The Ragdoll cat is a large, affectionate cat that can go with the flow. These cats simply go limp with pleasure when they’re being petted, giving them their name. This cat breed is one of the largest out there, but don’t let that intimidate you. Their big blue eyes and loud, throaty purr let you know that these cats are just big softies. This cat is notoriously social, making them a good fit for bustling homes with plenty of activity.
Breed Overview WEIGHT: Males weigh up to 20 pounds and females weigh between 10 and 15 pounds. HEIGHT: 11 to 13 inches at the shoulder COAT: Medium-length and silky COAT COLORS: Many different colors and patterns EYE COLOR: Blue eyes LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13 to 15 years or more
Characteristics of the Ragdoll Cat
Affection Level High
Exercise Needs Medium
Energy Level Medium
Tendency to Vocalize Medium
Amount of Shedding Medium
History of the Ragdoll Cat
This cat is very new compared to many other breeds. The Ragdoll cat breed was created in California in the 1960s. A cat breeder named Ann Baker wanted to create a beautiful cat with a loving personality. Ann started using domestic medium-haired cats of unknown origin. Josephine, the original mother cat of the breed, was white.
Though it took a few generations, Baker eventually produced the first cats that were called Ragdolls. These cats were appreciated for their non-matting fur, large size, and outgoing personality.
Unfortunately, drama erupted between Baker and some other Ragdoll fanciers in the 1970s. Eventually, many of the early lovers of the Ragdoll breed and Baker herself parted ways. The Ragdoll breed remains popular today despite this upheaval.
The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) began registering Ragdolls in 1993. Today, Ragdolls are the fifth most popular cat breed registered by the CFA.
Ragdoll Cat Care
The Ragdoll has a silky single coat (meaning that it doesn’t have an under layer of fur). It’s meant to be lower-matting than other medium-haired cat coats. That said, this breed still requires brushing at least twice a week to help avoid matting.
Ragdolls also need regular ear cleaning. Drip a few drops of warm feline ear cleaner into the cat’s ears, then massage the outside of the ear. You might want to have a bit of meat-flavored baby food or other extra-tasty cat treats on hand to help your feline friend stay calm during this treatment. After about five minutes, use a cotton ball to wipe out the inside of your cat’s ears.
Like all other cats, Ragdolls also generally need toenail trims. Keep in mind that your cat will probably want to sharpen her claws even more than normal after a pedicure, so be sure to provide some good scratching posts!
Ragdolls are also energetic, social cats. They need regular playtime using wand toys or other interactive cat toys. Most also benefit from being fed out of a feline puzzle feeder. Don’t just leave toys around for your kitty, get up and play with her! This will help keep your cat’s weight down, avoid behavior concerns caused by boredom, and build bonds within the family.