Ragamuffin - such an amazing name belongs to the mysterious and very rare breed of cats. Despite the fact that ragamuffins appeared recently, very little is known about their origin. Fluffy beauties amaze with their defenselessness and devotion to man.
History of breed origin
Things weren’t done without the Persians - this is the thought that appears at the first glance at this shaggy miracle. So by and large it is. The Persian cat can be called the "grandmother" of ragamuffin - a young breed of American selection. However, these fluffy cats have large and diverse relatives.
Ragamuffin - the handsome prince hails from garbage
Ragman is the son of a rag doll
The idea of creating ragamuffin, as well as its predecessor - regdoll, belongs to Persian breeder Anne Baker, an American who came up with a “special cat” in the sixties of the last century. The selection of producers initially takes place not so much according to external as according to behavioral data - Ann wanted to get an absolutely flexible and non-aggressive animal. She called her offspring Ragdoll, which literally translates from English as “rag doll”, because these cats relax on human hands completely, to the state of “rag”.
Ragdoll, became the first brainchild of Anne Baker, the next were to be Cherubim
It is hard to say exactly what kind of blood combined in this breed. Its ancestors - the cat was most likely a half-breed of Persian and Angora, and the street cat looked like a Burmese outwardly - were purebred animals. Having patented the property for a new color-point breed and its name Ragdoll, Baker single-handedly selected the producers, kept a register and did not allow other breeders to develop ragdolls - even when she decided to diversify their colors as much as possible and thus create another cat breed.
Ragamuffin is very similar to Ragdoll
Cherubim (cherub) - so, according to Anne Baker, at first they called ragdolls of different sizes. The pretty name didn’t take root, because a group of enthusiastic breeders found a way around the breeder’s monopoly on the breed - an alternative version of the new ragdoll with the fun name ragamuffin was created. Ragamuffin is translated from English as “ragged”, because the origins of this elite and very expensive breed were outbred strollers - the most common street cats.
The presentation of ragamuffin took place for the first time in 1994 at an international exhibition, and in 2003, "ragged" got the status of a separate, officially recognized breed.
Appearance of Ragamuffin cats
In American pedigree standards in the description of this cat there is the word sweetness (translated from English as "sweetness"), which characterizes ragamuffin as well as possible. To date, the breed is recognized by CFA and ACFA, the standards of which differ slightly. We offer a description of ragamuffin in a variant of the CFA standard (Cat Fanciers' Association) - the Cat Lovers Association.
Ragamuffins are very large cats, the weight of a cat can reach 14 kilograms
Body structure, dimensions
These are large animals, the average weight of which can be from eight to nine kilograms, and cats in size are not too far behind cats. The body of ragamuffin is long, strong, with well-developed muscles. Paws strong, medium height; front shorter than the rear. The tail is long and necessarily fluffy. The neck is short and thick, the head has the shape of a rounded wedge - large with pronounced cheeks, small ears and huge almond-shaped eyes.
Eye color can be anything, up to heterochromy - the standard focuses not so much on color as on its saturation, which gives the look extra expressiveness.
Ragamuffin's eyes are bigger and more expressive than Ragdoll's
The breed belongs to semi-long-haired - only Persians are considered long-haired. But the length of the thick outer coat in some ragamuffins can reach 10-12 centimeters - especially on the tail or “panties”. The correct pedigree wool differs in structure from the Persian for the better - it is silky, elastic and rarely curls, although it has a sufficient amount of downy undercoat.
In the diverse gamut of ragamuffin colors, various bicolors are the most common option that looks very impressive on chic flowing wool. The standard allows for absolutely any color - because for the sake of their palette a new breed was bred. There is no restriction on the color of the pads of the paws or the nose - they may not even be combined with the predominant color, contrast with it.
Ragamuffin bicolor looks impressive
Only “pure” color point is not very welcome - this color has remained the main distinguishing feature of the classic ragdoll from creative ragamuffin.
