The coat of the Ragdoll cat is thick and extremely soft. The length of the hairs can range from medium to long. Fortunately, its coat does not mat easily, but it can occur. Caring for Ragdoll cats should include brushing the coat at least twice a week to help prevent mats, tangles and excessive shedding. Ragdolls enjoy grooming and will often show their enjoyment with all the special attention.
During a grooming session, inspect your Ragdoll for any signs of lumps or illness. Examine the underside of the paws, teeth and gums, and inside the ears and check for any abnormalities. Their brilliant blue eyes should be clear with no signs of discharge. The claws should be trimmed regularly. The inside of the ears can be wiped gently with a damp cloth. Bathing is generally not needed if the coat is kept well groomed.
Your Ragdoll cat should have regular vet checkups and stay on a regular vaccination schedule. During a checkup, your Ragdoll may need its teeth professionally cleaned for tarter buildup. If your cat has problems with fleas, discuss with your vet which flea prevention method is best suited for your Ragdoll. Annual checkups are recommended for healthy cats and at least twice yearly during the senior years.
A Ragdoll cat should be given quality food and plenty of fresh water. If purchasing a Ragdoll kitten from a quality breeder, the breeder should offer a care sheet outlining the kitten's current diet. Changing a Ragdoll's diet should be done gradually to avoid stomach upset. Because of its long coat, hair balls can become problematic. Supply your Ragdoll cat with fresh water at all times to help combat hair balls.
Ragdoll cats can get fairly large for a domestic cat breed. Both males and females can easily reach 15 to 20 pounds in weight. It's important to not let your Ragdoll become obese as this can lead to serious health issues. Ragdolls are generally playful cats, so offer plenty of stimulation, toys and exercise.
It is not recommended to house a Ragdoll cat outdoors. This breed enjoys human companionship and is much better suited for indoor living. Caring for Ragdoll cats requires dedication, but with proper care, your Ragdoll should provide you with many joyful years of companionship.