Are Ragdoll Cats Hypoallergenic?

Ragdoll cats are most famous, if not for their raggedy, soft fur coat, for their calm and loving nature. Ragdoll cats are great for cat lovers who are in need of a big, fluffy feline companion, especially if said cat lover is also allergic to cats. 

Ragdolls make great pets as well as show cats due to their calm and personable demeanor on top of having an irresistibly soft and fluffy coat of fur. These are only a few of the great qualities that Ragdoll cats bring to the table, in addition to being virtually hypoallergenic. Allowing sensitive cat lovers to adopt a feline companion of their own. 

Ragdoll Cat Breed: Hypoallergenic

Ragdoll cats, as a breed, have a calm and loving disposition in general. Compared to most other breeds, Ragdoll cats are incredibly dependent on their owners and absolutely love getting attention and being cuddled with. They actually get their name from the way they react when someone picks them up. Ragdolls notoriously go limp like a ragdoll when picked up. This trait earned them the nickname of “Floppy Cat”. 

Aside from their loving personality, Ragdoll cats are well known for their big and fluffy fur coat. This special fur coat is the key to their seemingly hypoallergenic quality. It might come as a surprise to find out that these fluffy cats do not have an undercoat. Most domesticated cats do have an undercoat. This coat of fur is what is responsible for a cat’s fur shedding, and consequently, their owner’s allergies. 

Without this undercoat, a Ragdoll cat is virtually hypoallergenic to those who suffer from allergies related to cats. However, this depends on the individual's personal response to cat fur/dander as well as their saliva. There is a protein in most cat’s saliva that is responsible for many people’s allergies to cats. Those who have an allergy to the protein in cat saliva will still have an allergy when they encounter a Ragdoll cat. Those with allergies to a cat's undercoat will have more success with owning a Ragdoll cat. 

Grooming Your Ragdoll Cat

Just because a Ragdoll doesn’t have an undercoat doesn’t mean they don’t need upkeep and regular grooming. The fur of a Ragdoll cat is long, silky, and doesn’t usually mat up very easily. Although, it is recommended to brush your Ragdoll’s fur at least two times per week. This will help to prevent any mats from forming as well as reduce any shedding that may be occurring. 

Grooming your Ragdoll cat regularly comes with more benefits than just a nice fur coat. This also gives you the time to bond with your Ragdoll and spend some quality time together. While grooming you can also examine them for any lumps or abnormalities that might need further investigation by their vet. 

Other important care that you can perform for your Ragdoll cat include trimming their nails regularly and wiping out their ears with a damp cloth. Giving them a bath is not usually necessary as long as their fur coat is kept up with otherwise. 

How Much Does a Ragdoll Cost?

Depending on who you adopt your Ragdoll cat for, and whether you intend to just have them as your house pet, show them in contests, or maybe even breed them is what will ultimately determine their cost. Depending on these variables, their cost can range from $850-$2400. 

When considering adopting a Ragdoll kitten for any purpose, be sure the breeder that you are adopting from is reputable and trustworthy. As kittens, Ragdoll cats could be mistaken for any other breed of cat. It’s not uncommon for scammers to try and sell other breeds of cats for the cost of a purebred Ragdoll cat. 

Doing research on the breeder is also important so that you know that you won’t be paying such a large sum of money for a cat with potential health problems. Just know that it’s okay to call the breeder and ask questions about the kitten you plan to adopt as well as their parents and health history. The breeder may become offended and accuse you of “prying” but don’t let that deter you. Ragdoll kittens don’t come cheap, it’s good that you know what you are paying for. 

Conclusion

Ragdoll cats are a great cat all around to have in the home as an addition to the family. They’re “floppy”, people-loving personalities fit in great with any family environment. Just be prepared to baby your new feline companion because Ragdolls act more like baby dolls and live for their owner’s love and affection. They may not be entirely hypoallergenic, but Ragdoll cat’s lack of an undercoat makes them a great match for people who have an allergy to cat fur rather than their saliva. 

Is a Ragdoll cat hypoallergenic?

One of the two more common causes for allergies to cats is their undercoat that they shed. A Ragdoll cat does not have an undercoat; therefore, they do not shed nearly as much as a cat who does have an undercoat. By definition, a Ragdoll cat is not hypoallergenic, but their lack of an undercoat helps to decrease symptoms of cat allergies significantly. This is great news for cat lovers who also suffer from allergies to a cat's undercoat. 

How much are Ragdoll cats?

The price range for Ragdoll cats can go from about $850 to as high as $2400, depending on the purpose of your adoption and whether you want a pedigree or not. It’s important to be sure you can trust the breeder you are adopting from, so that you know that you are getting what you are paying for.

How long do Ragdoll cats live?

Ragdoll cats are known for their lengthy lifespan. It’s not uncommon to see a Ragdoll live to be 20 years old. Ragdoll Cats aren’t known for having many major health issues, which helps to contribute to their longevity.

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Written by Leo Roux

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