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!
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:
- Bicolor (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:
- Red or flame
Distinctions between the purity of certain colors or patterns only matters if you want a Ragdoll for the show-ring. Otherwise, these cats all have the same mild, loving personality regardless of coloring.
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 males 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 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 Personality
As previously mentioned, Ragdolls are known for relaxing into 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 tem 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.
Where to Find a Ragdoll Cat for Sale
There are a few different places you can look to buy a Ragdoll cat:
- Rescue Organizations
- 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 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 the process of 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!
What other questions do you have about the Ragdoll cat breed? What do you love best about Ragdolls?