Whiskas imagery

Enter a keyword below to search for articles and products.

Ragdoll Cat

Ragdoll Cat

Aptly named Ragdoll cat since this pretty breed of cats will gladly sit on your lap for prolonged periods.

Aptly named Ragdoll cat since this pretty breed of cats will gladly sit on your lap for prolonged periods. Ragdoll cats are not only extremely friendly, but Ragdolls also have a very gentle temperament, making these kitties ideal for families with small children and other pets.

One of the largest cat breeds, the Ragdoll cuties, can be heavy, but they are easy to handle, requiring very little effort. You can groom your Ragdoll fur baby around 2-3 times a week since moderate grooming is more than enough to keep their soft and silky furs shining with good health.

The amenable and remarkably well-behaved Ragdoll fur kiddos are not very athletic and prefer gentle games once they cross their kittenhood. Hence, Ragdoll cats would happily spend their time snuggling up to you. Just how aww-some is that!

Do you want to know the best thing about Ragdoll fur-kids? We mean apart from the fact that they are really cuddly, lovable, and cute is that they love their humans to the moon and back. Your Ragdoll baby will be your constant companion but without being too nagging, making Ragdolls one of the best furry friends to have if you lead a busy lifestyle.

Key pointers:

  • Weight – Around 10 to 20 pounds
  • Height – 9 to 11 inches. They can be up to 21 inches in length.
  • Lifespan – 13 to 18 years
  • Coat – Long hair with soft, silky fur


  • Friendliness – Very friendly
  • Ability to adapt – Very adaptable
  • Behaviour towards other pets – Very accommodating
  • Behaviour towards humans – Very loving
  • Playfulness – Selectively playful
  • Tendency to obesity – High
  • Overall health - Good
  • Life expectancy – Very good
  • Easy to train - Yes
  • Advisable for first-time owners - Yes

Physical Appearance 

The Ragdoll fur kid is big, muscular, and heavy but also very cuddly with semi-long silky fur. Ragdoll cats have a broad, wedge-shaped head with round, strikingly blue eyes. Ragdoll fur babies come in a wide range of colours but are almost always bi-coloured with colour points spread usually around the eyes, ears, hind legs, and tail.


Ragdoll munchkins are typically a healthy breed of cats who can live up to a healthy 18 years. However, like every purely bred cat, Ragdoll cats are also susceptible to some specific diseases. To ensure your Ragdoll fur baby stays healthy and lives longer, do watch out for the following diseases:

  1. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

    Commonly known as HCM, this is a silent killer disease in many breeds of cats, including Ragdoll cats. Characterised by the thickening of muscular walls of the heart, the symptoms of this disease to look out for include:

    • Lethargy
    • Open-mouthed or laboured breathing
    • Rapid breathing
    • Weak pulse
    • Rapid heartbeat

    Consult your veterinarian immediately if you observe any of the symptoms listed above in your Ragdoll munchkin.

  2. Urinary Tract Infections

    Another very common condition in Ragdoll cats, urinary tract infections (UTI), can affect any part of the urinary tract – the bladder, urethra, and even the kidneys. Some signs of UTI you should look out for in your Ragdoll fur baby are as follows:

    • Straining when urinating
    • Blood in the urine
    • Incessant licking of the genitals
    • Continuously trying to urinate but unable to do so
    • Crying out when urinating, which is a sign of pain


Ragdoll fur babies are pretty easy on the upkeep. They require very little grooming, and they also shed very little. Just like most other cat breeds, your Ragdoll kiddo spends hours cleaning and grooming themselves. So, all you need to do is give your Ragdoll cat a bath every now and then, trim their nails, and clean their ears. It is essential to start early when your Ragdoll munchkin is still a kitten so as to get them used to the grooming sessions. 


The friendly, loving Ragdoll cat breed is fairly playful, but owing to their large size and heavy weights, Ragdolls are not very great climbers. So, make sure you lay out enough toys for your Ragdoll fur kid to play around and if you get them a climbing tree, find one that is low to the ground. Ragdoll cats would usually take long naps with bursts of play in-between. Ragdolls also like a lot of cuddles with their humans, so make the most of it and snuggle up to your fluffy fur baby. 

Ragdoll Cat FAQ 

Do Ragdoll cats get along with other pets?

Ragdoll kitties are extremely well-behaved, friendly, and adaptable. Ragdoll cats get along great with children as well as other domestic pets. You can bring in a Ragdoll fur baby into your home worry-free. Ragdolls make great pets for families with small children and other household pets.

Are Ragdoll cats friendly?

Ragdoll cats are the personification of friendliness. Ragdolls are cuddly, gentle, and very intelligent. Your Ragdoll fur baby will gel well with all your family members since Ragdoll cats are also extremely adaptable and Ragdoll cat personality is loving towards humans as well as other animals. 

How long do Ragdoll cats live?

Ragdoll fur kids live quite long, between 13 -18 years. However, your Ragdoll fur baby’s life expectancy would depend on a number of factors such as their diet, exercise, and environment. Ragdoll cats are also prone to urinary tract infections and heart issues, so make sure you take your Ragdoll kiddo for regular vet visits.

Are Ragdoll cats easy to groom?

Ragdoll cats have long shiny coats, which puts off certain people because they think these pretty creatures would shed a lot. If you think so too, you cannot be more mistaken. Ragdoll cats are quite furry, but Ragdoll cats also shed less, thanks to their lack of an undercoat. Ragdolls are also very clean animals and groom themselves continuously, making Ragdoll munchkins a very easy pet to have. Just give your ragdoll a bath at regular intervals, brush your Ragdoll cat’s furs once in a while if you want, clip their nails regularly, and keep their ears clean. This is all the grooming your Ragdoll baby would need.

Do Ragdoll cats like to bath?

Unlike most other cat breeds, Ragdoll kiddos love the water. You might even find yourself constantly shooing your Ragdoll fur baby away from sinks and bathtubs. This love for water is one of the things that make Ragdoll babies so unique.

Whiskas brand imagery