When people first see this cat breed from a distance, the first thing they experience is fear. An animal with large expressive eyes appears to the gaze, which only ask the person to come closer. It is hard to believe that this animal will allow a person to press it to his body with its soft wool of luxurious color. As one approaches this beautiful cat, the one who approached is completely absorbed by the eyes of the animal, which welcome his attention, and the person feels a sense of pleasure at the first touch of the magnificent fur. This miracle is called ragamuffin - a cat, whose strange name translates as "ragamount".
This is a new breed of cats, a derivative of the Ragdoll breed (Ragdoll), named after the fact that the ancestors of the breed were outbred animals. It developed into a completely separate line as a result of a splinter group from the original Ragdoll breeding program in America and became known as the Ragamuffin. The description of the breed should start with the fact that these animals in the classic style are medium and large cats. Males are much larger than females. The average weight of males is from eight to thirteen kilograms, and females are from seven to ten. They have a large bone structure with a tendency to fat deposits in the lower abdomen. Ragamuffins become fully mature by the age of four and have a lifespan of ten to thirteen years. In the process of selection, they completely lost their hunting skills.
Ragamuffin is a semi-long-haired cat with a rich palette of colors and patterns: solid and striped, tortoiseshell or mink colors. The symmetry of the pattern is not very important, and the markings are not considered important. But most breeders value unique specimens that fall within the breed's relevance. The fur of these cats can be compared to the fur of a rabbit, it is thick and plush, the length of the coat is almost equal to the length of the undercoat. Currently, the ragamuffin is a breed of cats approved as an independent line, and to obtain animals of this breed, it is allowed to cross either both ragamuffin parents, or one of them can be of this breed, and the second is a ragdoll.
The history of the breed is admittedly vague, but quite interesting. Ann Baker, a talented American Persian breeder from California, had a neighbor who kept a wild cat colony. His cat Josephine, similar to angora, from a non-pedigree wild cat, gave birth to kittens of an unhealthy temperament. But one day she was run over by a car and after treatment in a veterinary clinic, kittens with a very good-natured character began to appear in her litters. In 1960, Ann purchased several of these kittens and decided to start breeding a new breed. In 1963, she managed to get the first Ragdoll - a kitten with a calm temperament, which she wanted. Ann Baker set strict standards for the new breed, which provided for its breeding only through its own breeder association.
In 1994, a group of American breeders, Janet Klarmann, Kurt Gehm and Kim Clark, decided to leave Ann's association and create their own breeding line that went beyond Ann's strict standards by crossing all previously obtained species. In 2003 the association was registered, and in 2011 the breed was recognized at the championship. Since the name "ragdoll" was already patented, their new breed was called ragamuffin. It has a greater variety of colors and attracts many who hear the name ragamuffin cat. The photo clearly demonstrates the beauty of this breed.
Ragamuffin is a cat breed that is famous for its unusual calm temperament, friendly and sociable character. Animals of this breed are very affectionate, they like to expose their tummy in order to be stroked, and at the same time they purr loudly. Ragamuffins love to play, often bring an abandoned toy, treat other animals and small children in families well, so they are not at all dangerous. These cats do not like to be left alone for a long time, and are very happy when someone pays attention to them. They are also wonderful companions for those living alone because they provide much needed company and support. They are generally very healthy cats with no known breed-related defects. To protect them from diseases, they are shown annually vaccinations against influenza and enteritis, as well as against leukemia, if they are kept in the fresh air.
Despite the presence of a long thick coat, the ragamuffin is a cat that is not demanding to care for. To avoid tangles and tangled wool, you need to comb it out at least once a week, paying special attention to the "pants" on the hind legs. For good coat quality, a cat must have a varied diet and take vitamins. Calcium is especially important for the skeleton, since the breed has a large skeleton and high weight.