Cat Breed Spotlight: Ragdoll

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The Ragdoll name is derived from a behavior that this breed is well-known for, which is relaxing to the point of floppiness while being petted. Making ideal family pets, Ragdoll’s make wonderful companions as long as they receive adequate attention. As they are often described as “puppy cats” due to their large size and friendly nature, there’s much more to this breed than meets the eye. Let’s explore the history, temperament, appearance, health concerns, dietary requirements, and other interesting facts of the affectionate Ragdoll breed.

Ragdoll Cat History

While most feline breeds have a complicated history that dates back several centuries, Ragdoll’s were merely developed in the 1960’s by a California resident named Ann Baker. With the intention to create a beautiful cat breed with an affectionate personality, she began breeding her domestic long-hair with an assortment of other unknown cat breeds. After a few generations, Ann eventually produced the first Ragdoll cat which quickly became registered as an official breed in 1993. Today, Ragdoll cats are consistently seen as one of the most popular breeds in the world.


Ragdoll’s are a famously friendly and docile breed that seek out warm laps and regular pets. While they do like to play, Ragdolls are not as high-energy as other cat breeds. This loving breed is affectionate with humans and other pets alike and enjoy being in low-energy social settings. Ragdoll’s aren’t very vocal and generally prefer to stay indoors, which makes them perfect for those who aren’t seeking a cat that’s determined to escape outside. 

Appearance & Coat Care

Fortunately, as far as long-haired cats go, the Ragdoll’s grooming requirements are lower maintenance than most would expect. Ideally, Ragdoll owners should brush their feline friend twice per week with a wide-tooth comb to clear any tangles and remove the excess shedding hair. This feline’s fur is soft, smooth, silky, and comes in six different color options including red, brown, cream, blue, seal, and lilac. Female Ragdoll’s usually weight between 10-15 pounds, where males can weigh up to 20 pounds or more.

Health Concerns

Generally, Ragdolls live to up to 17 years and are a dependable breed that’s consistently free of significant health risks. However, like any other feline breed, Ragdoll’s can be prone to developing health issues such as heart disease, bladder stones, weight issues, joint issues, and seasonal allergies. If you notice your Ragdoll cat acting lethargic, low energy, refusing to eat, or exhibiting painful reactions to typical behavior, it’s important to take your feline friend to the veterinarian right away.

Interesting Facts

  • In the 1970’s, a Stanford sleep researcher determined that Ragdolls may be helpful in understanding narcolepsy due to their sleepy nature.
  • The famous Algonquin Hotel in New York City has a resident Ragdoll celebrity cat named Matilda.
  • Ragdolls have a unique trait in that they’re intrigued by the sound of running water.
  • Taylor Swift owns a Ragdoll cat.
  • Ragdolls were named the most popular cat breed of 2019 and 2020 by the Cat Fanciers’ Association.

Dietary Requirements of Ragdoll Cats

Ragdolls love their food and, if left to their own devices, may eat to the point of obesity. To manage your cat’s food intake, measure their food and feed your Ragdoll twice a day. For an optimum diet, be sure to sprinkle a scoop of Dr. Bill’s Feline Ultimate Fitness & Health on their food every day. Feline Fitness & Health is a delicious, concentrated nutritional powder, scientifically formulated to provide a balanced blend of 50 nutrients that support optimum fitness and health in growing, physically mature, and senior cats. Designed to promote a strong, lean body, a healthy immune system, a balanced digestive tract, flexible joints, plus healthy eye, heart and brain function. Feline Fitness & Health is safe for growing and adult Ragdoll cats of all ages.

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