Is Ragdoll the Best Pet for You?

Have you ever seen a cat whose nature is similar to a dog? Well, you’re in luck because that’s exactly how we would describe a Ragdoll! These cats are the perfect cuddle bugs with the softest coat.

Ragdoll Cats are one of the largest domestic cat breeds, with an average weight of 13 pounds. They have soft fluffy coats and blue eyes and appear in varying colors with dark patched semi-long-haired silky coats similar to rabbits.

Ragdolls are known as a pointed breed due to their pale body and darker markings on the ears, face, tails, and often legs. As mentioned on Daily Paws, an adult Ragdoll grows up to 8.4 to 10.9 inches in height, weighing between 8 to 20 pounds.

While Ragdolls are very friendly and attractive, they are also high-maintenance.

As you read on, you’ll uncover topics that will help you decide whether or not a Ragdoll cat is the best choice for you. We’ve covered the following:

  • Ragdoll’s Origin & Personality
  • How much does a Ragdoll cat cost?
  • How long do Ragdoll cats live?
  • How to care for a Ragdoll cat?

Ragdoll Cat’s Origin and Personality

Ragdoll cats are a mix of Angora, Birman, and Persian cats and were specially bred in the 1960s due to their docile nature and affectionate temperament.

These cats tend to relax when picked up, hence the name Ragdoll. Calm and friendly, Ragdolls love to be around humans and seem to trust easily without being too fussy about territories. But their ability to trust also means that when introducing them to other pets or people, do so with caution, especially if the other party isn’t as gentle or loving as your Ragdoll.

They have an almost dog-like devotion and loyalty toward their pet parents. They are attuned to the emotional needs of those around them and, therefore, are a great company to have around when you need it.

Smart, playful but not too active, these cats are easy to train when young. As kittens, they can be taught some tricks, and you could even teach them how to fetch!

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How Much Does a Ragdoll Cat Cost?

These cats are expensive and can range from $800 to $3500 depending on their breed and other physical characteristics. However, on average, they cost around $2000.

A Ragdoll’s color varies between red, white, cream, seal, chocolate, blue, black, and lilac in three pattern variations which impact the price.


How Long Do Ragdoll Cats Live?

Their life expectancy is up to 15 years, but they reach maturity at four. Your cat should have a long, well-built body beneath their fur without any extra padding along with their rib cage.

While Ragdolls are required to be well-fed, one major issue that is often overlooked is that these cats are prone to obesity. Unfortunately, excessive weight gain is hard to spot because of the plush coat. It is important to keep the portion sizes of their meals in compliance with food guidelines or as suggested by your vet.

Neutered Ragdoll cats have lower risks of developing certain illnesses and live longer lives.
With excellent care, they can live beyond 20 years. Factors that affect life expectancy include:

  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Neutering
  • Lifestyle and activity
  • Flea and parasite control

Ragdolls are also prone to the following health issues:

  • Dental issues
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Respiratory conditions

How to Care for a Ragdoll Cat?

Ragdolls require care more than other pets. One thing that you should be careful of is that Ragdolls are completely indoor cats; they lack the natural defenses of outdoor cats. If left outside without supervision, they can easily become prey or succumb to the surrounding elements if left outside unattended.

Since they are extremely social pets, they can easily develop separation anxiety, leading to vocalization and destructive behavior. Ragdolls are known to become temperamental when bored or left unattended for too long. So while they look extremely cute and innocent, they can tear up furniture, pull up carpets, and scratch the walls! They need stimulating and fun toys to stay engaged throughout the day.


Ragdolls are also good at adapting to different environments and temperatures. These cats are perfect for those with allergies since their lack of an undercoat makes shedding more manageable. They are not hypoallergenic.

Maintaining this single coat is important; they require regular grooming to keep it healthy and untangled. A wide-toothed comb can easily untangle the fur and prevent matting. In the case of severe matting, you may need to shave the area.

Given their large size, these cats also need ample space to run around and play.



Ragdolls are known for their docile nature and unique color patterns. On average, they live longer than most popular cat breeds and are adaptable and versatile.

If you’re looking for a social and clingy pet, then Ragdolls are the right choice.

Emma Ken
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