What should Ragdoll cats eat?
For such a large breed, the Ragdoll cat usually lives a pretty sedentary life. Despite their size, the breed has earned the name Ragdoll because they have a reputation for collapsing like a ragdoll in the arms of anyone who holds them. This tendency makes them an excellent breed if you're looking for a lap-cat to lounge around with on lazy days. The breed's large size, laid back attitude and a unique combination of other traits mean they have nutritional needs that are slightly different to most other cats.
If you are looking for the best food for Ragdoll cats to eat, you should take all these needs into account. Among other things, the ideal diet for a Ragdoll should provide nutritional support for their large joints and bones, aid heart health and encourage them to properly chew their food before they swallow it.
Joints and bones
The Ragdoll is one of the largest breeds of domestic cats. Having such a big body makes them fantastic to cuddle, but it also can put a lot of strain on their bones and joints. Although Ragdolls usually aren't overly active, the health of their bones and joints is vital. A diet high in fatty acids is ideal for helping with this, as Omega 3s are known to have anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce swelling and prevent joint pain. Arthritis can also become an issue for Ragdolls in their senior years, which is why it is a good idea to feed them a supportive diet during their earlier years to help maintain healthy joints.
Ragdolls can have a genetic predisposition to develop heart issues. This is another reason Ragdoll cat food should be rich in the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, as they are known to help maintain healthy heart function. Another great support for heart health is the amino acid, taurine.
Most mammals can internally synthesize their own taurine from other amino acids, but this is not the case for cats. While cats need taurine to function properly, they can only get it by eating it in their diets. Because of their heightened issues with cardiac health, it becomes even more important for Ragdolls to have reinforced levels of taurine included as part of that diet.
Healthy skin and coat
The Ragdoll’s silky, semi-longhaired coat is one of the breed’s finest features. To maintain the condition of this breed's coat and to support the health of the skin underneath it, their diet should include omega-3 fatty acids in combination with omega-6 fatty acids, plus specific amino acids and vitamins.
More than just a meal
Every cat breed is uniquely different and each cat needs certain nutritional requirements to make sure their health is fully supported. Every detail of the Ragdoll’s specific needs has been considered by the ROYAL CANIN® research team, even down to the kibble size best suited for this particular breed.
ROYAL CANIN® Ragdoll food is not only designed to promote healthy heart function, maintain coat health and support their joints, the shape of the kibble has been engineered with the Ragdoll’s broad jaw in mind. The large, triangular pyramid shape makes it easier for them to grasp their food and also encourages proper chewing habits which leads to better digestion. If you’d like to find out more about this specific formula, head over to the Ragdoll breed page on our website.