The following experiences of living with Raggies were submitted
by seasoned Ragdoll owners to help potential owners understand
the breed and what it is really like to be owned by one. They
know now that with the good, comes the bad! They are all true
and in most cases are very funny, but there is a serious side,
in that taking on a Ragdoll is like nothing else you have ever
done, so you need to be prepared to cope with all that Ragdoll
ownership entails. If you read nothing else today, please read
this, because it really does sum up Ragdoll ownership in the best
way possible. Happy Reading!
Raggies shed hairs ............ a lot.
Raggies do need grooming, all the time, despite what all
the books say.
Toes poking out of the bed at 4am are a viable target for
If you're trying to do something where you need to concentrate,
i.e. re-wire a plug, do your homework etc. they will try to
Raggies can climb up loft ladders
Raggies cannot climb down loft ladders
Raggies make excellent hot water bottles, even in the middle
Anytime is playtime to a Raggie, regardless of what time
If it is on the floor it has to be a toy
Slippers are for putting things in, namely bits of paper,
Window sills are for falling off
Water bowls are designed to be tipped over!
Raggies do scratch - I am walking proof.
Klingons! Ragdolls often leave the litter tray with poo attached!
When Raggies weigh more than 10 pounds it's not a question
of can I have some food, it's more like 'what do you mean
sitting on your head with claws massaging isn't clear enough
If it moves it's fair game!
If it doesn't move............why not?
If I stick claws through net curtains how fast can mummy
run the distance to un-attach?
Any open door or drawer WILL result in a Raggie meowing to
be be freed 5 minutes later.
Once you have acquired comfy seat on sofa to watch movie,
ALWAYS ensure you have enough drink and snacks to get you
through or you WILL lose your warm comfy seat to said Raggie.
They like to be involved in everything you do - including
A Ragdoll flop occurs wherever and whenever, but most usually
in your way!
That those big blue eyes really can get whatever they want.
That Ragdoll cat bellies are for rubbing.
Your bed is no longer your own, and how dare you even try
to suggest to a Raggie that you want them to move over so
you can get in it!
No matter how quietly you think you've opened a tin of food
or the tin of biscuits.. you still need to stand clear of
Fur lined everything is not optional! It just happens anyway!
Don't expect to get a clear view of the PC monitor while
raggies are awake.
The mouse cursor must be chased!
Your friends think you've gone totally mad as all you do
is talk about Raggies and how wonderful they are. Its not
an option either, you just can't stop yourself!
They should come with an addiction warning!
You will never wear black clothes again - cream/white is
the new black!
You will never leave your back door/front door/windows open
for fresh air in the summer - raggies are like houdini trying
to get out!
You will never be able to cook/eat a piece of fish/chicken
in peace ever again.
Raggies think they are invisible - this applies mainly when
trying to steal food from your dinner plate - yes we can see
Raggies will charge at you when you try to eat anything
wrapped in silver foil - particularly Kitkats and Roses/Quality
You spend a fortune on fluff remover rollers (and refills)
My collegues call me 'Mummy Monty' ! - yes,middle aged women!!
Even guests can expect to be escorted to the loo when they
You feel guilty everytime you leave the house as there is
always at least one pair of blue eyes looking at you pitifully!
You need to buy waterproof flooring ... Raggies love sticking
their paws in their water bowls and splashing!
I never thought Tess would climb the loft ladder, but she
did and getting her back down was a nightmare. We ended up
having to get her basket in the loft, which she will get into
readily. I then had the task of combing all the bits of fluff
out! Mental note made not to leave the ladder down when she's
When you're having a private moment with your other half
in bed, they'll jump up and meow loudly in your face!
There is no such thing as a private cuddle in our house.
Raggies will lie at the bottom of the stairs waiting for
you to fall over them.
People owned by Raggies are at serious risk of heart failure,
if anyone leaves an outside door open. More risk occurs when
said owner runs around the house in search of Raggies which
have gone to sleep in the only place you didn't consider looking
in! More risk of looking like you need some pyschological
therapy when tearing around the garden calling Raggies' names
and panicking in sheer terror, only to find your Raggie half
an hour later curled up, totally oblivious to it all, in the
open draw under the bed!!
No matter which make of cat litter you buy, it still smells!
Vases of flowers have to be destroyed, Raggies don't give
in until they are!
Its no good running out of the usual brand of food and thinking
you can give them a tin of something else from the local shop....
it plays havock with Raggies tummies, resulting in worse smells
from litter trays, not to mention unpleasant sound effects!
You no longer have a show home, if you ever had one before.
Toy mice, toy fish, bottle lids, bits of paper, (often wall
paper!) fluff, cat litter and cat food, which obviously tastes
far better after being lifted from food bowl onto the floor,
can be found scattered everywhere!
Window restrictors may be child proof but they are not Raggie
If it's on the bedside table it won't be for long.
Your glass of water was made for sharing, especially when
you're asleep, but you don't realise until you drink some
and find loads of hairs floating in it!
Your reading glasses will never be safe again.
You can never ever read a book on your own again, without
a little Raggie climbing up under the book looking for attention.
If you are on the loo, Raggie wants to come on too.
Mummy's head is for sitting on!
