RagaMuffin cats are as goofy as they are charming, with a fondness for both play and cozy moments on the couch. Originating from a breakaway group of Ragdoll breeders no longer wanting to adhere to the rigid standards of the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA), RagaMuffins are bred to embody the ideal family cat—sociable, intelligent, and affectionate.
Male RagaMuffins can reach weights of up to 20 pounds while females are generally smaller, ranging 10–15 pounds. Despite their size difference, both genders share the same sweet and affectionate demeanor.
Caring for a RagaMuffin
Ragdolls are known for their extreme relaxation when held, to the point of going limp, and RagaMuffins remain true to their roots. Similarly, both fluffy cats are slow to mature, often keeping their kittenish charm until they’re around 4 years old.
What sets the breeds apart is their sociability, says Tammy Ogle, owner of RagaMuffin Cat World in Tennessee. There is no doubt Ragdolls are friendly cats, but RagaMuffins form incredibly strong bonds and have an uncanny ability to tune in with your emotions, she says. RagaMuffins always prefer to be by your side. They also come in every color and coat pattern, while Ragdolls always have a color-point pattern.
"They have a beautiful ruff," Ogle says, referring to longer fur around their necks that resembles a mane. And despite medium-length fur with longer belly fluff, RagaMuffins have a low-maintenance grooming routine.
RagaMuffin Health Issues
While generally a healthy cat breed with a lifespan of up to 17 years, RagaMuffins can be susceptible to certain health issues that are common in cats. Before your RagaMuffin kitten’s first vet exam, consider purchasing pet insurance. Having a policy for your young or adult cat can help reduce the cost of care.
All cat breeds are susceptible to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that causes the heart walls to thicken and makes the organ less efficient at pumping blood. It can be challenging to detect because many cats don't exhibit symptoms in early stages of the disease. However, RagaMuffins with the condition typically show signs by 1–2 years of age, according to the University of California–Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory.
Fortunately, the genes responsible for HCM in Ragdolls and RagaMuffins have been identified, making genetic testing for the disease possible. Cats that are carriers of the disease should not be bred.
If you notice signs such as a lack of energy, decrease in appetite, or difficulty breathing, take your RagaMuffin to the vet.
As cats approach their senior years, typically around 10 years of age, many develop arthritis. Due to their larger size, RagaMuffins might experience these issues at a younger age than some smaller cat breeds. Keeping your cat at their ideal weight will help prolong joint health and can delay the onset of arthritis.
If you notice any changes in your cat's mobility, including a lack of grooming, ask your vet if a joint-healthy supplement could be beneficial. Additionally, your vet can recommend a pain-management plan that may include improved accessibility around the house.
What To Feed a RagaMuffin
Your RagaMuffin’s diet should include protein-rich animal food meeting the nutritional recommendations for their life stage set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
Pet parents should feed their RagaMuffin kittens food labeled for growth or all life stages. Ask your vet at what age your RagaMuffin should transition to adult food; because they are slow to mature, this switch may occur later than in other cat breeds.
Rewarding your cat with treats is important, but keep in mind that too many treats can lead to weight gain. Keep treats under 10% of your cat’s daily calorie requirements.
How To Feed a RagaMuffin
The most accurate method of feeding your cat and preventing weight gain is by measuring their portions. If your RagaMuffin tends to eat quickly, consider incorporating a slow feeder, snuffle mat, or feeder puzzle to slow down mealtimes and introduce a bit of nature-inspired foraging.
Although some cats may do well with access to food throughout the day, it’s generally recommended to feed adult cats two smaller meals a day, not one large meal. RagaMuffin kittens can eat as often as three to four times per day.
How Much Should You Feed a RagaMuffin?
Determining how much your cat should eat involves considering factors such as their current weight, ideal weight, lifestyle, age, and health. If this seems like a lot to consider, your veterinarian can help develop a feeding plan that fits both your schedule and your cat’s nutritional needs.
