Ragdoll Cat

Read our comprehensive guide to Ragdoll Cats, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

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17 Oct 2023

History of Ragdoll Cats 

The Ragdoll Cat breed can be traced back to the 1960s, but it only became a recognised breed in the year 2000 due to its controversial and complex past. Before Ragdoll cats were granted CFA Championship status, there was only one breeder of Ragdolls, Ann Baker, who set up her own cat association to monopolise the breed. This meant the only way to breed a Ragdoll cat was by buying a franchise from her. With its piercing blue eyes and luxurious coat, Ann Baker knew she was sitting on a goldmine. It was only after Ann Baker’s death that the breed was recognised by leading associations and the breeding of Ragdoll cats became more wide spread.

What to expect when caring for your Ragdoll Cat

Common Ragdoll Cat Health Issues

Ragdoll cats are a hardy and resilient breed, but they are susceptible to a few health conditions such as:

Obesity – This breed is prone to becoming overweight and it is important to engage your pet in lots of active play to prevent this.

Urinary Tract Issues – This is the most common breed-related disease to look out for as an owner. Symptoms include blood in the urine or pain when urinating.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – This is a common heart condition that can be detected with tests. This is becoming less common as breeders use these tests to stop cats with this gene from breeding.

How Much Grooming Do Ragdoll Cats Need?

Ragdoll cats have a silky and plush coat with a medium undercoat that comes in twelve colours. The good news is that this breed has a non-matting coat and therefore minimal grooming will do. To keep your cat’s coat in the best condition you will need to partake in weekly brushing. This is a high shedding breed, so your home will be a magnet for cat fur all year round.

How Much Exercise Do Ragdoll Cats Need?

So, are Ragdoll cats indoor or outdoor cats? While this breed enjoys the outdoors, you may want to supervise your cat’s outings or let them explore a secure escape proof garden as they are a highly sought-after breed that is affectionate to strangers and as a result are often stolen. They are also oblivious to other threats from fellow wildlife. The great outdoors can be a dangerous and threatening place for a Ragdoll cat so you may prefer to explore the outdoors with your cat by providing lead walks.

  1. Ragdoll Cat Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Ragdoll Cat

    This breed is universally adored for its mellow and laid-back temperament. Ragdoll cats are essentially lap cats and are an affectionate breed that loves to cuddle with their owners and show affection. They have comical and endearing mannerisms and have a tendency to lay on their backs when relaxing or sleeping which is where the term Ragdoll comes from. Intelligent and mischievous, they can be trained to do tricks and you can often find them playing with toys that stimulate their minds.

  2. Are Ragdoll Cats Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family?

    Do Ragdoll cats get along with other pets and children? Yes, this mellow breed is sweet-natured and will get along with every member of the family. They are tolerant of children and will react to them with patience and love. They are not territorial so they don’t mind co-habiting with other cats or even dogs.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
9-11 inches
Weight:
4.5kg-9kg
Temperament:
Relaxed and Mellow
Lifespan
15-20 Years
Average Cost:
£922

Ragdoll Cat FAQs:

How Much Are Ragdoll Cats?

The starting price for a Ragdoll cat is around £900 to £1000 but if you want to purchase a show quality cat, you can expect the price to skyrocket to around £2000.

How Long Do Ragdoll Cats Live?

Ragdoll cats have a long lifespan and can live up to 20 years, (some can even surpass this) which is perfect if you are looking for a long-term house companion.

How Big Do Ragdoll Cats Get?

Ragdoll cats are classed as medium to large cats and fully grown males can grow up to 9kg. Females are smaller and weigh slightly less. This breed is slow to reach full maturity and won’t reach full size until they are around three years old.

While a healthy and hardy breed, Ragdoll cats are prone to a few common health issues, so pet insurance can help to make sure you’re covered for those unexpected vet bills. You can find out more about your cover options with Asda Money Cat Insurance here.

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