Ragdoll Cats Facts

Last Updated on November 6, 2021 by Jenny

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 Charlie sleeping overnight on Peach Pet Provisions Pet Pillow Bed

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
  • Mitted
  • 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:

  • Seal
  • Blue
  • Lilac
  • Chocolate
  • Cream
  • Tortie
  • Mink
  • Solid
  • 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 Charlie WalkingRagdoll cats can make great show cats or simply great companions. They are beautiful, docile, and well suited to family life. Click To Tweet

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 Trigg Laying on Bed

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.

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 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?

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8 thoughts on “Ragdoll Cats Facts

  1. 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……..

    • Pam says:

      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.

    • Shirley says:

      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

  2. Patti Johnson says:

    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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