Ragamuffins are known for their sweet nature, and many of these cats love to be held and cuddled due to their docile personality. You may know that these big cuddly cats are related to the Ragdoll cat breed, but what else do you think you may know about them? Take a look at our 5 things you didn’t know about the Ragamuffin cat breed to learn more about these adorable cats:
1. Lapdogs of the Cat World
The Ragamuffin is a very friendly breed, that loves nothing more than sitting in their human’s lap and being adored. When a Ragamuffin isn’t preoccupied being a lap cat, they follow their humans from room to room throughout the house. These sweet cats are happiest when there is someone home with them to spend quality time. Fun fact: Just because the Ragamuffin loves to be right in your lap doesn’t mean that they are lazy by any means. If you break out the cat toys these playful kitties are ready for action and entertainment.
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2. These are Some Big Cats!
Although the Maine Coon is the largest domesticated cat breed, the Ragamuffin is certainly up there as one of the biggest cat breeds known today. Most females are 10-15 pounds at maturity, with males upwards of 20 pounds or even more. Fun fact: These cats don’t reach their full maturity until they are approximately 4 years old. Talk about a lengthy kitten hood!
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3. Mellow Kitty
Much like their cousin the Ragdoll, these super chill cats will go limp often times when you pick them up. The Ragamuffin is very mellow and does well with kids and other cat-friendly animals. These puppy-like cats are loved by many for their friendly personalities and strong desire to bond with you. And with their super soft coats, you can’t help but want to continually pet them over and over… especially when they go limp in your arms from enjoyment.
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4. One Desired Kitty
With the popularity and desired temperament of the Ragdoll, the Ragamuffin was bred to offer a wider selection of colors and a larger sized cat breed. In order to achieve the distinct appearance of the Ragamuffin, breeders crossed with the Persian, Himalayan, and domestic longhair to result in these gorgeous cats. All Ragamuffin kittens are born white and as they age the develop their unique color pattern and coat. Fun fact: Although these cats have full fluffy coats, they only require weekly grooming as their rabbit-like fur does not matt or tangle.
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5. Excellent Choice as a Family Pet
Out of all the cat breeds, the Ragamuffin is certainly one of the most relaxed that loves social interaction from humans in their household. Whether it’s a small child wanting to hold them or an adult, the Ragamuffin is so patient and calm that they won’t mind either way. If you’re looking for a beautiful and soft, sweet and cuddly big teddy bear-like kitty, then a Ragamuffin just may be the perfect cat breed for you!