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The Ragamuffin cat is a breed of domestic cat that is a variant of the Ragdoll established as a separate breed in its own right in 1994. They are noted for their friendly personalities and also their thick fur, similar to that of a rabbit.
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
The breed has its origins in the Ragdoll breed, itself a recent development. In the 1960s, a non-pedigree cat called Josephine gave birth to a litter of kittens who had a habit of flopping around when picked up. A second litter of kittens had the same docile personality and floppy traits and a cat breeder named Mrs Baker bought the cats to start a breed. She named them Ragdoll and started her own registry for the breed.
In 1994, a group of registered Ragdoll breeders left the registry due to the strict restrictions. They named their cats Ragamuffins, as they weren't allowed to use the name Ragdoll. Their aim was to outcross with Persians, Himalayans and other longhaired breeds as well as with original Ragdolls to give the cats better genetic health as well as a more rounded personality and temperament. This ended in 2010 and now to be registered with the CFA, the cat must have Ragamuffin parents on both sides. It was granted registration status in 2003 and full championship status in 2011.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
Ragamuffins are muscular and heavy cats that take a long time to mature, typically four to five years. They have a broad chest and rectangular shaped body with strong shoulders and a short neck. The head is broad, a modified wedge with a rounded forehead and dipped nose. Average lifespan is 12 to 16 years.
Their coat colours are varied and the length of coat is medium in length, getting longer towards the stomach. Despite being a thick coat, it needs only minimal grooming. Fur around the neck gives the appearance of a ruff. They are accepted as pedigree in all colours and patterns, with or without white and pointed or not pointed.
These cats are generally healthy and are large in size, so watching for obesity is important. They can be prone to the normal cat health problems such as heart problems but with no particularly increased risk.
While the Ragamuffin has retained the habit of going limp when picked up and having a gentle nature, they are more active that the Ragdoll, enjoying playing with toys, climbing, using scratching posts and even fetching toys. They aren't the most athletic cats and are best kept indoors due to their docile nature. They can be quite vocal and adapt well to a range of different families.
Ragamuffin cats are known to be excellent with other pets and with children due to their calm and patient temperament. When they play, they aren't too boisterous and are often found in kids dolls strollers or sitting around the tea party with the kids. They are also wonderful cats to be a companion for someone who lives alone as they can devote their attention to them and respond well to the love and affection they receive.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|