Ragdoll Facts

This segment is meant to provide you with a broader range of information about caring for your Ragdoll cat and addresses realistic issues you will face. The Ragdoll Connection Network and your wonderful Ragdoll breeder have tons of information to share with you. This information is useful and very positive. As a veterinarian, I would like to point out, through this segment, some additional, practical things you will experience throughout the life of your Ragdoll.

Kittens are cute. Kittens are fun. Kittens are full of energy. Everybody loves kittens. But, it is an indesputable fact that all kittens turn into cats . . . . and not everybody loves cats! This is a cold reality that everyone purchasing a kitten should think about, especially if that kitten is a Ragdoll.

Kittens mature into cats. And Ragdoll kittens mature into large, fluffy, beautiful cats. Another indesputable fact: Ragdoll cats are large cats. Along with the size, comes added responsibilities in the areas of grooming, feeding, and maintaining appropriate litterbox gear.

Adult Ragdoll cats should be groomed at least twice per week. Ragdoll cats shed considerably less than other large, medium-long haired cats, but they still shed. Ragdolls grow, grow, and keep growing! A male Ragdoll cat can weigh up to 30 pounds when fully grown, although most Ragdolls reach about 10 pounds less than that . . . with females coming in at about 5-10 pounds less than males.

You will need a good-sized litterbox to accomidate your adult Ragdoll cat. And, you will need to keep it clean on a daily basis, as the fecal matter of an adult Ragdoll cat can be rather large!

Ragdoll cats need your love and attention. More than any other breed, Ragdoll cats thrive on affection. I mention this because you can be an excellent groomer and a tidy litterbox-keeper, but it will take valuable time to provide your Ragdoll with the most important thing of all: your affection.

I am a firm believer in the power of love as a healing medium. Any sick animal will heal quicker when it is surrounded by love and affection. I believe this to be the case in humans as well. Since Ragdoll cats are such affectionate animals, you need to consider how much time you will have to devote from your schedule, to spend with him or her . . . . even when it becomes a full-grown cat.

Ragdoll cats don’t have any known genetic defects. However, they’re still cats and may get sick from time to time. So, you’ll need to pick a good veterinarian in your area to consult whenever needed & to administer the required vaccinations.

The theme of my message through this segment is “responsibility.” Kittens are indeed fun, but they are also work . . . . and, kittens become cats. And cats need love too . . . . Ragdolls, even more so! Many of you already know everything mentioned here. But for others, this may have been an eye-opener. After all, the size of a cat’s stool is not a common topic of conversation within any social group I know of – but is, nevertheless, crucial information for a new owner.

As lovely as Ragdoll cats are . . . and as colorful, glamorous, lively, and accurate RCN may be, you must be ultimately ready to become a “parent” once you welcome one into your home . . . and that includes an awareness of the topics mentioned here. Good luck with your Ragdoll! Remember, RCN and your breeder, as well as myself (and your local veterinarian) are all here to answer questions and provide support.