Ragamuffin

Felis catus

Last updated: May 27, 2024
Verified by: AZ Animals Staff
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Often referred to as "puppy-like," Ragamuffin cats are intelligent, friendly and super personable.


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Ragamuffin Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Felis
Scientific Name
Felis catus

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Ragamuffin Conservation Status

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Ragamuffin Facts

Fun Fact
Often referred to as "puppy-like," Ragamuffin cats are intelligent, friendly and super personable.
Most Distinctive Feature
Loveable purrsonalities – Ragamuffins are docile, friendly and have a sweet temperament.
Diet
Omnivore

Ragamuffin Physical Characteristics

Color
  • Brown
  • Blue
  • White
  • Dark Brown
Skin Type
Hair
Lifespan
18 years
Weight
20lbs

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Ragamuffin cats have a fairly brief history, only having been recognized as a separate species from the ragdoll in the last three decades. Taking care of this type of cat requires regular grooming, a good diet, and a willingness to be followed around constantly for the sake of their loving personality. Though they are often born all white, you’ll enjoy seeing their colors come in as they get older.

Ragamuffins vs Ragdolls

Both of these breeds are loving with their families, and they have fairly large builds. After all, they ARE related, though the ragdoll was first. When you look closely, their eye shape is much different. Plus, the Ragdoll tends to have a much longer coat. Both require weekly grooming, and both shed extensively.

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In their personalities, the ragamuffin tends to be a lot more comfortable with change, though they love to socialize regardless. With a history of being confused for one another, understanding this difference can help you decide on the pros and cons as you find the right pet.

Fluffy ragamuffin cat in the studio, isolated on white background.

Ragamuffins were developed in 1994 – making them a new breed of cat.

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Evolution

The Ragamuffin was developed in 1994 from a breed known as “Cherubim” that was bred by Ann Baker of Riverside, California. Mystery surrounds the development story – which started in the 1960s. It is believed that Ragamuffins were created by crossing a Ragdoll with other longhaired cats, such as Turkish Angoras, Himalayans, Persians, and other longhaired domestic cats. Ragamuffins were granted registration status by The Cat Fanciers’ Association in 2003 and full championship status in 2011.

Traits: What to Know Before You Buy

Before adopting and dreaming-up names for the sweet personality of the ragamuffin cat, there are a few factors to consider. While you may see these traits as pros and cons, they are simply facts to help make the best decision for your household.

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  • The most notable qualities of the Ragamuffin cat are its friendly personality and its thick yet incredibly soft fur. They are only meant to be kept as an indoor pets.
  • While this cat breed has incredible intelligence and may even be trainable, they are very lazy and needy. You won’t have to look far for this cat; he is probably already following you around the home.
  • The Ragamuffin cat is fairly healthy, but hereditary conditions – like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and polycystic kidney disease – should be monitored closely by a vet.
  • Sometimes, they have more than one eye color, which is a condition referred to as heterochromia. Most often, their eye color is blue in different shades.
Ragamuffin cat sleeping on a bed with white sheets.

Ragamuffins are sweet companions who follow you wherever you go.

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Personality

With all of the beautiful attributes of the ragamuffin, perhaps the most appealing is the friendly personality. This cat breed is known for the sweet temperament that they show to their owners, often following them around the home as a way to show their love. Their docile personality makes them incredible companions for anyone, especially for people who want to relax at the end of a long day with their furry friend.

As lovable as the personality of this cat breed is towards adults, they are also incredibly patient with children that are still learning how to be around their pets. Whether cuddling or playing, the ragamuffin cat seems happy to be in your care. They can get a little vocal at times (which is one of their pros and cons), but it is all meant to be in adoration.
Even if you’re a dog person, this cat might fit the bill. Their playful and intelligent nature makes it easy to teach them tricks and even to train them to fetch. With the right exposure, the ragamuffin may walk on a leash as well.

Size and Weight

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Ragamuffins are prone to overeating, making it incredibly challenging to keep a stubborn member of this breed from gaining weight.

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Ragamuffin cats are known for their large size, so it should come as no surprise that the males have an average weight of up to 20 lbs. Females, on the other hand, are smaller, ranging from 12 lbs. to 15 lbs. at their adult weight. On record, the largest ragamuffin cats have been no more than 20 lbs., which is primarily due to their large frame. Their coats make them look like their weight is even greater, giving a fluffy and soft texture to adults and kittens alike.

Ragamuffin cats are in good company with other hefty domestic breeds. The British shorthair tends to be about the same size among males and females, but the Ragdoll cat is the closest by far. With the signature long hair, the ragamuffin cat actually used to be referred to as a mix of the ragdoll. However, its recognition as its own breed is still fairly recent history, only dating back about 30 years.

Price to Own a Ragamuffin

Depending on their physical characteristics, location, and other factors, the average cost to purchase a ragamuffin kitten is $800-$1,500. However, if the breeder has established itself with a high-titled breeding line, the cost goes up from $1,200 to $2,000. Adults don’t cost nearly as much.

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Ragamuffin kittens are expensive but adults can be found for much less.

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Feeding any cat costs between $120 and $500 each year, depending on if the feline needs a particular diet. Annual visits to the vet, assuming that nothing is wrong, cost about $110, but the biggest amount of spending you’ll do is on grooming. These cats need to be regularly brushed to stay on top of the shedding, so you’ll either need to find a groomer or get the tools yourself.

