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
regular brushing, Polycystic Kidney Disease, hair balls
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 60 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