Both Burmese and Ragdoll cats are popular options for families looking for a family pet. Both breeds are well-known for liking people. But there are some notable differences between to two—and Gabby Dexter summed them up brilliantly in this post she put on the Burmese Cat Obsession group on Facebook. We loved it so much, we asked Gabby whether we could reprint it here (and she said yes—thanks Gabby!).
Last year I asked people here of those Burm vs Ragdoll experiences as we were getting a Raggie kitten. We’ve had Ushi the Ragdoll for seven months now and as, from what I know, both are very typical of their breeds I thought you’d be interested in the breed differences, seeing as they are both breeds known for being people centric.
Burm: Petite, lithe and sleek—essentially a small puma. Like a brick wrapped in velvet.
Ragdoll: Large, clumsy and floppy. Like a pudding wrapped in cotton wool.
Burm: Keen eyed, occasional resting bitch face, looks thoughtful and judgmental.
Ragdoll: Pure innocence, has no idea what’s going on, chances of any thoughts being in their head at any given time unlikely.
Raggies also have amazingly hairy big feet.
Burm: The cleverest cat you’ll ever meet, always one step ahead, plotting, learns tricks well, frustratingly good problem-solving skills.
Ragdolls: Thick as mince.
Burm: A low, strong meow, always chatting, big range of sounds, no thought goes unsaid.
Ragdoll: A high, sweet kitten-like mew, doesn’t chat but cries A LOT if you leave the room because apparently you’ve suddenly stopped existing. Has a nervous breakdown if you go to the bathroom without him. A surprisingly good mimic.
Burm: Dog-like, constant and faithful love and loyalty, lives for cuddles, wants to be cuddled all the time, wants to be with you all the time, loves being held, stroked, kissed, ticked, purrs the whole time. Sits on my son’s bed at night to watch over him until he falls asleep.
Ragdoll: Wants to be with you all the time but not touched thank you very much! Waits for me by the door whenever I pop outside. Loves being brushed. Lives for tummy rubs. If you put your face too close to him he will push it away with his paw EVERY TIME! Likes sleeping by our feet or lying near us in bed but never on us.
Burm: Greets me with ecstatic meowing, twisting round my legs, reaching up for cuddles, loud purring, chirps and head boops.
Ragdoll: Greets me by falling over.
Burm: Loves to climb, is frequently found on top of the fridge/ curtain rails. Likes to jump and be as high as possible.
Ragdoll: Needs help getting onto the bed. Can’t jump very well, hates heights yet I still find him asleep on top of our bookshelf every morning about to roll off (and I have no idea how he’s doing it!)
Burm: Gannet. Eats everything. Always begging for tidbits. Will kill for fish. We have to spell the word around him or he’ll go nuts. Cast iron stomach.
Ragdoll: There is exactly one type of food he will eat, and even that gives him the squits. Very fussy, not interested in fish.
Burm: Fastidiously clean. His nickname is ‘Niles’.
Ragdoll: NEVER covers up after himself when he’s used the litter tray. My partner used to try and teach him what to do by dragging him back to the litter tray and showing him how to cover it. My partner has long since given up and now just does it himself.
Ragdoll only: Two words; poo scissors.
Burm: Elegant and precise
Ragdoll: Sleeps on his back with all four legs in the air. Rolls off the bed at least once a week.
Burm: If he does something daft that makes you laugh (ie falls off the bed) he will glare at you until your soul shrivels up. A very proud creature.
Ragdoll: Will do it again for the lols.
Burm: Has a funny half hour once a day and goes crazy.
Ragdoll: Too lazy to move.
Burm: Liked aggressive kitten play when little.
Ragdoll: Very very gentle. Never been nipped by him even in play. Also, too lazy to move.