Ragamuffin Cat Breed

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History

The Ragamuffin is a variant of the Ragdoll cat breed. This was a separate breed that was established around 1993-1994. They can easily confused with the Ragdoll as they are very similar in their characteristics and in appearance.

It is suggested that this breed was developed by breeding long haired cat breeds such as Birmans and Persians.

Size and Age

Ragamuffins are known for being bulky, muscular cats. They are large cats that prefer to sit in your lap or be held for extended periods of time. As their name suggests, they usually go limp in your arms while you are holding them and will tolerate most handling.

They require about four to five years to completely mature. They will end up being around 11 to 20 pounds when they are finished growing. The average life span of the Ragamuffin is around 13 to 15 years, although this will vary from cat to cat. You can expect neutered and spayed cats to weigh more than cats that have not yet been fixed.


Coat and Grooming

Just like Siberian cats, the Ragamuffin does not mat often. You can expect to groom them once to two times per week with a stainless steel comb. A flea comb may be used if you suspect fleas or flea dirt.

A bath is usually only necessary if your companion gets into a nasty substance such as dirt or mud. Cats are very self-sufficient in the grooming department unless they are sick or aged.

Nail trimming may be done every 3-4 weeks to prevent them from getting their claws stuck on fabric. Nail trimming is easy to perform and this task can be demoed by your veterinarian.

Care

Because cats grow the most within their first year of life, feeding kitten food is ideal up to one year of age. Kitten food contains a higher protein content that will facilitate his growing needs and high activity level.

You will want to provide plenty of opportunity for exercising and accustoming him to new situations. I recommend supplying scratching posts, cat towers, cat tunnels, and catnip mice. Providing interactive play sessions 3-4 times a day to the tune of 10-15 minutes is also a great way to get started on the right foot. Click here to see what toys work best for interactive play sessions.

Under one year old is a great time to introduce him to walking on a leash, nail trimming, and bathing. Your cat should ideally see your veterinarian once per year for a physical examination so issues can be detected early and treated as needed. Monthly flea prevention starting at about 8 weeks old and yearly vaccinations are highly recommended after the first round of shots are done.

Brush the teeth daily to prevent periodontal disease and tartar formation. Clean the ears once a week with a ear cleaning solution from the veterinarian to prevent ear mites or debris build up.

The litter box should be cleaned twice a day to reduce odor. Use a non-clumping cat litter for cats under 4 months of age.

Health

Most cats that come from reputable breeders are already fixed. If you receive a cat that is not fixed, you should fix the cat around 4 to 6 months old to prevent health issues that can occur as a result of not fixing them.

Ragamuffin cats are very healthy but are prone to the some health issues that are hereditary.

The condition of most concern for large cat breeds like the Ragamuffin is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and polycystic kidney disease.

Polycystic kidney disease may cause renal failure. It is linked to Persian cats and cats that are in the Persian ancestry.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most commonly seen form of heart disease in cats. It will cause the heart muscle to thicken. It has been found that the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be screened via an echocardiogram.


Personality

The Ragamuffin is a very sociable cat that will take an instant liking to guests and visitors. He will most likely even be the one to greet your friends.

This breed will get along very well with dogs, visitors, and other cats. You may even consider walking this breed on a leash since they have a very outgoing nature.

The owner that prefers to sit down and pet a cat after a long day of work will take comfort in having this cat lay next to them.

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  • Affectionate
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  • Shedding
  • Children Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
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