With a recent check on the price of these cats with breeders and shelters, the available cats included:

  • A ragamuffin and Maine coon kitten for $95 with a bright orange, black and white back.
  • A senior ragamuffin cat for $100 with an orange and white body.
  • The most expensive ragamuffin cats typically are kittens, but a solid white coat is often rarer than other variations, adding to the cost. Keep in mind that kittens are usually all-white in their coat at birth. Black and white, orange, and white, and other combinations are easy to find. The hardest is a solid white ragamuffin.
  • For anyone that wants to go through a breeder, the price isn’t always shown online. You might have to sign up for a waitlist or search through many reputable sources to find the right match.

Kittens

A cute Ragamuffin kitten playing on the bed.

All Ragamuffin kittens are born white and develop different colorations as they mature.

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Perhaps the most interesting aspect of a ragamuffin cat’s life is as a kitten. When they are born, they are only white. It isn’t until this breed starts to mature that it has any other color patterns. Even their eyes can stand out, as the breed is prone to heterochromia (a condition that causes two different colors for their eyes).

Ragamuffin kittens typically need to stay with their mothers until they are 12 weeks old, weighing about 3.7 lbs. by then. By the age of 4, ragamuffin cats are sexually mature, which is why many breeders recommend neutering them before they reach 1 year old. When this cat reaches its full size, the females are the smaller of the breed at 10-15 lbs. Males, on the other hand, can weigh over 20 lbs., reaching a length of about 15 inches.

Whether cat or kitten, ragamuffins are great companions in homes with children.

Lifespan

Ragamuffin cats tend to take a while before they mature, which is why some of them have a lifespan of 18 years. They don’t actually reach their full adult size until they are four years old, but the average lifespan is between 12 and 16 years, depending on their health.

Ragamuffin cat Lying on its stomach.

Ragamuffins are generally healthy and can live up to 18 years.

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For the most part, you won’t have to worry about your ragamuffin’s health. However, they carry the genes for a few hereditary issues like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and polycystic kidney disease. Since this cat’s length and weight are substantial, maintain a healthy diet. Without a good diet, the ragamuffin can become obese quickly. Give them high-quality cat food daily to maintain a healthy weight through their diet.

Breed vs. Mixed

Ragamuffin cats are known for so many beautiful characteristics from their expressive eyes to delicately soft fur. However, finding a mix of a Ragamuffin and another cat isn’t uncommon. Some of the special qualities that a ragamuffin cat must have to include its medium-long fur that doesn’t mat, its medium to large size, and its heavy-boned frame.

If you aren’t sure if your cat is mixed, start with the texture of the coat. If the fur isn’t as soft as a rabbit’s fur, it is likely that your cat is mixed with another breed. Colors won’t really disqualify the cat, but the affectionate and friendly nature of the ragamuffin cat is crucial. Cats that prefer a more solitary mentality may not be entirely purebred.

White ragamuffin cat sitting in the backyard.

White ragamuffins are the rarest type.

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Types of Ragamuffin Cats and Colors

The CFA standards for the ragamuffin clearly state that ragamuffin cats are found in many different colors and patterns. The most common colors are brown, blonde, black, and white, which are found in solid, tabby and white, tortoiseshell, and mink patterns. While it isn’t important to be symmetrical, some breeders prefer this look.

Most often, their eye color is blue or green.

Outdoor domestic cats live on a diet of cat food, rodents, birds, and fruits. Indoor pets usually eat cat food.

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After a career of working to provide opportunities for local communities to experience and create art, I am enjoying having time to write about two of my favorite things - nature and animals. Half of my life is spent outdoors, usually with my husband and sweet little fourteen year old dog. We love to take walks by the lake and take photos of the animals we meet including: otters, ospreys, Canadian geese, ducks and nesting bald eagles. I also enjoy reading, discovering books to add to my library, collecting and playing vinyl, and listening to my son's music.

Ragamuffin FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What is a Ragamuffin cat?

The Ragamuffin cat has a long and large body, featuring a long tail with a fluffy and soft coat. This domestic cat previously was thought to be a variation of the Ragdoll cat. However, the two were recognized with separate names by the mid-1990s.

Are Ragamuffin cats expensive?

Somewhat. Breeders vary from region to region, but ragamuffin cats typically cost between $600 and $1,300. The colors, location, and other characteristics determine how much the exact cost might be, but some breeders charge upwards of $2,000 for this type of pet.

Are Ragamuffin cats friendly?

Absolutely. They are highly loveable and friendly, enjoying hours on the lap of someone they love as you figure out the names that fit their disposition.

Do Ragamuffin cats shed a lot?

Yes. They shed a lot, but the fur rarely becomes matted or clumps.

How do I know if my cat is a Ragamuffin?

These types of cats have fully white paws with many different patterns. Their coats are soft and long, and they are fairly lazy around the home.

What does a ragamuffin cat look like?

A ragamuffin cat has a long body with a plush coat. The tail is quite long, and their overall length makes these cats seem even bigger than they are. The head is medium-sized, but the way that the fur frames the face makes it look large as well.

What is the difference between Ragdolls and Ragamuffins?

The main differences between a Ragamuffin and a Ragdoll include their coats, eyes, personality, grooming, and attitude when training.

What are the differences between a Ragamuffin and a Main Coon?

The Ragamuffin and Maine Coon differ in size, temperament, and breed origin.

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