People love the Ragdoll. And it’s easy to see why. He’s a gorgeous cat with unique characteristics and traits. Truth is a lot of cat lovers would love to have a Ragdoll companion. But, do you really know what to expect from this beautiful feline? Considering how rare and expensive this beauty can be, here are seven things you need to know about owning a Ragdoll Cat.
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Does the Ragdoll Cat Shed?
7. You may have heard that The Ragdoll doesn’t shed. The truth is that your fluffy kitty will shed a LOT, despite some internet claims. This is especially true in warmer climates. There is little you can do to stop this from happening.
As a result, you’ll have to come up with creative ways to rid your furniture and clothing and likely every other surface of your house of kitty hair. And, you’ll likely end up brushing your feline friend at least twice a week and regular trips to the groomer will definitely need to be added to your schedule to keep him free of mats and to trim his coat.
Oh, and if you’ve heard that the Ragdoll is hypoallergenic, he’s not.
Is the Ragdoll A Floppycat?
6. Not all Ragdoll cats go floppy when held. Although many expect the Ragdoll to be wilt into their arms like his namesake child’s toy, not all Ragdoll cats feel obliged to play the role of a fuzzy baby doll.
All cats are individuals and the Ragdoll, despite his reputation for doing so, may not go limp when being held. Like other cats, he might not like being held at all. You might get one that does, but don’t base your decision to get a Ragdoll on it.
The Ragdoll Cat is Affectionate
5. The general consensus of Ragdoll lovers is that he is exceptionally affectionate. Take this with a grain of salt, again cats are individuals.
If you want loner that will leave you alone, the Ragdoll should probably not be your first choice. The Ragdoll loves to sit on your lap, be near you and have your attention.
He’s not going to hide while you’re entertaining guests either. He’s going to make its presence well known and he’s going to demand attention from anyone who will give it. He loves being very close to people and demands attention.
But, then again, your Ragdoll might not be a lap cat at all.
The Ragdoll Cat Doesn’t Like Being Alone
4. Related to the fact that he loves people; the Ragdoll is not a huge fan of being left alone for long periods of time. If you work a lot or are out of the house for often, a Ragdoll isn’t going to be a happy kitty.
As a matter of fact, many Ragdoll fan report that he’s not content to wait outside the bathroom while you shower or even a short trip to the potty.
Some suggest you could get two Ragdolls so that they’ll have someone to have a decent conversation with while you’re out.
The Ragdoll Cat is Intelligent
3. The Ragdoll is intelligent, which can lead to a bit of mischief if you’ve not set guidelines at an early age. When it comes to cats, there are rarely rules per se, just guidelines of acceptable behavior. But, if you start early, he’ll learn quickly what is acceptable and what is not. If you don’t want your Ragdoll on the counters, for example, be firm and consistent and start early.
The Ragdoll Cat is a Big Cat Breed
2. If you are used to having short-haired domestic cats, then you might be surprised by just how big the Ragdoll can get. Of course, there are smaller Ragdolls.
But he is considered to be a large cat breed. So, you need a larger litter box, a larger cat bed, a larger cat tree and larger food bowls and ummm larger bags of food.
You will also need a larger cat carrier, as the Ragdoll not only weighs more but maybe taller and longer than your average kitty.
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Watch Out for Online Scams
1. As a breed, the Ragdoll is relatively rare and thus expensive and can be a bit hard to find.
Any time there is a scarcity, you run the risk of scams. There are a surprising amount of scams online when it comes to adopting a purebred kitten.
Make sure that you’re adopting a Ragdoll cat through a reputable breeder who is registered with TICA and CFA if you have your heart set on a Ragdoll or any other purebred animal for that matter. Ask around on Facebook groups and forums, if you don’t know where to start.
And, of course, the cost of having a Ragdoll in your home doesn’t end at the breeder either. A Ragdoll is a 15-20 year commitment which includes food, grooming, and larger amenities. He’s also prone to certain breed-specific health issues, such as heart conditions and bladder stones that could require veterinarian care.
And, of course, there ’s always the chance of addiction and that one Ragdoll cat may be the gateway to a houseful of Ragdolls.
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