Ragamuffin Cat Breed Information
Ragamuffin cats are:
- They like going limp when held.
- Loves people.
- Not very athletic.
- Loves playing and scratching.
The Ragamuffin will follow people around the house and greet family members at the door. The Ragamuffin’s moods are very variable and have mood swings that make them extremely grouchy at random.
Where does the Ragamuffin come from?
The Ragamuffin originates from the University of California USA in the 1960’s.
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What type of Body does the Ragamuffin have i.e. coat, patterns etc?
The Ragamuffins body characteristics include:
- Being a muscular breed.
- Don’t reach maturity until roughly 4 years old.
- A Ragamuffins body is broad-chested and rectangular.
- A short neck supported by shoulders.
- Broad head.
- Rounded forehead.
- Nose dip.
- Ragamuffin coats come in all colours and patterns.
- Ragamuffin coats are medium-length which is longer around the stomach.
- Ragamuffin coats are very thick but doesn’t easily mat of clump.
What type of coat does an Ragamuffin have?
A domestic non-pedigreed longhaired white cat was taken to a laboratory in the University of California after a car accident in the 1960s. The next litter that she had were exceptionally friendly kittens and their offspring were likewise exceptionally friendly. Mrs Ann Baker bought several of the kittens to create a breed which is known as the Ragdoll. Baker, an established cat breeder, set up her own registry, the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA) having trademarked the name ‘Ragdoll’, spurning the traditional cat breeding associations.
She imposed severe standards on other breeders who were not permitted to register the Ragdoll with another breed association. However a group wanted mainstream recognition for the Ragdoll in 1975 and developed the Ragdoll standard which is accepted by the major cat registers. Another group wanted to leave the IRCA in 1994 due to the strict breeding restrictions and create their own group. As the name Ragdoll was trademarked by Barker, they renamed their cats Ragamuffins. It was originally put forward as a joke but the original registry couldn’t be undone so the name stuck. The Ragamuffins were in their fifth generation of inbreeding so the group were concerned.
Their resolution was to outcross to Persians, domestic longhaired cats and Himalayans. That increased the Ragamuffins distinctiveness. Some inbreeding of the Ragdoll was allowed, although that will end in 2010 for ACFA-recognised Ragamuffins, a cat must have at least one parent with an ACFA-accepted outcross to qualify as a Ragamuffin. Ragamuffins are more expensive than the Ragdoll, mainly due to the marketing expertise of its founders. United Feline Organisation (UFO) were the first cat association that accepted the Ragamuffin at full show champion status. It is also accepted at the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) and the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) as a provisional breed in 2003 in the miscellaneous class but some major cat associations refuse to accept the Ragamuffin due to its close association with the Ragdoll.
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Food the Ragamuffin eats?
The Ragamuffins diet should be controlled so they don’t become overweight but Ragamuffins will eat normal cat food, however it is advised that a vet is consulted to help chose weight management food that would be best for the Ragamuffin.
Is the Ragamuffin an indoor or outdoor cat?
The Ragamuffin is a cat that is best kept indoors for their own protections as they are very gentle natured.
Does the Ragamuffin have health problem?
The Ragamuffin is mainly a healthy breed of cat but it is known for carrying extra weight so diet is really the only health problem. For more details and information about ragamuffin cat breed, click here.