- One can trace this breed's ancestry back to Josephine, the Ragdoll original cat from the 1960s.
- This spin-off breed earned the name, RagaMuffin in the 1990s by breeders who split from the Ragdoll group when they felt their cats were treated like street orphans.
- This breed was developed in 1994 as a result of out crossing to Persians, Himalayans and Domestic Longhairs.
- The United Feline Organization was the first to accept RagaMuffins at its cat shows.
- The Cat Fanciers Association recognized the RagaMuffin in the miscellaneous class in 2003.
RagaMuffin Behavior Concerns
- The RagaMuffin doesn't let its big size stop them from their focused quest: to cuddle on laps. This is a very docile, easygoing breed.
- This breed is known for quietly shadowing their favorite people from room to room. It is not unusual for them to be waiting at the door to greet their people when they come home from work.
- If you are looking for a cat breed who tolerates children, look no further. In fact, these mellow, tolerant felines have been discovered inside many a baby stroller on walks.
- Possesses a strange but lovable affinity for jumping inside boxes.
- Not very hunter-like, the RagaMuffin fares better when kept indoors. It does not do a good job of fending for itself outside against predators.
Look of RagaMuffins
- Although related to the Ragdoll, the RagaMuffin differs in that its medium-length coat comes in almost every color of the rainbow. A Ragdoll comes in only three specific pointed colors - solid point, mitted, and bicolor.
- The most popular RagaMuffin coat colors are blue, brown tabby with white, tortoiseshell and mink. It feels soft, like rabbit's fur.
- A RagaMuffin's head is more rounded and wedge-shaped and the nose has more of a slight dip than a Ragdoll. Final difference: a Ragdoll's walnut-shaped eyes are always blue, but a RagaMuffin's eyes come in a variety of hues.
- This hefty-sized, long-bodied breed sports a long tail, powerful shoulders and a broad chest.
- The RagaMuffin is a slow grower, taking up to four years to fully attain physical maturity.
Grooming RagaMuffin Cats
- This breed's medium-length, silky coat is mat-resistant and benefits by weekly combings to rid the coat of any dead hair.
Suggested Nutritional Needs for RagaMuffin
- The RagaMuffin is prone to developing a fatty pad on its lower abdomen, so it is vital to measure food portions daily to prevent obesity.
Fun Facts of RagaMuffins
- This breed goes by the affectionate nickname, "Muffin." It is also known as "Daughters of Josephine," a reference to the cat credited with being the original Ragdoll, the cousins of the RagaMuffins.
- The rare, expensive breed can cost as much as $1,000 per kitten.