Ragdolls are large, adorable, fluffy, cats that are easy to fall in love with. You may be about to buy one but before you do, we strongly advise you read this article to see if there are any reasons why you should change your mind. As you read, bear in mind that we adore Ragdoll cats. We think they are beautiful (as are all cats). We give one very important and compelling reason to perhaps not buy a Ragdoll along with several other things to consider carefully before you do.
Why You Should Not Buy a Ragdoll Cat
1. The biggest reason not to buy a Ragdoll is that you could adopt one instead
The most important reason we can think of not to buy a Ragdoll is that you could adopt one from a rescue center.
Here are a few facts:
- In the US, shelters receive over 3 million cats every year – some of these are Ragdolls looking for forever homes.
- Every year, shelters resort to euthanizing up to 40% of the cats they receive because of the lack of adoptions – that’s up to 1.3 million healthy cats tragically put to sleep.
- If you buy a cat from a breeder, one less cat in a shelter is rehomed.
- With so many cats needing homes it makes the deliberate breeding of cats seem irresponsible. Why produce more kittens when there are so many cats dying because of the lack of good homes?
2. They are too beautiful as kittens
Surely you agree? One look at that little fluffy face with bright blue eyes and you will be totally smitten! Before you know it you will be on your way home with a bundle of fluff which you will become a slave to. Your life will never be the same again – not for the foreseeable future anyway. Are you ready for this?
3. They grow into even more beautiful adults
Their looks only improve with age and they grow more beautiful by the day. You will constantly be distracted from what you are meant to be doing. You will find yourself wasting hours staring at your cat and taking photographs to share with whoever will take notice.
4. They shed a lot of fur
If you are allergic to cat fur then you may suffer as Ragdolls have a lot of fur to shed. Be aware, they are not hypoallergenic – no cat is. So unless you want to live with the symptoms of your allergy permanently, spend some time close to a Ragdoll first to see how you react. There’s nothing more heartbreaking than finding you can’t keep a kitten or cat because it makes you feel ill every day.
5. They don’t all have blue eyes
If you believe your Ragdoll will have blue eyes you may be disappointed. All kittens have blue eyes and most of the time a Ragdoll’s eyes remain blue as they mature. But their eyes can change to other colors such as blue-green or gold. Eye color is related to coat color. So if for any reason you want a blue-eyed Ragdoll only, you should adopt an adult cat whose eyes are blue.
6. You’ll waste so much time cuddling one
They turn into big floppy, soppy cats whenever you pick them up. When you sit down you’ll invariably end up with a Ragdoll on your lap. They love to snuggle up to their owners. What this means is that you’ll never be able to get on with anything as you won’t want to disturb your cat. You will lose hours of your life in this way and never get anything done! Do you have time to spare like this?
7. They are large cats
If it’s a little light-weight kitty you’re looking for, a Ragdoll may not be the best cat for you. Females often weigh between 10 and 15 pounds and males between 15 and 20 pounds.
8. They can be quite quiet
A Ragdoll is often not as vocal as other breeds. So if you’re used to chatty cats (like Maine Coons who never seem to stop talking) you may be disappointed. You will have to keep a closer eye on a Ragdoll as it may not inform you if it is in pain or hungry by meowing as other cats do.
9. They are not an ideal outdoor cat
If you like a cat that can go in and out whenever it pleases be aware that Ragdolls are not really suited to the outside world. They are very trusting cats and, with their good looks, are easy targets for thieves. They don’t seem to have much savvy when it comes to other outside dangers, are not aggressive enough to defend themselves and so are better suited to indoor life or to outside life only in a very secure area. Think about whether you can keep a Ragdoll safe in this way before you commit to becoming an owner.
10. One might make your dog feel redundant
A Ragdoll sometimes behaves more like a dog than a cat. It can display a dog-like loyalty to its owner and may even play games of fetch. It will possibly make a dog feel a little jealous and unwanted as it steals your attention away.
11. They hog the best seats
These laid back cats love to relax, especially on your favorite chair. So if you are used to sitting wherever you choose, you may have to settle for second best when you own a Ragdoll. And you will also find yourself covered in Ragdoll fur wherever you sit in your home as the cat is bound to have already slept and shed all over any seat you choose.
12. They need regular grooming
Though their fur is medium length and looks quite manageable you should really groom a Ragdoll twice a week at least. This reduces the amount of fur shed around your house and prevents mats from building up. You will have to pay particular attention to their bellies and areas where their legs join their undercarriage! This can be quite time-consuming. Also, because of the length of the fur on their bottom area, they may get ‘cling-ons’ from time-to-time after using the litter box. You will have to keep an eye in this and clean up as necessary – not very pleasant, but necessary for obvious reasons. So, if you can’t see yourself caring for a cat’s fur and cleanliness in this way, perhaps you need to buy a sphynx – though these are rather expensive and you can see why here.
13. They don’t like to be on their own
A Ragdoll is a very sociable cat. This breed does not cope very well when left alone for long spells. If you have to go out all day every day it’s not to fair to have a Ragdoll – you should get two instead! They will be perfect company for each other and will entertain each other too. If you can’t afford two cats and have to work then find a breed that fairs better when at home alone.
14. Their toys will clutter your home
As Ragdolls are usually indoor cats they need lots of toys to keep them entertained. And these toys need to be readily available not tidied away out of reach. So if you like a home that’s perfectly tidy all the time you probably shouldn’t own a Ragdoll cat.
As you can see, there are many things to consider before committing to becoming a Ragdoll owner (or being owned by a Ragdoll). As long as you are happy you can make allowances for all of the above you should be able to live in perfect harmony with one of these beautiful cats.