RagaMuffin Cats Traits
The RagaMuffin Cat has several distinct characteristics that have made them grow in popularity over the years. Below is a list of the RagaMuffin cat characteristics that make them so special below.
RagaMuffins are known and loved for their docile, easy-going nature and will often flop and go limp when you hold them. RagaMuffin cats love to be with their humans, whether it be in their lap or being cuddled. They are often called puppy-cats by both breeders and owners due to their dog-like qualities. They will often follow you around the house "helping" you do chores, purring away.
Many RagaMuffins even play fetch like a dog or will sit up and beg just like a dog. RagaMuffins can be easily trained and if you try clicker training them, you will usually be rewarded by your RagaMuffin giving you a high five or other such tricks as they are a very intelligent breed.
RagaMuffins are also known as "door greeters" as they love to welcome people visiting your home and love the attention they receive.
RagaMuffins are large-boned cats and are generally a larger breed of feline. Females are smaller than males and usually weigh between 10 to 16 pounds. Males can be significantly larger and there have been some male RagaMuffins that weigh over 20 pounds, though most are between 15 to 20 pounds. RagaMuffin cats are a slow maturing breed and can take about four years to reach its adult size.
Coat and Grooming
RagaMuffins have medium long to longer, silky, rabbit-like dense coats that resist matting. The coat colors come in tons of colors and patterns. The coat is slightly longer around the neck, forming a beautiful ruff. RagaMuffins will have some tufting in the ears and between their toes. One common misconception is that RagaMuffins are born all white and develop color over time. This is only true for what is known as the pointed RagaMuffins, which only have color on the tails legs and head. The other colors are born with color, though depending upon the color, some colors get darker as the RagaMuffin matures.
RagaMuffin cats should be combed once or twice a week with a metal toothed comb. This will keep their coat in good condition, tangle free and reduce shedding.
The RagaMuffin "Look"
RagaMuffins are known for their very sweet expressions. RagaMuffin adult cats often still look like kittens due to this quality. A combination of large, expressive, walnut-shaped eyes, puffy whisker pads and a scoop to the nose, not a break like the Persian breed, all contribute to this sweet expression. There are no extremes in the RagaMuffin cat, but a balance of these qualities give this breed an adorable expression to match their personality.
RagaMuffins are a generally healthy breed with no known common health problems particular to the breed. Since RagaMuffins are related to Ragdolls and have used Persians as an outcross to increase genetic diversity, it is a good idea to ensure any RagaMuffin kitten you are adopting has been DNA tested for the Ragdoll mutation of HCM and for PKD, which was prevalent in Persians. TRKBS breeders are committed to eradicating these genes from any breeding cats and all TRKBS breeders DNA test their lines to ensure the RagaMuffin breeding cats have no copy of these genes.
RagaMuffin Cats as Family Pets
RagaMuffins make ideal family pets and get along with dogs and children. As long as children are taught the proper way to treat their RagaMuffin pet, they are a joy to have as a family member.
History of the RagaMuffin
The history of the RagaMuffin cat breed started in California in the 1960's with Ann Baker, who was a Persian Breeder. Ann Baker developed a friendship with a neighbor who fed and cared for a colony of feral cats. A car struck one of these cats named Josephine. Josephine has been described as a white Angora or Persian, and she had previously given birth to feral kittens. After Josephine recovered from her accident, she delivered a litter of kittens that impressed people with their sweetness and sociability. Differences in the temperament of these kittens could be explained by variation that occurs among kittens in litters or the fact that subsequent litters had different fathers, Ann Baker explained the difference in temperament using the highly unscientific theory that the docile temperament of the kittens was a result of the accident. This theory persists in the minds of some people to this day.
Ann gathered as many of Josephine's kittens as possible and began breeding to preserve the wonderful personality of these cats that went limp as a Rag Doll when cuddled. She gave the cats the angelic name Cherubim. The most famous of Josephine's random bred offspring were Buckwheat and Daddy Warbucks. One of these cats was a short haired cat that resembled a Burmese and the other cat resembled a Birman, because it was a pointed and cat with white mitts. Many of the Cherubims had points and mitts but others came in a rainbow of solid colors and bicolor variations. Ann called these non-pointed and non-mitted cats Miracle Ragdolls.
Ann was determined to direct the progress of her Cherubim cats, and so she developed strict rules for anyone wishing to breed them. She alone knew the ancestor of each cat and made all breeding decisions for the people that were breeding. In 1967 a group split away from Ann's control taking their cats to the mainstream registries to show and make their own breeding choices. They chose to call their cats "Ragdolls" and to breed only pointed cats in three patterns; the bicolor, the mitted and the non-mitted. Anne then took steps to exert greater control over the development of ‘her' breed. She set up her own registry, the International Ragdoll Breeders Association "IRCA" and required all her breeders to register only with her. Ann patented the name "Ragdoll" for use only with cats of her breeding registry. Catteries were franchised and paid royalties for each kitten sold. For more than 20 years Ann's breeding program continued, with Cherubim breeders relatively content to enjoy raising kittens while allowing Ann to make marketing and breeding decisions.Eventually her loyal group developed misgivings about Ann, as she struggled to keep a healthy cattery while handling the responsibilities of the registry.
By 1993 a group of breeders persuaded Ann to retire and planned to take over management of IRCA.However after a few months Ann refused to relinquish her control. Regretfully the group voted to leave IRCA and seek recognition with established registries. Since their cats included all colors and patterns and they signed contracts not to use the Ragdoll name, the first issue focused on what to call the cats, in the process of submitting a standard to the American Cat Fanciers Association. The name "RagaMuffin" was chosen because the breed came from little urchin cats of Riverside. The "M" in RagaMuffin is capitalized because they are big huggable loveable Muffins. The new name stuck and in May 2001 the RagaMuffin cats gained championship recognition in ACFA. Through a labor of love, the RagaMuffin breeders were able to achieve Championship status for the RagaMuffin breed in the CFA in 2011.