Ragdoll Cats are the best. The characteristics of a Ragdoll cat are what separates them from other cat breeds and makes them so awesome. If you are looking for a new pet you will not be disappointed with a Ragdoll.
The main characteristics of a Ragdoll cat are their personality, temperament, colour, size and ease of care. And let’s be honest, their beautiful, fun and the most quirky cat breed ever!
Ragdoll Stats and Information
The Ragdoll cat is a large cat breed and has a long body, long tail and usually big bones. They are large and muscular semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat. You can also check out the wiki page.
Male: large: 8-15 lbs.
Female: large: 12-20 lbs.
Longevity Range: 12-15 yrs.
Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
Tendency to Shed: High
Cat Association Recognition:
CFA, ACFA , FIFe, TICA
The Ragdoll Cat Personality.
Ragdoll cats are known worldwide for their personality, it is what sets them apart. These big cats are super friendly and are typically known for being more dog like than cat like.
They love attention and seek it out more than other cat breeds that I have owned. Both of my ragdolls will follow me around the house, and are quite vocal about getting my attention. They really like to be where you are.
These cats are also ideal for people that are busy. Although Ragdolls like a lot of attention they are also well suited for a variety of lifestyles. I have written an article on Ragdolls and companions that you can read to get a sense of their social needs.
Ragdoll Cats have a moderate energy level and are usually quite chill. They love to play but are not aggressive, and they are great for kids. Many Ragdolls have even been taught to play fetch.
Ragdoll Cats are Great with Dogs
Most pet owners have the same concern…will my cats and dogs get along?
It’s a great question and currently, I am about to introduce my two cats to a new dog. I am getting married in October and will be moving in with my girl to a new house. She has a Havanese named Nessie and I have the two Ragdolls.
We are going to take all of the normal precautions when introducing animals to each other, but in general, I am not really concerned. MY biggest concern is for Grandma Cat because she is 23 and not as mobile as a younger cat.
Ragdolls, however, are known as a breed that is great with dogs. You will need to make sure that you spend time with the pets monitoring them at the beginning, but usually, they settle in relatively quickly.
Ragdoll Cat Health
A bonus to the characteristics of a Ragdoll Cat is that they are generally very healthy. These large cats are usually very healthy. Bladder stones and a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are among the conditions that have been reported in the breed.
If you do your research well when you are looking for a breeder you can make sure that their kittens are not known for these things. Even with this precaution, it is important to know that all cats need to be monitored and have regular checkups.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common form of heart disease in cats. It causes thickening (hypertrophy) of the heart muscle. An echocardiogram can confirm whether a cat has HCM. Researchers have identified the genetic mutation that causes the development of HCM in the Ragdoll and have developed a genetic test that allows breeders to screen cats before breeding them. Cats identified with HCM should be removed from breeding programs. Avoid breeders who claim to have HCM-free lines. No one can guarantee that their cats will never develop HCM.
Ragdoll kittens can have rapid growth spurts and it’s important for them to have plenty of food available all the time. If your Ragdoll kitten cleans his plate, offer him a little more until he stops eating. Once the cat reaches his full size at four years, then you can ration his food so he doesn’t get fat.
Ragdoll Cat Grooming
Ragdoll cats have a lot of hair. It is important that you brush them and watch for mats.
Both of my cats are adopted, and before they arrived Grandma Cat had to be shaved because she had so many mats. They were able to leave her head, feet and tail intact but most of her body had to be shaved. It took about a year for the hair to all grow back and now she is looking great.
Use a stainless steel comb to groom it once or twice a week to prevent or remove any mats or tangles. Be gentle, and with their accepting personality, they will enjoy the special attention. Like all cats, the Ragdoll’s coat sheds, and sometimes it is quite a bit. Brushing helps keep the shedding down and makes for less vacuuming.
One tip is that you can use Cowboy Magic Detangler and shine with Ragdolls and it will help to get mats out. I usually cut mats out with scissors but sometimes they are too close to the skin. In this case, you can use the Cowboy Magic and slowly start to work it out. Make sure you rinse off any excess detangler so they don’t lick it all off themselves.