RagaMuffin Cat Traits

The RagaMuffin cat has several distinct RagaMuffin cat traits that have made them grow in popularity over the years.  So many people want the sweet, floppy RagaMuffin.  Below is a list of some of the RagaMuffin cat traits that make them so special.

Personality of the RagaMuffin Cat

One of the RagaMuffin cat traits RagaMuffins are known and loved for is being docile and easy-going nature.  They 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.  This is due to their dog-like qualities.  RagaMuffin kittens and cats will often follow you around the house “helping” you do chores.  This Cats 101 YouTube video provides a nice description of RagaMuffin Cat Traits.

RagaMuffin Cats are Puppy-Cats

Many RagaMuffins have the RagaMuffin cat traits of playing fetch like a dog.  You will also see RagaMuffins that will sit up and beg just like a dog.  RagaMuffins can be easily trained.  One of the wonderful RagaMuffin Cat Traits is that they are very intelligent.  You can clicker train them like a dog. You will usually be rewarded by your RagaMuffin giving you a high five or other such tricks.

RagaMuffins are also known as “door greeters” as they love to welcome people visiting your home and love the attention they receive.  The temperament of a RagaMuffin is second to none.

RagaMuffin Cat Size

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 weigh 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.  Pointed RagaMuffin cats only have color on the tails, legs, and head.  The other colors are born with color.  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 it will reduce shedding.

The RagaMuffin Cat “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, all contribute to this sweet expression.  The RagaMuffin scoop should not be a break like Persian cats have.  There are no extremes in the RagaMuffin Cat, but a balance of these qualities give this bred an adorable expression to match their adorable personality.  To see lots of examples of RagaMuffins, please visit the website of our RagaMuffin breeders at our RagaMuffin breeders page.

RagaMuffin Cat Health

RagaMuffins are a generally healthy breed with no known common health problems particular to the breed.  RagaMuffins are related to Ragdolls and have used Persians as an outcross to increase genetic diversity.  Therefore 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. PKD was prevalent in Persians.  TRKBS breeders are committed to eradicating these genes from any breeding cats.  Our Code of Ethics requires 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 Cat Breed

The history of the RagaMuffin cat breed started in California in the 1960s 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.

The Split From Ann Baker

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. The split from Ann Baker did result in the RagaMuffin cat breed becoming somewhat rare.

By 1993 a group of breeders persuaded Ann to retire and planned to take over the 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.

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