Are Ragdoll Cats Good with Kids?

Are Ragdoll Cats Good with Kids?

By Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

December 10, 2021

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Having a pet is always a huge responsibility, even more so with kids. However, not every pet is suitable for children of all ages. Dogs are often the first choice for families with children because they are large enough to intimidate potential predators and are more likely to tolerate roughhousing from children under 5 years of age. Cats can be excellent pets for older children, but might not be ideal for younger ones.

One of the most important factors to consider when getting a new pet is their personality. Cats are no exception. The personality trait that’s most important to consider when looking at cats is if they are good with kids.

Ragdoll cat being Cradled

If you’re thinking about bringing home a ragdoll cat and haven’t yet (why not?), here’s what you need to know: Are Ragdolls Good with Kids?


Ragdoll cats are known to be very gentle and sweet, making them a great choice if you’ve got kids in the house (or want to start a family). These long-haired beauties make great family pets because they’re affectionate and outgoing. Ragdolls do not have the fighting instinct and they enjoy being petted and played with. This means families with other pets and children will find the ragdoll cat breed a perfect addition to the family. But it’s important to supervise young children around cats, no matter how docile they may seem. Children need to be taught how to respect a cat. Ragdolls are a particularly tolerant breed but bad behavior such as pulling tails, shouting or excessive affection could cause the most docile of cats to lash out.

Huey and Athie

Ragdolls Cats are known for being one of the largest breeds of domestic cats and they get their name for their tendency to go limp when picked up. You should therefore take note that these physical features may make them more difficult to pick up, especially for a small child, than other breeds – this is especially true when they’re sleeping.

The Ragdoll Cat breed is definitely an indoor cat breed. Because they lack the fighting instinct they would not defend themselves when attacked. Though some owners train them to walk on a leash, but for the most part, you will want to keep them indoors.

Ragdolls are also known for their fluffy coats, which makes them popular with those who love animal fur. There is a myth that Ragdoll Cats are hypoallergenic, unfortunately, that is not true. A Ragdoll Cat does not have an undercoat, therefore, sheds less fur. If your child has a cat allergy that is triggered by cat dander and not a cat’s saliva you may find that a Ragdoll Cat will not trigger an allergic reaction.

On a personal note, my two Ragdolls were aged five by the time my first child came along and they proved to be the most perfect companions to her as she grew up. She was never once scratched or bitten by them. When she was rough with them they’d let her know vocally. Now as a teenager, our youngest Ragdoll has chosen her to be her slave and spends most of her time hanging out in her room, making her feel special.

Ragdoll Cat with child sleepingIf If you are planning on adding a Ragdoll cat to your family – you won’t regret it!


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Written by Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

I'm Jennie, the creator of Ragdoll Cats World. I have been owned and loved by Ragdoll Cats for almost twenty years after getting my first Ragdoll kittens, Huey and Choo-Choo back in 2003. They lived to the grand old age of 18 and 17 and they even made the move from London to Australia with me! We now have two Ragdoll cats, Violet and Ocean, and a Maine Coon cat named Eddie, and we love sharing our knowledge of all things related to Ragdoll Cats with you at Ragdoll Cats World!

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