Ragdoll cats and Ragamuffin cats are commonly confused—in fact, some sites like use the names interchangeably. But according to the Cat Fancier’s Association, Ragdolls and Ragamuffins are two unique breeds with a few key differences in appearance.
The good news is, both Ragdolls and Ragamuffins make great pets. Both breeds are large, docile cats with very sweet personalities.
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If you want to know a little bit more about how to compare Ragdoll and Ragamuffin cats, here is a little clarification:
History of the Breeds
There is some controversy and confusion surrounding the origin and development of the Ragdoll breed, and it is possible that this is what has led to the distinction between Ragdolls and Ragamuffins.
What's a Ragdoll?
The Ragdoll breed was originally started in California by a breeder named Ann Baker, who started the line with her cat Josephine, a longhaired Persian/Angora. Josephine’s sweet disposition and tendency to go limp in the arms of someone holding her is where the Ragdoll cats got their name and reputation.
What's a Ragamuffin?
Less is known about the exact origins of the Ragamuffin cat, because after Ann Baker began to breed Ragdolls, other breeders also began developing the breed. Baker created her own registry for Ragdolls in 1971, The International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA), but many breeders were displeased with the fact that they would have to pay licensing fees, so they split off and formed their own Ragdoll Society in 1975. Because there wasn’t one common standard for the large cat Ragdoll breed, other related breeds began to spring up—for example, the Ragamuffin breed.
Ragdoll and Ragamuffin cats are both fairly large, often weighing around 15 lbs. Both breeds are also known for their big, lovely eyes, but there are some differences: Pure Ragdolls are known for their vivid blue eyes, which are oval-shaped.
On the other hand, Ragamuffins can have any color eyes, and the shape is much more rounded, similar to a walnut.
Coats are also a point of distinction between the two cats. Ragamuffin coloration is much more wide and varied and includes a lot of white, but does not include pointed colors.
Ragdoll cat colors are exclusively pointed, which means that their faces, tails, legs, and ears are a darker color than the rest of their body. However, Ragdolls can still have white “boots” or “gloves” on their paws. Both breeds both have the same medium-long coat with a plumed tail, but Ragamuffin coats are more resistant to matting.
Ragdoll vs. Ragamuffin Temperament
Both breeds are known for being remarkably sweet and docile, so if you are looking to adopt either as a pet, you can’t go wrong. The Cat Fancier’s Association has said Ragamuffins, in particular, make a great pet for households with children, as Ragamuffins are exceptionally patient and placid.
Since both breeds are so laid back, it is important to play with them often to keep them fit and active. Fortunately, they are very affectionate with their owners, and will often follow them around or greet them at the door, so they should be very happy for playtime!
For more detailed information on the characteristics of each breed, check out the Cat Fancier’s Association Ragamuffin Breed Standards and Breed Profile, as well as the Ragdoll Breed Standards and Breed Profile. You can also read more about Ragdolls specifically in our post “Ragdoll Cat Breeds”.
If you’re looking for Ragdoll and Ragamuffin kittens for sale, start by contacting local breeders or rescue organizations to ask some questions about what breeds they have available.
What to Feed Ragamuffin Cats
One thing you should always remember is to avoid overfeeding your Ragamuffin cat. By nature, Ragamuffins are large cats, and look similar to Ragdolls, which can lead to some owners unintentionally overfeeding their cats. Overfeeding can lead to a host of health problems in your Ragamuffin cat.
The dietary needs of your Ragamuffin cat depend on a lot of things such as age, sex, activity level, and so on. But generally, your cat should eat at least one serving of good quality and nutritious cat food each day. You can also introduce some variations such as wet food into the diet plan to mix things up.
Another thing to avoid is trying to feed vegetarian food to the Ragamuffins. In nature, all felines, including the Ragamuffins, are predators because of their dietary needs. That's why a lot of people who try to feed vegetables or fruits to Ragamuffins find it hard to get them to eat. It is very important to ensure that your cat is getting meat-based nutrients in their diet.
The nutritional needs for Ragdolls and Ragamuffin cats are very similar. According to available data, the Ragdoll cat breed and the Ragamuffin cat are related to each other. In fact, the Ragamuffin cat is actually a crossbreed of the Ragdoll. In that sense, we can say that this breed of cat is also related to the Himalayans and the Persian breed as well, and all 4 breeds have similar dietary needs.
The best diet for any breed of cat is a raw food diet, as it mirrors your furry friend's diet in the wild. This is especially applicable to Ragamuffin cats, as they are prone to being overfed, and a raw diet can help cats that are overweight.
Weight gain can often be attributed to the unnecessary carbohydrates and other foods that your cat doesn’t need, but are added to prepared foods (especially kibble) to bulk it out. Eating a raw diet can get overweight cats back down to a healthier weight and therefore also help to protect a healthy heart.
In fact, it’s those unnecessary carbs that are often the cause of problems with digestion and stools too. Cats don’t need carbohydrates!
Most people who switch to a raw diet for their cats notice at least some improvement in one or more of these areas:
- Improved urinary health with fewer kidney issues
- Improved digestion, whilst also reducing stool volume and odor
- Better dental health
- Improved joint health and healthy bones
- Increased energy levels
- A healthy, shiny coat with less shedding and healthy skin
A good quality diet for Ragamuffin cats must meet the following standards:
- No additives
- No fillers
- No garlic
- Must be meat-based
- Good source of protein and fat
If you don't know where to start with feeding your Ragamuffin a raw diet, check out our post on the ideal raw food diet to keep your kitty happy and healthy.
