Ragdoll breed information

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Large but lovable, the Ragdoll’s sweet natured personality makes them an ideal pet for families or busy households. 

  • The Ragdoll is one of the newest cat breeds, with the first known Ragdoll born in the 1960s
  • This cat has impeccable manners and is easy to train with positive reinforcement
  • The Ragdoll’s long, silky coat needs daily grooming to avoid knots and shedding

Ragdoll personality

As the name suggests, the Ragdoll will flop into the arms of anyone that will hold them. They’re highly affectionate and love nothing more than curling up next to their family while being fed their favourite treats.

With a soft and gentle temperament, the Ragdoll is a great cat for children, while their relaxed nature means they can happily live alongside other pets without fighting to be favourite. 

The Ragdoll’s love of people means they are always ready to play or perform tricks for you. However, they’ll also happily sit back and watch the fun, instead of constantly pestering you for attention.  

This cat isn’t much of a climber, preferring to spend their time on your sofa or bed, or shadowing you around the house. Besides a small meow when they’re hungry, the Ragdoll isn’t known to be vocal either. In fact, they’re incredibly laidback and content in most situations. Our guide to getting a new pet can help you get your Ragdoll settled in if you’re unsure about how to make them feel at home straightaway. 

Did you know: The Ragdoll loves the sound of running water and might come running when you turn the tap on?


Ragdoll cat health facts

  • Size: Large
  • Lifespan: 14-15 years
  • Coat: Needs daily grooming
  • Exercise: Medium, needs mental and physical stimulation

Ragdoll cat health problems


Due to their long fur, you will need to keep your Ragdoll regularly groomed to avoid hairballs building up in the intestine, which can lead to serious health issues.

Look out for persistent coughing, hacking or gagging – if these symptoms persist, speak to your vet.

Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis:

This disease is common in Ragdolls and affects enzymes related to growth. If left untreated, Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis can cause eye problems, joint difficulties or paralysis.

Treatment can include bone marrow transplants, so if you are concerned about your Ragdoll’s health, speak to your vet as soon as possible.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM):

The Ragdoll is prone to this genetic heart disease, which stops the blood pumping, eventually causing heart failure. HCM is usually found in adult cats between 5 and 7 years old.

Symptoms include a loss of appetite, difficult breathing and lack of energy. When purchasing this breed, check that there are no traces of this gene in your cat’s ancestry. If you have any concerns about HCM, talk to your vet.

Ragdoll cat nutrition and exercise

The Ragdoll’s docile personality means this cat might need a little encouragement to get up and moving. However, once they do, they can pick up tricks and training quickly with some positive reinforcement, such as treats or praise. They also love being part of the family and will be more likely to play if you join in.

In terms of their diet, the Ragdoll is classed as a large cat, so it’s important they have a balanced diet of wet and dry foods, filled with the nutrients they need.

Ragdoll cat pet insurance

As a pet owner, it’s important you keep your Ragdoll healthy and happy. Ensure you’re covered for unexpected costs of treatments or vet bills with pet insurance.

Costs vary depending on a number of factors, including breed, age and chosen excess. At LV=, we have your cat’s best interest at heart. To find out more about how we work out your policy, read our guide to pet insurance or get a free quote for cat insurance from LV= and cover the cost of vet fees, missing posters and third-party liability.

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