How to Groom A Ragdoll Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Ragdoll Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Cobby

Coat Type & Length: Long

Coat Texture: The Ragdoll has a soft and silky coat that is medium to long in length. It requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.

Ragdoll Cat

Ragdoll cats are known for their gentle and affectionate nature, making them a popular choice for families with children. They have a soft and silky coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting. Ragdolls are also known for their striking blue eyes and pointed coloration, which can come in a variety of patterns. These cats are known to be quite docile and enjoy being held and cuddled, making them a great companion for those seeking a loving and loyal feline friend.

Ragdoll Cats Grooming Tools

Before we begin the grooming process, we need to have the following tools

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat$10 – $20
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries$5 – $15
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections$8 – $15
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections$1 – $5
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns$3 – $10
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling$3 – $12

Ragdoll Cat Grooming Guide

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Ragdoll once a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Use a deshedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.

Bathing your Ragdoll Cat

Bathing a Ragdoll cat is a breeze! These cats have a silky, semi-long coat that doesn’t mat easily.

  1. Start by brushing your Ragdoll thoroughly to remove any loose hair and tangles.
  2. Fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a gentle cat shampoo.
  3. Gently wet your cat’s coat, being careful not to get water in their ears or eyes.
  4. Apply the shampoo and massage it into their coat, paying special attention to any dirty areas.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, making sure to remove all the shampoo.
  6. Wrap your Ragdoll in a towel and gently pat them dry.
  7. They’ll love the attention and will be looking and feeling their best in no time!

How Often Should I Bathe My Ragdoll Cat?

You should bathe your Ragdoll cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s cleanliness and health.

How to Trim the Nails of a Ragdoll Cat

  • Get your cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly, and use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, avoiding the quick (the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat breaks and treats as needed.
  • Aim to trim your Ragdoll’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

Remember, if you’re unsure about trimming your cat’s nails, consult with a professional groomer or veterinarian.

How to Clean the Ears of a Ragdoll Cat

  • Here’s what you’ll need: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Ragdoll cat securely and gently lift one ear flap to expose the ear canal.
  • Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Massage the base of the ear for a few seconds to help the solution work its way in.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any debris or excess solution from the ear canal and ear flap. Be careful not to push the debris further into the ear canal.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • If your Ragdoll cat has excessive ear wax or discharge, or if you notice any redness, swelling, or foul odor, contact your veterinarian. These could be signs of an ear infection or other ear-related health issue.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Ragdoll Cat

  • Start by getting your Ragdoll cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth with your finger.
  • Once your cat is comfortable with this, introduce them to a toothbrush specifically designed for cats. You can find these at your local pet store.
  • Use a small amount of cat toothpaste on the toothbrush and gently brush your cat’s teeth in a circular motion. Be sure to focus on the back teeth where plaque and tartar tend to build up.
  • Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of your cat’s mouth.
  • Reward your Ragdoll cat with a treat or praise after each brushing session to make it a positive experience.
  • Aim to brush your Ragdoll cat‘s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Remember, regular teeth brushing can help prevent dental problems and keep your Ragdoll cat healthy and happy.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

We’re pretty much done with the grooming process. However, we still need to talk about some potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

– Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your cat’s fur.
– Vacuum your home frequently to remove any fleas or ticks that may be hiding in carpets or furniture.
– Use a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian to keep your cat protected.

Matted Fur

Ragdolls have long, silky fur that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. Use a slicker brush to gently remove any tangles and mats, starting at the base of the fur and working your way outwards.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Ragdolls are prone to developing mats in their long, silky fur which can lead to skin irritation. Regular brushing and grooming can prevent mats from forming and keep their skin healthy.

Is a Ragdoll Cat high Maintenance?

Ragdolls are known for their beautiful, silky coats – which also means they are quite high maintenance when it comes to brushing and grooming. Because they are semi-longhaired, their coats can get tangled and knotted and so they need to be groomed frequently with a steel comb or brush.

Do Ragdoll Cats Get Matted?

Technically, Ragdoll cats don’t have an actual undercoat, meaning there isn’t a thick layer of fur next to their skin. No true undercoat means no matting, right? Not really. Although Ragdoll cat breeders claim that their fur won’t mat, in reality, Raggies can still develop mats occasionally.

How Often Should I Brush My Ragdoll Cat?

You should brush your Ragdoll cat at least once a week to prevent matting and hairballs. However, during shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them daily to keep their coat healthy and shiny.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Ragdoll Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Ragdoll cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin and coat. It can strip their natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.