Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Ragdoll

At Living with Ragdoll, we understand that you may have questions about your Ragdoll cat’s care, health, training, and behavior. To help you find the answers you need, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions related to these topics.

What should I feed my Ragdoll cat?

Ragdoll cats require a balanced diet that consists of high-quality cat food, preferably with a high protein content and low carbohydrates. You can choose between wet or dry food, or a combination of both, depending on your cat’s preferences and specific dietary needs. Always consult with your veterinarian for personalized recommendations.

How often should I groom my Ragdoll cat?

Ragdoll cats have a semi-long, plush coat that is less prone to matting than other long-haired breeds. However, it’s still essential to groom them regularly, ideally once or twice a week, using a wide-tooth comb or a slicker brush. This will help prevent tangles and remove loose hair, keeping your cat’s coat clean and healthy.

What are common health issues in Ragdoll cats?

Ragdoll cats are generally a healthy breed but can be prone to certain health conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart disease, and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). Regular veterinary checkups, vaccinations, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help minimize the risk of these conditions.

Are Ragdoll cats easy to train?

Yes, Ragdoll cats are known for their intelligence and willingness to learn. They respond well to positive reinforcement training methods, such as clicker training, and can be taught basic commands, tricks, and even how to walk on a leash. Start training your Ragdoll kitten early, and always use gentle, reward-based techniques.

Why is my Ragdoll cat so affectionate?

Ragdoll cats are famous for their loving and docile temperament. They often form strong bonds with their human families and enjoy cuddling and being close to their owners. This affectionate behavior is one of the many reasons why they make excellent companions for families, singles, and seniors alike.

How can I stop my Ragdoll cat from scratching furniture?

To prevent your cat from scratching furniture, provide them with suitable scratching alternatives such as scratching posts, pads, or toys. Encourage them to use these by placing them near their favorite sleeping spots or areas they frequent.

Do Ragdoll cats get along with other pets?

Ragdoll cats are known for their gentle and sociable nature, which often allows them to get along well with other pets, including dogs and other cats. However, it’s essential to ensure proper introductions and gradual exposure to other animals in the household to create a harmonious environment.

How can I help my Ragdoll cat maintain a healthy weight?

To help your Ragdoll cat maintain a healthy weight, provide them with a balanced diet following your veterinarian’s recommendations, and avoid overfeeding. Regular playtime and exercise are also crucial in keeping your cat active and fit.

Can Ragdoll cats be indoor-only cats?

Yes, Ragdoll cats can thrive as indoor-only pets, and it is often recommended due to their trusting and docile nature. Keeping your Ragdoll cat indoors helps protect them from external dangers such as traffic, predators, and diseases.

How can I tell if my Ragdoll cat is stressed or anxious?

Signs of stress or anxiety in Ragdoll cats may include excessive grooming, loss of appetite, hiding, aggression, or changes in litter box habits. If you notice any of these behaviors, it’s essential to identify the source of stress and address it accordingly. In some cases, consulting with a veterinarian or a certified animal behaviorist may be necessary.

If you have further questions or concerns about your Ragdoll cat’s care, health, training, or behavior, please don’t hesitate to contact us at We’re here to support you and your Ragdoll cat in every way possible.