Breed Spotlight: The Ragdoll Cat

4 min read
Jan 27, 2022

Also known as “puppy cats,” it’s not hard to see why so many people adore the Ragdoll. We’re going to take a closer look at this popular breed of cat so you can decide if you want to bring one into your home. 

Keep reading to find out more about Ragdolls and why they’re becoming so popular.

Ragdoll Physical Traits

When you know what you’re looking for, it’s easy to spot a Ragdoll. Here are the physical traits that set them apart from other breeds:

  • Blue eyes
  • Semi-long fur
  • White or cream-colored bodies
  • Points of color on the face, legs, and tail
  • Large (males can get up to 20 pounds)

While a Ragdoll’s body is always white, their color points may be seal, blue, lilac, chocolate, red, cream, lynx, or tortie.

In addition to their physical traits, Ragdolls also have a unique personality that gives them away.

Ragdoll Personality Traits

Here are some of the personality traits Ragdolls have. Keep in mind that each cat is still an individual, so you can’t expect your Ragdoll to be exactly like this just because most are.

  • Affectionate
  • Obedient
  • Intelligent
  • Docile
  • Patient (even with children!)

The Ragdoll gets its name because they tend to completely relax when held, just like a ragdoll. Overall, they make great family pets and get along well with adults, children, and dogs. Some even love to go for walks on a leash!

Medical Concerns of the Ragdoll

With no undercoat, the long fur of the Ragdoll rarely gets matted, so you’ll just need to groom them to keep them silky. However, there is one genetic condition this breed can suffer from.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a heart condition in which some of the heart walls are thickened. This makes it difficult for the body to properly circulate blood cells and oxygen which can lead to a number of symptoms including:

  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Blue paw pads from lack of oxygenation
  • Intolerance to exercise
  • Sudden collapse

If you’re not sure if your cat is prone to this condition, be on the lookout for the above symptoms and take her to your veterinarian immediately if you notice any of them.

Is a Ragdoll Right for You?

If you’re looking for a cat that loves to cuddle and be by your side no matter what you’re doing, the Ragdoll may be right for you. Something to keep in mind is that these cats do require quite a bit of attention, so you shouldn’t get one if you’re not going to be home to spend time with your cat.

Protect your Ragdoll with Cat Insurance 

Looking to bring home a new kitty?  Consider protecting them with a cat insurance policy from MetLife Pet Insurance.1  Our cat insurance policies can provide the coverage and care your kitties deserve.  Get your free quote today. 

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions. 

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