Although DNA tests can help breeders weed out certain health problems, some complications may pop up in Ragdoll cats. They have a tendency to develop bladder stones or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a form of heart disease. Ragdolls also have a predisposition for feline infectious peritonitis ( a viral disease).
Because Ragdolls are a larger size of cat, they will eat more than other average size cat breeds. They do like to snack throughout the day but should be monitored because they do tend to become over weight if fed too much. They should have constant access to fresh water, and eat foods high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
Ragdoll kittens do not reach full maturity until they are about 3 to 4 years of age, but should transition to an adult food before then. At around ten weeks old your Ragdoll cat should be ready to eat dry and canned food.
NomNomNow is a subscription cat food delivery service that delivers customized meals to your door. They guarantee to provide restaurant quality ingredients that are considered human grade, in every meal. The food contains no fillers or grains, no preservatives or artificial flavors, and they only use the highest-quality, sourced meats. NomNomNow recipes are prepared in a human-grade kitchen that is 100% designed and dedicated to making fresh pet food. There are two meal recipes that you can choose for your cat. The first is the Chicken Chow-Meow which is full of ingredients to keep your cat’s eyesight razor sharp for stalking. The second is Flavorful Fish Feast and it is packed with tilapia and salmon to guarantee a softer and shinier coat for your cat.
Manufactured in New Zealand and grass-fed, this free-range cat food is made with 100% lamb sourced from ethical and sustainable New Zealand farms. The wild-caught New Zealand Blue Mackerel is high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. There are several other flavors available as well with the same high quality ingredients. This cuisine includes 3% New Zealand green mussels, which are a natural source of Chondroitin and Glucosamine that supports joint health. The food is a chunky loaf style, with a high level of all-natural protein and moisture to entice even the most finicky eater. This food does not contain grains, rice, corn, soy, potatoes, wheat, fillers, sugars, glycerin’s, rendered meals, preservatives, TSPP, BPA, Guar Gum, Agar or Carrageenan.
Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Turkey & Duck Pate Canned Cat Food is made with turkey and duck as the top ingredients. This nutrient-dense, grain-free recipe contains all the protein your Ragdoll cat needs to support his strong muscles and energy as well as supporting urinary health. This recipe is packed with omegas from flaxseed and salmon oil to maintain a healthy skin and coat, plus antioxidants, taurine, vitamins and minerals to support immunity and well-being. Core does not contain wheat, fillers, or anything artificial and has a smooth pate texture.
Antioxidant-rich with vitamins, balanced minerals, omegas and taurine
No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
Some cats do not like the texture
Can contains a lot of “jelly-like” substance
Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Weight Management Cat Food
Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Weight Management Ground Turkey & Rice Entree Canned Cat Food is a high-protein, low-calorie formula that keeps your Ragdoll cat at an ideal body weight while protecting lean muscle. This adult food diet is rich in powerful antioxidants to support a healthy immune system and is ideal for overweight cats. This food does not contain any added artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
High-protein, low-calorie formula
High levels of taurine to protect against heart disease
The silky, semi-longhaired coat is one of the Ragdoll cat’s nicest features. To help maintain skin and coat health, Royal Canin Ragdoll Dry Cat Food includes antioxidants, vitamins, Omega 3 fatty acids and Omega 6 fatty acids. And since the Ragdoll is one of the largest cat breeds, this appropriately balanced diet supports their strong-boned muscular body and contributes to an ideal weight. This formula is made specifically for the needs of a Ragdoll cat.
Made specifically for Ragdoll cats
Highly digestible recipe for maximum nutrient absorption
Contains Omegas that also help in maintaining a healthy coat
Myth – Ragdoll cats are hypoallergenic. Truth – Despite what owners and breeders might say, Ragdoll cats are not “allergy-free” and they do shed and have dander.
Myth – Ragdoll cats do not feel pain. Truth – Ragdoll cats feel pain just like other cats. This myth started with the breed creator (Ann Baker in 1965 – 1997). There was a study done on Ragdolls in the 1960’s to find out if they do indeed feel pain, and it was confirmed they do.
Myth- – Ragdoll cats will not defend themselves when attacked. Truth – The Ragdoll cat is a laid back and relaxed breed of cat. They are big cuddly lovers and get along well with children or other pets and will put up from a lot from both. However, they are not totally defenseless and will attack if provoked. Ragdoll cats are called “the gentle giants” because fighting is rare for them and because of this they should be kept indoors.
Myth – Ragdoll cats are not intelligent and cannot be trained. Truth – Ragdoll cats are a very smart breed and are glad to learn new tricks or even walk on a harness and leash. They like to play fetch like a dog and can be taught easily to stay off counters. They are no easier or harder to train than any other cat breed.
Myth – Ragdoll cats do not shed. Truth – Any owner of this breed will argue this one. They shed, less than other long haired breeds or semi long haired breeds such as Birmans and Maine Coons. A good diet and weekly grooming will keep shedding at a minimum.
It is not only important to provide your fluffy, floppy ball of love with a healthy diet but make sure he gets plenty of exercise to maintain a healthy weight.
Amy is the founder of Cat Mania and a life long cat lover. She also writes for various other pet related websites. She is passionate about helping pet parents create a healthy and happy lifestyle for their fur-babies.