Character Traits of Ragdoll Cats

Most people know the standard character traits of Ragdoll cats, but as with anything it is difficult to lump all Ragdoll cats into the same stereotype.

The Ragdoll cat breed was most certainly named “Ragdoll” because of their ability to go limp when they are being held, hence why they are sometimes referred to as a floppy cat.

Of course, this doesn’t hold true for all Ragdoll cats. It really depends on their environment, where they were raised, how they were raised, etc.

For example, if they are raised from a kitten stage in a very loving home without any threats of an aggressive dog or children, then they will most likely be very limp and laid-back cats.

Although they are usually calm and laid back, Ragdolls, like other cats, do love to play. However, they do not play as rough and tough as other cats.

However, if they are raised in a threatening environment where they have to hide all the time to avoid confrontation and abuse, then more than likely they will hate being held and will not go limp.

Because of Ragdoll cats’ floppy nature, they are usually pretty laid back cats and have also been described as “just like dogs.”

Because they are “dog-like”, they tend to get pretty attached to their owners. Again, you have to keep in mind that if a Ragdoll you find in a shelter or adopt online is not like this, then the cat has probably had some sort of trauma to prevent she or he from being this way.

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Charlie, a beautiful seal mitted Ragdoll kitten with an hourglass blaze that was adopted by Jenny Dean, the owner of

Because Ragdolls are usually more laid back than other cats, they tend to be great cats for kids. As stated earlier, they will play, but because they aren’t rough when playing, they tend to be great for kids because they are less inclined to scratch or play rough with your child.

Because Ragdolls are people cats, they tend to like to be entertained by their human counterparts. As a result, they tend to be easier to train than other felines.

This, also, of course ties in with the fact that they are dog-like, and since dogs like to be taught new tricks, it is not surprising that a Ragdoll cat does too!

Since they like to be trained and enjoy human interaction, they tend to be one of the more intelligent breeds of cats.

Summary of the character traits of ragdoll cats:

  • Laid-Back
  • Intelligent
  • Dog Like
  • Floppy
  • Trainable
  • Great for Kids

Written by Jenny Dean, owner and operator of, a site about Ragdoll cats.

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