To an untrained eye, the Ragamuffin cat looks about exactly the same as a Ragdoll cat. There are however, subtle differences. The most obvious differences are in the Ragamuffin’s face shape and eyes. The Ragamuffin’s eyes are walnut shaped, almost Oriental, while a Ragdoll’s eyes are oval. The shape of the top of its head is also more rounded, and its nose points at a downward angle with a distinct nose bridge. Similar to the Ragdoll, the Ragamuffin cat is of a sturdy build, with broad shoulders and chest, a short neck and a little layer of fat on its tummy. It has a very cute face, caused by its fluffy cheeks and walnut shaped eyes. The Ragamuffin has a very soft, fluffy coat with a thicker ridge around its face and neck.
It is believed the Ragamuffin breed originated from cross-breeding Ragdoll cats with other domestic cats. The purpose of this breeding was to create a special Ragdoll-like cat with a unique expression and docile personality. The Ragamuffin breed is fairly new and was only accepted as an official breed in 1994. Officially the Ragamuffin’s coat colour could be any point colour, a solid colour Ragdoll is not as popular but also acceptable.
Personality wise, the Ragdoll cat is an extremely docile, gentle and calm creature. They are indoor cats, love to be pampered and can’t stand to be lonely. They are intelligent and can be taught some tricks. Ragdolls make excellent family pets, because they thrive on the company of children, owners, visitors and other pets. Ragamuffin kittens only reached maturity when about four years old.
The Ragdoll is not a very high maintenance cat. Its soft fur should be brushed one or two times a week to keep it healthy and nails should be clipped occasionally.