The Ragamuffin Cat Breed: What You Need to Know

The Ragamuffin is the perfect family cat. With a calm and easy-going temperament. The Ragamuffin is often referred to as the ‘teddy bear’ of cats. And are known for being affectionate.

They love to sit on laps or be nearby on the couch. They just want to be in the presence of their owners. 

They are friendly to humans, pets, and strangers. 

Ragamuffins are ideal for first-time pet owners and families. These cats will tolerate being picked up and carried around. 


Quick facts about the Ragamuffin

Weight: 10 to 20 pounds Height: 10 to 15 inches
Life span: 12 to 16 years
Intelligence: high Temperament: affectionate
Playfulness: medium Activity level: calm
Vocalness: when necessary Coat length: long
Shedding amount: normal
Good with: kids | seniors | other cats | families
Traits: Ragamuffins are easy to groom since they have short hair and they don’t shed as much as other breeds. However, they require lots of grooming so it is best to brush them at least once every day. Ragamuffins are friendly toward humans, other pets, and strangers.

Their laid-back attitude means that they are happy to be pushed around in strollers. They are even happy to attend tea parties. Ragamuffins are fantastic with children and enjoy the extra attention.

They are the perfect cat for seniors or owners with mobility issues. As they are undemanding and love to be lap cats. They can live anywhere as long as they receive a lot of attention.

They are happy to play by themselves when they find a burst of energy. Ragamuffins, although lazy, do enjoy chasing a laser pointer. On occasion, they enjoy playing fetch. 

Ragamuffins do not deal well with isolation. It is best to get a second pet to keep them company if the owner is often away from home.

Because of their easy-going and trusting nature, it is best to keep them like house cats. They often run into trouble because they are so docile. 


They are easily trained to walk on a leash so that they can enjoy some safe outside time. 

It is important to manage a Ragamuffin’s weight. They often get quite large, which puts pressure on their joints. 
With age, some health issues are kidney disease, heart problems, arthritis, and patellar luxation (a kneecap that moves out of usual location). 
That being said, Ragamuffin cats live between 12 to 15 years. They have been known to live up to 18 years. It is essential to take them for regular checkups at the vet.

Owners need to keep an eye on their eyes, ears, and teeth. Because of their long hair, gunk often develops, which causes infections. It is important to keep their litter box clean. Their nails need to be trimmed regularly. 

Ragamuffin’s are known for their big eyes, big bodies, and big hearts. They are square-shaped and often muscular. They have medium to long coats which are soft and voluminous. 

They are slow to mature and reach their full size at about age 4 or 5. 

They have smallish pointed ears with large round green or blue eyes. They are bushier around the neck and appear to have a mane. 

Their coats range from orange to white and chocolate. Their coats sport almost any pattern.


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Dr. Adedapo Adisa:

Thought to be a variant of the Ragdoll cats but eventually different, the RagaMuffin cat is a large and muscular-sized cat breed known for its silent personality.

The RagaMuffin cats are a cross of pedigree cats such as the longhaired domestic cats, Persians, Turkish Angoras, and Birmans, which has given them a distinctive large appearance. With a life expectancy falling between 12-16 years of age, the RagaMuffin cats are healthy, and very little research about inherited conditions in the breed has been carried out.

Because of their large genetic pool, the RagaMuffins have inherited a few health issues from the cat breeds they made from. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and a heart condition known as Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) have been identified in the RagaMuffin cat breed.

Polycystic kidney disease in the RagaMuffin cat is characterized by numerous cysts (fluid-containing pockets) on the cat’s kidney. 

As the cat develops, the pockets of fluid begin to increase in size and multiply. This eventually impairs the normal function of the kidneys until it progresses to causing kidney failure in RagaMuffin cats with this condition.

Some common signs that have been noticed in RagaMuffin cats with polycystic kidney disease include;

● Hematuria, a medical term for blood present in urine.

● Cats may drink water more than usual as a result of excessive thirst.

● Increased urination in cats.

● General weakness and vomiting.

● In some cases, the abdomen or limbs may appear swollen.

● Bad breathe or uremic breath.

DNA tests can screen the RagaMuffin cats to know if they carry that mutated gene that causes polycystic kidney disease. Report to your veterinarian once these symptoms show up in the RagaMuffin cats.

Your veterinarian may try to conduct other tests to assess the condition of the kidney before creating a management and treatment plan.

Another inherited health condition in the RagaMuffin cat, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, affects how the heart pumps blood. 

In this condition, the heart chamber walls responsible for pumping out blood (left ventricle) become hypertrophied.

The thickening of the wall sir the left ventricle prevents the ventricles from filling up even and pumping out blood adequately in the affected RagaMuffin cat. This can lead to fluid forming along with the lungs or even clot formation due to blood staying longer than it should in the sections of the heart.

Some common signs that RagaMuffin cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy present include; 

● Increased heart rate.

● Heart sounds or murmurs may be heard. 

● The cat may not tolerate strenuous exercises and appear generally weak and tired.  

● Fluid may build up in the lungs with a cracking sound heard.

● Paralysis of the limbs may be experienced due to clots breaking off and occluding blood vessels.

A veterinarian can diagnose this condition by carrying out an ultrasound of the heart to monitor the thicknesses of the various sections in the affected RagaMuffin cats.

It is essential to report to your veterinarian if your RagaMuffin cat shows the signs mentioned above. 

Furthermore, if any of these inherited conditions have been diagnosed in the RagaMuffin cat, it is important to discontinue the cat from breeding activities.

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