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The Legendary Ragdoll Cat

Updated on March 17, 2020
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Donna has been a cat parent and writer for many years and her passion is to share her love for cats with others.

The Legendary Ragdoll Cat

Ragdoll kitten looking so lovely!
Ragdoll kitten looking so lovely! | Source


Dreaming of Owning One

Growing up I always wanted a Ragdoll cat. I loved their long manes and bright blue eyes. Other than that, I didn’t know their history and how they got their name and what it meant thus this article was born… “The Legend of the Ragdoll Cat Breed"


Ragdoll Cat Facts

The Facts:

  • The Ragdoll cat is of Domestic breed
  • Scientific name: Felis Catus
  • It’s origin: The United States. They're also popular in the United Kingdom as well. However, they are mostly native to the United States.
  • Other Reference: These cats are also referred to as, “dog-like-cats” or “puppy-like cats” due to their behaviors traits of following humans around. and how easy it is to handle them and they’re not aggressive towards other animals or children at all!
  • Price Range: $400.00 to well over $1,200.

The cost of Ragdolls depends on a few things, for instance, how old the cat/kitten and is it show quality and does the cat have breeding papers?

Several factors should be considered that will make the cat more or less expensive.

Undoubtedly, you are looking anywhere from a few hundred dollars (non-show quality) to thousands of dollars (show-quality with papers).

Also, the Ragdoll Cat is a breed that is known for their unique markings and good temperament and they tend to go limp when you pick them up because they are so docile. We’ll go into their traits in a few minutes.

Ragtown Ragdolls

Ragtown Ragdolls
Ragtown Ragdolls | Source

How Did the Ragdoll Get its Name?

Well, In the 1960s Ann Baker, An American Breeder, developed this cat due to that its docile and sweet temperament and loving, affectionate nature.

This cat is super chill!

The Ragdoll's name is derived from the original breeding stock and is known to go limp and get super relaxed when picking them up, just like when you pick up a rag doll when you were a kid. Thus, that is how they got their name; Ragdoll!

How Large Does the Ragdoll Get?

As a matter of fact, this cat is the largest domesticated cat breed because they have a sturdy body, large frame, and proportionate legs. And this breed is also muscular, with semi-long hair cat with a soft, silky coat.

  • Fully grown female: 8 to 15 lbs.
  • Fully grown male: 12 to 20 lbs.
  • Their Life Span: A healthy Ragdoll cat normally has a lifespan of 10-16 years

Most Loved Cat in the Entire World

Consequently, some have said that this cat breed is the most loved in the entire world. Why? Because of its fascinating gorgeous features and their amazing loving personality.

Whereas, their coats are the most beautiful colors too and they range from Blues, Cream, Chocolate, Lilac, and Reds. Although, they are mostly gray, white pattern colorpoint coat.

Ragdoll Kitten

Perfectly and Beautifully Classic
Perfectly and Beautifully Classic | Source

Amazingly Breathtakingly Beautiful

Amazingly beautiful blue eyes: They have the most piercing blue eyes that I have ever seen. Kinda reminds me of the brightest blue sky on a clear sunny day.

Ragdoll cats and kittens love the sound of water and they love the bathtub, sink or pool! These furry felines will play in the water! It would be so cool to swim around the pool with your furry feline?

Now make sure you're extra careful not to leave them unattended around water because they can hop in and possibly drown. So, just be extra cautious and everything will be fine.

These specific cat breeds are not climbers so basically, the couch is as high as they want to get although most cats love to climb to the highest point possible, but not these cats. The couch is super fine for this feline!

Did You Know…

Did you know that you can teach these cat tricks? For example, you can teach them to fetch among other great tricks! As long as this feline can spend time with you, the better!

Extremely Loving with Their Cat Parents

Did you know that you can teach these cat tricks? For example, you can teach them to fetch among other great tricks! As long as this fur baby can spend time with you, the better!

And if you're someone who is gone a lot and your feline will be home alone most of the time. You need to make sure you get them a furry friend because they need to interact, socialize and have a companion to keep them company.

And they are also extremely loving with their cat parents and will follow you around and yes, even to the bathroom! Haha, are you the kind of cat parent that loves to share a large amount of time with your feline baby then this is the cat for you!

