Ragdoll cats are a pedigreed breed appreciated for their comparatively big size yet simultaneously graceful and dainty manner. Another prominent feature of the breed is its point coloration, which appears in colors from blue to chocolate brown. In terms of litter size, the ragdoll breed is relatively typical.
About Ragdoll Cats
Ragdoll cats are a relatively new addition to the feline landscape, and first emerged around the beginning of the sixties. The semi-longhaired breed typically boasts large builds, although they are rather slow to mature, taking up to three years to achieve full growth. Since the cats feature point coloration patterns, their bodies are not as dark as their ears, tails, legs and faces. Apart from physical characteristics, ragdoll cats are also often prized for their relaxed, cool and composed temperaments.
Average Litter Size
When it comes to typical litter size, not all cat breeds are the same. The average litter size for the ragdoll breed is around five kittens. Of course, some litters are smaller than that and some are larger. One determining factor is the age of the mother cat. Younger queens tend to have smaller litters—often one or two kittens rather than four or five.
The Humane Society of Utah reports that queen cats, on average, welcome about five kittens to the world every time they give birth. According to the Humane Society of the United States, the typical litter size for outdoor, wandering cats is somewhere between three and four kittens at once. Compared to these stray and feral felines, ragdoll queens typically give birth to more fluff balls at one time.
If you're worried about the possibility of your female ragdoll cat giving birth to even one bouncy little kitten, consider getting her spayed. Spaying your cat will not only make her sterile and help manage feline overpopulation, it will make some diseases less likely to occur. Also considering neutering a male ragdoll cat. The number of kittens a tomcat can father is literally endless—yikes.
- Ragdoll Fanciers Club International: Preparing for Your Kitten
- Humane Society of Utah: Spaying and Neutering Fact Sheet
- The Humane Society of the United States: An Overview of Caring for Free-Roaming Cats [PDF]
- Pet Planet: Ragdoll
- Petfinder: Ragdoll Cat
- The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc: Ragdoll Breed Profile
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