Owning a Ragdoll is like having a child that never grows
up (not good especially at 4.30 in the morning.
If you won't get up, said Ragdoll is going to find one hundred
and one ways to make sure you do. Garfield has got nothing
on Cadbury but we can't help laughing at him.
Raggies like to chew wires - we are on our third telephone
in 9 months (and Cadbury is nearly four now).
Forget about having a bath on your own, don't know about
yours but as soon as the tap starts running Cadbury is there
and refuses to move until all the bubbles have gone.
Raggies know how to turn on the bidet.
Floor rugs will be hidden under (don't care if it's antique
persian or corner shop bargain).
After purchasing said Raggie ALWAYS ensure there is room
in your home for at the very least 2 more!
You will always have some-one to share your indulgent cream
Wrapping presents are now only a vague memory.......buy
plenty of pretty boxes for gifts and buy labels that clearly
state.........any Ragdoll found in this gift is to be returned
to it's owner post-haste.
All litter tracks.................Raggies have rabbit-style
Laptops do give off heat so be prepared for 'Raggie a la
You'll never have a clean litter tray because they're in
there as soon as you've cleaned it or even while you're in
the process of cleaning it out!
Whenever guests come round, expect you Raggie to go straight
to litter tray and make nasty smells.
Raggies are not quiet and demand attention at all times.
You lovely furry rug is just a plaything, to be pulled up
so that all the tufts fall out, and then just rolled all over.
Clean hairless carpets are a thing of the past, especially
if you dare leave them at home for a few days - when you come
back there is enough fur to knit a couple of jumpers!
Being rudely interrupted if you are having a private moment
in bed with your other half, and expect also for them to join
in and get under the covers and lick you in very strange places!!!
Expect to give up your seat and be quiet when baby's (sorry
Expect to be much poorer for all the toys they get through
and ones you "have" to buy them anyway just because
Expect to waste loads and loads of time marvelling in your
babies and giving them brushes and cuddles and playtimes -
hours every day in fact, the more the better! You won't have
any time left to do anything else!
Nice, clean and freshly polished glass dining tables are
just crying out for tiny pawprints!
The one thing you should remember is what's yours is theirs
and what's theirs is theirs and don't forget it!
Raggies love to chew electrical wires and cables.
You can't write anything - pens are toys, silly!
Walking into the kitchen means of course that you've gone
in there to feed them!
If you're lying on the sofa, watching tv, you can't see
- as they don't care if they lie in your view of the tv, on
When I'm on the phone Mitsy doesn't stop meowing at me!
How dare I talk to someone other than her!
I don't allow my girls to sleep in my bedroom, so when my
alarm goes off in the morning, Mitsy meows and meows until
I come out and feed her and her sisiter!
Dolly's obsessed with water, so I have to leave a tap on
slow in the bathroom for her to play with sometimes.
And finally for the most serious bits....
crave company. When considering homing a Ragdoll, if the house
is empty for several hours a day and you have no other pets, it
is worth remembering that a single cat may not be a happy cat.
Two cats are better than one, particularly if they come from a
home where they are used to company. We rehome so many Ragdolls
who are exhibiting stress behaviours, because they are so lonely.
should never be allowed to free roam. They are too trusting and
do not have great outdoor skills, so are likely to come to grief
if left to wander. Being allowed outside also puts them at risk
of contracting incurable, fatal diseases, such as FIV (similar
to HIV in humans) and FeLV (feline infectious leukaemia) As such
it is important to take into consideration the security of windows
and doors, especially during the summer.
can and do climb walls and fences. If you wish to allow your Ragdoll
access to your garden, then making it secure is essential.
cats require exercise and need climbers and toys to play with.
They must be provided with litter trays, which should be changed
regularly and cleaned using a safe, non-phenol disinfectant. A
general rule is to avoid any disinfectants which go cloudy in
water, they are poisonous to cats!
do knot and do require regular grooming.
do moult and will shed fur onto your furniture and carpets all
the time, so be prepared for more housework!
will regularly produce fur balls.
will scratch at carpets and furniture.
cats, Ragdolls can sometimes develop inappropriate toileting habits,
resulting in them toileting away from the tray. This can be due
to a health problem, such as a urinary tract infection or a sensitive
stomach, or it can be brought about by stress.
what has been written in the press and on some websites on the
web, Ragdolls are not hypoallergenic. If you
are allergic to cats, then you will be allergic to Ragdoll cats.
are generally placid, friendly cats, but they are not necessarily
'lap' cats and as every Ragdoll has its own individual temperament,
you will never be guaranteed a cuddly, lap cat.
can be very vocal and as a breed can be quite demanding of your
are said to be the largest of all domesticated cats. The males
can reach 20lbs (9kg) and females can reach 12lbs (5.5kg), so
before homing a kitten consider the size they may become! Carriers,
climbing trees etc. all need to be extra large.
Ragdolls do make wonderful cat companions, but they need a life
long personal and financial commitment from their owners. A Ragdoll
cat may live to 12 years, very often beyond and over that time
the annual cost of feeding and caring for them will far outweigh
the initial cost of buying a kitten. Please consider carefully
whether a Ragdoll is right for you and your circumstances, before
homing a kitten or seeking to adopt an older Raggie.