The Ragdoll cat is probably most famous for their calm disposition compared to most cats. However, Ragdolls have a more dependent personality than other cats do.
Ragdolls prefer to be near people as much as possible and enjoyed being doted on. Likewise, they adore being handled. Other kitties, depending on the line & how well they are socialized as kittens, may enjoy being handled as well, but not to the extent of a Ragdoll, which literally goes limp when picked up – hence, its name and its nickname, the floppy cat.
Usually, Ragdolls will welcome visitors at the door to a large extent like a dog.
Unlike other cat breeds, Ragdolls do not have an undercoat, which is typically the cause for excessive shedding in cats. As a result, the Ragdoll cat will still shed, but nothing compared to other fluffy cat breeds.
The other advantage of the lack of undercoat is that a lot of people that are usually allergic to cats can have a Ragdoll. Most people are either allergic to cat saliva or to their undercoat. Of course, the people allergic to cat saliva will also be allergic to a Ragdoll, however, those allergic to undercoats will not be allergic to a Ragdoll. Unfortunately, there is not an easy way to know which allergy that you have. It would need to be tested by a dermatologist.
Furthermore, Ragdoll coats don’t typically mat like other long haired cats tend to do. Therefore, Ragdolls don’t require the regular grooming nearly as frequently as other longer haired cats.
Ragdolls, on average, are larger than most cats. The average female Ragdoll is between 14 or 15 lbs, and male Ragdolls average closer to 20 lbs, however, some males can be as big as 30 lbs. A Ragdoll does not reach full maturity and size until it is 3-4 years old.
Since Ragdolls have an extremely mellow disposition, they do not possess the fighting instincts of other cat breeds and therefore should be kept inside.
Usually, most Ragdoll lines are free of most major health risks. Ragdolls are normally a good breed for lower health risks.
Ragdolls are also a great breed for children. They don’t mind being hauled around and being dressed up.
The Ragdoll is an all around ideal cat.
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