This is a page on the RagaMuffin cat written for children and people who like to read plain English.
The RagaMuffin is quite a rare breed of cat. You normally write the name with a capital “M” in the middle. This cat was created because of an argument between cat breeders about 25 years ago. The name is interesting as it means “a shabbily dressed, dirty child”. Yet this cat has a coat that is glamorous.
In the late 1980s there was an argument between Ann Baker, who created the popular Ragdoll cat, and the breeders she asked to help her to make Ragdolls popular. The breeders who worked with Ann Baker decided to start the RagaMuffin cat breed instead. The RagaMuffin is a Ragdoll but with a lot more coat types and patterns than the Ragdoll. The Ragdoll is a “pointed” cat. This means a cat that has darker fur on the face, ears, legs and tail.
After the split between Ragdoll breeders, Ann Baker carried on breeding Ragdolls while the others changed course. They used the Ragdolls that they already had to create the RagaMuffin by mating them with Persian cats, pointed Persian cats and moggie cats.
It is worth making the point that the Ragdoll was created in the 1960s from two great looking moggie cats.
How The RagaMuffin Looks
The RagaMuffin looks very similar in size and shape to the Ragdoll. This is not surprising since the RagaMuffin was at one time a Ragdoll cat. The body is long and it feels solid. The tail is a long plume. The coat can have lots of different patterns and colors including: solid colors (no patterns), tabby, tortoiseshell and silver and smoke type coats. The cat can also be seen with a pointed coat just like the Ragdoll.
Both the Ragdoll and RagaMuffin also have pointed coats with a precise splash of white within the dark fur of the face and feet. This is called a “particolor point pattern”.
The cat that is at the top left in the picture above is a blue mackerel tabby and white cat. Her name is Dreamer. The other cat is a particolor cat. Her name is Café Mocha Valencia. She is a rescue cat believe it or not.
This is a very friendly, laid back and cuddly cat with a personality similar to the Ragdoll’s.