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The Legendary Ragdoll Cat

Donna has been a cat parent and writer for many years, and her passion is to share her love for cats with others.

The Legendary Ragdoll Cat

Ragdoll kitten looking so lovely!

Ragdoll kitten looking so lovely!

How Did the Ragdoll Cat Get its Name?

Who doesn't love a long-haired furry cat? One that falls into your arms the minute you pick it up, instantly, you fall in love! The Ragdoll cat loves everyone, and everyone loves this cat!

The Ragdoll's name is derived from the original breeding stock and is known to go limp when picking them up, just like when you pick up a rag doll when you were a kid. Thus, that is how they got their name, Ragdoll!

This Cat is Super Chill!

According to the Cat Fanciers' Association, Ragdolls were developed in the 1960s by Ann Baker, a breeder in Riverside, California.

The origin of the Ragdoll breed consisted entirely of free-roaming cats. Ann bred Josephine; a domestic longhaired white female found running loose in her neighborhood, to other cats she owned or found.

The offspring of this female had unique temperament traits that were very endearing.

She created the Ragdoll breed by selecting individuals with the look, temperament, and criteria she wanted for her breeding program. - The Cat Fanciers' Association

How Large Does the Ragdoll Cat Get?

Ragdolls are a pointed breed (meaning they have a pale body with darker markings on the face, ears, tail, or legs).

This cat is one of the largest domestic breeds because they have a sturdy body, heavy frame, and proportionate legs, including a muscular body with semi-long hair and a soft, silky coat.

A few interesting facts about this cat:

  • Fully grown female: between 8 to 15 lbs.
  • Fully grown male: between 12 to 20 lbs.
  • Full maturity four years of age
  • Life Span: 10-16 years.
  • Ragdolls reach their full coat color at two years of age.

Most Loved Cat in the Entire World

Ragdolls are a unique breed worldwide. Why? Because of their fascinating, gorgeous features and their loving personality.

They are also loved because their coats have the most beautiful colors ranging from blues, cream, chocolate, lilac, and reds, but they are primarily gray, white pattern color-point coats.

Ragtown Ragdolls

Ragdoll Cat Facts

Several factors make this cat more or less expensive. Undoubtedly, you will pay a few hundred dollars (non-show quality) to thousands of dollars (show-quality with paper).

The Facts:

  • The Ragdoll cat is of the Domestic breed
  • Scientific name: Felis Catus
  • Its origin: The United States. They're also popular in the United Kingdom as well. However, they are primarily native to the United States.
  • Other Reference: Ragdolls are known as "dog-like cats" or "puppy-like cats" due to their behavior traits of following humans around. They're easy to handle and not aggressive towards other animals or children!
  • Price Range: $400.00 to well over $1,200.

The cost of Ragdolls depends on a few things, for instance, the cat's age, show quality, and if they have breeding papers.

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Amazingly Beautiful Breed

Ragdoll cats and kittens love the sound of water and the bathtub, sink, and pool! They love to play in the water too! Be careful not to leave them unattended around water because they can hop in and drown.

These specific breeds are not climbers, so the couch is as high as they want to climb; although most cats love to rise to the highest point possible, not these cats. The sofa is super fine for this feline!

Ragdoll Kitten

Perfectly and Beautifully Classic

Perfectly and Beautifully Classic

An Extremely Loving Cat

It's always best for your Ragdoll to have a friend, especially if you're away from home, because they need to interact and socialize, and it helps prevent loneliness while you're away from home.

Ragdolls are immensely in love with their cat parents; they tend to follow them around a lot and, yes, even to the bathroom! And if you love spending a significant amount of time with your feline, this is the cat for you!


The coat of the Ragdoll is thick and incredibly soft, and the length of the hairs can range from medium to long, and their fur does not easily mat.

Caring for the Ragdoll cat should include brushing the coat at least twice a week; this helps prevent mats, tangles, and any shedding (They tend to shed fur in the spring and autumn months the most).

Brush your cat once a day, if possible; brushing keeps hairballs away and prevents matting.

Use the appropriate brush, such as a slicker brush, to groom your cat.

Frequent brushing helps you find any ticks, lumps, wounds, or other skin problems and irritations that may exist under their coat.

Ragdolls enjoy getting groomed because of their attention during their grooming sessions.

Ragdoll Kitten

Ragdoll Kitten

Ragdoll Grooming Tips for You!

