Ragdoll | Cat Breed Guide

Ragdoll | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

The Ragdoll is good-natured and laid-back, ideal for families with children and/or other pets. The breed is known for suffering from bladder stones.

Weight: 6-15 pounds 

Life Expectancy: 12-17 years

Temperament: gentle, friendly, affectionate  

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Ease of Training:

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History and Personality

It all began with Josephine. To anyone else, Josephine was just another cat roaming through the neighborhood. To breeder Ann Baker, she had something special. That something special was her kittens. Because Josephine’s babies were unusually friendly, Ann decided to use them to create a new breed. Through some experimentation, Baker came up with the Ragdoll.

Ragdolls want to spend as much time as they can with their humans. They become so attached, some follow their owners into the bathroom, leaving no room for privacy. Others may greet people as they come through the front door and wait for attention. When held, they will stretch out and collapse, displaying complete trust.

Because of their laid-back, casual nature, they are great for households with rambunctious children or older pets that may not want to play. They can tolerate situations that would frighten other breeds. However, it is important to supervise children to make sure they do not harm the cat. As Ragdolls do not make a lot of noise, if they are stressed or in pain, it may not be obvious.

They love to rest on laps and relax in the sun, but Ragdolls can learn to perform tricks or walk on a leash like a dog.

Ragdolls have bushy tails, large paws, and charming blue eyes. Their well-built bodies give them many advantages.


To prevent loose hair, hairballs, and matting, a Ragdoll should be groomed several times a week. Ragdolls come in a variety of colors and patterns, including lilac, cream, and blue.

Health Concerns

  • Bladder stones
  • Feline mucopolysaccharidosis
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Bladder stones are mineral deposits that develop inside a cat’s bladder. If they grow big enough, these stones can make urinating difficult and painful. Ragdolls should have access to fresh, clean water to prevent bladder stones. A vet may also work with an owner to create an appropriate diet.

Feline mucopolysaccharidosis is a disorder that is sometimes found in Ragdolls. Dwarfism, paralysis, and body abnormalities are just a few symptoms. There is no cure and treatment options are limited.

When the heart’s left ventricle thickens, this is called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Cats with HCM experience anything from breathing difficulty to depression. Treatment options are available.

Taking your Ragdoll to the vet on a regular basis will help ensure they have a healthy life.

Investing in pet insurance can assist with treatment costs and provide peace of mind.