RagaMuffin cat
Federations: CFA, WCF, ACFA

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Characteristics "RagaMuffin cat"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "RagaMuffin cat" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

Playfulness

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Activity level

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Friendliness to other pets

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Friendliness to children

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Grooming requirements

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Vocality

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Need for attention

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Affection towards its owners

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Docility

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Intelligence

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Independence

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Hardiness

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History

The history of RagaMuffin cat is closely linked to that of the Ragdoll.

It all started in 1963, When Ann Baker, a breeder of persian cats Of California, adopted the kittens of a semi-wild, semi-long-haired stray cat named Josephine. Josephine suffered a car accident that dramatically affected his character, making her calmer, friendly and loving. Pass on these behavioral qualities to your litter, to the amazement of Ann Baker, I didn't expect to get such obedient kittens from an originally wild stray cat. So he decided to start breeding a new breed called Ragdoll, in reference to the amazing propensity of these cats to go limp, extremely relaxed and even inert, as soon as they are caught.

However, Ann Baker He is quite an eccentric person and wants to keep control over the evolution of “their” race. By refusing to register the Ragdoll in official feline standardization bodies (like TICA), created his own association, the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA), intended to regulate development, the establishment of norms and the control of the different hatchlings of Ragdoll. It imposes very strict rules on breeders who want to market to the Ragdoll cat, which caused a first division in the community of breeders in 1975. This division led to the development of Ragdoll and its inclusion in the official international standards of organizations such as FIFé (Fédération Internationale Féline) and Cat Fancier Association (CFA).

In 1994, four breeders who disapproved of the practices of Ann Baker they also left the IRCA and developed a new breed similar to Ragdoll: the Ragamuffin, a Ragdoll Nameless. Favoring the preservation of the health and personality of the breed above its aesthetic appearance, they crossed to Ragdoll cat with the Persian, the Himalayan cat and semi-long haired stray cats, until reaching the current form of the Ragamuffin. The crossing of Ragamuffins with Ragdolls was allowed until 2010, before being banned, so as not to create confusion for potential buyers.

However, today, the RagaMuffin cat it is only recognized by a limited number of feline associations. It is the case of the World Cat Federation (WCF) from 2009, and of the American Cat Fancier Association (ACFA) from 2010, but with stricter acceptance criteria. The Cat Fancier Association (CFA) also recognizes the breed from 2003, and allows your horses to compete from 2011.

However, the lack of acceptance by larger organizations such as TICA or the LOOF does not yet allow breeders to Ragamuffin certify pedigree (lineage) of a litter of kittens Ragamuffin.

Last but not least, the Ragamuffin is present today mainly in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Physical characteristics

Ragamuffin
Ragamuffin

The Ragamuffin It is a breed of cat with semi-long hair whose physique is still very similar to that of its ancestor, the Ragdoll.

Bigger than the average cat, the body of the Ragamuffin is rectangular, quite muscular, with a broad chest and powerful shoulders, but a rather short neck. In general, the Ragamuffin is perceived as rounder than the Ragdoll.

The head is triangular, with good cheeks, round whisker pads and a skull well rounded. Ears tilt slightly forward. The eyes they are walnut-shaped, which gives the dog a very soft look. The Ragamuffin may sometimes have iris heterochromia (one eye of each color), a characteristic that is not accepted in its cousin.

The fur it is dense and very soft, similar to a rabbit. Hair is longer around the head, the neck and under the belly, but not as long as a Ragdoll. All are accepted colors coat and pattern variations, with the exception of colourpoint.

Size and weight

  • Male size: Of 23 - 25 cm.
  • Female size: 22-24 cm.
  • Male weight: 6-9 kg
  • Female weight: 4-6 kg

Breed standard

The breed standards are documents established by official organizations that list the conditions that a Ragamuffin to be fully recognized as belonging to the race:

Character and skills

"RagaMuffin cat"

Ragamuffin
Name: Ramu Gender: Female Kind: Ragamuffin – Takashi Hososhima from Tokyo, Japan, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Ragamuffin is a perfect indoor cat. He is known to be very docile, extremely affectionate and calm. Not a great athlete, but he loves to play and climb between naps. You can even learn to retrieve items, if its owner is very patient in cat training.

