The Ragamuffin was developed by crossbreeding Ragdoll cats with other unknown breeds (details of the breeding program are shrouded in mystery).
Ragamuffins are similar to Ragdolls in appearance, but available in colours and patterns other than Siamese-style point markings. These cats may be solid-coloured, tabby patterned with white patches, tortoiseshell (black and red or blue and cream), or mink. They can also have various eye colors, whereas Ragdolls all have blue eyes.
Some Ragamuffins have point markings on their faces, ears, and tails, but although they can be registered with the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), they are not shown at cat shows because they are not sufficiently differentiated from Ragdolls.
Like their Ragdoll cousins, Ragamuffins have long, fluffy coats. While they are not as prone to matting as Persians, they do require some grooming to prevent tangles.
Ragamuffins tend to be large, strong, and heavy, with males weighing up to 20 pounds or more.
Like Ragdolls, Ragamuffins are known for their sweet temperaments. Mellow and easy going by nature, Ragamuffins get along well with other pets (including dogs) and children. Most are even patient with young children and far more tolerant of noise and clumsy handling in general, so these gentle, laid back cats make great family pets.
Ragamuffins are quite trainable. Many learn to do tricks, some like to play fetch, and most can be trained to walk on a leash. Although they tend to be calm, docile, and quiet, Ragdolls can be playful when in the right mood and presented with fun toys.
Ragamuffins are affectionate, loving, sociable cats. Most like lap sitting, and the majority are very friendly, even toward strangers. These cats like to be with others and shouldn’t be left on their own for long periods of time. Those considering adoption should get a pair rather than a single kitten so they can keep one another company when their human companions are out.
Adopt a Ragamuffin Kitten or Cat
If you want a purebred Ragamuffin kitten from a good breeder, expect to pay anywhere from $600 to $2000 USD, depending on lineage, breeder reputation, and other factors.
If you’d like to adopt an adult in need, do a search for Ragamuffin rescue organizations (availability varies).
- Cat Fanciers’ Association, “About the Ragamuffin,” CFA.org.
- Petfinder.com, “Ragamuffin.”