Ragdoll cats are one of the most popular cat breeds around. These adorable cats are loving, playful, and make ideal pets. This makes them a very sought-after breed. Unfortunately, Ragdolls are also one of the more expensive cats out there. The initial cost of bringing a Ragdoll home from a reputable breeder will easily cost $1,000 or more. Once they are in your home, you’ll find that, like any pet, there are monthly costs involved with keeping your Ragdoll happy and healthy. Let’s take a look at a breakdown of these costs so you can decide whether one of these beautiful kitties is right for you.
Bringing Home a New Ragdoll Cat: One-Time Costs
Bringing home a Ragdoll cat is a special moment. Of course, the entire family will be excited but that doesn’t mean you won’t be considering the one-time costs involved. The largest expense you’ll face will be the cost associated with bringing one of these cats home from a reputable breeder. Ragdoll cats and the fees involved with their purchase often cost $1,000 or more. Below, we’ll take a look at several of the costs involved when making a Ragdoll cat the newest member of your family.
Finding a Ragdoll cat for free is not an easy feat. That doesn’t mean that you can’t be lucky enough to have a friend who is looking to rehome a Ragdoll or who may have a kitten they are willing to part with. You must keep in mind, however, that if a Ragdoll cat is being given to you for free, the owner is losing $1,000 or more. There could potentially be behavioral or health issues related to the cat or kitten in question so beware.
Additional Costs to Factor In
Of course, the things mentioned above aren’t the only costs you may experience when owning a Ragdoll cat. Like with any pet, there are always additional costs you need to factor in. When you go on vacation, you will need to pay someone to come by your home and care for your cat. If not, you may need to seek out a pet boarder.
You’ll also find that Ragdoll kittens like to get into things. This means they could cause damage around the house that you’ll need to fix. Fortunately, these cats learn quickly and shouldn’t be overly destructive. If you have behavioral issues with your Ragdoll, you may need training assistance which will also cost a bit extra.
Owning a Ragdoll Cat on a Budget
If you’re on a tight budget, owning a Ragdoll may seem like an impossible task. If you’re able to purchase your Ragdoll from a reputable breeder, you’ll quickly realize they don’t cost more than other cats to own. By providing your kitty with high-quality cat food, you lower their risk of health issues. It’s also important to keep a close eye on your cat to avoid injuries. If you can keep your Ragdoll healthy, you’ll find that the money saved on medical care can be used to help with your cat’s other needs.
Saving Money on Ragdoll Cat Care
Luckily, there are several ways you can save money on your Ragdoll’s cat care. When buying things they need, look for money-saving coupons. You’ll also find that signing up for auto-ship with sites like Chewy offers great savings. You can also lower your kitty’s entertainment costs by making fun toys for them yourself. There’s always string and cardboard around the house that can be used.
Not only are Ragdoll cats beautiful, but they are also expensive. When choosing a Ragdoll from a reputable breeder you should expect to pay $1,000 or more. In comparison to other cat breeds, this is quite expensive. However, when looking at the monthly costs involved in caring for a Ragdoll cat, you’ll find that they aren’t that different from any other breed. Like any pet, Ragdolls require love, time, and money for them to be happy and healthy. If you’re unsure of whether you can afford the needs of one of these cats, perhaps you should wait to bring one into your family. When the time is right, a Ragdoll will make a great pet and friend.
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