5 Things to Know About Ragamuffins

The Ragamuffin is an affectionate cat who is great with children and loves to follow their humans around the house.

Ragamuffins are a relatively new cat breed. By: Sergey Skleznev

1. Key Characteristics

  • Weight: 15–20 pounds for males, 10–15 pounds for females
  • Life Expectancy: 18 years

The Ragamuffin is a large, strong, healthy cat with a medium-long coat that comes in various colors and patterns.

The coat is thick, resembling rabbit’s fur. The cat has large, expressive eyes and thrives on human companionship.

2. Where They Came From

Though there are conflicting stories about this cat’s origins, the most commonly accepted history involves breeding that began with the Ragdoll cat.

Ann Baker began breeding Ragdoll cats in the 1960s after acquiring a beautiful cat with a calm and affectionate personality. She formed an association to protect the breed and had strict breeding requirements.

In 1994, a group broke off from her organization because of these requirements and began breeding Ragdoll cats with Persian cats and Himalayans. This new breed came to be known as the Ragamuffin.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association accepted the breed in 2003 and allowed their advancement to championship class in 2011.

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Ragamuffins are generally large and affectionate cats who love their families and children.

3. How Friendly Are They?

Ragamuffins are known for their relaxed and affectionate personalities.

They thrive on human companionship and attention, and are often found waiting at the door for you and will curl up in your lap for hours. They are patient with children and enjoy being around other pets.

This breed generally loves to cuddle and play. They can be vocal at times and will want to stay close to you.

Ragamuffins don’t reach maturity until 4–5 years of age, so be prepared for an extended kitten period full of playfulness and an overload of cute.

4. Is This the Right Cat for You?

Exercise Needs

Low

LOW: Ragamuffins don’t have any special exercise needs. Keep yours indoors. Teir affectionate and trusting nature can make them unaware or fearless of outdoor dangers.

Like most cats, they’ll sleep long hours, play, run and jump. Contact your veterinarian if your Ragamuffin isn’t very active — this could be a sign of a health issue.

Grooming Needs

Medium

MEDIUM: The Ragamuffin’s medium-long coat is dense and soft with a long, plush tail. The fur doesn’t mat or clump easily, so grooming is minimal.

Brush your Ragamuffin at least once a week or daily if you want to minimize shedding.

Trim the cat’s nails as needed (usually once every 1–2 weeks) and clean the ears and teeth to promote good overall health.

Health Problems

Low

LOW: There are no known genetic health problems in the Ragamuffin breed. They can become overweight, so their food intake should be monitored and consistent.

This video provides a great overview of the qualities that make the Ragamuffin such a desirable feline companion:

5. Where to Adopt One

If you’re considering getting a Ragamuffin for your next pet, please check adoption resources — even purebred animals end up in shelters.

Try Petful’s pet adoption page. (Select the “Cats” tab, and you can filter your results by breed and ZIP code.)

Additional Resources

Kristine Lacoste

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Kristine Lacoste, editor in chief of Petful, is an author, poet and pet lover from Louisiana. She is the author of the book One Unforgettable Journey, which was nominated for a Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America, and was host of a weekly pet news segment on the National K-9 Academy Radio Show. In addition, she was the New Orleans coordinator for Dogs on Deployment, a nonprofit that helps military members and their pets, for 3 years. Kristine has been researching and writing about pet behaviors and care for many years, with her articles appearing in various publications. She is the CEO of a large mental health practice in Louisiana and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Business Administration degree.

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