Characteristics of Ragamuffin Cats
Weight: The average weight for Ragamuffin cats is around ten to twenty pounds. If your Ragamuffin is above or below that range, then you need to make some dietary changes.
Height: A Ragamuffin cat is around ten to fifteen inches in height.
Lifespan: On average, Ragamuffin cats can live for around twelve to sixteen years. But you need to remember that averages are just averages - This means that your cat can live a lot more than 16 years!
Shedding: This breed sheds a normal amount of fur, just like any other cat breed.
Colors: Ragamuffin cats come in different colors, such as white, black, brown, grey, red, ebony blue, orange chocolate, silver, sable, lilac, and cinnamon.
Friendliness: This breed is good with families, other cats, children, and even the elderly.
Noise: This is a quiet breed, but it can be vocal when necessary.
Intelligence: Ragamuffin cats are of average intelligence.
Temperament: In general, this breed is considered to be calm and affectionate.
Patterns: Tr-color, bi-color, color point, solid, and tabby.
Ragamuffin Cat vs Ragdoll
What's the difference between the Ragamuffin cat and the Ragdoll cat? On the surface, both are big cats and are known for their docile and affectionate nature. According to the Cat Fanciers Federation, Ragamuffins are preferable for homes with children because of their extraordinary patience and placid nature.
Let's take a quick look at some of the differences between the Ragamuffin and the Ragdoll breed:
Lifespan: Ragamuffins' lifespan is around fifteen to eighteen (15-18) years on average. On the other hand, the average Ragdoll's lifespan is nine to fifteen (9-15) years.
Trainability: Ragamuffins are highly trainable, while Ragdolls are only moderately trainable.
Exercise: Ragamuffins require minimal exercise, while Ragdolls require moderate exercise.
Dog-friendly: Both breeds are dog friendly, and can even become good companions with canines.
Grooming: Since these are large cats, they require a moderate level of grooming using a brush to remove any dead hair or fur. For females or even males (both breeds), the level of grooming is similar! In most cases, a normal combing is all that's required to properly groom your cat.
Weight: Both cat breeds average around 10 to 20 pounds.
Ragamuffin Cat Colors
There are a lot of colors when it comes to the Ragamuffin cat breeds, such as white, black, brown, grey, red, ebony blue, orange chocolate, silver, sable, lilac, and cinnamon. If you prefer a specific color of cat, there is a good chance that you can find a Ragamuffin like that!
Before you go out to find a specific color cat, here's a little tip - Try looking for images of that colored cat on Google and YouTube first to get an idea of how it looks in real life. If you plan to get a Ragamuffin cat from the adoption or rescue center, then you will not have much of a color choice.
FAQs about Ragamuffin Cats
Let's have a look at the frequently asked questions related to the Ragamuffin cats.
Ragamuffin cat size - What's the average size of Ragamuffin cats?
Height: A Ragamuffin cat is around ten to fifteen inches in height.
Weight: Their average weight is between ten to twenty pounds. If your Ragamuffin is above or below that range, consult your veterinarian. You need to make some dietary changes.
Overall, these are big cats that are similar to Ragdolls! So if you are thinking of holding a cat like this on your lap, it would be best to learn how to hold these cats on YouTube first. Despite their large size, you can easily pick them up once you have learned the trick.
How do I know if my cat is a Ragamuffin?
There are only two ways to know for sure if you have a Ragamuffin - you have certified papers from TICA or CFA or another professional cat organization in your country or you do a cat DNA test to find out.
Ragamuffins are large cats with plush coats and long tails, which makes them appear larger than their actual size. Their heads are usually medium-sized, but their fur can make it look bigger. Another common trait of Ragamuffin cats is that they have oval eyes and a well-developed chin.
Do all Ragamuffin cats have blue eyes?
Unlike Ragdolls which come with bright blue eyes, Ragamuffin cats come with different eye colors! Some may have blue eyes, while others may have a different eye color.
Are Ragamuffin cats talkative?
In general, we can't classify this breed as talkative, but that's not to say that they are silent. If the situation requires, these cats can be very vocal, and usually tend to stick with their owners. Another great fact about this breed is that they only reach maturity after 4-5 years - This means that you get at least 4-5 years to enjoy a cute and playful kitten!
Do Ragamuffins like to be held?
Yes, these cats like to be held. In fact, they crave their owners' attention. These cats can go along with children and even other pets (like cats and dogs). So if you are thinking of getting a new pet for the house, then you can't go wrong with a Ragamuffin!
Are Ragamuffins rare?
If you rank the felines based on their rareness, this breed ranks at the #33 spot, which tells us that, yes, they are fairly rare.
Videos of Ragamuffins
If you search "Ragamuffin cat" on YouTube, you can find a lot of videos showing this beautiful cat breed! These cats resemble Ragdolls, but a closer inspection can reveal the subtle differences between the two.
Both cat breeds are a great choice for children, but some people say that Ragamuffins can prove to be a better choice than the Ragdolls. In general, you can't go wrong with either breed. Both are big, fluffy, and like to play with humans!
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What are your experiences with Ragamuffin vs. Ragdoll cats? What Ragamuffin cat facts do you know? Ragdoll cat facts?