Not just a pet or companion, but a cat who sees in the master of God and the only living creature worthy of attention is Ragamuffin. Despite the comparative youth, the breed has a fan circle that grows every year. If you want to get a cat that will accompany you always and everywhere, you should consider Ragamuffin's candidacy.
The nebula of the history of the origin of the breed has a logical justification. In the 90s, breeder and breeder Anna Baker (Ann Baker), who devoted her life to breeding and improving the Ragdoll breed. Cats, which are popularly called rag dolls, had many advantages and admirers, but the breeder set a goal to expand the color palette of the breed's colors.
The ancestors of the Ragdolls were Josephine's cat, picked up on the road in a half-dead state, and a long-haired cat, Deddy Warbuks, with a color point sample. The events took place in 1963, in Riverside (USA). In fact, both animals were outbred, but beautiful in appearance, and their gene pool allowed the creation and approval of a new breed.
For experimental breeding Anna decided to use pedigree Ragdolls and stray cats of suitable colors. The breeder pursued 2 goals - to expand the palette of colors and strengthen the gene pool of the breed. A large, long-haired and surprisingly beautiful cat appeared from one of the mating, which looked like a Ragdoll, but at the same time had its own features.
It is interesting! Initially, the breed was named Cherub, which means the Highest Angel (Christian mythology). Miss A. Baker also considered it necessary to leave the breeding right only for herself, which was stipulated by the breed registration documents.
Naturally, it is impossible to name all the blood flowing in the blood of Ragamuffin. Josephine was a descendant of an Angora and not purebred cat, Deddy Varbuks clearly had Siamese relatives, and no one knows what kind of blood flowed in the veins of “random producers”. The first release of Ragamuffin took place in 1994.
It is interesting! The "monopolization" of the Cherubim Miss A. Baker did not suit the breeders of international clubs, because the breed's popularity grew rapidly. By voting, the breed was renamed Ragamuffin, which in English sounds like a ragged man. The “culprits” of such an unusual name were secondary producers of the breed - street cats, which rarely look presentable.
The reaction to the "second brainchild" of Anna Baker was mixed. Some experts immediately saw a “promising breed” in the “tattered”, some “experts” considered that Ragamuffin was a Ragdoll with a new color, especially “ardent minds” hinted at an attempt to fraud and “cheat” his own merits. Nevertheless, in 2000 the breed received exhibition status, and in 2003 it was recognized by the Association of Cat Lovers (CFA), after the American Association of Cat Lovers (ACFA).
Ragamuffins are really very similar to Ragdolls. Many cat lovers will not distinguish the breed by looking at the photo, however, there is still a significant difference, the Ragdolls are limited in the color palette, and the Ragamuffins can have a “fur coat” of any color. The breed allows white spots, sepia and mink, combinations of stripes and spots and other options.
Naturally, there are several prevailing colors:
- Color point - Siamese color, including forces (black-brown) and chocolate tones.
- Bicolor - the color, consisting of two colors, can "lie" evenly, spots or canvases.
- Tabby - brightly contrasting spots or stripes on a lighter basic tone of hair.
Note! Ragamuffins are divided into long and medium-haired.
The predominant color of the iris is green, yellow or yellow-green. However, the standard accepts blue, ultramarine and aquamarine eyes. Heterochromia with one blue eye is not excluded. In terms of breeding, it is preferable not to color, but the brightness of the irises.
The description of the breed in terms of appearance resonates quite strongly with the name "Tattered". Big, longhair, loyal, looking in the eyes, completely domestic and simply chic cats would be more suitable for the original name Cherub. The cat breed Ragamuffin is large, the weight of the cat reaches 9-10 kilograms, cats 5-6. The breed standard consists of several criteria.
Raggers are the owners of a powerful, muscular body that looks a bit elongated. Paws are medium, developed with convex pads and tufts of hair between the fingers. The front legs are slightly shorter than the hind legs, which is clearly visible when the cat occupies an exhibition stand. Powerful brush, well-assembled, rounded. The tail is proportional to the body, thinning from the base to the end, very fluffy. The neck is short, wide. Visually, the neck is further shortened by a decorating collar.
