Originally post Mar 16, 2017
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 plenty of 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 to ask is whether the Ragdoll cat breeder has any insight into the kitten’s personality. Here are a few thoughts Ragdoll cat owners have shared on the male vs. female kitten question:
- 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 have a connection with.
- Female kittens can be a little more aggressive in play, but still strongly bond with their owners.
- Since females can become protective mothers, they might be a bit more careful and aloof.
- Often breeders want to sell male cats first because males can breed as young as 5 months, so this is why it often seems like the females are the last to sell.
- Males are usually bigger, which is what a lot of pet owners are looking for in a Ragdoll cat.
- Females might have fewer issues with UTIs and blockage than males. Do keep in mind though that a proper diet will eliminate the UTI problem entirely. 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 if possible. Ragdolls are very social and need company, so a sibling or another kitty might prevent behavior issues caused by loneliness
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- Should I Adopt a Male or Female Kitten and Why?
- Is there a difference between the temperament of an altered male or female rag doll?
Overall, the Ragdoll cat temperament tends to be friendly and affectionate in both genders, though it really just depends on the personality of the individual cat and the love and trust they develop with their owner. Try to focus on getting to know a kitten’s personality when you’re thinking about Ragdoll kittens for adoption, rather than relying on gender as an indicator of what they will be like.
What experiences have you had with male vs. female Ragdoll kittens?