The RagaMuffin is a teddy bear of a cat, gentle, cuddly, and calm. This Velcro-like cat will stick to you from morning to night, a constant loving companion always hoping for an available lap – and with their sweet face and bunny-like fur, you’ll be loath to refuse them. The RagaMuffin is the cat who patiently wears the doll’s clothes and rides around in the baby buggy. The RagaMuffin will offer you unyielding love, and you should be prepared to do the same in return – don’t select a RagaMuffin if you’re not committed to giving this cat the time and affection she deserves!
The RagaMuffin is a newly developed breed, appearing on the cat fancy scene in the mid 1990’s. The exact origins of the breed are somewhat murky, but what is known is that the RagaMuffin is the product of outcrossing Ragdolls with Persians, Himalayans, and other longhaired domestic cats. This resulted in a larger cat with an increased variety in colors and patterns.
Appearance / health:
The RagaMuffin is a medium to large heavy-bodied cat with plush, medium-long fur. Their build is somewhat boxy with a rectangular torso and broad chest and shoulders. Though this cat is well-muscled, they have a fatty pad on their lower belly and don’t at all feel bony or lean. The legs are medium in length but substantially boned and particularly strong in the hind end. The feet are large and round with tufts of fur beneath and between the pads. A long, bushy tail slightly tapers from base to tip.
The neck is short and thick. The RagaMuffin’s head is broad and rounded with a modified wedge shape. The muzzle is short and rounded with a distinctly concave nose. Full and fleshy whisker pads contribute to the RagaMuffin’s sweet and charming look, along with large and expressive walnut-shaped eyes. The eyes may have a slightly oriental slant and come in all colors, including odd-eyed. The ears are medium with slight flaring and a forward tilt. The tips of the ears are rounded, and the ear is quite furry.
The RagaMuffin’s soft, dense coat is medium to medium-long in length with slightly longer fur around the neck and face. The coat on the front legs is shorter in length, though thick. The back legs are covered in medium to medium-long fur with wispy hindquarters. The RagaMuffin is found in all colors and patterns except pointed colors, including solid or bicolor, smoke and shade coats, tabbies, parti-colored, calico, and tortoiseshell.
The RagaMuffin is largely a healthy cat, though breeders should screen for the presence of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a genetic mutation that causes heart disease in many breeds of cats. Because of their Persian ancestry, the RagaMuffin may also have an increased incidence of Polycystic Kidney Disease, which is also detectable via genetic testing. Breeders should be able to show evidence that the cats they breed have been screened.
Behavior / temperament:
The RagaMuffin is an extremely docile, affectionate, and friendly cat. They are very attentive to their families and will greet you at the door when you arrive home. When you sit down, you will almost certainly find a RagaMuffin in your lap, eager to spend some quality time. Many RagaMuffins like to be held like a baby and will go limp in your arms. Only select a RagaMuffin if you’ve got a lot of love to give, as this is not a cat that will do well if left alone for long periods of time or neglected.
While not overly active, the RagaMuffin does enjoy some play time. The upside of their mellow nature is that they’re generally pretty good at keeping their claws away from the couch, and they’re not destructive or mischievous. They are gentle with children, but because of this, you should supervise interaction to make sure the young and boisterous don’t take advantage of the RagaMuffin’s overly-tolerant nature. Likewise, the RagaMuffin is very adaptable to other pets in the household. The RagaMuffin may be somewhat vocal.
Because of the RagaMuffin’s trusting and docile nature, they are best kept indoors.
The degree of grooming required to maintain the RagaMuffin’s lush coat may vary from cat to cat. Generally their silky coat is less prone to tangles and mats than other longhaired breeds, but they should still be brushed once or twice a week. Most RagaMuffins enjoy this time spent with their owners and will be quite amenable to gentle grooming.
lovable cats, sweet nature, white longhaired cat, beautiful long hair, perfect family pet
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There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 51 days ago
My $800 cat
My mother-in-law (bless her heart) wanted to give me a special gift. I had long admired the RagaMuffin cat and she decided to get one for me. She picked out the closest breeder (100 miles away) online and bought me a male cat for my birthday. As much as I appreciated the thought, I did not want this cat. I was just not in a good place to take on one more animal that needed me. My husband gave me a guilt trip and I took the cat.
