If you’re worried about your ragdoll cat being lonely on their own, one option is to adopt a companion for them.
But do ragdolls like company? Or do they prefer being alone?
Ragdoll cats, like most other breeds, can live happily as solo pets, but they can also benefit from the companionship of other cats or even other animals. If you plan on getting another animal to keep your ragdoll company, it’s best to introduce them when your cat is still a kitten, so they can grow up together and develop a bond.
Ragdolls are affectionate and social creatures that thrive in a supportive and loving environment.
While they don’t necessarily need another cat for companionship – our ragdoll, Poppie, has been happy living on her own for more than five years – they can benefit greatly from having another pet to interact with.
If you are considering getting a ragdoll cat, it’s important to think about the amount of time and attention you can give them and whether you are willing to provide alternative forms of companionship if needed.
In this article, we’ll explore the question of whether or not ragdolls need a companion to help you make the right decision for you and your cat.
Can ragdoll cats benefit from companionship?
Ragdoll cats, like all cats, are social animals and can benefit from the companionship of other cats or even other animals. A companion can provide emotional and mental stimulation for your ragdoll, which can help prevent boredom and reduce the risk of behavioral issues.
A friend can also provide a sense of security and comfort for your cat, which can be especially beneficial if you are away from home for long periods of time (for example, if you work long shifts).
Additionally, giving your ragdoll a companion can also be beneficial for you as the owner, as it can provide a sense of connection and make your cat less dependent on human interaction.
It’s important to note that every cat is different and some may prefer being alone, while others may thrive with company.
If you are planning to introduce another animal into your home to keep your ragdoll company, it’s probably best to do it while they’re young so that they can bond together from an early age.
Do ragdoll cats like being alone?
Ragdoll cats are generally quite social animals, and they do enjoy having company. It depends on their individual personality. Some ragdolls are content being by themselves for short periods of time, while others may become stressed and anxious if they are left alone for too long.
As a general rule, my wife and I would never leave our ragdoll at home alone for more than 48 hours – by that time, she would have run out of food and filled up her litter trays (not to mention become extremely lonely).
If ever we plan on being away for longer, we usually drop the cat off to family or friends to look after, or even a professional cat sitter if we run out of options.
So, can ragdolls be left alone? Yes. Do they like being left alone? Every ragdoll is different.
Some thrive around other animals, while others prefer being the star of the show (I can tell you our ragdoll is definitely the latter, based on her past interactions with other cats).
There is no right or wrong answer, but don’t feel you have to rush out and buy a second cat just to keep your ragdoll company – there is every chance they’ll be quite happy on their own.
Do ragdoll cats get along with other breeds?
Ragdolls generally get along well with other cats, including other breeds. They’re also known to be good with dogs and other animals, as long as they are introduced and socialized properly. This is largely due to their friendly, curious and playful personalities.
Some ragdolls may be more sociable than others, and might get along better with other cats or animals.
In my experience, ragdolls will shy away from other cats or animals initially until they can trust them – only once they feel comfortable will they start to come out of their shell and start engaging.
To ensure your ragdoll doesn’t get overwhelmed, introduce them gradually to other animals (especially if they are already an adult) and supervise their interactions.
This will help you to identify any potential issues early on and address them before they become a problem.
Factors that influence the need for companionship in ragdoll cats
There are several factors that can influence a ragdoll cat’s need for companionship. These include the cat’s age, their previous experiences (if any) with other animals, their personality, and their individual needs.
It’s important to remember that every ragdoll cat is unique and what works for one may not work for another.
If you’re considering adding a companion to your ragdoll’s life, you should take these factors into account and I’ve outlined some of the advantages and disadvantages below to help with your decision-making.
Advantages of giving your ragdoll cat a companion
Emotional and mental stimulation: Having a companion can provide your ragdoll cat with emotional and mental stimulation, which can prevent boredom and reduce the risk of behavioral issues such as destructive scratching or excessive meowing.
Sense of security and comfort: A companion can provide security and comfort for your ragdoll cat, especially when you are away from home. Cats can become anxious when left alone for long periods of time, and having another animal around can help reduce this anxiety.
Physical exercise and play: Having a companion can also provide an outlet for your ragdoll’s physical energy, which can be beneficial for their overall health and well-being. Cats enjoy playing and chasing each other, and having a companion can give your ragdoll an opportunity to engage in healthy physical activity.
Reduce dependence on humans: Providing your ragdoll a companion can also be beneficial for you as an owner, as it can reduce your cat’s dependence on human interaction. Cats that are used to being around other animals may be more independent and less demanding of your attention.
Company during the day while you’re away: A companion can keep your ragdoll company during the day while you’re at work, reducing the chances of them getting lonely.
Behavioral benefits: Having a companion can also reduce the chances of your ragdoll engaging in negative behaviors such as destructive scratching or chewing by redirecting their attention and providing them with an outlet to express their natural instincts.
Disadvantages of giving your ragdoll cat a companion
Increased costs: The more animals you own, the more you’ll spend on food, litter and veterinary care. Before getting your ragdoll a companion, make sure it fits your budget.
Potential for fights and conflicts: Although ragdolls are known for their friendly and affectionate personalities, cats in general can be territorial and may not always get along with other felines or animals. This can lead to fights or conflicts, which can cause stress for both the cats and you as the owner (not knowing how they’ll behave together when left alone).
Potential for spreading of disease: Cats can also spread diseases to one another, so it’s important to ensure that any companion you bring into your home is healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.Ragdolls should be fully vaccinated by their breeder before being sold, and you should be able to obtain records of this before bringing your new cat home.
Potential for increased grooming needs: If you have two ragdolls, you may need to groom them more frequently to keep their coats in good condition. This can be time consuming or costly if you opt to pay for a professional groomer to do it.
Increased space needs: Introducing a companion also means you will need more space for your two pets including extra bedding, litter boxes, feeding stations and toys. If you live in a small apartment, you need to consider if you have enough room for you, your ragdoll and another animal.
Potential for behavioral problems: Ragdolls, like all cats, can be territorial and may not like having to share the spotlight with another cat. This could lead to them acting out by marking their territory with urine or acting more aggressively than usual.
Alternatives to provide companionship for a single ragdoll cat
While a second ragdoll or a different breed of cat can provide companionship to a solitary ragdoll, it isn’t always necessary.
There are several alternative options for providing companionship, including:
- Hiring a pet sitter or a cat walker to spend time with your ragdoll while you’re away
- Providing plenty of toys, scratching posts, and other interactive items to keep your ragdoll occupied while they’re alone
- Regularly scheduling playtime and cuddle sessions with your ragdoll when you’re home
- Adopting a small pet, such as a rabbit or a hamster, to keep your ragdoll company
There are plenty of things you can explore or trial before rushing out and buying a second cat to act as a companion for your ragdoll.
While ragdoll cats can live happily without another cat, they can equally benefit from some form of companionship – whether it be from another pet, a pet sitter, or regular interaction with their owners.
Providing a supportive and loving environment for your ragdoll cat will help ensure their happiness, health, and overall well-being.
If you believe a companion is the right option for your ragdoll, make sure your living arrangements and budget can accommodate it before rushing out and getting one.