You would like to get a cat, but you are not so crazy about the idea of having cat hair all over your furniture and clothes? If so, you might be interested in adopting a Ragdoll cat, because you’ve heard that they shed less than other cat breeds, but is that true?
How much do Ragdoll cats really shed? In short, yes, Ragdoll cats do shed less than many other cat breeds, but they are far from a non-shedding cat breed.
Do Ragdoll Cats Shed? What Every Prospective Owner Needs to Know
Ragdolls are a popular breed of cat that are known for their calm and friendly nature. They are often chosen by people who want a non-shedding pet that is safe for those with allergies.
Unfortunately, this could lead to disappointment because Ragdolls do shed and they are not hypoallergenic. They still produce dander, and that is the main reason many people have allergic reactions to animals.
The amount of shedding with a Ragdoll is less than what is experienced with most other cats. Despite having medium-length fur, they lack an undercoat, so they will not have the excessive, year-round shedding of other breeds. However, in the spring and the fall as they receive their new coats for the next season, the old fur will shed. However, it is possible, and relatively easy, to reduce the amount of hair that falls out around the house.
How to Deal with Your Ragdoll Cat’s Shedding
- Pay attention to your cat’s diet. A well-balanced diet promotes healthy skin and will reduce shedding in any pet.
- Have your pet groomed regularly. A professional grooming will remove any loose fur and keep their fluffy coat soft and tangle-free.
- Brush your Ragdoll cat weekly. Use a steel-toothed, wide bristled brush or comb once a week in-between grooming appointments. This will reduce the amount of loose hairs
Strictly Indoor Cats Are Likely to Shed All Year Round
Another thing you need to consider is whether you are planning to keep your Ragdoll cat indoors at all times or do you plan to let him outside from time to time. This is important because cats who are kept indoors at all times often lose track of seasons, which can result in them not shedding heavily in the spring and fall, but shed regularly all year round. Needless to say, this is unnatural and not good for you or your cat. If you do not have room for an outside cat enclosure, where your cat could enjoy the outdoors safely, then perhaps you could take your cat on leashed walks on the weekends?
Ragdolls are loving and beautiful animals that make wonderful pets for owners who understand them. Sadly, people often underestimate their grooming needs and are unhappy to discover they are not the non-shedding cat they had hoped for. If you plan on getting a Ragdoll cat, know that regular grooming will reduce the shedding and a monthly bath at the groomers will also eliminate a lot of the dander that can cause allergic reactions.