How do I know if my cat is a Ragamuffin you ask? If you’re a cat owner, there’s a good chance you’ve wondered just what kind of kitty you have.
Well, we’re here to help! In this post, we’ll talk about the characteristics that define a Ragamuffin cat, and explain how you can tell if your feline friend falls into that category.
Stick around – it’s time to get educated on your kitty!
Ragamuffins are one of the most adorable (and often misunderstood) cat breeds out there.
They are true characters, and if you’re thinking of adding one to your family, there are a few things you should know.
Here’s everything you need to know about these special cats, from their physical traits to their personalities.
Ragamuffins are known for their docile and sweet nature. They are considered a strong and healthy breed with long thick rabbit-like fur. Perhaps that’s the reason they have been nicknamed the teddy bears of the cat world.
Ragamuffin Physical Traits
To really find out if your cat is a Ragamuffin, you have to look at its traits based on a few different factors. Below we have listed the distinct physical traits based on each part of the Ragamuffins body.
Ragamuffins are certainly not small cats. They are generally medium to large in size.
They tend to be strong and muscular cats with females being quite smaller than the males.
It’s also quite common for them to have a fatty pad on their lower belly area. You can easily feel it hanging down when the cat is on all fours.
The tail of a Ragamuffin cat is long and really fluffy. It looks quite like a bottlebrush plant or soft feather. It starts off thick from the base of the cat and gets slightly thinner at the end of the tail.
The Ragamuffin has a very distinct rectangular frame. They stand strong with broad shoulders and chests.
A very common trait is the fatty area near their lower abdomen. When you touch the cat it should feel fleshy all over with a decent amount of muscle on the back legs.
Generally, Ragamuffin cats tend to have a healthy balance of weight and size.
The eyes of a Ragamuffin are what makes this breed the sweetest cat you’ll ever come across.
Their eyes are large and often described as shaped like a walnut.
The eyes can come in a range of colors including gold, green, amber, hazel, and blue.
Ragamuffins’ eyes can also be two different colors often referred to as odd eyes.
The scientific name for this is heterochromia.
The coat is considered long and thick and often compared to that of a rabbit. It’s also silky smooth to the touch.
Even though the Ragamuffins fur is long and thick it doesn’t tend to mat or knot quite often.
This is a great plus for owners as they don’t have to spend much time grooming out knots and mats.
The Ragamuffin cat has medium-sized ears. They are delicately perked on the head with a slight forward tilt.
They never point at the top and are always rounded giving them a very sweet and proportional look.
Ragamuffins have the sweetest and cutest paws.
Their paws are large and rounded with thick tufts of hair between their toes and beneath.
Limp Like Rags
The rag part of the name is a reference to the fact that the Ragamuffin tends to go limp in your arms when you hold it.
Ragamuffin Personality Traits
We couldn’t tell you all about the Ragamuffin’s physical traits without going over their sweet personality. Here’s where the Ragamuffin steals hearts.
The teddy bears of the cat world. That’s the official nickname of the Ragamuffin cat. And oh how true it is.
Not only are they super soft to the touch, but they also love cuddling. Who doesn’t want to cuddle a super soft teddy bear?
The teddy bear reference may also be linked to the fact that they often go limp in your arms when you hold them.
Additionally, even though they are big and furry teddies, it’s still really easy to groom a Ragamuffin. A great bonus if you ask us!
It wouldn’t be a Ragamuffin without that sweet sweet love. Ragamuffins are renowned for their sweet and caring nature.
Their playful and docile nature makes them a great addition to a family household especially ones with children.
They are also a perfect companion for someone living alone as they are known to follow their owners about everywhere.
One thing is for sure Ragamuffins are certainly not aggressive in any way.
As mentioned above, many owners of this beautiful breed report that their cats never stop following them around.
They are a naturally curious breed that loves to always keep an eye on their human companions.
I’ve personally seen this in action. My friend has a Ragamuffin and she loves to play fetch.
The cat will bring its toy to you and drop it at your feet and then look up at you with those big sweet eyes.
You’ve no other choice but to play with them. And yes as you expected, the Ragamuffin will bring the toy back to you after you’ve thrown it.
It’s very dog-like and irresistibly cute.
There’s certainly no doubt about it that Ragamuffins are smart cookies.
If you’re planning on getting a Ragamuffin cat, you’ll want to get one that is DNA tested.
The Ragdoll and Ragamuffin are two very similar breeds. So much so that in the early days of their development, they were actually considered the same breed.
It wasn’t until 2003 that The International Cat Association (TICA) decided to give the Ragamuffin its own unique breed status.
Even though the two breeds have been separated for over 20 years there is still a lot of confusion surrounding them.
To make things even more complicated, there are also some unscrupulous breeders out there who try to pass off their Ragdolls as Ragamuffins (or the other way around).
That’s why DNA testing is so important. It can help you determine whether or not the cat you’re considering buying is a true Ragamuffin.
When you buy one of these lovely kitties, make sure to buy from a registered breeder to make sure it’s a real Ragamuffin.
The breeder should be able to give you DNA records or the cat’s bloodline history.
You’ll know it’s from a reputable breeder due to the cost of the Ragamuffin alone. Trusted breeders will charge a surplus.
If you’ve already bought a Ragamuffin and you’re not sure whether it’s a real one or not.
There are home DNA tests you can use such as this one from Base Paws.
Where Can I Get A Ragamuffin
The best place to get a Ragamuffin cat is from a reputable and trusted breeder.
You can go to websites such as the Cat Fanciers Association. They provide a list of all the registered Ragamuffin breeders in the USA.
Ragamuffin Cat Price
The price of a Ragamuffin cat varies depending on the breeder. If it’s from a registered breeder it will cost significantly more compared to a local breeder.
Kittens from a trusted breeder can cost between $1000 to $2000. The cost of a cat also depends on other factors such as age and health status.
Check out our in-depth article on the price of a Ragamuffin if you’d like to know more.
Ragamuffin cats are an absolutely gorgeous breed. They are known for their sweet and loving nature, and they make great companions.
If you’re considering getting one of these beautiful kitties, make sure to get one that is DNA tested. This will ensure that you’re getting a real Ragamuffin cat.
Do you have a Ragamuffin cat? Let us know in the comments below!
Elliot is the owner and lead writer at Lais Lairs. He is the proud owner of a Maine Coon/Siberian Mix cat named Lai. His oldest cat lived to be 18 years old so he’s learned a thing or two about keeping pets. When he’s not writing you can find him playing video games or playing fetch with Lai.