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Ragdoll
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Ragdoll Energy Level 3
Playfulness 6
Dislikes Alone Time 4
Affection Level 8>
Vocality 4
Teachability 9
Intelligence 7
Autonomy 3
General Health 5
Grooming Needs 7
Ok with Kids 8
Ok with Other Pets 8
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OVERVIEW

If you need a lot of alone time, this breed is not for you. These cats want to be wherever you are. Your Ragdoll loves to follow you like a puppy no matter where you go. And frankly, they can be almost the size of a small dog. Ragdolls have grown to nearly three times the size of most other felines and have strong hindquarters, broad chests, and big bones.

This breed takes their name from a popular belief that they go totally limp when you pick them up. They don't, but these silky-soft furballs sure do love being carried and cuddled. And if you need help practicing your relaxing skills, Ragdolls are straight-up #SquadGoals. Nobody lolls around on a floor like this kitty.

This breed can grow to between 15-20 pounds (though some male Ragdolls can get as large as 35 pounds!) and lives an average of 15-25 years.

FAST FACTS
Size: Large
Energy Level: Low
Playfulness: Daily play, please
Affection Level: Average
Vocality: I talk when necessary
Intelligence: You can SEE me thinking
Grooming Needs: We'll be doing this a lot
Dog-Like?: I'm a cat and proud of it

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS THE RAGDOLL'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Ragdolls are friendly, sturdy, and seem never to run out of patience, so they're a good match for households with children. These laid-back cats also often get along well with dogs. This breed is docile, polite, and playful, though not often rowdy.

WHAT IS RAGDOLL BEHAVIOR LIKE?

Quiet and calm, Ragdolls will shadow you around the house until it's time to go to bed, at which time they will thoughtfully help themselves to half your pillow. They play gently and usually like to stay on the ground—none of that sitting on top of the door for this sensible feline, thank you very much.

HOW CAN I KEEP MY RAGDOLL ENTERTAINED?

Ragdolls will be happy just to see you walk through the front door. But they'll also enjoy playing fetch, learning to go for leash-walks, and traveling with you. While they're not big on heights, they won't say no to a perch near the window that will let them watch the Bird Channel on a lazy afternoon.


CARE & HEALTH

WHAT DO RAGDOLLS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Ragdolls come in four point color varieties and have vivid, oval-shaped blue eyes. Their soft, fluffy coats resist matting and don't shed much. Plan to comb your Ragdoll weekly.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO RAGDOLLS HAVE?

Though generally healthy, Ragdolls are not as active as some other breeds and can be prone to obesity. Be mindful about portion control. Some are also prone to heart disease and bladder stones.

Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.


IDEAL FAMILY

ARE RAGDOLLS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?

Ragdolls aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers.

Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.

WHAT IS MY RAGDOLL'S BEST DAY?

What are you doing? Anything you're doing that your Ragdoll can be a part of is absolutely this cat's best day. She won't need to zoom around the house, but a quiet game of laser pointer tag or a fun session watching out the window would be a great way to start the day. She'll happily sit next to you while you have lunch, and spend the afternoon purring in your lap while you read. You don't mind sharing your pillow at night, right? Oh good.

SHOULD I ADOPT A RAGDOLL?

Ragdolls are a great match for folks looking for a cat with plenty of personality but not too many ya-yas. Bonus: petting a Ragdoll feels kind of like petting a bunny, but they're less likely to leave little pellets all over your living room. The Ragdoll is up for just about anything, from a game of fetch to a cross-country road trip, as long as they can do it with you. They're patient with children and don't mind dogs, but honestly, Ragdolls will love joining any home full of folks who will care for and cherish her. Affectionate, playful, and charming, this breed is a great choice for first-time cat owners.

Have you decided that a Ragdoll is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.

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