Should You Buy Ragdoll Kittens For Sale on Craigslist?

Last Updated on October 19, 2021 by Jenny

If you are thinking of buying Ragdoll kittens on Craigslist, then you should first get a better idea of what you are looking for. If you want to get a purebred Ragdoll cat, Craigslist is not the way to go. We’ll tell all the reasons why in this article. However, if you want a Ragdoll cat that might be a mix-breed or if you want to adopt a rescue Ragdoll, then you can browse Craigslist for options. We’ll give you some tips on how to steer clear of scams. Take a look!

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What kind of Ragdoll cat are you looking for?

More importantly, is having a purebred Ragdoll important to you or are you ok with a cat that has Ragdoll features, but is a mix-breed? This is the first question you have to answer before you make a decision.

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If you are looking for a purebred Ragdoll with a pedigree, then you shouldn’t look for it on Craigslist. You should look for authorized breeders and you will not find them on Craigslist. Finding a good Ragdoll breeder is an entirely different process.

Read: How to Know a Reputable Breeder from a Bad One: An Interview with Sharon Shulby 

If you want a rescue Ragdoll or a mix-breed, then you should browse Craigslist. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when you do to avoid scams. This is the biggest risk there.

What do Ragdoll Kittens Look Like?

Ragdoll cats come in many colors and patterns, but all Ragdoll kittens are born white. Then, in the next couple of weeks, they start getting their color. When you look up Raggie kittens on Craigslist, remember that they should be mostly white at that age. If you see an ad for full-colored cats with long fur, they are not purebred Ragdolls.

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What to Watch Out for When Looking for a Ragdoll Cat on Craigslist:

Before you scan all the ads on Craigslist, you have to know what you should keep an eye out for. This will help you know the details you should pay attention to.

1. Scams, Scams, Scams

It should come as no news that Craigslist is full of scammers, so you should expect that most of the ads you find for Ragdolls are scams. Keep in mind that finding an ad for a purebred Ragdoll on Craigslist is something like finding the needle in the haystack.

Tip 1: Look for ads with a lower price.

The only ads you should take into consideration are those with a low price. If you are not buying a Ragdoll with a pedigree, there is no reason why you should pay full price.

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Tip 2: Ads for Ragdolls with pedigrees are scams.

If the ad mentions that the cat has a pedigree, but the price is low, then it is a scam. In fact, any mention of a pedigree on Craigslist most likely indicates a scam because no reputable breeder would sell cats there.

Tip 3: Read the ad descriptions carefully.

Some people might post on Craigslist if they got the Ragdoll for themselves, but then found out that they are not able to keep it. This happens if one family member discovers that he or she is allergic to cats, if the cat’s personality is incompatible with theirs, if they end up being allergic, or if the cat turns out to be much more work than they had initially thought.

If this is the case, then the people would mention their situation and provide a reason for giving the cat away. They might even ask for a lower price because they just want to find a loving family for the cat.  BUT REMEBER – SCAMMERS CAN DO THIS TOO.

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Tip 4: Always examine the pictures closely.

If you find ads without pictures, just should probably skip them. Anybody who is genuinely invested in selling a cat will also include pictures. Moreover, this is often reflected in the quality of the pictures as well. Adding stock photos to the ad does not count. Look for details in the pictures. For instance, if you find a picture of the kitten together with an adult Ragdoll cat, that is a good sign because it might be one of its parents.

Remember too, though, that scammers can always pull photos from legitimate Ragdoll breeders’ websites, and claim them as their own for an ad on Craig’s List.

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Tip 5: Always perform a reverse Google image search on the pictures

Not sure if the pictures in the ad you’ve found are real? You can simply Google them to see if they’ve been used elsewhere. A reverse Google image search will lead you to other websites that have used the same picture.

If you find these in ads posted on other sites like Craigslist but coming from the same person, then you have nothing to worry about. On the other hand, if you find them in ads posted by different people with different descriptions, then these are scams.

2. Backyard Breeders

If you see ads for purebred Ragdolls on Craigslist, then they are most likely coming from backyard breeders. Some people see this as a quick way to make money, but it takes more than having a male and a female Ragdoll cat to be a breeder. This is something you should avoid because you can’t get any guarantee that your cat is a purebred Ragdoll.

