Ragdoll

Felis catus

Last updated: June 15, 2021
Verified by: AZ Animals Staff

One of the larger breeds of domestic cat!



Ragdoll Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Felis
Scientific Name
Felis catus

Ragdoll Conservation Status

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Ragdoll Facts

Other Name(s)
Floppy cat
Temperament
Affectionate, calm and friendly
Diet
Omnivore
Average Litter Size
4
Common Name
Ragdoll
Slogan
One of the larger breeds of domestic cat!
Group
Mediumhair

Ragdoll Physical Characteristics

Colour
  • Brown
  • Fawn
  • Blue
  • Black
  • White
  • Cream
  • Chocolate
  • Lilac
  • Golden
Skin Type
Hair
Lifespan
about 15 years
Weight
15-to-20 pounds

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Meet the Ragdoll, the cat that will go floppy when you cuddle with it.

Ragdoll: What to Know Before You Buy

  • The ragdoll will not get their full coat and color until about 3 years old. All ragdolls are born pure white, but most start to develop their coloring before they are 2 weeks old.
  • The ragdoll has a large head with a modified wedge on it and blue eyes.
  • Ragdolls are heavy-boned large-size cats that can weigh up to 20 pounds. With their long-haired coats, they look even bigger.
  • Ragdolls go limp with pleasure, especially when they are being cuddled. It is this trait that gives this animal its name.
  • Ragdolls are generally healthy, but they can be suspectable to bladder stones and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Ragdoll’s Blue Eyes

The gorgeous blue eyes of the ragdoll are what attract many people to this breed. The eyes should be wide-set and modestly slanted. They should look great with the wedge on this cat’s face.

Ragdoll Personality

Ragdolls are very loyal animals who love to be with you every second of the day. They will follow you around your home in hopes that you will pay them some attention. If you shut the door, then expect to see a paw trying to get under it as this animal wants in to play with you. Owning a ragdoll often means that you will have less space in bed as many love to sleep with their owners.

Expect to spend time cuddling your ragdoll. Do not be surprised when they suddenly go limp in your arms. Their ability to go limp, like a ragdoll, is where this animal gets its name.

These animals are brilliant. You can teach them games, like fetch. They usually learn very quickly. They love to play and will often carry their favorite toy around in their mouths.

The personality of the ragdoll is often very trusting and docile. While that makes them a great family pet, you need to watch your ragdoll. They trust that they may get into trouble with predators, like large dogs who do not like them.


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Blue Mitted Ragdoll Cat outside, sitting on a stump.
Blue Mitted Ragdoll Cat outside, sitting on a stump.

Ragdoll: Size and Weight

While ragdolls are not as big as Maine Coons, they are still huge cats. They look bigger because of their long hair, but they should also be heavy-boned. The average male ragdoll weighs 20 pounds while females usually weigh between 10 and 15 pounds. That can be a lot of animal to hold when they suddenly decide to go limp.

By comparison, the domestic shorthair typically weighs between 8-and-10 pounds. Since these animals are much bigger, they often require larger toys, a bigger litter box, and more room.

Besides the Maine coon, there are other large size cats that you may want to consider if you do not think the ragdoll is the right breed for you. Think about the Chausie as they weigh between 15 and 20 pounds or the Siberian as it can weigh between 10 and 20 pounds.

Most ragdolls stand between 9-and-11-inches tall at the shoulders. By comparison, the average Persian can stands between 8-and-10-inches tall, but it only weighs between 7-and-12 pounds on average.

Ragdoll Price

The price of the ragdoll can vary between $150 for one gotten from a shelter to over $2,500 for a show-quality animal. There is also a lot of difference depending on the region where you are looking to buy a ragdoll. They are a little cheaper in the United Kingdom, where the average price is $700. You can find ragdoll for about $50 in Nigeria and $50 in China. In Australia, you will have to pay about $2,000 for a ragdoll.

Think about adoption. Remember that when you opt for adoption through a reputable organization, the animal often has already received basic medical care and sterilization. Therefore, the cost of adoption often is much lower than buying from a breeder.

Even across the United States, prices can vary. Expect to pay about $2,000 in New York while you may find the same quality sells for about $950 in Arizona. That same quality cat may cost you about $500 in Florida.

The quality of the animal that you are considering can make a lot of difference. For example, you will have to pay top dollar for a show-quality animal, with those who are proven breeders selling for over $2,500. A pet-quality animal from a recognized breeder may cost about $450, while those coming from a shelter may cost even less.

Keep in mind that the initial cost of getting a ragdoll is only part of the cost. You will also need to pay for wellness checks, dental cleaning, and lab work from your veterinarian. You can expect these costs to add up to about $200 per year.

You will need toys and bedding. While this breed is docile, its large size means that you may go through these items faster. Additionally, you can expect to pay about $240 annually to feed the animal.

Ragdoll Kittens

By the first month, ragdoll kittens usually weigh between 0.8 and 1.7 pounds. That is almost three times the size of an average kitten as they generally weigh between 3-and-5 ounces. By the end of the second month, these animals usually double in size to weigh almost 3 pounds. Do not be surprised when a ragdoll kitten weighs over 6 pounds when it is 6 months old.

