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Keeping Your Ragdoll Cat Healthy

The Ragdoll is a unique breed that doesn't necessarily require extra care or attention, but there are some things to keep in mind when planning a schedule to keep your cat healthy. If you are thinking about buying a ragdoll, the topics below may give you more of an idea of what is required to maintain and take care of a ragdoll cat.

Veterinarian Visits

You should plan to take your ragdoll to the vet on a regular basis, getting all required shots and vaccinations. A veterinarian that you know and trust will be able to keep you informed on your cat's health, and warn you of any upcoming problems that may lie ahead.


The ragdoll generally has a thicker coat of fur that requires regular grooming and care. Ragdolls, like most cats, do a pretty good job of grooming themselves, but you should give your cat a regular brushing every few days at a minimum, to avoid matting of the fur and a buildup of knots. Once knots form, it is hard to get them out without professional grooming or shaving the affected area of the fur. Brush on a regular basis to avoid this.


We at the Ragdoll Cat Guide do not promote declawing your cat, but we feel it is a personal choice for the owner and sometimes a safety issue with children. We generally discourage it, but if you have to get it done, keep in mind that it may be painful to the cat - and that it will hinder their ability to climb in the future.


The Ragdoll should be kept as an indoor cat for safety and it's health. By nature, the ragdoll is a very docile creature and does not have a killer instinct. Put in a dangerous situation against another animal, the ragdoll probably would not fare too well. There is less chance for disease, infection, and flea infestation by keeping your ragdoll inside as well.

Check out our ragdoll care guide for more information on caring for a ragdoll, and products that will help.