali and British Longhair. She simply charms everyone who comes into contact with her and we are absolutely in LOVE! I would not hesitate to get a few more if our home was bigger! I enjoy reading your posts and hearing from other Ragdoll owners out there. Her presence in our family has been life changing and I can’t wait to get up to discover what she will delight us with each day! If it is true that cats are angels with fur, Ragdolls are angels with bunny fur!

  2. Carol West says:

    My ragdoll Harley is a large 15lb ragdoll, neutered as a kitten, he is 5 yrs old. My remark or question is, does anyone elses male have a overactive sexual urge?Harley will try and rub himself on my arm, and actually gets an erection. Maybe he still has hormones in the area where his balls were removed?

  3. Hello !
    My name is Bridget and I live in the UK in a village called Lympstone in Devon.
    After my cat died I went to a Cat Rescue and by pure chance came across a very poor specimen who was in a very sorry state. It was thought that she had been used as a breeding machine and was thrown out when she became ill. She was found starving dirty with an infected uterus still lactating. After the Rescue Centre had her neutered wormed and fed her she was put up for adoption .
    I was meant to have her. I have never had aRagdoll before so I researched the breed to learn all that I could about how to care for her.
    She has received all the tender love and care that any cat could have and now a very happy affectionate Darling.
    She follows me everywhere and is so gentle and loving in spite of all that she must have suffered
    We absolutely adore each other, a love affair !

    1. So glad you found her and have given her a better life =)

  4. Carol English says:

    I have an 9 year old Ragdoll name FooFu after the Foo fighter’s band. His parents come from a long line of blue ribbon show cats. I am only mentioning that because I wonder if it has any thing to do with his stomach issues. He throws up regularly and can’t seem to keep wait on . He has been going to the vet all through his life and had many test done. He is allergic to fleas and chicken based foods. This problem has been going on for years. Also his fur is less fluffy these days. Help Pleases……..

    1. I had the same problem with my little six year old ragdoll cat. She has had tummy problems all her life. She too has had many many tests and nothing showed up. My vet could suggested nothing. So I decided to try her on a grain free diet and the improvement was unbelievable.. she has the odd day where she is sick but on the whole much better. Someone suggested that I mix a little Sainsbury’s recipes in light jelly fish collection with a little of her wet food. It worked a treat …the grain free food she has is James wellbeloved .she has put weight on and her coat has improved.

    2. I don’t have a Ragdoll I have a Tabby who started throwing up like this over a year ago. She’s 10 years old and never but once in awhile would throw up a hair ball. She also was not eating certain flavors of wet food she always liked. I did some research and read an article about this issue saying they are missing certain nutrition in their food. I found this nutrition powder called Nutra Thrive which is a powder you sprinkle on their food that has lots of nutrient’s in it. I ordered a jar to try and she loves it. In about a week she stopped throwing up and now has energy, wants to play, she has her happy bad. websit: https://ultimatepetnutrition.com

      1. this looks a bit fishy – like an ad for nutra thrive?

  5. Keith Johnson says:

    I have 2 male Ragdolls. They are loving and have an amazing personality. I love them soooo much!

  6. Wonderful post, Jenny! What beautiful pics of Charlie, Chiggy & Miss Addie! What’s NOT to lurve about The Ragdoll?! They are simply SUPER PAWESOME kittehs! I think what I lurve most about this amazing breed is their puppy (dog-like) behavior, i.e., they stick close to their family members, follow them around and never want to be alone! One of The Best Decisions my hubby and I EVER made was to adopt our sweet, mischievous, silly and loving Ragdoll Girl! I’d get another one in heartbeat if our apartment policy for one pet per apartment would change and we could afford it! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

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