Everything You Need to Know About Ragdoll Cats

Sweet, docile and good-natured, the Ragdoll is about as laid back as it gets. Easily trained, this cat will lie limp like a rag doll (hence its name), making it a wonderful choice for first-time pet owners and families with kids.

Considering combing your local shelters for a Ragdoll? Here’s everything you need to know about this delightful breed to make a smart decision. We’ll cover the breed’s history, its personality and temperament, and even take a peek at some potential health concerns you’ll want to be aware of ahead of time. From there, the search is up to you!


The Ragdoll came about as a breeding experiment in the 1960s. Californian breeder Anne Baker began her own breeding program using long-hair domestic cats from her neighborhood with long, luxurious hair and gentle personalities. This off-the-wall breeding program eventually brought us the very first Ragdoll.


Affectionate and gentle, the Ragdoll wants to be wherever you are. They’ll greet you at the door (with a soft, sweet voice), follow you around the house and sleep with you at night. You’ll never get the cold shoulder and you’re unlikely to see them misbehaving.

Ragdolls love being carried around and will even allow themselves to be groomed and dressed up seemingly endlessly. Some have even been known to ride around in a stroller!

Cute ragdoll kitten


Ragdoll cats have a very distinct appearance: long hair with a light-colored body, piercing blue eyes, and darker markings on the ears, tail, rear legs and face. They come in four patterns (mitted, van, bicolor and colorpoint) and six colors (chocolate, lilac, red, cream, blue and seal).

On the larger side, most Ragdolls grow up to be 15-20 pounds. In fact, they are one of the largest breed of domesticated pure bred cats out there. Even so, this growth takes time. Ragdoll kittens don’t typically reach their full size until they are between three and four years old.


Despite their gorgeous long hair, Ragdoll cats are surprisingly low maintenance. They will likely require grooming only twice a week to maintain their soft coat and avoid excess shedding or matting.


Like all pure bred cat breeds, Ragdolls are susceptible to a few distinct health problems – in this case, a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Fortunately, this condition is genetic, making it easy to diagnose by DNA test.

Additionally, Ragdolls have an increased risk for oxalate bladder stones and a predisposition to feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). Worried about any of these conditions? Look into pet insurance! It can provide a great deal of peace of mind.

Fun Facts

  • Ragdolls can live to be 12 to 15 years or more!
  • Ragdolls are quiet, making them a lovely choice for apartment dwellers.
  • Ragdolls absolutely love water. You’ll likely need to shoo them out of the sink before you wash!
  • Ragdoll kittens are born pure white and only develop their coloring between one to two weeks of age.


Thomas M
Thomas M1 months ago

Thanks for posting

Louise A
Louise A2 months ago

Thank you for sharing

Irene S
Irene S2 months ago

Sounds like a very gentle breed. But about FIP, no insurance could provide me peace about that. It´s lethal. Although I would love to adopt a Ragdoll if I could find one in a shelter. Until that, I always end up with so called "European Shorthair". Euphemism for stray.

Chrissie R
Chrissie R2 months ago

Please don't advocate expensive pure bred animals while millions of deserving animal die in our shelters!

Jan S
Jan S2 months ago

thank you

sandy Gardner
sandy G2 months ago

There are a lot of cat stories this week!

beba h
beba h2 months ago

Beautiful kitties. All kitties are sweet though.

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Donna T
Donna T2 months ago

thank you