If you’re looking for an easygoing cat who enjoys being held or sprawled in your lap, the Ragdoll is ideal. These cats enjoy playtime, but are not overly demanding or boisterous.
- 9.9 - 19.8 pounds
Ideal Human Companions
- Families with children
- Singles with other pets
- First-time cat owners
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- Gentle, relaxed temperament
- Welcomes children and family dogs
- Fascinated by water
- Nicknamed “puppy cats” for their devotion to their owners
What They Are Like to Live With
They enjoy trotting along side members of the house and retrieving tossed paper wads. They enjoy activity more at ground level than some breeds who prefer surveying from high perches.
Be aware that your Ragdoll may join you in the shower or bathtub as they are highly intrigued by the sound of water.
Their super sweet, trusting nature can put them in danger. This breed should never be allowed outdoors without supervision.
Things You Should Know
The Ragdoll is on a fast track in popularity. It ranks second only to the Bengal in The International Cat Association and sixth in the Cat Fanciers Association.
This breed is slow to grow, taking up to four years to reach full physical maturity.
A Persian cat breeder named Ann Baker is touted for creating this breed in the 1960s. She bred a neighbor’s longhaired white cat named Josephine with male Siamese and Persians she owned at her Riverside, Calif. home. The result produced sweet tempered kittens with non-matting coats.
This breed garnered its named from the popular myth that they go completely limp when picked up – just like a rag doll.
Ragdolls compete for championship status in all major cat registries except for the Cat Fanciers Association. Since 1993, the CFA has granted Ragdolls to compete only in the miscellaneous class.
The Look of a Ragdoll
Its face features innocent-looking blue eyes, wide-set ears, a well-defined chin, and wedge-shaped head.
The body is sturdy, sporting a medium- to large-size frame, substantial muscles and bones and a characteristic fatty pad tucked under the abdomen.
Ragdoll kittens are also born white, but some slowly develop light-colored coats with Siamese-like darker points.
The Ragdoll offers a beautiful look of elegance with the benefits of a non-matting, low-shedding coat that feels soft and silky. Just run a steel comb one or two times a week to remove loose hairs and keep the coat looking its best.
Females weigh between 12 and 15 pounds and males average between 15 and 20 pounds.
Talk About Ragdolls
Ragdolls can't get enough attention
Ragdolls are my cat breed of choice. I have one called Coco and he is the most loving and faithful cat. He is very fussy food-wise and very much an indoor cat. I would recommend this breed to people because they will love you forever and they love plenty of attention, which my Coco is never short of.
~Glenda C., owner of a Ragdoll
The sweetest cats ever
Ragdolls rock! They are huge, sweet, intelligent, dog-like and floppy. Their big blue "Paul Newman" eyes are gorgeous. Their fur is soft and billowy like rabbit fur, but it does not mat. Ragdolls follow you around the house, look up at you with adoration and are just generally a joy to have around. They are very mellow and should always be inside cats. It would be just like them to try to befriend something that wants to eat them.
~Peg B., owner of a Ragdoll
A cat that will stop and smell the flowers
My daughter brought me a Ragdoll cat when she was 10 weeks old. She was very curious and seemed to want to be with me all the time. She hasn't changed, in fact she has grown more curious every year of her life. These days she wants to be with me for everything, whether I'm cleaning the shower door or smelling the flowers.
I have had many cats but this Ragdoll kitty outdoes them all. Our latest thing is to go for a stroll in the new cat stroller my neighbor gave me. She watches every minute she is in her stroller to see if she can see a rabbit or lizard. She is so very smart. If I tell her to stay when I go out into the garage, and most of the time she stays.
I love the way she is so feminine, crossing her legs with only her white toes showing. When she walks away you can actually see the hair on her hind legs looking exactly like she is wearing pantaloons.
~Tommie F., owner of a Ragdoll
Ragdolls are best in big numbers
This particular breed is all about human emotions. Ragdolls often like to flap their front paws when carried like a baby and will purr like there's no tomorrow! I absolutely love all my nine: Harry, Hermione, Tiberius, Pancakes, Maya, Giselle, Monty, Georgie and Gucci. They are all just perfect for little children as they would purr beside the infant with sleepy droopy eyes.
~Nazren U., owner of nine Ragdolls
Ragdolls are exquisite
I have two gorgeous Rags who are very loving. Malley is the protector, while Henry is Mr. Loveydovey. They sleep either side of me at night with their paws covering my hands. They are peaches-and-cream-colored, and when people first see them, they are often in complete awe. Even non-cat lovers want to reach out and pet their soft fur.
My boys do not like to be picked up and held very long, but they cuddle up to me on their terms, and that's good enough for me. I am honored to have these beautiful creatures. From young children to seniors, I would highly recommend this wonderful cat.
~Carol D., owner of two Ragdolls