Date updated: 15 02 2018
With those big blue eyes and all that bunny fur, the Ragdoll is the ultimate spooning partner. They’re known for being super affectionate, and their obsession with following you around and willingness to learn new tricks has earned them the name “puppy cats”. But this soppy nature can make them a little needy - and they don’t like being left to their own devices for too long.
Ready to welcome a Ragdoll into your home? Here’s what you need to know…
Average lifespan: around 12 years - but some live well into their teens
Weight: Males: 6.8 to 9 kg, Females: 4.5 to 6.8 kg
Colouring: These guys come in lots of colours including cream, lilac, seal, blue and tabby (their true colour develops from around 13 weeks)
Grooming requirements: moderate (that long fur needs lotta love)!
Average purchase cost: around £500 to £550 for a kitten
Bet you didn’t know…
Whether it’s a busy family home or just you and your buddy, a Ragdoll will soon settle right in. They love being picked up and cuddled - and this easy-going nature makes them a natural playmate for the kids. Just make sure children know the difference between playtime and teasing! Even the most laid-back Ragdoll can lash out if their nap’s rudely interrupted or if someone bothers them while they’re eating!
These guys love to socialise, and are likely to get on well with other pets - especially if they’ve grown up in the same house. In fact, having a playmate around can reduce the likelihood of pining if you’re at work all day. Always take the time to introduce your buddies properly and make sure they get along well before leaving them alone together, and everything should be fine.
Temperament and behaviour
Low aggression levels and a low prey drive might be good news for your local bird population, but it also means that a Ragdoll doesn’t make a very good outdoors cat. Apart from the traffic risk, bear in mind that these guys can sometimes be too ‘nice’ for their own good - making them targets for more aggressive local moggys.
While they generally cope well with the hustle and bustle of a busy home, these guys also like an element of routine. So feeding should ideally be at the same times each day, and you should also make sure there’s a special quiet place for your buddy to slip away to, come nap time. Regular playtime and interaction helps to keep your Ragdoll stimulated. It also reduces the likelihood of furniture scratching and other types of destructive behaviour.
A Ragdoll’s dense, silky coat is something to be proud of - and keeping it looking fresh needs a lot of attention. A daily comb and brush helps keep tangles and knots at bay - and ramp it up to twice a day in Autumn and Spring when shedding is at its heaviest. As well as helping you to keep hoovering to a minimum, brushing also helps stop fur balls. Unlike some other breeds, Ragdolls are happy to sit on your lap for their daily grooming sesh.
If the coat feels greasy or stringy to the touch, it’s time to give your buddy a bath. For a typical indoors cat, this could be once every two to three months. If the coat turns greasy quickly after bathing and there’s no obvious reason why, it could be a sign of an underlying health condition, so it’s worth having a word with your vet.
Once a week, wipe around the corners of the eyes with a soft damp cloth - and do the same for the ears. This is to clear out any debris and to reduce the chances of infection. Redness and discharge are signs that infection has set in, so report this to the vet if detected. A Ragdoll’s nails generally need trimming back every couple of weeks.
Common health issues to watch out for...