You can also use the guidelines provided on the back of the food bag or can. However, because this is only based on your cat’s current weight, it tends to not be as accurate as a vet-curated plan.
Nutritional Tips for RagaMuffins
Typically, supplements aren't necessary for your cat’s food unless your veterinarian recommends them. However, proactive pet parents might consider consulting their vet about diets with beneficial ingredients that could improve your cat’s health, such as fish oil—which may improve skin, coat, and joint health.
If weight management is a concern for your RagaMuffin, your vet might suggest a diet with fewer calories.
Behavior and Training Tips for RagaMuffins
RagaMuffin Personality and Temperament
The docile Ragamuffin can be a wonderful addition to nearly any household, including for seniors, or those with other pets and children. They’re not the most athletic kitty, but they still delight in gentle play, particularly when their humans join the fun.
Because they see no qualms in making friends with just about anyone or anything, it’s recommended to keep RagaMuffins indoors or in a secure catio for their safety.
Despite their sizable stature, RagaMuffins are surprisingly soft-spoken. They reserve their delicate meows only for rare occasions, such as to express hunger or welcome you home after a long day. And when it comes to leaving RagaMuffins home alone, they’d prefer a pet sitter or a friend if your absence spans beyond a typical workday.
“RagaMuffins have a sweet, sweet face,” Ogle says. “They always look like they’re smiling.”
RagaMuffins will do just about anything to spend more quality time with their favorite people, even learning tricks and cues. This is particularly true when a reward follows, such as playtime with a special toy or a high-value treat.
Fun Activities for RagaMuffins
Gentle play with wand toys
RagaMuffin Grooming Guide
RagaMuffin cats have a medium-length soft and silky coat. But despite their luxurious locks, grooming a RagaMuffin isn’t too complicated.
RagaMuffins don’t require special skin care. If you notice changes in your cat’s skin—such as dry, flaky skin, or itchiness and irritation, schedule a checkup with your veterinarian.
A weekly grooming session with a comb is enough to keep their fur looking good, paying special care to their longer belly hairs that may be prone to matting. While they’re not heavy shedders, this regular care helps keep loose fur off furniture and clothing.
If you notice changes in your cat’s grooming habits, particularly if they're no longer cleaning the area just above their tail, it could be a sign of arthritic pain. Consult your veterinarian for an evaluation and to explore an effective pain-management plan. Your vet may suggest adding glucosamine or chondroitin to your cat’s diet for improved joint health.
Generally, RagaMuffins don’t require routine ear cleanings or care. However, pet parents should be on the lookout for the signs of an ear infection, such as head shaking, scratching of the ears, and discharge.
Considerations for Pet Parents
RagaMuffins are docile cats with sociable and affectionate demeanors. Whether snuggling with their favorite people or engaging in gentle play, these cats form strong bonds and are said to pick up on human emotions. While RagaMuffins are not demanding or needy, it's essential to recognize that they are among the most social breeds of cats and therefore require ample time with their family. Their adeptness at making friends makes them well-suited for homes with children and other pets.
On average, RagaMuffin kittens cost around $1,500 from a reputable breeder. However, there may be an adoptable RagaMuffin near you.
What’s the difference between a Ragdoll and a RagaMuffin?
Ragdolls and RagaMuffins share a common ancestry but are distinct breeds with a few subtle differences. Notably, the two breeds differ in coat colors and patterns. While Ragdolls have light bodies with darker points, RagaMuffins are allowed a broader spectrum of colors and patterns for show qualification.
RagaMuffins have medium-length hair and eyes of any color, whereas Ragdolls boast semi-long hair and vivid blue eyes.
What breeds make up a RagaMuffin cat?
RagaMuffins are a mix of the Ragdoll cat with other long-haired domestic cats.
Are RagaMuffins bigger than Maine Coons?
No, Maine Coon cats are the largest domestic breed of cat, with a weight reaching up to 25 pounds and an impressive length of over 40 inches (3 feet).
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