A RagaMuffin does
best when given plenty of playtime, training,
and attention. Do get a
RagaMuffin if you want
a cat who will get along
with other cats and
dogs and enjoy playing
with kids. Don’t get a
RagaMuffin if you would
be annoyed by his strong
desire to be in your lap.
There’s a lot to love
about this laid-back cat.
The RagaMuffin is one
of the largest cat breeds,
weighing 8 to 20 pounds
(males are larger). It can
take four years for these
large-boned cats to reach
full physical maturity, and they
typically have a pad of fat on the
abdomen. Watch their diet so they
don’t become obese.
Given good care and nutrition, a
RagaMuffin can live up to 18 years,
and some even exceed that lifespan.
Despite having a lush-looking
medium-length coat, the RagaMuffin
is low maintenance when it comes
to grooming. The coat doesn’t tangle easily and feels like silky-soft
bunny fur. A weekly brushing keeps
The RagaMuffin is a generally
healthy breed, but a kitten’s par-
ents should be DNA-tested clear
of heart disease (hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy) as well as polycystic
kidney disease. Brush his teeth, as he
can be prone to periodontal disease.
The RagaMuffin is an offshoot
of the Ragdoll, created in 1994 by
Ragdoll breeders who wanted to
add genetic diversity to the breed.
To achieve their goals, breeders
crossed Ragdolls with Persians,
Himalayans, and domestic longhaired cats. They first called the
cat they developed the Liebling
(German for darling) but soon
switched to RagaMuffin in a nod
to the breed’s forebears.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association
began registering RagaMuffins in
2003, followed by full championship status in 2011.
In 2014, the RagaMuffin was
the 33rd most popular breed registered by the CFA, out of 43.
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Look at those whiskers!
come in all coat
colors and patterns.
Their large, expressive
eyes, which may be slight-
ly slanted, can be any color.
Some have odd eyes, meaning
each eye is a different color,
a condition known as
RagaMuffins differ from
Ragdolls in several ways. They
come in more colors and
patterns; have puffier whisker
pads and a chubbier appearance
overall; their fur is slightly
shorter and thicker; their eyes are
shaped like walnuts instead of
almonds; and their ears tilt
forward rather than to the side.