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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 Get its Name?

In the 1960s Ann Baker, An American Breeder, developed this cat due to its docile and sweet temperament and loving, affectionate nature.

This cat is super chill!

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!

How Large Does the Ragdoll Get?

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

  • Fully grown female: between 8 to 15 lbs.
  • Fully grown male: between 12 to 20 lbs.
  • Life Span: A healthy Ragdoll normally has a lifespan of between 10-16 years.

Most Loved Cat in the Entire World

Consequently, some have said that this cat breed is the most loved in the entire world. Why? Because of its fascinating gorgeous features and their amazing loving personality.

Plus, their coats have the most beautiful colors too from blues, cream, chocolate, lilac, and reds, but they are mostly gray, white pattern color-point coats.

Ragtown Ragdolls

Ragdoll Cat Facts

Several factors should be considered that will make the cat more or less expensive.

Undoubtedly, you are looking for between a few hundred dollars (non-show quality) to thousands of dollars (show-quality with papers).

Also, the Ragdoll Cat is a breed that is known for its unique markings and good temperament, and they tend to go limp when you pick them up because they are so docile.

The Facts:

  • The Ragdoll cat is of Domestic breed
  • Scientific name: Felis Catus
  • It’s origin: The United States. They're also popular in the United Kingdom as well. However, they are mostly native to the United States.
  • Other Reference: These cats are also referred to as, “dog-like-cats” or “puppy-like cats” due to their behavior's traits of following humans around. And how easy it is to handle them and they’re not aggressive towards other animals or children at all!
  • Price Range: $400.00 to well over $1,200.

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

Ragdoll Kitten

Perfectly and Beautifully Classic

Perfectly and Beautifully Classic

Amazingly Breathtakingly Beautiful

Ragdolls have amazingly beautiful blue eyes: piercing blue eyes that remind me of the brightest blue sky on a clear sunny day.

Ragdoll cats and kittens love the sound of water, and they love the bathtub, sink and pool! They love to play in the water! Make sure you're extra careful not to leave them unattended around the water because they can hop in and drown.

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

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Extremely Loving with Their Cat Parents

Did you know that you can train these cats to do tricks? For example, you can teach them to fetch among other great tricks!

And if you're someone who's away from home a lot and your feline will be home alone most of the time make sure you get them a companion because they need to interact, socialize, and to keep them company.

Ragdolls are extremely loving with their cat parents, they tend to follow you around a lot and yes, even to the bathroom! And if you love to spend a large amount of time with your feline then this is the cat for you!

Ragdoll Kittens

Ragdoll Temperament & Possible Health Issues

Ragdoll cats have amazing personality traits:

  • Accommodating and affectionate
  • Submissive, obedient, and laid back
  • Gentle, loyal, and fun water babies
  • Trusting, friendly, social, and sweet

Ragdolls especially love their humans! Even though not all cats will have the exact same personality traits it all 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 if someone were to come into your yard it's possible that your cat will easily go up to them and they will relax in any stranger's hand and thus be cat-napped!

Blue Ragdoll with a Blaze!

Blue Ragdoll with a Blaze!

Blue Ragdoll with a Blaze!

Ragdoll’s Common Personality Traits

Ragdolls Have Different Personalities!

As your kitten grows, their own unique personality blossoms and as they grow into adulthood their personalities are established.

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

Ragdolls Are Prone to Health Issues

If not brushed once a day, they will develop hairballs. Keep them groomed and you won’t have this problem. They are also prone to heart conditions: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Regular vet checkups are needed for the type of breed.

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 at any time during the lifetime of the cat. 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
  • Sudden heart failure
  • This heart condition can be treated with the proper medication, prolonging the life of the cat.

Blue-eyed Ragdoll Kitten

Ragdolls Can Have 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 and 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.

Before purchasing a ragdoll kitten, ask the reputable breeder if the cats have been screened for Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis genes. Most cats are healthy, but it pays to be cautious." Vetinfo

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

This Ragdoll Kitten/Cat is a Happy-Go-Lucky Feline

Please keep in mind that these Ragdoll's are a happy-go-lucky, carefree, calm, and sweet. Everything about this cat is groovy, cool and “let’s chill all day” kind of breed – and that’s without the abundance of catnip!

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 Lillee Rhose


Lillee Rhose (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.

Lillee Rhose (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.

Lillee Rhose (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!

Lillee Rhose (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.

Lillee Rhose (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.

Lillee Rhose (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.

Lillee Rhose (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!

Lillee Rhose (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.

Lillee Rhose (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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