Ragdoll kittens are a fluffy ball of fur! But soon your cat will grow into a beautiful adult cat!

Ragdoll Kittens


Ragdoll Temperament & Possible Health Issues

Ragdoll kittens and cats have some pretty amazing personality traits:

  • Accommodating and affectionate
  • Submissive, obedient and laid back
  • Gentle, loyal, and definitely water babies,
  • Trusting, friendly, social and sweet

Ragdolls especially love their humans! Even though not all cats will have the exact same personality traits. Just like with any kind of animal, it depends on their ancestry and how they are raised at home.

You can be sure that this feline will be forever loyal and faithful to you…

But beware – they tend to love everyone, they have no fear of other humans that may be strangers. This cat knows NO stranger! Please beware that if you let your cat go outside consequently, If someone were to come in your yard it is possible that your cat will easily go up to them and will relax in any stranger's hand and thus be cat-napped!

Please DO NOT leave these cuddle bugs outside unattended!

Blue Ragdoll with a Blaze!

Blue Ragdoll with a Blaze!
Blue Ragdoll with a Blaze! | Source

Ragdoll’s Common Personality Traits

Not one cat has the same personality as the other,

Without a doubt, cats are like kids each one starts as a baby, of course, and as they grow, they develop their own personalities. Consider this analogy when choosing your fur baby (or any animal really). They all have different personalities!

As your kitten grows, you can see their own unique personality blossom and soon your little ball of Ragdoll fur will become an awesome adult!

Consider when going to the breeder of your choice, the cat’s parents’ personality traits, health genetics, and what quality their lineage is from.

Sadly, Ragdoll cats can be prone to a few health issues.

  • If not cared for and brushed once a day, they will lick and swallow tons of hair and there you have it. Hairballs… of course, its always on the carpet! It never fails when a cat is gagging, they will make it to the carpet!
  • Keep them groomed and you won’t have this problem and your cat will thank you!
  • They are prone to heart conditions: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Ragdolls are prone to develop this heart problem.

In regards to what to expect when you buy a Ragdoll kitten, please remember that not all cats are the same and each one will have different traits. Just use the information here as a guideline to help you choose the cat for you!

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

What is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?

Relatively it’s when the left ventricle wall in the heart grows thicker as the cat ages and this heart disease can show its ugly head at any time during the lifetime of the cat.

Symptoms and Types

  • Loss of appetite (anorexia)
  • Lethargy
  • Weak pulse
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Short, rough, snapping breathing sounds (crackles)
  • Abnormal heart sounds (i.e., muffled, galloping rhythm, murmurs)
  • Inability to tolerate exercise or exertion
  • Sudden hind-limb paralysis with cold limbs due to clots in the terminal aorta
  • Bluish discoloration of footpads and nail beds (indicates a lack of oxygen flow to the legs)
  • Collapse
  • Sudden heart failure
  • This heart condition can be treated with the proper medication, prolonging your furry child’s life.

Sadly, there is no cure

Blue-eyed Ragdoll Kitten


Ragdolls also have Vision and Joint Issues called Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis

What is Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis?

"Some studies find that ragdoll cats, specifically those whose ancestry traces back to Australia, have a higher risk for carrying the Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis VI gene. The disease occurs due to a deficiency of arylsulfatase B within the body, particularly connective tissue within the eye leading to vision issues.

The deficiency also affects joints and left untreated can cause mobility problems and even paralysis. Current treatment options include bone marrow transplants and enzyme replacement therapy.

Before purchasing a ragdoll kitten, ask the reputable breeder if the cats have been screened for Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis genes. Most cats are healthy, but it pays to be cautious." Vetinfo

3 Minutes of a Ragdoll Cat Being a Ragdoll Cat/Bowie The Ragdoll Cat

This Ragdoll Kitten/Cat is a Happy-Go-Lucky Feline

Please keep in mind that this Ragdoll Kitten/Cat is a happy-go-lucky feline! They are also carefree, calm and sweet. Definitely, everything for this cat is groovy, cool and “let’s chill all day” kind of breed – and that’s without the abundance of catnip!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2020 Donna Rayne


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    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      5 days ago from Sutter Creek

      Thank you, Peggy, I'm happy you enjoyed the article. But, also sad about the loss of your dear cats.


