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Can Ragdoll Cats Go Outside? What You Need to Know!

Ragdolls are notorious for going limp in your arms, hence the name. So, can a fuzzy limp noodle do well outside?

Truthfully, the answer is no. Ragdolls should be kept indoors. However, you’ll be happy to hear there are outdoor activities you can try, as long as you provide supervision.

We think they’re worth a shot. What do you think? Let’s find out.

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Ragdoll Cat Personality

Are you ready to look into those beautiful blue eyes and cuddle? With Ragdolls, extended lap snuggles are a must.

Ragdolls are social butterflies that offer love to anyone, anywhere, at any time. These cats love feeling your heartbeat against their loud, throaty purrs.

Because of their laidback charisma, Ragdolls tolerate young children as long as they are handled appropriately. They don’t require much exercise, although regular playtime with cat toys will provide optimal enrichment.

Ragdolls enjoy social interaction, so pets of any kind are friends to the humble Ragdoll. As long as your other pets are friendly, your Ragdoll will have no issues becoming friends.

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Why Ragdolls Are Best Left Indoors

Letting your cat roam the great outdoors is a controversial debate among cat owners. Some say letting your cat out is dangerous, while others say it improves overall well-being. Each side has its reasons. But when it comes to Ragdolls, indoor cat life is best.

Ragdolls are good-natured cats even at their worst, and that’s part of the problem with letting them outside. Their tranquil personalities make them vulnerable to all kinds of harm, like prowling tom cats, loose dogs, and stranger danger.

Ragdolls are too kind for their own good, so it’s wise to keep them as an indoor breed.

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6 Fun Outdoor Activities for Ragdolls

Regardless of personality, there is value in letting your cat enjoy a nice breeze and sunshine now and then. Here are six fun outdoor activities for your big softie. With only 10 minutes a day, you can enrich your Ragdoll’s life for the better.

1. Cat Walks

We’re big fans of cat leashes and harnesses. They tether your cat to you while it adventures bushes and trees. You have a front-row seat to how your cat explores the world.

Remember that your Ragdoll will still be at risk from roaming dogs and other animals, so stay alert. Find a solid escape-proof cat harness and leash, and you’ll explore the neighborhood with your Ragdoll in no time.

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2. Kitty Strollers

Unlike cat leashes and harnesses, kitty strollers offer better protection from the wild. Your Ragdoll can’t roam freely, but it can still view the neighborhood from an unknown perspective. Plus, you can move at your own pace instead of waiting for your cat to move.

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3. Supervised Backyard Time

If you want to let your Ragdoll free range, supervise the backyard while your Ragdoll explores.

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4. Catio

Want to keep your Ragdoll enclosed? Try building a catio! A catio is a fancy cage serving as an outdoor sanctuary for your cat. Catios come in all sizes, from window boxes to large backyard tunnels and hideaways. Get creative and watch your Ragdoll have a blast!

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5. Window Basking

Don’t underestimate the power of window basking. Your Ragdoll can enjoy the fresh air and vitamin D from the window. Embellish the window with a hammock, and your Ragdoll will be in paradise.

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6. Indoor Plants

Some cats only want to eat grass and other plants. You can meet your Ragdoll halfway by bringing plants indoors. Plants like cat grass, catnip, sage, and other cat-friendly herbs are great remedies for boredom.

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Image Credit: Pikist

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Conclusion

The indoor lifestyle is best suited for a Ragdoll. Still, there are plenty of safe outdoor activities for your Ragdoll to enjoy. It’s okay to be worried for your cat. The important thing to remember is to provide a secure environment and never leave your Ragdoll outside.

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Featured Image Credit: Serita Vossen, Shutterstock

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