Your Ragdoll Cat’s Life Stages

by Rob on July 26, 2014

Ragdoll KittenYour Ragdoll cat’s behaviors may change from one stage of life to the next. Here are behaviors you can expect from your Ragdoll at different stages of his or her life.

From Birth to Age 16 Weeks

When kittens are very young they may be cautiously playful and shy. Early kittenhood is an important time for socialization and it is important that you do not separate your kitten from the litter too early.

Age 16 Weeks to One Year Old

Most kittens are over their shyness by this age. Your Ragdoll will be very playful and curious about everything in their environment. If you are planning to neuter or spay your kitten you should do this around the age of six months.

One Year Old to Eight Years Old

It is important to keep your vaccinations current and make regularly scheduled appointments with your veterinarian. You should also feed your cat a premium cat food formulated for this stage in your cat’s development.

Eight Years and Beyond

After your Ragdoll reaches the age of eight years old they start to slow down a bit. It is important to have regular checkups with the veterinarian to head off any potential health problems. You should switch to a premium cat food formulated for senior cats at this age. As your Ragdoll cat’s metabolism slows, they may gain weight. Consult your veterinarian about the type of food best suited for your cat if weight gain becomes an issue. As your Ragdoll cat ages they will sleep more and may become easily irritated.

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