Photo gallery: Ragamuffin color wealth
- Ragamuffin Tabby Point - Ragdoll Reminder
- Ragamuffin Bicolor Blue - A True Gentleman
- Ragamuffin Bicolor Cream - Top of Elegance
- Ragamuffin color van - smart and original
- The combination of red and white is a solid positive
- Ragamuffin in white “socks” - this is extremely touching
- Tabby combined with white looks exotic
- Three-color kitty - fortunately in the house
- White Ragamuffin - Fluffy Miracle
- "Wild" color contrasts with the gentle disposition of ragamuffin
- Smoky colors on long thick wool - it's amazing
- White breast on a marble background - very pretty
- Red colors are good in any breed.
- Marble makes every cat exclusive
Among the shortcomings and defects of the phenotype, the standard names the following:
- the presence of a squat and short body;
- the presence of an easily palpable spine;
- too short tail;
- tail section with creases;
- the presence of small or pointed ears;
- oversized eyes;
- the presence of developed strabismus;
- cotton type undercoat;
- the presence of a cranial dome instead of a slight head curvature;
- the presence of a Roman type nose.
Show cat must have ideal parameters
Nature and behavior
All cats of large breeds grow and develop for a long time, but ragamuffins - especially for a long time. Up to four years, and even up to five, this cute shaggy bumpkin will remain a real kitten.
Pros and cons, animal preferences
It is curious that the "tattered", having in their genome a complex cocktail of the blood of stray cats, are completely unsuitable for life on the street. They are not able to protect themselves and ... they do not know how to hunt - geneticists explain this with a peculiar mutation: the gene responsible for the hunting instinct simply disappeared. If such a cat is lost, but cannot catch prey and will starve to death.
Ragamuffin - The Perfect Pet
Table: advantages and disadvantages of the ragamuffin breed
|Breed advantages||Cons of the breed|
- highly oriented to the person;
- relatively unpretentious in content;
- intelligent, smart and unobtrusive;
- have good health;
- perfect companion cats
- too gullible;
- defenseless against foreign aggression;
- develop very slowly;
- lost, doomed to death;
- difficulty of acquiring and high cost of a kitten
Survival with other pets
Ideally, if ragamuffin becomes a “pioneer” in your territory, and after it is fully mastered, you can start other pets. "Tattered" will try to get along with them - but only on condition that no one will offend him. He can easily get along with pets, which for other cats will become an object of hunting: with small rodents, birds and even fish.
Ragamuffin will be friends even with a mouse
Relations with the owner, with strangers
Ragamuffins idolize their master and show immense patience for children. It is hard to imagine another cat that would be so friendly to people, even strangers, and so sincerely rejoiced at the arrival of guests. This pet, without being too intrusive, will accompany you everywhere - both in the house and on travel.
Video: ragamuffin - affectionate and tender cat
Content and features of care
The content of ragamuffin does not require special knowledge or special training. The main thing that is always necessary for this cat is the love and attention of the owner.
Massive and often not too active ragamuffins have excellent appetite. The main problem in their feeding is to prevent overeating, maintain optimal body weight.
Breeders of this breed recommend offering pets not a natural menu, but high-quality ready-made feeds - they have a balanced composition, are enriched with vitamins, minerals and other useful components that help maintain the beautiful coat of animals in excellent condition. Among the best offers are holistic class feed.
Choose only the best feed for your pet.
Table: ready-made feeds of the holistic class recommended for long-haired cats
|Title||Type of feed||The presence of protein in the composition||Price|
|Innova||Dry, wet||Up to 50%||From 120 rubles (370 g)|
|Acana||Dry||Up to 75%||From 370 rubles (340 g)|
|Almo nature||Dry, wet||Up to 33%||From 85 rubles for 70 g|
|Farmina N&D||Dry||Up to 44%||From 410 rubles (300 g)|
|Pronature holistic||From 30%||From 340 rubles (340 g)|
|Gina elite||From 32%||From 739 rubles (1 kg)|
|Grandorf||Dry||37%||From 370 rubles (400 g)|
|Barking heads||Dry, wet||35%||From 110 rubles (100 g)|
|Go!||Dry, wet||46%||From 120 rubles (100 g)|
|Now||Dry||31%||250 rubles (230 g)|
Particular attention should be paid to the Hills Science Plan ™ Feline Adult Hairball Control - it contains natural ingredients that help to remove lumps of wool from the stomach, as well as stabilizing the process of seasonal molting.
