Love, love, love – that’s all RagaMuffin wants from you and everything she wants to give for it. And if she thinks she is not getting enough, the cute cat will find ways to get your undivided attention.
“One of my cats used to get attention by pressing the buttons on the fax machine and printing out a piece of paper when I was working in my home office,” said Pat Messner of Connecticut. “These cats are not peripheral, but in the front and in the middle.”
The RagaMuffin takes this philosophy to heart from the outset in all areas of the house and offers the opportunity to actively participate in the preparation of meals, television, games and even showering! And when you need a lap warmer, there is no way you look further than this cute, loving cat.
The RagaMuffin’s strong desire to be involved in all household activities is based on the close relationships it forms with its people. “The breed is very affectionate and attentive to its owners,” explains Pat. “It is one of the cat’s most remarkable personality traits.”
Another personality trait that gave the breed its popularity is its tendency to relax completely in the arms of its owner, as the “rag” in its name implies. Still, Pat points out that the cat isn’t just lying around all day. “I’ve had those who love to play fetch,” she says, also listing feather toys and catnip mice as some of the breed’s favorite toys.
The RagaMuffin’s relaxed demeanor and beautiful, long-haired coat inevitably led some cat lovers to compare it to the Ragdoll. Although the two races are different, they share a common history.
The RagaMuffin dates back to the 1960s when Ann Baker developed a breed she called ragdolls (also known as cherubim), which have docile street cats. Baker required other ragdoll breeders to follow their standards as the ragdoll became increasingly popular.
In the 1990s, a small group of Ragdoll breeders began developing the RagaMuffin, and in the years that followed, Ragdoll and RagaMuffin developed their own individual traits. In 1994, the RagaMuffin became an official breed when it was inducted into the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA). The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) accepted the RagaMuffin for registration in 2003 and granted the breed full championship status in 2011.
Like the Ragdoll, the RagaMuffin is known for a cute, cherubic expression that matches its cute personality. However, some attributes distinguish the RagaMuffin from its Ragdoll cousins. While the Ragdoll has a sloped nose, the RagaMuffin has what looks like a “scoop” on its profile. The RagaMuffin’s eyes are rounder than its cousin’s, and the cat comes in an amazing number of color and pattern combinations.
In fact, the RagaMuffin is available in all genetically possible coat colors and patterns. If you calculate all of these ranges, the number of options is more than 3,000! While all sorts of fur combinations are gorgeous, Pat says the mink color is one of the most distinctive and unusual. CFA recognizes almost all possibilities except pointed and pointed with white pattern and color combinations (which can be registered but not shown).
The RagaMuffin wears that feline rainbow of colors on a thick, soft, medium-length coat that some compare to that of a rabbit. The soft fur invites you to touch, which the cat is happy to accept. As a bonus, all of that regular petting will help remove any loose hair, especially during the shedding season. In general, the cat’s coat does not tend to become matted, but Pat recommends weekly combing to keep the cat looking good.
As a medium to large sized cat, the RagaMuffin is of some weight and can weigh up to 20 pounds (although females weigh about 5 to 6 pounds less than their male counterparts). The breed has a long life expectancy and is generally a healthy breed. Because of its sweet, trusting nature, cats are best suited as pets only for indoor use.
Not that the RagaMuffin would miss nature, but would rather spend time with her family. Because of their relaxed demeanor and naturally friendly nature, the breed makes a great companion for people of all ages. The cat will bond with other family pets as well and is known for seeking and welcoming visitors to their home.
And while the breed loves a full house, it will also thrive with a single owner – even one who works outside the home. Only shower the RagaMuffin with love and affection when you return home in the evening or she will find a cute, somewhat sophisticated way to make sure you put her needs first.