When you first see a RagaMuffin from a distance –
you will find yourself in awe. There lies a gorgeous
cat, with large expressive eyes that are just begging you to
come closer. You will not believe its sumptuous color, its
soft coat or the substantial feel to its body. As you approach
this beautiful cat you will find yourself drawn by its eyes
that welcome your attention and at the first touch of its
luxurious coat, you will think you are in heaven.
RagaMuffins come in all coat colors and patterns, with or
without white, with the pointed and pointed with white
colors being registered by the CFA, but not shown. These
are striking cats whether the color is solid, tabby and white,
tortoiseshell, or mink. Its coat pattern and its symmetry
are not considered important but all RagaMuffin breeders
love the unique patterns and varieties that come naturally
within the breed.
Their coats are medium-long and fully furred – similar
to the coat of a rabbit. RagaMuffins are low maintenance
cats. Although their coats are thick and plush, surprisingly
they do not readily mat or clump and are easy to care for.
Their overall softness makes you want to continually pet
them, and when you go, these cats love every minute of
your attention and just keep purring.
RagaMuffins are classically medium to large cats. Females
tend to be significantly smaller than males. Females tend
to average between eight and thirteen pounds and males
averaging between fourteen to twenty pounds. Each is
heavily boned and fully fleshed, with a tendency toward a
fatty pad on the lower abdomen. They are fully mature at
four years of age and have a long life expectancy.
A RagaMuffin’s personality is one of extreme sweetness.
While this is hard to describe, it is best understood when
you are owned by one of these cats. Over time, you begin
to understand their exceptional personality and how it
differs from that of most other cats. RagaMuffins form a
strong bond with their families and once your home has
been blessed with one, you will be forever hooked on the
breed. They are addictive and you may soon find that just
one of these cuddly teddy bears is just not enough.
RagaMuffins are wonderful with children and even other
pets. Their calm and patient temperament lends itself to
the boisterous, robust play of youngsters and they can
easily be found attending tea parties or taking rides in baby
strollers. RagaMuffins want to please, and some pet owners
even report they can be taught tricks, such as fetching,
or wearing a harness/leash. They also make wonderful
companions for those who live alone because they provide
much needed company and support. They listen to you
and offer their love as a response.
They are quite likely to go limp in your arms, as the “rag”
part of their name implies. As for their disposition, they
tend to be calm and are likely to be found curled in your
lap as you read a book or watch television. Yet, these are
not lazy cats. Just pull out their toys and you will find
them ready for action. Because they are very trusting
animals they must be kept indoors only. There are far too
many dangers for them beyond the front door.
The RagaMuffin was developed in 1994 from Ann Baker’s
“Cherubim” breed, which began in Riverside, California
in the early 1960’s from street cats. The exact development
of the breed is clouded. The full story will likely stay a
mystery, but the end result of the RagaMuffin breed is as
rewarding as it is pleasurable. CFA granted registration
status in 2003 and full championship status in 2011.
For more information, please contact the Breed Council Secretary for this breed.