To the Ragamuffin likes to hang out with other people in the house and follow them to participate in the day's activities, what sometimes makes his owners say he behaves like a dog. Patient with children and particularly eager to be petted, loves to be the center of attention, sometimes to the point of being intrusive.

Confident and fearless, will be the first to greet strangers who visit home and rub his knees. It also does not show any animosity towards other animals in the house. (dogs, cats, birds and even rodents), provided they are gradually introduced.

This excess of kindness even leads some owners to say that their partner should stay indoors for their own safety., since it has very few reflexes to protect itself against aggression or danger.

In addition, nothing disturbs this quiet force, not even a move or a family change.

Health

Ragamuffin
Name: Ramu Gender: Female Kind: Ragamuffin – Takashi Hososhima from Tokyo, Japan, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commonsv

The Ragamuffin is a big cat with a slow growth rate. Like this, representatives of this breed reach their physical and behavioral maturity at the age of three or four years.

Like his ancestor the Ragdoll, Ragamuffin may have a similar predisposition to certain feline diseases, as the periodontal disease, the polycystic kidney disease and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an inherited syndrome that is more common in cats of Persian descent. It is recommended to use available DNA tests for these last two diseases., and ask the breeder if he has had the kitten's parents tested.

In addition, the Ragamuffin it is also prone to feline obesity, due to its not very athletic nature.
Last but not least, and this is rare enough to be mentioned, crossing with other breeds is allowed (mainly Persians and himalayan) every five generations, in order to reduce the effects of inbreeding on the general health of the Ragamuffin.

Life expectancy

12 - 18 years

Grooming

Regular brushing of the dog's coat RagaMuffin cat necessary to remove tangles from the coat and help prevent shedding throughout the house.

It is also recommended to trim the cat's nails every fortnight if you do not use them enough on a scratching post..

Last but not least, daily brushing of the cat's teeth is recommended to prevent periodontal disease (periodontosis). However, if the cat is not really docile, weekly brushing may be enough.

Food

The Ragamuffin is known to be a healthy cat. However, your laziness and greed can quickly lead to weight problems in the cat. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the amount of your food, as well as its quality.

Buy a "RagaMuffin cat"

The average price to adopt a kitten Ragamuffin is of some 300 EUR.

This rather low price is explained by the fact that, due to lack of recognition by the main international feline organizations, a breeder's Ragamuffin you are unable to provide a pedigree for the kittens you intend to sell. In fact, due to the lack of tangible and irrefutable evidence that it is true Ragamuffins And not from Ragdolls that do not meet the standards (or even kittens from another cross), negotiating the price of a kitten Ragamuffin is essentially based on trust between the breeder and the future owner.

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  1. Hello, I am from La Paz – Bolivia.
    I would also like to have a couple Ragamuffin.
    I wonder if anyone can sell me the race due certifications in Peru and Chile. Thank you.

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  2. Hi I'm from bogota colombia need a Ragamuffin white with the naris red female maximum two months old send preci the cheapest possible

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  3. Nice to meet you,I live in Lima- Peru and am interested in adopting a ragamuffin or a ragdoll, preferably baby , If anyone has any information please contact me , Thank you

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  4. Good evening my name is Vic Alfred Parra, I am interested in purchasing a pair of cats ragamuffin would like to know is your cost of shipping to bogota, colombia or any information who can sell these kittens excellent in any nearby country my email is alfredp1217@hotmail.com for any contact thank you

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  5. I have one beautiful and attest that are so, My Benito is highly familiar, I have moved twice and it has not affected you, occasionally escapes and comes all arunado but Victor, I have it its first month and they let me in the door of my house. The master

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  6. Hello, as the other comments I also saw feline ABC on Animal Planet and I fell in love, then I wanted to ask them if they know of someone that sold in Chile or in some nearby country, for transport or something like, any information will be very grateful.

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    • Holi I also saw ABC feline and I fell in love with the rgamuffin and also of the British short hair if lguien knows how to get them on ima please diganmeloooooooo peru

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