Ragdoll cats have been selectively bred for the exaggeration of specific characteristics. The well-known qualities of a Ragdoll cat are its even temperament and certain physical characteristics. It is because of this careful, selective breeding process that Ragdoll kittens are very expensive. Though the price of a kitten will vary with the breeder, location, quality of cat being sold, and whether or not it has registration papers, you can expect to pay upward of $400 for a pet-quality kitten and more than $1,000 if you plan to show.
Ragdoll cats have become very popular in the United States over the past couple of decades. Their even, "go-with-the-flow" attitude makes them a good fit for almost any cat owner. They work well in a variety of living quarters from small apartments to large mansions and are not aggressive.
Purchasing a Kitten
It is a must for any prospective owner to find a reputable breeder before purchasing a kitten. The popularity of the Ragdoll breed has made it difficult for breeders to keep up with demand. Many less ethical breeders have tried to take advantage of this gap to sell substandard cats to unwary cat owners, trying to make a quick buck. These cats may suffer from genetic disorders, disease, malnutrition and a host of other problems.
Because there is a gap between the numbers of quality ragdoll cats available versus the number of people who want them, there is a premium price that goes along with these kittens. A prospective Ragdoll owner can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $400 to $500 for a pet quality cat while show cats will start at $1,000 and go up. If the price of a kitten is too high or too low, beware that the breeder may not be on the up and up.
Before purchasing a kitten, visit the breeding facilities in person. A reputable breeder will be proud of his or her establishment and should not have any problem with you walking through. Pay special attention to where the cats and kittens are housed. Look for cleanliness, active cats and kittens, and well socialized animals. Neither the kittens nor the parents should be afraid of people.
While it is true that Ragdoll kittens are expensive, many people believe that the result is well worth the price. A true, quality Ragdoll cat is a pleasure to own, with its warm, affectionate nature, its hardiness, and its adaptability. The Ragdoll is truly a companion animal.