All About Ragdoll Cats: Temperament, Colour, Cost & More.


Ragdoll Cat

Ragdoll Cat

Are you thinking about adding a Ragdoll Cat to your family? Great choice! Ragdolls were originally bred by an American breeder in the 1960s called Ann Baker. They are a popular cat as they are best known for their docile, placid temperament and affectionate nature.

We’ve searched Google for Ragdoll Cat FAQs and have comprised all the need to know information into this blog for you!

Are Ragdoll Cats Friendly?

They are incredibly friendly! Ragdoll Cats are nicknamed “Puppy Cats” because of their friendly nature. They’re also known for following their owner(s) around. At least it won’t follow you into the shower like Bengal Cats! However there are some conflicting opinions on how affectionate they are, some people say they are not considered lap cats and aren’t a “cuddly” breed whereas other people say they love being on your lap and being cuddled! I’m sure every cat is slightly different and it depends on the specific cat.

 

Are Ragdoll Cats Friendly With Other Pets?

A Ragdoll’s friendly nature means that yes, it will mix well with other cat breeds and cat-friendly dogs.

 

What Is A Ragdoll Cat’s Life Expectancy?

The average life span of a Ragdoll is 15-20 years if it is an indoor cat. Outdoor cats are obviously subjected to more dangers such as other animals, diseases and cars.

 

Do Ragdoll Cats Have Health Problems?

On the whole, they are generally healthy cats. However as with all pedigree cats, there is a risk of HCM- the most common type of heart disease in cats. They can also suffer with bladder stones.

If you are purchasing a Ragdoll Kitten off of a breeder it is important to 1) Check for reliability and 2) Ask about the health of the kitten’s parents as some illnesses are hereditary. Also, pedigree breeders will generally screen the kittens for certain illnesses.

 

Do Ragdoll Cats Shed A Lot?

Ragdolls are longhaired cats, so yes, they will shed their hair quite a bit, similar to any long-haired breed. Regular grooming such as brushing, trimming etc will help keep shedding under control.

 

Ragdoll Cat Colours:

The six most common colours are;

  • Seal
  • Blue
  • Chocolate
  • Lilac
  • Red
  • Cream

 

Do All Ragdoll Cats Have Blue Eyes?

Ragdolls are known for their beautiful blue eyes but this is not a common feature. Some other eye colours include;

  • Blue-Green
  • Gold

All Ragdoll kittens are born with blue eyes but some will change over time.

Ragdoll Cat Blue Eyes

 

How Much Do Ragdoll Cat Costs?

In Ireland, pedigree Ragdoll kittens seem to range from 500+. However, we would always recommend visiting your local rescue centers and pounds as there are hundreds of cats looking for their forever home.

 

How Big Are Ragdoll Cats?

Ragdoll cats are one of the largest domestic cat breeds. A fully grown female weighs in between 10-15 lbs and a fully grown male weighs between 12-20 lbs. Ragdolls take four years to reach full size. Ragdoll kittens are all born with pure white hair. Their coloured markings develop gradually, with full colour coming in at two years.

 

Fun Facts About Ragdoll Cats:

  • Ragdoll cats go limp when you pick them up- like an actual Rag Doll!
  • They love the sound of running water.
  • There was a myth that Ragdolls were alien hybrids.
  • They are a “new” breed as they were only developed in the 1960s.
  • They are one of the largest cat breeds.
  • They are considered to be a quiet breed- This isn’t always a good thing as it might not meow if it is pain or distressed.

 

Do You Own A Ragdoll Cat? Put Some Pics In The Comments Below, We’d Love To See Them!

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