      Donna Rayne

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      The cats we have had have been adopted as strays, and they were loved and cherished. The information about Ragdoll cats is informative and interesting. I could see many of the same traits in our last cat who we named Peaches.

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      Donna Rayne 

      10 days ago from Sutter Creek

      Yes, Carolyn, they are very protective of their cat parents! I would love to have one!


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      Carolyn D-G 

      10 days ago

      I had a Ragdoll cat. She was like a gard cat, if she didn't like someone she would stair at them. I knew not to invite them over again.

    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      11 days ago from Sutter Creek

      Thank you so much, Kyler and good luck with the dog... I know with dogs things can get a bit ruff haha


      Donna Rayne

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      Kyler J Falk 

      11 days ago from Corona, CA

      Wow, these cats are absolutely beautiful. I can definitely see why you would want one. I've had so many cats over the years, but I'll be switching to dogs soon. Couldn't handle both at the same time as much as I would like to.

      Wonderful article!

    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      12 days ago from Sutter Creek

      Thank you, Ms. Ruby, I appreciate you reading my article and that you enjoyed it.


      Donna Rayne

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      12 days ago from Southern Illinois

      The Ragdoll cat is so beautiful and the blue eyes are stunning. Your article is full of info. that people can use. Your love for cats shines brightly.

    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      12 days ago from Sutter Creek

      You are so welcome, Pamela, I love them too and thank you for reading my article! A little bit of sunshine goes a long way!


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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 days ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a beautiful breed of cat. I would love to have one or more. Thanks for all this excellent informaiton, Donna.

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      Donna Rayne 

      12 days ago from Sutter Creek

      Thank you, Paula, I want one too! Always have and thank you for reading my article.


      Donna Rayne

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      12 days ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      Donna....What exquisitely beautiful cats! Those eyes & such luxurious fur. How I would just LOVE to have one.

      The video of the ragdoll being a ragdoll was great! I laughed out loud! What a laid-back, overly relaxed baby! He/She didn't even care about the ball......"Oh yeah, a ball....BIG deal".....I'm just chillen." LOL

      Thank you so much for such a thorough education on this wonderful breed. Now I will continually think of wanting a ragdoll!! Cheers, Paula

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      Rosina S Khan 

      12 days ago

      A beautiful account of Ragdoll Cats. I loved reading about them, Donna. Thank you for sharing.

    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      12 days ago from Sutter Creek

      Thank you very much, Ivana, I appreciate your kind words. Have a lovely day.


      Donna Rayne

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      Ivana Divac 

      13 days ago from Serbia

      I love everything about this hub! Ragdoll cats are too adorable, and reading an article about them made me smile. Other than the obvious cuteness of the cats, you provided everyone with so much useful information. In the end, your style of writing is beautiful.

      I really enjoy reading your content, and I look forward to reading more!

    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      13 days ago from Sutter Creek

      I agree with you, Flourish, it's better to adopt than shop. I take care of a stray who lives outside and then I have Sammie who is inside. I love your story how you take care of stray cats too, shows a person with lots of compassion and a super big heart!


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      13 days ago from USA

      Growing up there were two stray female Ragdoll cats that used to come around and beg for food. We got them spayed and vetted and took care of them. My family always had at least 3-4 cats that started as strays. These gals came and went as they pleased. One was especially fond of my father. I would hope people would adopt rather than shop. Right now I have a community cat I feed and have fixed/vetted who looks to be a Turkish Van. Others care for him too because sometimes he smells of light cigarette smoke.

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      Donna Rayne 

      13 days ago from Sutter Creek

      Thank you very much, Brenda and Manatita, glad you enjoyed it. I would love to have one if I could, but they are so expensive and high maintenance.

      Blessings to you both,

      Donna Rayne

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      13 days ago from Washington Court House


      I love this article.

      Their eyes are so amazing!

      I think these are the best kittys, except for combing them so their fur doesn't mat.

      I wish I had one here with me now. Absolutely beautiful!

      The video is cute too.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      13 days ago from london

      This is a sweet, cute and loving article of an amazing breed. They are so beautiful!! You made me want to love cats .... more, perhaps. Nice job, Donna. Every photo is incredible! They die too soon.


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