Is Your Ragdoll Cat Sick?

by Rob on August 17, 2013

Your Ragdoll cat will get sick from time to time and you may not even be aware of it. Your cat cannot tell you when it’s sick; it’s up to you to recognize the symptoms. When you identify symptoms in your Ragdoll cat it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately. Call your vet right away if you notice your Ragdoll is listless, weak, or will not drink water.


Your Ragdoll cat is not immune from allergies; like humans cats can suffer from allergic reactions, the most frequent being flea bites. As your Ragdoll cat ages their reactions to allergens such as flea bites increases. Your cat can also develop allergies to food. These allergies manifest themselves in the form of itching, dermatitis, diarrhea, and vomiting.


If your Ragdoll has frequent diarrhea you should see your veterinarian. Frequent diarrhea that persists for longer than two days requires a visit to the vet with a sample of your Ragdoll cat’s stool.

Feline Diabetes

Symptoms of diabetes in your Ragdoll cat include excessive urination and drinking along with weight loss or sudden obesity. If your Ragdoll cat develops diabetes you need to carefully regulate diet and monitor blood sugar levels. Schedule and keep regular checkups with your veterinarian.


Vomiting is a common problem for cat owners. The most common cause for vomiting is hairballs. When your cat grooms its coat it will swallow loose hair. By regularly grooming your can you can minimize the amount of hair your cat swallows. Hairballs are not limited to longhair cats; even shorthair cats can be affected. Frequent vomiting could also be a symptom of food allergies, thyroid condition, or a kidney infection. Your veterinarian can perform blood tests for these conditions.

Make sure your cat is properly hydrated at all times and get to your veterinarian for a check up if your cat has been vomiting.

Upper Respiratory Infections

Infections of the upper respiratory exhibit cold or flu like symptoms. These include sneezing, runny noses, and red eyes. Consult your veterinarian for treatment.

It is always best to consult your veterinarian for advice regarding your Ragdoll cat rather than self-diagnosing based on what you have read on this site or elsewhere on the internet.

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Lilvozz [Visitor] March 18, 2007 at 8:25 am

My male ragdoll has a rash around the top of his eyes and keeps scratching it. The vet gave us an antibiotic which we are giving him but it isn’t going away. They said he is allergic to something but we don’t know what. Any ideas?

Holly January 18, 2010 at 7:54 am

It is probably his food. Cats tend to be allergic to the wheat protein in dry cat food, and also to corn. Try finding a holistic cat food that does not contain wheat or corn.

SYLVIA February 12, 2010 at 3:18 am

my ragdoll is listless but all vet tests are clear. we give rosie 1/4 Tramal SR (50mg) once a day as vet thinks she has a virus causing joint pain. She is 1 kilo lighter than her twin brother and doesn’t play like he does in any shape or form. Any Advice wuld be greatly appreciated.

jax July 15, 2010 at 5:12 am

my ragdoll male cat keeps coughing its never sick tho it coughs quiet a few times a day but its eating n drinking

Dar August 3, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I came across this site and others after trying to find some help for my girlfriend’s rag doll that was vomiting his food almost every day (after gulping it down as if he were starving). After reading some tips, I went to the local chain pet store and picked up a tube of laxatone (tuna flavor, to be exact). We’ve been giving him a dab each day about 10 minutes before feeding, and he has not vomited even once in these six days of continuous use. It’s definitely worth a try if your ragdoll is wolfing his food down and tossing it back up.

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