Ragdoll cats live for 13–18 years on average and are generally healthy pets.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and urinary tract problems are the two most serious health issues for ragdolls. Your kitten will be examined for health issues by a reputable breeder, but it’s crucial to get them checked on a regular basis until they reach adulthood. HCM and other health issues in cats can be unnoticed for a long time.
“Health difficulties can be more common in purebreds, just like in all other purebreds,” Goudey-Rigger explains. “Having a solid relationship with an expert cat veterinarian is essential since there is an increase in illnesses that can be avoided or at least delayed by diet and frequent veterinary treatment.”