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Ragdoll Cat Price
Ragdoll cats are known for being great pets, but they are also notoriously expensive. You may want to introduce a ragdoll into your family but are wondering how much they cost.
The truth is the price of a ragdoll cat does vary a lot but there are reasons behind this. Let’s take a look at how much you can expect to pay for one of these sought-after kittens and the key differences to look out for because if you want a ragdoll this is information you will definitely want to know.
General Price for a Ragdoll Kitten
The price of a ragdoll kitten varies considerably due to a number of factors. Generally, you can expect to pay between $400 and $2,500 for a kitten. The price varies depending on the quality of the cat and whether you are buying breeding rights.
The price will also depend on the breeder you are purchasing from and the local veterinary costs they encounter. Each breeder will charge slightly different amounts but the cost should be more or less the same.
Here’s a table of the approximate price for a ragdoll kitten depending on the quality (not sure what each of the quality categories represent? Read on for more details).
|Ragdoll Kitten Quality||Cost (Approximate in USD)|
|Show Quality||$1,200 – $2,300+|
|Breeder Quality||$1,500 – $2,500+|
|Breeder and Show Quality||$2,500+|
Price for Pet Quality
As you can see in the table above, pet quality kittens are the most affordable available, with these ragdolls being sold from around $400.
Pet quality just means the individual is not up to the standard of a show quality ragdoll due to their markings. They have the same temperament and will often have been spayed or neutered (or come with a strict agreement that they will be spayed or neutered by the buyer). Ultimately, the defining factor is that they cannot be used in shows.
If you are getting a ragdoll purely as a pet and are happy with one that does not necessarily have all of the classic markings then a pet quality ragdoll should be perfect for you. If you are planning to take your ragdoll to shows or just want a perfectly marked ragdoll then you will want to pay the higher prices for a show quality kitten.
Price for Show Quality
At a higher price than pet quality, show quality ragdolls are available for $1,200 – $2,300+.
Show quality means that the ragdoll is perfectly marked and can be displayed at cat shows but has been neutered or spayed so you cannot breed with them.
Looking for a perfect ragdoll that displays all of the key physical characteristics? A show quality kitten will be ideal, unless you also want to breed with them then you will need to look specifically for a breeder quality cat.
Difference between show quality and pet quality
The biggest difference between show and pet quality ragdolls is their appearance. Here is a Ragdoll Show Standard document from The Cat Fanciers Association that indicates the patterns and colors that are expected in show ragdolls.
The document includes information on when to ‘disqualify’ an entrant, for example if a bi-color pattern ragdoll does not have a white inverted “V” or has dark spotting, or has an extensive dark area on any leg then they should be disqualified. Another example would be to disqualify if there is an absence of a white chin on Mitted Pattern ragdolls.
Show quality ragdolls meet the breed’s standards so can be taken to shows, whereas pet quality ragdolls often have mismarking’s. Therefore, the extra cost is paying for an appearance that is show quality. There should be no temperament or behavioural differences between pet and show quality cat. Usually both pet and show quality kittens are neutered or spayed or come with a strict agreement that they will be neutered/ spayed.
Breeder Quality Price
On the higher end of the scale, a breeder quality ragdoll can be purchased for $1,500 – $2,500+.
Breeder quality means that the ragdoll is fit for breeding. As well as not being neutered or spayed the ragdoll should have also been tested to ensure they do not have any genetic diseases.
Breeder and Show Quality Price
A breeder and show ragdoll is the most expensive type, they can be bought for upwards of $2,500.
These ragdolls are not only perfectly marked meaning they can be used in shows but they are also fit for breeding. A double whammy of ragdoll perfection! But, it comes at a high price.
Remember that cost is also attached to age
Ragdoll cats live a long time…more than most other breeds. Part of your cost discussion needs to be about not only the cost of acquiring the cat but also what it will take to look after the cat as part of the family for a long time.
How long do ragdoll cats live? Well usually 15+ years, especially if they are well fed and well looked after.
