Up to 4 years
The Ragdoll’s striking blue eyes are one of their most recognised features, but another thing they are known for is their playful, friendly nature.
The Ragdoll is one of the largest of the cat breeds and takes up to four years to reach full maturity. That being said, the majority of their growth occurs in the first year of their life, and the subsequent years are dedicated to building muscle.
From 4 years
Adult Ragdolls are not receptive to change, and may get anxious if furniture is moved or their routine is altered.
Ragdolls are not particularly agile cats, so to avoid injury, shorter cat trees with wider ledges should be purchased for this breed. The Ragdoll’s clumsiness means that even as adults it is advised to keep them indoors to prevent any injuries or accidents away from the home.
Ragdoll health and sensitivities
While Ragdolls are known to be a healthy, robust breed, they may be prone to a hereditary health issue known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HMC).
Due to their size, the Ragdoll cat asks more of their bones and joints than other breeds. This breed needs lifelong support to ensure that their bones are healthy.
The symptoms of this can be an abnormal gait as well as discomfort to the cat. One of the best ways to prevent or combat this problem is through weight management and proper nutrition to support healthy growth.