Their laid-back and docile nature characterizes Ragdoll Cats, but they are more widely known for being one of the largest cat breeds, alongside the Maine Coon cat. So how big do Ragdoll Cats get? And how much do they weigh? Here’s everything you need to know about the Ragdoll Cat size.
How big are Ragdoll Cats?
The average domestic cat is around 8 inches (20cm) to 10 inches (25 cm) in height. The average height of a male Ragdoll cat can be anywhere between 16 inches (40cm) to 26 inches (66cm), so twice the size of a typical domestic cat. Female Ragdoll Cats usually tend to be smaller at 15 inches (38cm) – 23 inches (58 cm) in height.
How much do Ragdoll Cats weigh?
The average domestic cat weighs around 10 pounds (4.5kg). According to the Ragdoll Fanciers Club International, a mature male Ragdoll cat will typically weigh 15 to 20 pounds (6.8- 9 kg). Female Ragdoll usually weighs less, with a range of 8 to 12 pounds (3.6-5.4 kg).
When do Ragdoll Cats Stop Growing?
As a cat breed, Ragdolls reach maturity much later than any other adult cat, at around 3-4 years. For the first 12 weeks of its life, a Ragdoll kitten will grow at a similar rate to a domestic cat. At 8 weeks old, a Ragdoll kitten will typically weigh between 1 pound, 13 ounces and 2 pounds, 3 ounces. It can be expected they will have increased to 3 to 4 pounds by the 12-week mark. A Ragdoll kitten will tend to go through a growth spurt at 5 months, so be prepared to increase their food during this time. Ragdoll kittens generally gain 1 pound each month until they are 12 months old. Depending on the breed, most kittens tend to stop growing anywhere between 8 – 16 months. Ragdoll cats are an exception to this rule as they won’t reach their full size until they reach 3-4 years old.
Don’t let your Ragdoll Cat become fat!
It is important not to allow your Ragdoll Cat to become overweight. The Ragdoll is a large and muscular breed with a semi-long coat, but that doesn’t and shouldn’t mean fat. Excess weight can be hard to spot underneath their long-haired coat. Being overweight is bad for a Ragdoll cat. Because of their natural size, Ragdoll cats as a breed, are prone to heart conditions; therefore any excess fat is particularly unhealthy for them. A Ragdoll with a healthy weight should have a long, well-built body underneath its fur without extra padding along its rib cage.
Like all cats, a Ragdoll Cat is considered an adult at 12 months old. Therefore, the quantity of food they are fed needs to be moderated from that point. They no longer require the extra calories required for growth.
Moderating their food intake and providing your Ragdoll with lots of active play opportunities can help keep your feline friend at their ideal weight.
Accommodating a large cat
Being twice the size of your typical domestic cat, the Ragdoll breed exceeds the standard dimensions for many products catering for cats. It’s vital that the items they need for their day-to-day needs, such as their litter box, scratching post, pet carrier and bed, be appropriately sized to accommodate them.
You may be wondering how you’ll find the right products for your Ragdoll Cat. Luckily, we have curated an array of indoor cat products that are perfect for your large, cuddly friend in our store. Choose from large litter boxes, pet carriers, scratching posts and pet beds in various sizes for the most comfortable fit. Visit our store to find products suitable for the Ragdoll Cat size.