How to Pick a Reputable Breeder
Because the cost is so high, there are a few people who see them as an opportunity to make some quick cash. These people sell below standard or mixed breeds at pure breed prices to unsuspecting cat lovers.
It is so important to do your research and ensure you choose a reputable breeder. Going to a reputable breeder will give you a far better chance of getting a kitten that is healthy and has good genetics.
To make sure you aren’t being scammed, first do a background check on the breeder. Find out about the reputation of the breeder as this will help you to determine whether or not the price they are asking for is worth it.
If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. The low cost could mean the cats are not properly socialized and may not have been given adequate health care meaning you may be paying out for health issues later.
A reputable breeder will not only be registered and have all of the relevant paperwork, but they will also have ensured the vaccinations, veterinary checkups, but de-worming and flea control treatments have also been carried out.
If you are unsure or you have bought a kitten that you never received the relevant paperwork for you may be able to receive support from major cat associations who can help intervene and put pressure on the breeders to provide the necessary papers.
When you speak to a breeder don’t be afraid to ask questions, a reputable breeder will be more than happy to answer any questions you have. Here are some key questions you should ask:
- How long have you been breeding ragdolls?
- How do you choose which ragdolls to breed?
- Are there any congenital defects seen in ragdolls? (the breeder should be knowledgeable and upfront about the defects seen in the ragdoll breed).
- Do you offer any health guarantees?
- Are your cats raised in your home? (also known as being raised underfoot)
- Can I visit your cattery?
- Can I see photos of the kitten’s parents?
- How are your kittens registered?
It is best to avoid backyard breeders for a number of reasons, it may seem like a great deal on first glance because the kittens are less expensive but the chances are they have not received the appropriate veterinary care (in efforts to keep costs down and increase profits made) and will certainly not come with any registration papers or a health guarantee.
Why Are Ragdoll Cats So Expensive
There’s no disputing the fact that ragdolls are expensive cats to buy. The high cost of ragdolls is most likely attributed to a combination of their popularity and the fact they are rare and difficult to find.
As one of the most sought-after breeds of cat, many breeders actually have waiting lists and require a deposit in order to secure your kitten as they struggle to keep up with the demand.
The cost of individual ragdolls noticeably varies between breeders, it is important to remember that breeding high-quality cats are not a cheap process so the high cost you pay for the kitten is also helping to cover the costs of the vaccinations, DNA/ genetic tests and daily care of the kittens.
This is why backyard breeders are able to offer low, quick-sale rates because they have not been providing the necessary veterinary care, paying for registration fees and the relevant paperwork etc.
You could say that you are paying for quality but a high-priced kitten does not guarantee a high-quality ragdoll which is why we urge you to only buy from reputable breeders.
How Much Does It Cost to Adopt a Ragdoll Cat?
Adopting a cat can be a far more affordable and rewarding experience. with the price being very high, every now and then ragdolls may end up in your local rescue center but they will likely be adopted quickly. There are a few rescue organizations who have done specific work with ragdolls within Canada, including:
When adopting a rescue, make sure that the cat is registered as a ragdoll if it is being listed as one. The cat should also be fully vaccinated, Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia tested, wormed and treated with flea preventative.
You can usually adopt a cat for approximately $100. In shelters, you may come across ragdolls, ragdoll mixes or adult ragdolls looking for a home. Adopting a cat will definitely save you money, you’ll just have to check in with your local rescue centers to find out if they have any ragdolls who are in need of a home.
Remember that there are waiting lists even for buying ragdolls so be patient if you have your heart set on adopting a ragdoll. The best thing to do is keep in regular communications with your local rescue shelters so you will know if and when a ragdoll is brought in to them.
What it all means
Ragdolls are amazing cats and wonderful pets. They may seem expensive but the price makes sense once you have a clearer idea of the costs involved with breeding them and the categorical differences (pet quality/ show quality/ breeder quality). Remember to always go with reputable breeders and if you’re not sure you can afford the high price tag, why not take a look at adopting a ragdoll that is in need of a loving home. Ragamuffins are also a great option.