First, the breeder did not want me to have the kitty until he was 7 months old. This was very disappointing. This was so he would learn about how to be a good cat from his momma. Next, when we arrived at the breeder's home, the house smelled HORRIBLE. It was an overwhelming smell of ammonia and male cat. They seemed to be strange people who seemed to be fixated on their cat's schedule. We needed to be there at a certain time and only stay for a certain length of time because of the schedule. They would not allow us to meet the kitty's mother. It wasn't a good time they said.
Boo was gorgeous though. He was a BLUE RaggaMuffin. He was so soft and fluffy that despite some misgivings, I decided to go ahead and keep him.
They gave a me a homemade set of instructions that were incredibly detailed and long. It had everything from what to feed him and how often to how to treat him. I had at least 10 pages of instructions.
1. Feed FRESH, free-range, organic chicken to him 2 times a week. The meat had to be cut with a certain type of knife in a certain direction for optimal nutrition.
2. Feed FRESH tuna a couple times a month. Same thing about cutting in the correct direction.
3. Dry food was some brand I never could find.
4. Water had to be supplemented with vitamin drops and a special flavoring-both very expensive.
5. I needed to grow his catnip and give it to him fresh.
1. Do not let the kitty "knead" on you. They believed this was highly destructive and mentally wrong for a kitty to "knead" on a person. This is why I had to wait until he was 7 months old.
2. Keep in one room and do not introduce him to any animals in the house for about a month. Then the introductions had to be done in a certain way.
3. I was to be the only one to handle him.
4. He had to have a special kind of scratching post/cat tree. These were found on the internet and quite costly.
5. He was to be brushed daily-an event that should only take about an hour.
6. His teeth needed to be brushed daily, with a certain toothbrush and paste, and done in a certain way.
7. I needed to buy a plug-in that excreted certain pheromones-the plug in itself cost $100 plus the pheromones were about $10+ dollars every month. I only did that for a while.
OK-it went on and on and on for a lot of pages.
By the way, it turned out that Boo hated fresh chicken and he hated any kind of sea food-fresh or canned. (I know...I tried) In fact, we bought him some top of the line cat food and he ended up preferring the basic, cheap food we bought our barn cats. He would not eat fresh catnip and preferred dried catnip from the pet store. Being so busy, it was difficult to brush Boo as much as I needed to brush him. He did not like being brushed. In the end, when his hair got too long, we would give him a bath and then shave it off. He wasn't bald! We would just get off the length. He actually seemed to prefer that. Otherwise, his long, soft hair would get matted.
In the end, I spent 4 years thinking I was abusing this cat. He was a weird cat and not playful. I thought he was strange because I hadn't done something right. Then, one day, after listening to another conversation about "how I was distressed about how I must have messed up Boo and now he was not a nice kitty" my son said something to me that made me stop and think. He basically pointed out the 10 pages of instructions for a CAT that was supposed to be FUN and PLAYFUL (which he wasn't). Then he reminded me of the weird breeders and their smelly home and said thoughtfully, 'perhaps it wasn't you all along. After all, they had him for 7 months so he would be a good cat. They were the ones who probably made him weird.' It was an 'ah ha!' moment all around.
Well, we were moving from WA state to the east coast and I had a hard decision to make. Would I take Boo with us? My family stared at me and asked, 'can you imagine travelling with Boo across the country?' Uh...no. He was emotionally fragile and strange as it was. In the end, I gave him to a friend who has about 10+ cats. That $800 cat now sits on an ironing board in her craft room and looks out the window. No one bothers him. Every once in a while, she takes him to the vet and gets him shaved. He uses a communal kitty box. He lets her pick him up every now and then and she enjoys his softness.
I suppose the best advice I have is to go with your gut. Don't take a cat-even if the money has already changed hands-if something doesn't seem right. Would I get another RaggaMuffin? Yes, someday, in the future I believe I will. I think it was like my son said...the breeders. All of my other cats have been happy and content. I think if I find a good breeder who lets me have him when he's a kitty and I take care of him like I believe is best....I think my future RaggaMuffin will be just as happy and content.
I still feel guilty about the money my mother-in-law spent and all the money we spent trying to make this cat happy. But, as my husband will remind me, at least we aren't spending any money on him now..
From KatieBelle Dec 19 2012 6:12AM