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Ragdoll Cat

Ragdoll Cat

A friendly and calm natured cat, the Ragdoll cat gets its name from a tendency to go limp when being held. 

Ragdolls were bred in California, USA in the 1960’s through selective breeding of local domestic longhair cats. 

Ragdolls are large, long cats, and a large male can weigh up to 10 kgs. Ragdolls have point colouration which means they have a paler body with dark extremities or “points”. The points may be dark brown (Seal Point), light brown (Chocolate Point), frosty grey (Lilac Point) and Blue which is a darker blue-grey. Their life expectancy is around 11 to 15 years. 

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Origin

California, USA 1960’s 

Size 

Large 6 to 10kg  

Colours

Seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream

Life expectancy

Approximately 15 years 

Coat

Medium to long coat, needs frequent brushing 

Temperament 

Relaxed and friendly  

Exercise requirements

Low, but do enjoy playing 

Best suited for 

Couples, families, elderly

Apartment Friendly

Yes 

Personality

Ragdolls are known for having a relaxed nature and may have less drive to hunt than some other cats. That said, encouraging play with toys will help keep your Ragdoll fit and healthy. They enjoy affection and aren’t generally talkative. It is important to encourage play with your Ragdoll cat to help keep them fit and healthy. Playing with your cat also strengthens your bond. Be sure to provide your cat with plenty of cat trees and toys to play with.

Grooming 

They have a medium to long coat which is very soft to the touch. It is wise to gently brush kittens from an early age, so they become accustomed to it. They will moult at least once a year. A bristle brush is a good choice to gently brush your Ragdoll with several times a week. That long coat can hide nasties like fleas and ticks, so make sure your Ragdoll is on tick and flea control all year around. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Ragdoll select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. Ragdolls are susceptible to urinary tract and gastrointestinal problems. Consider a sensitive stomach food or a diet that includesurinary tract protection. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to help avoid obesity and ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Ragdoll cat has a constant supply of fresh water available and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer moving water.

Common health concerns 

Like most cats, Ragdolls are prone to gastrointestinal upsets and urinary tract disease. The Ragdoll breed may also have a genetic predisposition to polycystic kidney disease and cardiomyopathy (heart disease). They are also susceptible to the fungal infection Cryptococcosis.

The five most common reasons for a Ragdoll to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data in 2019 include:

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment
(highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Gastrointestinal conditions 

$270

$2,995

2

Urinary tract disease (including kidney disease and FLUTD)

$426

$13,522

3

Accidents such as wounds, bite injuries, bone fractures

$443

$6,336

4

Skin conditions (inculding infection/allergy)

$158

$1,285

5

Respiratory conditions (including feline asthma, respiratory infections)

$356

$2,874

* Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Ragdoll names 

What’s your Ragdoll’s name?

According to PetSure data in 2019, the most popular names for Ragdoll cats were

  1. Luna
  2. Coco
  3. Bella
  4. Loki
  5. Leo
  6. Archie
  7. Milo
  8. Ollie
  9. Nala
  10. Mia

Most popular female names

  1. Luna
  2. Coco
  3. Bella
  4. Nala
  5. Mia
  6. Kitty
  7. Lilly
  8. Molly
  9. Nina
  10. Pearl 

Most popular male names

  1. Loki
  2. Leo
  3. Archie
  4. Milo
  5. Ollie
  6. Charlie
  7. Jasper
  8. Simba
  9. Alfie
  10. Joey

Did you know? 

According to Guinness World Records, the longest living “Janus cat” was a Ragdoll. “Frankenlouie” (Frank and Louie) was born with a rare congenital condition called diprosopia (meaning “two face”). Despite his unusual appearance, Frankenlouie survived the odds and passed away when he was 15 years old from cancer. 

Where can I get a Ragdoll cat? 

Your local animal shelter or rescue organisation is the best place to look for a cat as shelters generally have many cats looking for loving homes. It may also be possible to find a Ragdoll cat through a breed specific rescue organisation. 

References

  1. The Cat Fanciers Association, The Ragdoll, Accessed on 26/05/20
  2. Wikipedia, Ragdoll, Accessed on 26/05/20
  3. Thorn, D, 2014 Farewell Frank and Louie – world’s longest surviving Janus cat passes away Guinness World Records, 8 Dec 2014, Accessed on 26/05/20

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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