  • Start your grooming routine when they are kittens
  • Use a variety of brushes and combs
  • Avoid brushes with hard-wired bristles –
  • Softer brushes tend to keep the cat calm
  • Use grooming gloves
  • Let your cat smell the brush or comb before use to get acquainted with the new device.
  • Use a human toothbrush for difficult-to-reach areas such as the inside of the ears.
  • Offer a treat afterward as a reward for their good behavior during their grooming session.

Ragdoll Kittens

Bathing Your Ragdoll

Bathing your sweet cat doesn't always have to be a regular chore since Ragdolls are spotless animals. Once a month is sufficient; make sure to dry them thoroughly.

If your cat tolerates the blow dryer, blow dry their fur since it gets their coat completely dry. I have seen a few cats that love having their hair blow-dried like a diva at the salon; it depends on your feline's personality!

*Due to their single coats, most Ragdoll owners and veterinarians recommend an occasional bath rather than a frequent one.

What to Feed Your Ragdoll Cat

All cats are carnivores, and this cat is no exception to the rule; feed your cat meats that are high in protein and are full of all the vitamins and minerals.

Give your cat plenty of clean water and a giant litter box; all this care makes for a big, healthy, and happy cat!

It's also important that their food contains essential amino acids, taurine (cats get taurine through protein), which are necessary for cats' health and well-being.

However, take precautions while choosing the protein in your ragdoll's food; because various brands can use two kinds of proteins, plant and animal.

Only animal protein is recommended for ragdolls.

Daily Nutritional Needs and Those to Avoid

Check all ingredients label's when choosing food for your cat. Keep in mind the first three ingredients that are listed are the main ingredients of what's inside that bag or canned food.

Nutritional Value PointsHealthy FoodsIngredients to Avoid

Natural ingredients

Organic peas, pumpkin, and sweet potato


High in protein (52%)



Low in carbohydrates (12.5 %)



Vitamins, minerals and Taurine

Lean Beef

Poultry by-product meal

Enriched with Omega's 3 and 6

Cooked Salmon

Artificial Additives

Blue Ragdoll with a Blaze!

Blue Ragdoll with a Blaze!

Blue Ragdoll with a Blaze!

Personality Traits

As your kitten grows, its unique personality blossoms and will be established by the time they reach adulthood.

Consider when going to a breeder, observing the cat’s parents’ personality traits, and ask the breeder about their health, genetics, and quality of their lineage.

This will give you an idea of what personality your kitten might have.

Temperament of this Fabulous Cat

Ragdoll cats have unique personality traits:

  • Accommodating and affectionate
  • Submissive, obedient, and laid back
  • Gentle, loyal, and fun water babies
  • Friendly, pleasant, and sweet

Ragdolls especially love their humans! However, remember that not all Ragdolls will have the same personality traits.

It depends on their ancestry and how they're raised at home.

You can be sure this feline will be forever loyal and faithful to you

But beware – they tend to love everyone and have no fear of other humans that may be strangers.

This cat knows NO stranger!

Please beware if your cat goes outside and keep an eye on them because they love people and may wander off with a stranger.

Health Issues - Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Ragdolls are prone to health issues such as heart conditions: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

What is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?

The left ventricle wall in the heart grows thicker as the cat ages, and this heart disease can show its ugly head anytime during the cat's lifetime.

Sadly, there is no cure.


  • Loss of appetite (anorexia)
  • Lethargy, weak pulse, difficulty breathing
  • Short, rough, snapping breathing sounds (crackles)
  • Abnormal heart sounds (i.e., muffled, galloping rhythm, murmurs)
  • Inability to tolerate exercise or exertion
  • Sudden hind-limb paralysis with cold limbs due to clots in the terminal aorta
  • Bluish discoloration of footpads and nail beds (indicates a lack of oxygen flow to the legs)
  • Collapse, heart failure
  • This heart condition can be treated with the proper medication, prolonging the cat's life.
  • Regular vet checkups.

Vision and Joint Issues Called Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis

What is Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis?

"Some studies find that ragdoll cats, specifically those whose ancestry traces back to Australia, have a higher risk for carrying the Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis VI gene.

The disease occurs due to a deficiency of arylsulfatase B within the body, particularly connective tissue within the eye, leading to vision issues.

The deficiency also affects joints; being left untreated can cause mobility problems and even paralysis. Current treatment options include bone marrow transplants and enzyme replacement therapy.

Consult your veterinarian for more details and to have your cat tested for this disease.

Blue-eyed Ragdoll Kitten

Happy-Go-Lucky Feline

Ragdolls are happy-go-lucky, carefree, calm, and sweet. They are loyal and loving to their owners and enjoy following them around. This is one affectionate cat, so much so that it goes limp in your arms when picked up like a (toy) ragdoll!

