Ragdoll cats are one of the most chill cats amongst domesticated cats that you can find. They’re extremely affectionate, loving, family-friendly cats that get along with almost anyone or anything. Ragdolls would probably get along with farm animals if they were ever associated with any.
As far as other cats are concerned, it’s not a question of whether or not your Ragdoll will get along with them—because it almost certainly will—but whether or not other cats will get along with your Ragdoll.
Ragdolls are very laid-back cats and it’s surprising that more people don’t own a Ragdoll, which is probably due to a general lack of knowledge about the breed. And, they can be a little on the expensive side, especially if you buy one from a reputable breeder, which is the only way in which you should.
What are the Best Breeds to Associate with a Ragdoll?
As we mentioned above, it’s not a question of a Ragdoll getting along with another cat. Due to the friendly and loving nature of a Ragdoll, it’s almost always the other cat that is the primary concern, including the traits of their particular breed.
For instance, a cat breed that is notoriously territorial would be a bad idea to bring around a Ragdoll, because Ragdolls don’t concern themselves with marking their own territories or recognizing the territories of another.
A Ragdoll is liable to walk right into a territorial cat’s domain without a concern in the world and that’s where the problems would begin. A Ragdoll simply doesn’t know any better because it doesn’t think that way.
Here are the best breeds that have the best personalities to get along with your Ragdoll:
- Maine Coon
- Abyssian Cats
- Persian Cats
- Siberian Cats
- Siamese Cats
- Other Ragdolls
In terms of getting along, these are some of the best cats that your Ragdoll can get along with. It’s by no means an absolute limit, as Ragdolls are known for getting along with all kinds of cat breeds, dog breeds, and even reptiles.
Do Ragdolls Need Another Cat?
Ragdolls have the personality of a highly dependent cat. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be independent, because it is more than capable of doing so. It does mean that its clingy and overly amicable nature can backfire if you spend a lot of time away from home.
In fact, if you are the kind of person who works long hours outside of the home, a Ragdoll cat is not a very good cat to have around. It needs companionship and long-term love and affection over its lifespan.
Having another cat will help your Ragdoll deal with times in which you are going to be gone for a long time. The Ragdoll suffers separation anxiety more often than almost any other cat breed and much of that can be eliminated if you own multiple cats and/or dogs.
There are many benefits to having a companionable cat for your Ragdoll:
- Reduces separation anxiety
- Reduces depression
- Cuts down on bad behavior
- Increases your Ragdoll’s socialization
- Reduces loneliness and boredom
Ragdolls are just like human beings in that they can suffer from depression in almost exactly the same way. Loneliness is not something that you want your Ragdoll to suffer from because it impacts them on a deeper level than most cats.
Because of loneliness and boredom, your Ragdoll may end up getting into things that it has no business getting into while you are away at work or just out and about for a few hours. With a companion, that kind of unhealthy explorative behavior will be eliminated.
It also increases your Ragdoll’s socialization, which is a good thing if you expect to have people over who your Ragdoll doesn’t know or if you plan on owning more pets in the future. The more socialization it gets now, the more companionable it will be with other animals.
Bonding is good for a Ragdoll. Of course, it will almost certainly bond with whichever family member gives it the most attention, feeds it, and takes care of it. However, you want your Ragdoll to bond with the other animals in its life as well, which includes other cats.
Another Ragdoll or Ragamuffin
Out of all of the cats that you could potentially get to be a companion for your Ragdoll, another Ragdoll or even a Ragamuffin are great choices. The Ragamuffin partially shares the same original bloodline as the Ragdoll and retains much of the laid-back nature, although they can be more energetic.
Out of all of the available cat breeds, there can be no better companion than another Ragdoll. Since they aren’t territorial animals, the only thing left between them is their own, instinctive personalities.
Since Ragdolls are loving, affectionate creatures that enjoy the company of other animals, another Ragdoll that also happens to share those features is a huge plus.
You will get all of the anti-bad behavior and anti-loneliness effects of having another companion, with all of the positives that a Ragdoll brings to the table. Whether you decide on a Ragamuffin or another Ragdoll, either choice will be an exceptional one for your Ragdoll.
Ragdolls are very sociable, trusting, loving, and affectionate cats. They will get along with almost anything and will make the attempt, even if another cat seems hostile, to remain calm, friendly, patient, and laid-back.
Adding another cat, especially a well-behaved one, will be an enormous positive in your Ragdoll’s life.