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The Ragamuffin Cat 101 : Breed u0026 Personality

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In today's video, let us take a look at a teddy bearlike cat, that was founded back in the 1990s.

The Ragamuffin.

The Ragamuffin was developed in California in the 1990s,from the Cherubim breed, which itself evolved from matings with various strays in the 1960s. The Ragamuffin is medium to large in size, and his soft coat comes in all colors and patterns. A trademark aspect of this cat, is that he doesn’t mind being picked up, and in fact is quite likely to go limp in your arms when you do so.

If you are wondering if the Ragamuffin is related to the Ragdoll, the answer is yes. Some breeders wanted to introduce new colors, and patterns while others thought it was important to widen the breed’s gene pool. Because the breeding of Ragdolls was strictly controlled by that breed’s founder, Ann Baker, a new group formed to create its own breed. They outcrossed to Persians, Himalayans and domestic longhaired cats, to increase the size and to bring about other changes in appearance, that would differentiate the Ragamuffin from the Ragdoll. The name Ragamuffin, was chosen in part as an homage to the founding breed.

Like his cousin the Ragdoll, the Ragamuffin is a huggable lug who wants nothing more than to follow his people around, and sit in a lap whenever possible. A nice combination of sweet and smart, he is often described as puppylike for his friendly personality, with the willingness to play fetch, learn tricks and walk on a leash. He greets visitors warmly, and would meet you at the door everytime you came home.

The Ragamuffin is known for his docile nature. He loves to be held like a baby, and will completely relax into your arms. Ragamuffins like to play, but are good about limiting their attentions to their toys and scratching posts.

This is a mellow cat, but one who craves attention. Don’t get a Ragamuffin if you will have to leave him alone for many hours every day.

The Ragamuffin’s soft coat is long, but its texture is tangleresistant. Weekly brushing or combing is all that’s needed to remove dead hairs and keep it looking beautiful.

This is a large cat, and they mature slowly, not reaching their full size until they are four years old.

The Ragamuffin has a broad, modifiedwedgeshaped head with a rounded appearance. It’s supported by a short, heavy, strong neck that is especially apparent in males. Mature males are known for their jowls, giving them something of the look of a crusty old brigadier general. The broadchested body is muscular and heavy, often with a pad of fat on the lower abdomen. All of these accompanied by a long, fully furred tail.

Both pedigreed cats, and mixedbreed cats have varying incidences of health problems, that may be genetic in nature. Ragamuffins are generally healthy, but be sure to ask a breeder about the incidence of health problems in her lineage. It’s also smart not to let this big cat overeat. He is large, to be sure, but he shouldn’t be fat.

posted by bestvintage1u