Tip 6: Always Make Sure that the Kitten is Old Enough

Backyard breeders want to make money from their cats, so there is a high chance that they will try to sell the kittens earlier than they are ready to leave their mothers. If the ad says that the kitten is 8 weeks old, then do your research and make sure you know what an 8-week-old kitten looks like to avoid being scammed.

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3. Mix-Breed Ragdolls

Even if the kittens look like Ragdolls, when you buy them on Craigslist, you have absolutely no guarantee that they will grow up to be actual Ragdoll cats. It should come as no surprise if your cat turns out looks Ragdoll-like instead of having all the breed characteristics.

Even if this is not a problem for you, there is still the issue of the price. Buying a mix-breed at full price means getting ripped off. If the ad actually mentions that the cat is a mix-breed Ragdoll and the price is significantly lower, then it might actually be a good deal.

General Tips

Contact the Most Promising Sellers

After sorting through the ads on Craigslist, you’re probably going to be left with a couple of promising contenders. The next step is to contact them. If possible, you should call them because you can tell a lot about a person from having a conversation with them.

Ask them all the questions you have about the cat. This might help you spot out a scammer because they won’t know a lot about Ragdoll cats. You can also ask for more pictures of the cat before you actually see it. If the seller is reluctant to send them to you, then that is a bad sign.

Meet the Seller in a Public Place

Even if everything goes well and you are convinced that you’ve found the cat for you, when meeting a seller from Craigslist, do it in a public place. It is not a good idea to accept going to their home or having them come to yours because you do not know anything about this person. So, it’s best to stay safe and arrange the meeting in a public place. Moreover, if possible, take a friend with you, just as a precaution.

You Always Have the Right to Refuse the Purchase

Keep in mind that meeting a Craigslist seller does not mean that you have an obligation to buy the cat. If you notice that the cat does not look like the pictures in the ad, if you notice that it is not a Ragdoll cat, or if you simply don’t feel like it’s the right cat for you, you have the right to refuse the purchase.

Have You Considered Adopting a Ragdoll Instead?

You are most likely not going to find a purebred Ragdoll kitten on Craigslist, but if you are willing to bring an adult cat into your home, then you should consider adopting one. There are plenty of Ragdoll rescue centers that you can contact. This way, you could give one of these cats a warm and loving home.

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Pet abandonment is still a major issue and saving a cat is certainly a better option than buying a Ragdoll cat from Craigslist. While rescue Raggies may not be kittens, most of them are purebred Ragdolls in need of a family to take care of them. If getting a kitten is not your main goal, then rescuing a Ragdoll is certainly the better choice.

So, should you buy Ragdoll cats for sale on Craigslist? The answer is entirely up to you, but if you do, make sure to keep in mind all the tips we’ve listed above to avoid being scammed. Where did you get your Ragdoll cat from? Do you know any Craigslist Ragdoll success stories?

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3 thoughts on “Should You Buy Ragdoll Kittens For Sale on Craigslist?

  1. Sharon Shulby says:

    Don’t forget to reference the Jan 2020 interview I did with you.
    How to choose a good breeder from a bad one
    It was intended not to sell my kittens, but, to inform parents of what to look out for. It breaks my ❤ to read some of these stories about sick cats, kittens being sent home at 8-10 weeks old, people getting scammed, etc.
    Thanks Jenny for all you do for our beloved cats!

  2. Patti Johnson says:

    Wonderful post, Jenny honey! TYSVM for all the great info! 🙂 <3

    As you may recall, we got our Precious Baby Girl from Little Apple Ragdolls in Manhattan, KS (Andra Schroeder was TERRIFIC!). Andra no longer runs her cattery as the demands of motherhood and family life keep her pretty busy now. We were blessed to have found her and her awesome cattery back in 2012. 😉 <3

    I don't know of any Craigslist adoption success stories but I also don't know of anyone who used that method to adopt their Ragdoll(s). <3

    Big hugs & lots of love & purrs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3 <3 <3

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