Ragdoll breed information

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Own a Ragdoll cat, or welcoming one into the family? Here's everything you need to know about your furry friend, from grooming and exercise to common health problems.

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

Ragdoll personality

As the name suggests, the Ragdoll will collapse into the arms of anyone that will hold them. They love people and make a great pet for children, always happy to play or follow you around the house.

This beautiful blue-eyed cat was first bred in the 1960s producing the strong, hefty, yet sweet natured cats of today.

A Ragdoll is not much of a climber and will prefer to spend their time on your sofa or a bed.

Did you know that the Ragdoll loves the sound of running water and might come running when you turn the tap on!

Common health problems and illnesses


Due to their long fur you will need to keep your Ragdoll regularly groomed as hairballs are common. Hairballs can cause blockages in the intestine which can lead to serious issues, symptoms to look out for are persistent coughing, hacking or gagging.

Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis

This disease can cause eye problems, joint difficulties or paralysis if left untreated. If you are concerned about your pet, then speak to your vet straight away as there are treatment options such as bone marrow transplants.


Our pet policies explained

Time Limited pet policies

  • Our Time Limited policies cover an illness or condition (and their related conditions) for a maximum of 12 months from the date of the first treatment up to the limit you choose 

  • No more claims will be paid once the 12 month limit has been reached 

  • This cover is most suited for short-term illnesses and injuries 

Lifetime pet policies 

  • Our Lifetime policies provide cover for all illnesses or conditions that occur in the policy year, up to the policy limit you choose

  • The policy limit is then refreshed and applied again at renewal, so you know your furry family member is always covered

  • This covers illness and injuries needing cover for longer than 12 months

Don't forget: if your pet has any pre-existing medical conditions when you take out your policy, we won't cover these or any condition linked to them.