Ragamuffin | Cat Breed Guide

Ragamuffin | Cat Breed Guide

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The Ragamuffin is friendly and calm, ideal for families with children and/or other pets. The breed is known for suffering from polycystic kidney disease.

Weight: 10-20 pounds 

Life Expectancy: 12-18 years

Temperament: patient, sweet, laid-back 

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History and Personality

The story goes that Josephine, a long-haired white cat, was hit by a car in the 1960s. After recovering from her accident, Josephine gave birth to a litter of unusually affectionate kittens. Ann Baker, a local breeder, was intrigued. She decided to adopt a few of the kittens to create what we call the Ragdoll.

In 1994, a group of Ragdoll breeders branched off and introduced the Ragamuffin, altering the cat world forever. The original name was Liebling (German for “darling”).

Ragamuffins are sweet and patient cats, making them perfect playmates for energetic, curious children. They also get along with other pets in the household.

Regardless of the age or species of family members, Ragamuffins like to sit on laps and spend as much time as possible with those around them. They crave attention. Those seeking cats that always keep to themselves should avoid this breed.

With striking, walnut-shaped eyes and beautiful coloring, it is not hard to understand why the CFA once listed Ragamuffins as the 33rd most popular feline in their registry. Ragamuffins are also famous for their sizable build and silky, easy-to-groom fur.

Able to adjust to changes in routine, they can live peacefully and happily in an apartment or house setting. Because they are trusting and vulnerable creatures, many experts recommend keeping them indoors. Some Ragamuffins can learn to walk on a leash for short outings, but caution should be taken.


Ragamuffins have long coats, muscular bodies, and soft fur. To prevent matting and hairballs, a Ragamuffin should be groomed once or twice a week. Shedding occurs more frequently during spring and fall. Ragamuffin coloring includes (but is not limited to) white, chocolate, black, red, and cream.

Health Concerns

  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Periodontal diseases
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Polycystic kidney disease is inherited and cannot be prevented. PKD is present from birth and causes cysts to form in the kidneys. As the cysts grow bigger with age, the cat may eventually suffer from kidney failure. Potassium supplements can help keep potassium levels up in the blood. Only a vet should work out a treatment plan.

Periodontal diseases such as gingivitis cause great discomfort for Ragamuffins. Regular teeth brushing is important.

With hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the muscular walls surrounding the heart thicken, blocking proper blood flow. Treatment options are available.

Investing in pet insurance can assist with treatment costs and provide peace of mind.