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Ragdoll and Sacred of Burma: the differences
Ragdoll and Sacred of Burma: the differences

It is easy to imagine why so many people confuse a Ragdoll cat with a Sacred of Burma: it is above all the combinations of colors in which they appear that deceive a not too experienced observer. There are, however, substantial ones differences that can allow us to distinguish them: let's find out here what they are.

sacred cat of burma on black background
sacred cat of burma on black background

Physical aspect

Ragdolls are quite large, with males weighing up to 9 kg and females up to 7 kg. Although their size may be a little intimidating, they are considered "good giants". Robust, with a medium-long hair, they can be of 6 different colors in 4 possible combinations.

The Sacred of Burma are instead much smaller, stopping at 5.5 kg in weight in males and even less in females. They come in a variety of colors including red, cream and brown. However, all specimens of this breed have white paw ends and blue eyes.


The Sacred ones of Burma have been around for longer compared to the Ragdolls, as their origins go back to France in 1910. The beginning was a bit difficult, as the Second World War decimated them all but a single couple: it took many years for us to could recover from that loss. These animals then landed in the United States in the 1960s, and the Cat Fanciers Association officially recognized the breed in 1967.

The Ragdolls were born in the United States, and more precisely in California in 1963 from a white cat (with some traits of the Siamese) named Josephine, from which all the Ragdolls still in circulation today descend. The breed was recognized by the CFA in 1993.

sacred cat of burma
sacred cat of burma


If you want a loving cat, both breeds are for you. Ragdolls are sometimes compared to dogs because they are very companionable and tend to follow their humans wherever they go; come with a calm temperament and relaxed and will be happy to spend time curled up at your feet. This does not mean that they are necessarily sedentary: they love cuddles and games in the open air like many other cats, but in general they prefer to be with their family members.

The Sacred of Burma are much more active and they love to run and chase each other. They also love the company of other cats and even dogs don't give them any problems, so this is the right choice if you already have another pet to keep them company. Cats of this breed won't follow you everywhere like Ragdolls, but rest assured that when they want your attention they won't have a hard time letting you know. In general, however, these are two friendly, versatile and socializing breeds.

ragdoll on the ground
ragdoll on the ground


Ragdolls are mostly in good health, but there have been reports of bladder stones and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy linked to this breed. The latter disorder, which consists of a thickening of the heart muscle, is the most common among cats and unfortunately there is no way to predict whether an animal will develop it in the course of its life. Ragdolls also feature a very rapid growth and they require a fair amount of food in the age of development, which generally ends around the age of 4: this is the ideal time to put it on a diet, to avoid it putting on too much weight.

In the case of the Sacred of Burma, there are currently no risks associated with congenital diseases.


Despite their gorgeous coat, cats of both breeds are relatively easy to care for. The Sacred of Burma have no undercoat, and therefore it is difficult for the hair to get knotted if it is brushed weekly.

The medium to long coat of the Ragdoll should be brushed more frequently, even twice a week, to reduce the risk of knots.