The Ragamuffin is a breed of domestic cat. If you look closely, it resemble quite a bit like the Ragdoll because it’s a variant of the Ragdoll cat but was established as a separate breed in 1994. Ragamuffins are notable for their friendly personalities and thick fur. They are also one of the laziest breeds just like Ragdolls, hence it will be best to keep them as indoor pets.
Just like its close cousin, the Ragdoll, Ragamuffin have a fairly short history as a distinct breed. After the Ragdoll was first produced by Ann Baker in the 1960s, a group of breeders wanted to boost the variety in their cats’ coat colors and patterns and body sizes. Plus, they wanted to add more genetic variation to their litters a wider gene pool. Thus, it can offer some protection against hereditary or genetic health conditions. Ann Baker strictly controlled the breeding of Ragdolls and didn’t want to add variation to her breed so the breeders who think differently were set out to create their own distinctive breed.
During the making of a purrfect fluffy friend, these breeders had crossed Ragdoll with Persians, Himalayans and other domestic cats to increase size, and also to create physical attributes that would differentiate Ragamuffins from Ragdolls. One funny thing was that the name “Ragamuffin” was initially a joke made by one of the original breeders, but it stuck when the official breed registry could not be changed. Plus, it’s an homage to Ragdoll cats, which first inspired them.
Today, Ragamuffins are an official breed recognized by the United Feline Association, the American Cat Fanciers Association, and the Cat Fanciers Federation. It wasn’t until 2011 that Ragamuffins were officially recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association.
Ragamuffins are a muscular, heavy breed of cat needing approximately four to five years to fully mature. The physical traits of the breed include a rectangular, broad-chested body with shoulders supporting a short neck. These cats are classified as having heavy bones and a “substantial” body type.
They are also best known for their super plush coats. Unlike many cats with long coats, Ragamuffins’ coats are relatively low maintenance. To top it all of, they are tangle resistant, so YAY! You can brush or comb your Ragamuffin once or twice per week to remove any minor tangles or mats, and remove dead hair build-up. Ragamuffins are not prone to excessive shedding whether it’s normal season or shedding season.
- Weight: 6 to 10 kg
- Coat length: Long and silky
- Amount of shedding: Moderate
- Color: White, Black, Platinum, Blue, Red, Lavender, Cinnamon, Chestnut, and Chocolate, Calico, Bicolor,
- Pattern: Tabby
Often been referred as ‘puppy-like’ due to being friendly, intelligent and super personable. They love to learn new tricks and play games. You best bet they can easily learn walking on a leash. They love their people and are affectionate and cuddly, so much so, that when they are picked up, they go limp. These cats are not particularly athletic, although they are fun and playful.
They like to scamper up their scratching posts, and can be induced to run after a toy if you don’t get carried away with the whole idea. Generally a Ragamuffin will greet you at the door and then follow you around the house ready to hear about your day without being insistent. This is not to say the Ragamuffin isn’t vocal, but they aren’t raucous. Because of their trusting nature, the Ragamuffin is a strictly indoor cat, and is an adaptable, easy, and very lovable companion.
- Lifespan: 12 to 18 years
- Active: Moderate
- Intelligence: Moderate
- Vocalize: Moderate
Although genetic variation offers some protection against inherited health problems, Ragamuffins can be susceptible to certain conditions. Not every cat will develop these conditions, but it’s important to know the signs should they arise in your cat.
Some health issues that are common include:
- Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD): Multiple cyst develop on a cat’s kidneys.
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM): Heart muscle thicken lead to heart disease.
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