The muzzle is neat, wide, rounded, wedge-shaped with clearly defined cheeks. The ears are medium, neat, set wide, rounded, sometimes with lynx tassels. Visually, due to fluffy hair, the ears seem small. The eyes are usually oval, set wide and slanted. Expressiveness of gaze, one of the evaluation criteria.
Note! "Lynx tassels" on the ears are not a prerequisite or advantage, but increase the value of the kitten due to the original appearance.
Character and education
Calm and friendly, gentle and quiet, loyal and understanding, but very vulnerable Ragamuffins require special conditions of detention. If you are fascinated by the breed and have already opened a browser contribution to find out where Ragamuffin kittens are for sale - stop! First, make sure that you can provide the animal with a comfortable living environment, namely:
- Ragamuffin cat must be the first animal to appear in the house and only "alpha". You can get another cat or dog, but after the ward grows up and makes sure that you completely and completely “belong to him”. Pets are very worried if they have to divide the territory as a "newbie."
- Ragamuffins can't defend themselves! The best a pet can do is get away. If you have small children, buying a kitten is a taboo! However, the Ragamuffins themselves are very fond of children and if the pet already lives in a family that is waiting for replenishment, there will be no problems.
- "Ragged" with the gene pool of stray cats absolutely do not know how to hunt. Breeders explain the phenomenon by gene mutation and coincidence. In fact, the hunting gene is not "broken", it simply does not exist, Ragamuffin cannot be taught to kill typical feline "victims". This is one of the most important points, remember that if your pet gets on the street, he will quickly die of hunger, because he does not know how to get food!
- Ragamuffins must not be punished! Not a word, no gesture, no look! If the ward feels hostility, he suffers, which leads to stress with all the ensuing consequences.
- And most importantly, the Ragamuffins cannot stand separation from their master. If you buy a kitten, keep in mind that you need to carry your pet with you on business trips and on vacation. Do not flatter yourself, hoping to "accustom". Your absence during working hours, the animal will suffer with proper upbringing, but if you, God, disappear for a long time, there will be no limit to the ward's melancholy.
Otherwise, the ragamuffins are perfect. Intelligence and the desire to please the owner allows the pet to master the rules of behavior and learn tricks literally the first time. The ward will never get in the way, and even more so meow, attracting attention. If your ward wants to communicate, he will intelligently approach you when you are not busy and quietly purr.
Spending time together is Ragamuffin’s favorite pastime; upon invitation, he will comfortably sit on your lap while you are busy with your affairs or will watch you from the side. Pets require a lot of attention, love, care and responsiveness from the owner and will never show themselves as "rebels" or aggressors.
Important! If you are a fan of outdoor walks, you should read tips on how to train your cat on a leash and walk Ragamuffin under strict supervision!
Maintenance and care
Ragamuffin belongs to long-haired cats and has dense downfills, which suggests appropriate hair care:
- Bathing as necessary, but at least 1 time in 6 months. Although the breed does not like water, there will be no problems with swimming, because the pets trust the owner unlimitedly.
- Daily combing.
- Intensive combing during molting.
Most Ragamuffins, to put it mildly, are phlegmatic, so the owner needs to monitor the condition of the eyes, ears and claws of the pet. Wipe the corners of the eyes with a damp swab as needed, clean your ears with a cotton pad and baby oil, and claws are filed or trimmed with a claw cutter. If you are planning to train your pet in a scratching post, you should start from early childhood, it is possible that at first you will have to remind the ward of the need to "do a manicure".
Important! With proper care, Ragamuffins live 15-20 years!
The next point is nutrition. If you do not have rich experience in the preparation of the diet, it is better to keep Ragamuffin on prepared feeds of a super-premium class. When feeding "naturalka" be sure to use vitamin supplements! Remember that large skeleton and long coat constantly “pull on themselves” vitamins and minerals.
Important! Do not forget to use special pastes to absorb the hair that has got into the stomach after licking! Bowel obstruction with wool is manifested by a decrease in activity, which is imperceptible to Ragamuffin, and if you miss the first symptoms, you are very at risk.
Ragamuffins do not have hereditary defects, they, like all pets, need vaccination and regular examinations by a veterinarian, but there will be no special warnings. Remember only one thing, the pet will need your boundless attention from the first day of moving to the last exhalation, otherwise the cat will become stressed, which can provoke the development of any disease.