If you are an apologist for natural feeding, keep in mind that the diet of a long-haired cat should not only be saturated with proteins, but also contain enough fiber; it is preferable to introduce such products into the ragamuffin menu:
- lean meat (veal, poultry);
- sea and ocean fish;
- fat-free sour milk;
- fruits (except citruses and grapes) and vegetables;
- well-boiled cereals (except for wheat and legumes).
The ragamuffin menu should not contain river, but sea or ocean fish
An unequivocal taboo in the nutrition of ragamuffin is any “goodies” from the master's table.
A variety of complex supplements of vitamins and minerals should become a compulsory accompaniment of a “natural” - consult your veterinarian about their optimal composition.
Snacks won't do ragamuffin good
In order for the food to be well absorbed and bring maximum benefits, it is recommended to give it in fractional portions - three to four times a day for an adult animal.
A feature of long-haired breeds is the need for periodic cleansing of the cat's stomach from lumps of wool accumulating there. You can give your pet special cleaning pastes, or you can enrich his diet with green grass - you can grow it yourself or purchase it at a pet store.
Fresh weed is vitamins and cleansing for the stomach
Necessary living conditions
Despite the raggamuffin's sociability, this cat must have its own space where you can not only play, but also relax calmly. Equip a corner in the apartment with a comfortable bed for a cat, put here a good comfortable scratching post, put down your favorite toys. Cats of this breed are quite zealous - they like it when “everything of their own” is gathered in one place.
Ragamuffin, like all cats, loves boxes
Ragamuffins are also very fond of shelters, which are very easy to equip - just put a medium-sized cardboard box in the cat’s corner and replace it with a new one from time to time.
Hygiene and hair care
Already by the appearance of this cat, it is easy to guess which procedure is the main in caring for her. Yes, it is combing, and it is better to make such a simple ritual everyday - then the pet’s hair will look luxurious, and lumps of light cat fluff will not roll around the house.
The kit recommended for a home groomer should consist of the following tools:
- comb from natural bristles - combes the remaining wool well and does not electrify it;
- little pooderka with bent tips - parses the undercoat without scratching the skin;
- massage brush - gently stimulates the skin, helping to remove dead hair and the growth of new ones;
- a furminator for long-haired cats - a convenient combing tool has recently appeared on sale (previously only furminators for short hair were offered);
- koltunorez - removes koltuny cuts running, fallen into the felt felts (we hope that you will never need such a tool).
You will also need scissors of different sizes (including those with rounded tips - for cutting tufts of hair between the fingers) and a nail clipper - in order to remove the “acuteness of the problem” of claws in time.
Hair Care Products
Bathing for ragamuffin is not the most pleasant procedure, but the beauty of its coat requires care. The zoo industry offers a wide range of delicate products to maintain a luxurious fur coat in perfect condition.
Ragamuffin does not like to swim too much, but three to four times a year this procedure is necessary
Internet ratings offer various care products for long hair - both in terms of popularity and quality:
- "Perfect Coat Shed Control & Hairball" of the trademark "8 in 1" - the best shampoo from tartars;
- “Velvet” shampoo of the Russian company “Api – San” is a good tool to facilitate combing;
- Trixie Trocken Shampoo of the German company TRIXIE Heimtierbedarf GmbH & Co KG - the best dry shampoo;
- shampoo for kittens and sensitive cats “BioVax” (Russia) is designed for sensitive, allergy-prone cats;
- Shampoo "Doctor" from LLC "TD GoodMan" - a remedy for problems with skin and coat;
- Espree conditioner (Espri) Simple Shed Treatment - Shedding rescue for cats and dogs.
Photo gallery: popular ragamafin hair care products
- Doctor shampoo eliminates itching and irritation
- Perfect Coat Shed Control & Hairball easily unravels the tangles
- Trixie Trocken Shampoo - For Cats Who Don't Like Washing
- Espree Simple Shed Treatment is used for cats and dogs.