They love the water; can you imagine your cat taking a bath when you do? It's quite possible. Everything about this cat is groovy, calm, and “let’s chill all day” kind of breed – without the abundance of catnip!

3 Minutes of a Ragdoll Cat Being a Ragdoll Cat/Bowie The Ragdoll Cat


The Cat Fanciers' Association

Purr Craze

Paws For Advice



This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2020 Donna Rayne


Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on March 25, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy, I'm happy you enjoyed the article. But, also sad about the loss of your dear cats.


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Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2020:

The cats we have had have been adopted as strays, and they were loved and cherished. The information about Ragdoll cats is informative and interesting. I could see many of the same traits in our last cat who we named Peaches.

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on March 20, 2020:

Yes, Carolyn, they are very protective of their cat parents! I would love to have one!


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Carolyn D-G on March 20, 2020:

I had a Ragdoll cat. She was like a gard cat, if she didn't like someone she would stair at them. I knew not to invite them over again.

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on March 19, 2020:

Thank you so much, Kyler and good luck with the dog... I know with dogs things can get a bit ruff haha


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Kyler J Falk from California on March 19, 2020:

Wow, these cats are absolutely beautiful. I can definitely see why you would want one. I've had so many cats over the years, but I'll be switching to dogs soon. Couldn't handle both at the same time as much as I would like to.

Wonderful article!

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on March 18, 2020:

Thank you, Ms. Ruby, I appreciate you reading my article and that you enjoyed it.


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Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 18, 2020:

The Ragdoll cat is so beautiful and the blue eyes are stunning. Your article is full of info. that people can use. Your love for cats shines brightly.

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on March 18, 2020:

You are so welcome, Pamela, I love them too and thank you for reading my article! A little bit of sunshine goes a long way!


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Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 18, 2020:

This is a beautiful breed of cat. I would love to have one or more. Thanks for all this excellent informaiton, Donna.

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on March 18, 2020:

Thank you, Paula, I want one too! Always have and thank you for reading my article.


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Suzie from Carson City on March 17, 2020:

Donna....What exquisitely beautiful cats! Those eyes & such luxurious fur. How I would just LOVE to have one.

The video of the ragdoll being a ragdoll was great! I laughed out loud! What a laid-back, overly relaxed baby! He/She didn't even care about the ball......"Oh yeah, a ball....BIG deal".....I'm just chillen." LOL

Thank you so much for such a thorough education on this wonderful breed. Now I will continually think of wanting a ragdoll!! Cheers, Paula

Rosina S Khan on March 17, 2020:

A beautiful account of Ragdoll Cats. I loved reading about them, Donna. Thank you for sharing.

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on March 17, 2020:

Thank you very much, Ivana, I appreciate your kind words. Have a lovely day.


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Ivana Divac from Serbia on March 17, 2020:

I love everything about this hub! Ragdoll cats are too adorable, and reading an article about them made me smile. Other than the obvious cuteness of the cats, you provided everyone with so much useful information. In the end, your style of writing is beautiful.

I really enjoy reading your content, and I look forward to reading more!

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on March 17, 2020:

I agree with you, Flourish, it's better to adopt than shop. I take care of a stray who lives outside and then I have Sammie who is inside. I love your story how you take care of stray cats too, shows a person with lots of compassion and a super big heart!


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FlourishAnyway from USA on March 17, 2020:

Growing up there were two stray female Ragdoll cats that used to come around and beg for food. We got them spayed and vetted and took care of them. My family always had at least 3-4 cats that started as strays. These gals came and went as they pleased. One was especially fond of my father. I would hope people would adopt rather than shop. Right now I have a community cat I feed and have fixed/vetted who looks to be a Turkish Van. Others care for him too because sometimes he smells of light cigarette smoke.

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on March 17, 2020:

Thank you very much, Brenda and Manatita, glad you enjoyed it. I would love to have one if I could, but they are so expensive and high maintenance.

Blessings to you both,

Donna Rayne

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 17, 2020:


I love this article.

Their eyes are so amazing!

I think these are the best kittys, except for combing them so their fur doesn't mat.

I wish I had one here with me now. Absolutely beautiful!

The video is cute too.

Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 from london on March 17, 2020:

This is a sweet, cute and loving article of an amazing breed. They are so beautiful!! You made me want to love cats .... more, perhaps. Nice job, Donna. Every photo is incredible! They die too soon.

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