Every animal, whether wild or tame, comes with its own unique set of qualities. Some are good, some are bad. The same applies to Ragdoll cats- a distinctive breed developed in the 1960s.
They are known and loved for several distinguishing characteristics- bright blue eyes, soft, silky fur, and a flexible, muscular structure that indicates their strength and agility.
These are friendly cats- they enjoy social interaction, get along well with humans and other animals and have a calm, even-tempered disposition.
Ragdolls, mainly speaking, make for excellent pets. However, as with any other animal, they are possessors of certain negative traits as well.
This article elucidates the same and enables one to know which behavioral patterns can invite trouble.
What are the cons of having a Ragdoll cat?
The cons of having a Ragdoll cat are few and far between, but they do exist. Here is a list of the potential pitfalls you may encounter if you decide to adopt a ‘Raggie.’
1. Solitude is mostly a no-go
The one thing all cat-owners agree on is the fact that cats do well when left alone, posing no problem during long hours of absence or a travel vacation.
The same applies to how cats choose to spend their time. While not opposed to being a recipient of their human parent’s affections, they also enjoy alone time- and are often found engaged in play, all alone.
Ragdolls are different in this regard. A salient point that often leads to a comparison with dogs, Ragdolls are used to constant company and affection.
Only a few hours at work can retain their even temper. Anything more prolonged, and you are likely to come home to an upset cat.
They experience separation anxiety and often express their displeasure in loud displays of meowing, marking, and destruction around the house.
Possessors of long, silky coats that are very soft to the touch, Raggies shed. A lot, and all the time. Their shedding patterns intensify during the summer.
It is not uncommon to have upholstery and bedding rendered invisible underneath mounds of cat hair during this time.
While not a problem for those residing in cooler climes, this can spell real trouble for those who inhabit the hotter regions of our planet.
Frequent grooming and careful brushing can help stem unwanted shedding. It also entails that the shedding is restricted to inside the house, a preferable alternative.
Another essential advantage is that the hair is deposited within the brush instead of on sofas, beds, and floors.
3. The outdoors can pose a challenge
Domesticated animals, even cats, are often faced with the problem of feeling a little helpless when left to their own devices out of doors.
It results from the pampering and protection they receive at home, a condition that they suddenly find themselves deprived of when they step out.
Most cats, however, adapt quickly. If the breed of cat in question happens to be aggressive, it is a plus, as it entails a lower chance of attack. But not the Ragdoll.
Docile and even-tempered, Ragdolls are rarely ever territorial. They have an unsuspecting nature, which makes them easy prey for trouble.
4. Ragdolls are pricey
Ragdolls cost money. It does not only refer to the adoption procedure and related formalities but for what comes after- the food, vaccinations, grooming expenses, and round-the-clock care.
If you have other expenses to consider, maybe it is not the best idea to invest in a Raggie.
5. Ragdolls are not hypoallergenic
Cat allergies are a thing.
Hypoallergenic cats produce reduced quantities of the Fel d 1 protein, the same component that triggers cat allergies in humans. Ragdoll cats produce many of them, which sadly makes them inaccessible choices for those with allergies.
6. Health problems
Every cat, indeed every animal, comes with its share of health problems.
The Ragdoll cat is no different, except that their list of disorders is often quite severe. Proper, vigilant care is required to keep these at bay. A slip-up might lead to dangerous consequences.
The following list has some of the ailments that Ragdoll cats have.
- HCM- HCM or Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a disease triggered by an overactive thyroid that thickens the heart’s muscles. It manifests as the formation of blood clots that paralyze the hind legs and tail, lethargy, loss of appetite, and labored breathing.
- Urinary tract infections- Not uncommon in felines, UTIs include blockages, stones, and other problems. Some common indicators include strained urination, incontinence, and crying while in the litter box.
- Polycystic Kidney Disease- A disease-specific to defective genetics in Ragdolls, PKD is a common phenom. A kitten born with this defect will develop cysts in its kidneys, and sometimes, the liver. These cysts gradually develop and start to cause problems around age 7-8, manifesting in poor health.
What are the Pros of having a Ragdoll cat?
1. Good social skills
If you are looking for a cat that loves social interaction, then the Ragdoll is just the right choice for you. Ragdolls enjoy the interaction and revel in the company.
Often likened to dogs owing to an affectionate disposition, a Ragdoll is a cheerful creature to have around the house.
They are also likely to pose less of a problem in the eventuality of adding a second pet, whether dog or cat.
2. Calm disposition
Second on the list and, in my opinion, a significant point. Ragdoll cats are known for being pleased with calm dispositions. They are rarely ever aggressive, have a gentle, pleasant manner, and conduct themselves with an aura of radiating calm.
It makes them delightful companions to have around, especially if you happen to have kids and the elderly at home.
It is not to say that they are timid. When challenged, Ragdolls know full well to stand up for themselves and vocalize their discontentment.
A trait iterated by all Ragdoll owners I have known, Raggies can be exceptionally smart. They exhibit an unusual aptitude for being taught- indeed, they can pick up complicated tricks in a short duration.
They are obedient and have in themselves a sense of innate discipline. When posed with a task, they seem to be extra aware of the challenge that lies in it and the need to prove themselves able.
They have advanced cognitive abilities, a penchant for complicated games, and a knack for learning.
4. Easy grooming needs
The beauty of a ragdoll is partly due to their vivid blues and partly the result of their silky coats, a truly magnificent sight to behold. All owing to good genes and contrary to common belief, do not require very stringent maintenance.
Ragdolls are fastidious about their cleanliness and attend to their selves regularly. As a parent and owner, all you need to is brush their fur a few times a week. Be gentle but thorough.
A good brushing schedule keeps shedding in check and avoids the unwelcome possibility of accidental swallowing of hairballs.
5. They are cuddlers
Ragdolls are giant on cuddling. It makes them the perfect pick for cat lovers looking for a pet that does not mind the occasional cozy-up on the sofa.
Most cats are averse to excessive physical affection and neglect it. But not the Ragdoll.
They are pliant and very willing to be picked up. Once positioned comfortably, they stay for hours on end.
The pros of the Ragdoll outweigh the cons. Lovable and beautiful creatures, Ragdoll cats make for wonderful pets and are worthy of every bit of the praise linked to their names.
However, being a cat parent is a full-time job and should be assumed only when there is an assurance of complete, unfailing responsibility.
And the only way to go about it is to equip oneself with adequate information about the breed’s behavioral patterns, habits, characteristics, and features.
Once you do the research, you can make a decision.
Hi There, AJ Oren here. I am the founder of this amazing pet blog & a passionate writer who loves helping pet owners to learn more about their pets through my articles. I am also the content manager of this blog. I have experience in pet training and behavior, sheltering, and currently working for a veterinary clinic.