All ragdoll start white. Some kittens will begin developing their colors at about 2 weeks, while others will take longer. Generally, bicolor ragdoll will develop their colors first, with others following. A kitten may not get their full colors until they are 2 or older.

You can use the colors of the parents to predict the kitten’s colors. For example, if you breed two seal-point ragdolls, you are more likely to get seal-point kittens since seal-point is a dominant gene. Alternatively, if you want a kitten with a non-dominant gene color, such as lilac, both parents must be lilac.

Two Ragdoll blue point little kittens playing outside.
Two Ragdoll blue point little kittens playing outside.

Ragdoll LIfespan

The ragdoll is one of the longest living cats in the world. On average, they live for about 15 years. That is comparable to the average lifespan of the Balinese and the Russian Blue.

These animals are very slow maturing. They usually do not reach their full height and weight until they are about four years old.

While the average cat lives 12-to-15 years, some owners of ragdolls report that their cat is older than 23. Owner Lucas Duxbury says that the animal he calls Grandma Cat is very vocal. While she does not always make it to the litter box anymore, she still wants to be involved in what he is doing. Lucas, who lives in Canada, also says that Grandma Cat’s hair mats more than his younger ragdolls.

Ragdoll Breed Vs. Mixed

There are several ways that you can determine if you are looking at a ragdoll or a mixed breed, including:

  • Ragdoll cats have blue eyes. If the cat has a different colored eye, it is not a ragdoll.
  • Ragdoll cats have long coats. If the coat is short, then it is not a full-blood ragdoll.
  • Ragdoll cats are large cats. Even as kittens, these cats weigh a lot more than the average kitten because of their large-bone structure.
  • Ragdoll cats want to be with you, and they will play games. If the cat is avoiding you, then chances are it is not a ragdoll.
  • Ragdoll cats are docile. They want to be cuddled and will go limp when you are petting them.

Types of Ragdoll Cats and Colors

There are many different color combinations in these cats. The color of the ragdoll cat can be mitted. In some of these animals, the color only appears on the back legs, and it looks like the cat is wearing mittens over its paws. On other cats, the mitted part can go all the way up the legs, making the cat look like it is wearing thigh highs.

These cats can also be pointed. These cats have no white markings on their bodies as adults. The tail, face, ears, nose, and feet on these cats are darker than their bodies.

There are also bicolored ragdoll cats. In this case, they have a white inverted V on the face with a pink nose. Then, they have a different color on their tail, face, ears, and feet. Setting these cats apart, a lighter shade of this color forms a saddle shape on the cat’s back.

These cats can also have a lynx pattern. These cats look similar to a tabby. They have an M-shape of color on their faces. Then, they have stripes on their bodies, which are often only present on the legs.

Almost all ragdolls have color point coats. The color point coat can be of any of the selected patterns. One color point coat is not seen as better than another.

These cats come in six different colors, including:

  • Chocolate- The chocolate color can range from a light brown, like a hot chocolate color, to a very dark brown, like your favorite candy bar.
  • Seal –These cats have very dark brown on their bodies. Many look like extremely large Siamese cats.
  • Lilac – This color ranges from light to medium gray with a pink hue.
  • Blue – This color ranges from light to medium gray, but it has a blue hue.
  • Flame – Sometimes called red, these cats have an orange cast, which can be very faint or much more prominent.
  • Cream – These cats have an off-white body that can range from an orangish to chocolate tint.

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Ragdoll FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Are Ragdolls herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores?

Ragdolls are Omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and other animals.

What Kingdom do Ragdolls belong to?

Ragdolls belong to the Kingdom Animalia.

What phylum to Ragdolls belong to?

Ragdolls belong to the phylum Chordata.

What class do Ragdolls belong to?

Ragdolls belong to the class Mammalia.

What family do Ragdolls belong to?

Ragdolls belong to the family Felidae.

What order do Ragdolls belong to?

Ragdolls belong to the order Carnivora.

What type of covering do Ragdolls have?

Ragdolls are covered in hair.

What genus do Ragdolls belong to?

Ragdolls belong to the genus Felis.

How many babies do Ragdolls have?

The average number of babies a Ragdoll has is 4.

What is an interesting fact about Ragdolls?

Ragdolls are one of the larger breeds of domestic cat!

What is the scientific name for the Ragdoll?

The scientific name for the Ragdoll is Felis catus.

Are Ragdoll Cats High Maintenance?

No, ragdoll cats are not high maintenance. Consider grooming them by cleaning their ears and clipping their nails about every two weeks.

How Much Does a Ragdoll Cat Cost?

The cost of a ragdoll cat varies widely. These cats are more expensive in the United States than elsewhere. The price also varies if you want to show or pet quality.

Why Do Ragdoll Cats Go Limp?

Most ragdoll cats go limp by instinct because they love to be cuddled by their owners. Some breeders believe that the intuition is the same one that they use as a kitten when their mothers pick them up in their mouths.

Do Ragdoll Cats Like to Cuddle?

Most ragdoll cats love to cuddle. Remember that each cat is an individual with a personality.

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