Ragdoll KittensIf you have recently adopted a Ragdoll cat there are steps you can take to make your cat’s transition easier. Talk to the previous owner or breeder to find out as much you can about your new cat. Did the previous owner let your Ragdoll go outside? Did the previous owner have unresolved behavioral problems? Did your cat live with other pets? What brand of cat food and litter did the previous owner use? The more you can find out about your new cat’s past, the easier it will be for the two of you to adjust to each other.

Observing your Ragdoll cat’s behavior will also teach you a lot about your new cat. Cats are very keen to let their owners know when they want to be left alone, are hungry, or where they want a litter box or scratching post installed. If your new cat is skittish or afraid of its new surroundings don’t force the interaction.

Give your new cat time to adjust to his or her new surroundings and they will come to you naturally. If you try to force the interaction with your new cat it could cause them to fear you and lose trust. If your cat is uncomfortable with you touching or picking them up, it is best to avoid doing so until your cat has adjusted to you.

When introducing your Ragdoll cat to your home, gradually increase the amount of access your cat has. When you first bring your cat home you should put them in a small room with their litter box, food, and water. Keep them in the small room to allow time to adjust and gradually introduce them to the rest of your home. This will make your home less intimidating and give your cat time to explore their new surroundings.

When you’re getting to know your new Ragdoll it is important to start a routine. Cats like routines: feeding times, grooming times, and play time should all be planned on a regular schedule. Developing a routine with your Ragdoll is one of the best things you can do to make the transition comfortable. This routine will also help your new Ragdoll cat learn to trust you.

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