Cat Breed Profile: RagaMuffin

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The RagaMuffin is a large and affectionate cat great for families with children.

Breed

RagaMuffin

Physical Description

The RagaMuffin is a large, strong and healthy cat with a medium-long coat that comes in various colors and patterns. The coat is thick and resembles the fur of a rabbit. The cat has large, expressive eyes and thrives on human companionship.

Males weight between 15 to 20 pounds, while females weigh between 10 to 15 pounds. The average life expectancy of a RagaMuffin is 18 years but has been known to be exceeded because of advancements in veterinary medicine.

Origin

The RagaMuffin cat appeared in 1994, although some stories about its origin are conflicting. The most commonly accepted history involves breeding that began with the Ragdoll cat. Ann Baker began breeding Ragdoll cats in the 1960s after acquiring a beautiful cat with a calm and affectionate personality. She formed an association to protect the breed and had strict breeding requirements.

In 1994 a group broke off from her organization because of these requirements, and they began breeding Ragdoll cats with Persian and Himalayan cats. This new breed came to be known as the RagaMuffin. The Cat Fanciers’ Association accepted the breed in 2003 and allowed the advancement to championship class in 2011.

Temperament

RagaMuffin cats are known for their affectionate personalities. They thrive on human companionship and attention, and are often found waiting at the door for you and will curl up in your lap for hours. They are patient with children and enjoy being around other pets.

Cuddling and playfulness is common in the breed, and they are not known to be aggressive. This intelligent lap cat can be vocal at times and will want to remain close to you as much as possible. The RagaMuffin doesn’t reach maturity until four to five years, so be prepared for an extended kitten period full of playfulness and an overload of cute.

The RagaMuffin in the video below is in a busy cafe with people and animals and doesn’t seem the least bit bothered:

Exercise Needs

RagaMuffin cats do not have any special exercise needs. They should not be allowed outdoors unsupervised; their affectionate and trusting nature can make them unaware or fearless of outdoor dangers. Their physical activity should be similar to that of most cats (sleeping long hours, playing, running and jumping). Contact your veterinarian if you notice a decrease in activity or mobility; this could be a sign of a health issue.

Grooming Requirements

The RagaMuffin’s medium-long coat is dense and soft with a long, plush tail. The fur does not mat or clump easily, making grooming frequency minimal. The cat should be brushed at least once per week or daily if you want to minimize shedding. Trim the cat’s nails as needed (usually once every week to two weeks) and clean the ears and teeth to promote good overall health.

Common Health Problems

There are no known genetic health problems in the RagaMuffin breed. They can become overweight, so their food intake should be monitored and consistent.

This video provides a great overview of the qualities that make the RagaMuffin so desirable:

Is the RagaMuffin the Right Cat for You?

RagaMuffin cats are loyal and affectionate companions. They remain calm amid chaos and are ideal for families with active children. They tolerate handling well and require minimal grooming. They are prone to following you around the house or meeting you at the door, and they are affectionately known as lap cats for their desire to snuggle. They should not be kept outdoors and have no known genetic health issues.

If you can keep an indoor cat and have the time to provide attention and affection, the RagaMuffin might be perfect for you.

Adopt, Don’t Buy

If you consider getting a RagaMuffin for your next pet, please check adoption resources — even purebred animals end up in shelters. Try Pets Adviser’s own pet adoption page. (Select the “Cats” tab, and you can filter your results by breed and ZIP code.)

Additional Resources

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