Very little is known about the Ragamuffin breed’s evolvement. It is suspected that it was the result of the Ragdoll’s breeders’ work of experimenting crossing with breeds like Turkish Angoras, Persians and long haired breeds. It is same in temperament with the Ragdolls. In 1994, the breed was accepted by the Cat Fancier’s Association, American Cat Fancier’s Association, the American Association of Cat Enthusiasts and the Cat Fanciers Federation.
Ragamuffins are a sugary combination of smartness and sweetness. They are people friendly, love being petted and cared for. CAring for ragamuffin is almost like having a small baby. This plush felt cat is one of the best breeds among the domestic varieties. Here are some of the personality traits that could lure the cat lovers:
- Activity level: 2.5/5 (quite active but also obedient and popular for its docile nature)
- Intelligence level: 4/5 (intelligent)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (curious but could limit its attention to toys and stuff. Not likely to spy on your furniture)
- Friendliness: 5/5 (very playful and gels with people quickly. It can catch tricks and fetch attention. Ideal companion for people who live alone. Ragamuffins are said to be one of the most addictive breeds of cats)
- Vocal: 3/5 (no very vocal)
Ragamuffin spells an awe of amazement from far itself. Its plush coat speaks for itself. And finally, when you touch it, it feels nothing less than heaven. The breed is a perfect combination of beauty, vigour and companionship. Take a look at the key characteristic features of the breed, Ragamuffin:
Fur: the breed comes in various colours and patterns of the coat. Not to be confused with Ragdoll, it has a pointed and pointed with white variety. Some cats are singly coloured, others are bicoloured.
Eyes: Eyes are oval shaped and blue in colour, mostly.
Body structure: The soft and cushiony looking Ragamuffins are medium and long in height.
Facial features: the head is a medium sized one but its fur makes it look like large.
Weight: Although Ragamuffins look small, their weight is more than most breeds. Females are lighter than males. They weigh 10 to 15 pounds whereas males usually weigh more than 20 pounds.
Just as humans, cats too have all the possibilities of inheriting a genetic problem, if not necessarily. Any breeder, who claims that its kitten is disease free, guaranteed; should not be trusted. No breed can ever be given a guarantee label. All one can do is take the precautions to keep the breed away from the possible disorders. Here the breed, Ragamuffin may be endangered to following problems:
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a common heart disease in cats causes the heart muscles to thicken. Ecocardiogram is the diagnostic test for HCM that can confirm whether the cat suffers from the disease or not.
General health and hygiene, brushing teeth, trimming nails and litter box cleaning should be done regularly. The fluffy coat requires a bit of grooming once in a week, does not mat though.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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