5 Interesting Facts About Ragamuffin Cats

According to numerous research studies conducted by animal experts around the world, cats are found to be great pets for indoor conditions. They can gel well with families of any size and do not require expensive care. In fact, they can basically take proper care of themselves—provided you treat them like an overly pampered toddler.

Many families in the U.S. are eagerly adopting cats due to their amiable nature, but this doesn’t mean that all cats are the same—friendly, playful and adorable. Ragamuffin cats are known as one of the most affectionate feline breeds. Besides having the usual ‘cute’ and ‘cheerful’ traits, one feature that distinguishes them from other felines is that they are incredibly fluffy, due to their dense, rabbit-like fur.

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Black and grey furry Ragamuffin. (Image Credit: Pixabay)

Now let’s take a look at the 5 most interesting facts about Ragamuffin cat that will make you admire them even more!

1. Ragamuffin Cats are Crossbreed Cats

If you’re a true feline lover, you have almost certainly heard about or seen sweet soft-furred Ragdoll cats, known for their amicability. Well, Ragamuffin cats are descendants of Ragdoll cats. With fluffy fur and striking blue eyes, they make onlookers gaze in awe. When Ragdolls are bred with Persian or Himalayan cats, the result is a Ragamuffin.

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Blue-eyed Ragdoll cat. (Image Credit: maxpixel)

Ragamuffins are a fairly new breed of cat that came into existence only two decades ago on account of cross-breeding. Ragamuffins retain the Ragdolls’ innocuous, but sweet personality. However, one of the notable features where they differ from their ancestors is in the eyes. Ragamuffins don’t have those sharp blue catchy eyes. The good thing is that their fur is extremely soft and feels almost like rabbit fur.

2. ‘Ragamuffin’ Wasn’t the First Name Choice

Ragamuffin sounds like such an apt name for this lovely feline, but interestingly enough, the original name proposed for this breed of cat was ‘Liebling’. Liebling is a German word, whose English equivalent would be ‘darling’ or ‘sweetheart.’ Some of you might be curious  how the cat got its actual name ‘Ragamuffin’? Well, the name Ragamuffin was selected after a broad discussion amongst the cat-breeding community in order to retain a link from the new breed to the foundation breed, i.e., the Ragdoll. Even so, in some parts of the US, like Northern Virginia, Ragamuffins are still called Lieblings.

3. Ragamuffins Love Toys

Ragamuffins are so much like a young toddler, and love to play around with toys. Ask any Ragamuffin expert and he/she cannot agree more over this. Catnip cigars and bird teasers happen to be two of the most popular toys for Ragamuffin cats. Put such toys around them and you will get a hefty dose of the cat’s playfulness and curiosity. Ragamuffins are very intrigued with battery-operated toys too. The movement of these electronic toys incites the cat’s curiosity, especially if they look anything like a mouse.

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Ragamuffin kitten playing with a laptop. (Image Credit: pxhere)

4. Ragamuffins Need Good Food

Ragamuffins are muscular, heavy breeds with a great appetite for food. They have high calorie requirements when it comes to their nutrition. To keep them healthy and happy, you need to feed them regularly with both dry and canned foods.

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Black and white Ragamuffin. (Image Credit: Flickr)

Studies have found that Ragamuffin cats do not have a strong thirst drive like other cats. Therefore, it is imperative for cat owners to regularly provide them with a moist diet. A Ragamuffin fed only with dry food might become dehydrated, which may lead to further health complications.

5. Ragamuffins Need Minimal Grooming

The long, lush and luxurious fur of Ragamuffins may fool you into thinking that breeding these cats is a costly affair, but it’s actually not. Ragamuffins don’t require all that much grooming, and are known to take proper care in cleaning themselves, so owners don’t need to worry much about this feline’s hygiene. Instead of giving them a regular weekly or monthly bath, a yearly or half-yearly bath should be good enough for most Ragamuffins. However, shedding might be a bit of a problem, so grooming can’t be ignored entirely. The good thing is that Ragamuffins are patient, meaning that grooming them won’t be much of a challenge. In fact, they’ll probably enjoy it!

Well this was about our hirsute Ragamuffin cats. In case you are interested to know 5 amazing facts about completely opposite variety of cat i.e. the hairless Sphynx cats, don’t forget to check out this article.

References:

  1. Cat Fancier’s Association
  2. VCA Animal Hospital
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Hussain Kanchwala is an Electronic Engineer from University of Mumbai. He is a tech aficionado who loves to explicate on wide range of subjects from applied and interdisciplinary sciences like Engineering, Technology, FinTech, Pharmacy, Psychology and Economics.

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