Ear and eye cleaning
Mandatory hygiene procedure for all cats - cleaning of the ears and eyes should be carried out weekly. If the animal is healthy, then for such washing just a regular cotton pad dipped in boiled water or a special lotion is enough. If the discharge becomes more than usual and an unpleasant odor appears, then you should contact your veterinarian to rule out or diagnose health problems in a timely manner.
Cleaning your cat’s ears is an important hygiene procedure.
At least once every three weeks, it is necessary to trim the grown claws so that they do not interfere with the pet itself and do not create problems for the home environment. This simple procedure is performed using a clipper so as not to damage the cat's blood vessels and not cause pain.
Cut only the sharp tips of the claws so as not to hurt the blood vessels
An alternative can be fashionable “anti-scratches” multi-colored silicone caps that are glued to the claws. But not all cats like this manicure, and it doesn’t last for too long - for two to three weeks.
Ragamuffin Health, Life Span
Descendants from street cats provided the ragamuffins with a strong immune system and good health. For this breed, no hereditary diseases and pathologies are characteristic. When properly maintained, cute "tattered" will delight their owners for a long time - the lifespan of these cats is fifteen, and in some cases twenty years.
Regular checkups by a veterinarian are the prevention of many diseases.
Owners should consult with a veterinarian to timely prevent the development of such ailments:
- hypertrophic cardiomyopathy;
- hip dysplasia;
- digestive disorders;
Features of mating and breeding
The breed remains one of the rarest, and there are still no post-Soviet nurseries involved in ragamuffin breeding. Breeders who specialize in ragdolls show interest in this breed. Breeding work with the new breed is hindered by two main factors: firstly, there is not enough gene pool, and secondly, there is no demand for cute, but very expensive kittens of this little-known ragamuffin.
The number of ragamuffins is limited, and the choice of a parent pair is a considerable problem
Ragamuffins are recommended to be knitted no earlier than three years, although by this age the formation of animals has not yet completed completely. Cats of this breed are unusually delicate even in matters of love - they can take care of a cat for a very long time platonically before venturing on more decisive actions. There are no other reproductive problems in the breed: mating is usually successful, cats can tolerate pregnancy well and give birth easily.
Ragamuffin kittens are always white
Litters are often multiple and delight the eye with a variety of colors. Ragamuffin kittens are born completely white, color spots begin to appear gradually, from the first days of life to six months. Babies develop more slowly than in other breeds.
In one litter there can be kittens of various colors
Only adult, absolutely healthy, vaccinated and parasitized animals are allowed for breeding, which must be noted on the veterinary passport. Both producers must have certificates of pedigree compliance entered in the register of the feline organization where these animals are registered. Crossbreeds are not allowed. The optimal age for castration or sterilization is about a year.
Cat sterilization - abdominal surgery that requires serious rehabilitation
How to choose a Ragamuffin breed pet
Do not believe your eyes when you meet an ad on the Internet like this: "I will sell charming ragamuffin kittens from an unplanned mating." There are many similar announcements, and the price of kittens is low - from three to five thousand rubles. But in the best case, you are offered a mestizo of a regdoll with some random cat, and most often - just a pretty fluffy, for marketing reasons called an exotic word.
Here is such a baby sold on the Internet as a ragamuffin kitten
Ragamuffin purebred kittens can be brought only from the North American continent - even in Europe there are hardly more than a hundred cats of this breed. So if your decision to buy a kitten of this breed is firm, get ready for the expectation and considerable expenses. The cost of a baby pet class starts at a thousand dollars, and high-breed specimens will cost you three to five times more expensive. Add here the payment for transporting the baby from overseas, which is also very expensive.
A thoroughbred ragamuffin kitten is very expensive - but worth it
The high cost and low popularity of the breed create risks for buyers. So that instead of an elite animal you are not sold a kitten that looks just like ragamuffin, buy it only in well-known nurseries that value their authority, and only under an officially certified agreement with the breeder.
Ragamuffin is a loving companion with a gullible soul
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The kitten of this breed is affectionate and likes to give warmth to a person.
they never create inconvenience in the house and do not attract too much attention.
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God grant only that they did not cross the ragdoll with the ragamuffin.
The exotic cat ragamuffin can become a favorite in your family. This unusually moving, trusting and sincere animal will make your home more comfortable, and life more joyful.