Saturday, April 21, 2012

R: RagaMuffins


What are RagaMuffins and what do they have to do with writing?
Well, RagaMuffins are a breed of cats. They don’t really have anything to do with writing. I just really like them a lot.
The RagaMuffin breed was started in the 90s. They were specifically bred for their sweet personalities. Nico from this post http://jessicalfoster.blogspot.com/2012/04/n-introducing.html is a RagaMuffin.
Here’s what I’ve noticed about this breed of cats from owning them:
1.      They are very social. These cats certainly aren’t the aloof, typical cats that don’t care if you are in the room or not. In fact, if I leave the room, Nico has a minor meltdown. As long as he can see me, he’s happy. (Though he’s happier if he’s cuddling).
2.      They are super floppy. Google RagaMuffins and you’ll hear all about how the go limp when you pick them up. It’s true. Nico melts in my arms like a little ragdoll whenever I pick him up.
3.      They are gentle. Nico doesn’t use his claws when playing. I can play with him with a hair tie and not get scratched. Usually, the only time RagaMuffins will use their claws is if they are falling or if they are in the bath and think you are drowning them.
4.      They have soft fur. Nico’s coat is long with extra fluff. It feels like rabbit fur which is the breed standard.
5.      RagaMuffins are huge! Right now, Nico is eight months old and he weighs ELEVEN pounds! He will most likely be twenty pounds full-grown.
RagaMuffins are sweet-faced, gentle giants. I personally think they are the perfect cats and can’t imagine owning any other breed. But they aren’t for everyone. Because of their dog-like personality, the need more attention than your average cat. They crave human affections. RagaMuffins aren’t the kind of cats that you can simply feed and ignore. Likewise, they enjoy company, so this isn’t the kind of cat to get if you travel a ton and plan to leave the cat home alone a lot. Also, their sweet natures make them great pets, but it also makes them vulnerable. They may be giant, but generally they love everyone and everything—including the dangerous animals that could hurt them. This means RagaMuffins are indoor cats only. They simply won’t defend themselves.
To learn more:
S: Sorry for missing a day. I was traveling back to my non-family home.

17 comments:

  1. I've heard of Ragamuffin cats. They are really interesting. I'm certain my wife will pick up one someday. Thanks for this beautiful post. :D

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  2. I love cats but have never heard of a Ragamuffin. Thanks for enlighening us,

    Yvonne.

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  3. Nice post! I'd never heard of this breed before.

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  4. Love this post. I'm a cat lover (see all my posts on Leo and Matilda). The Ragamuffin (great name) seems like the purrfect cat. Matilda died last year and we were so sad. We got Leo from the shelter in May and he's a sweet blessing.

    Play off the Page

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  5. How fun. I'd never heard of them. I've heard the term but didn't realize it referred to a breed of cat.

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  6. Hi Jessica! I love this post, I'm a total cat lover. Nico is adorable!! I'd never heard of Ragamuffins before, but I love them now.

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  7. Ohhh... I want one!!!
    I hadn't heard of ragamuffin cats. My mom used to say I looked like a ragamuffin, though!

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  8. I'd never heard of them before either, but I now know my next cat will be a ragamuffin. Super loving, super floppy, and super soft fur? Sign me up!

    Wishing you continued success with the A to Z challenge,
    Jocelyn

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    1. When you decide you want one, contact me on here. I could point you in the right direction for a great breeder. RagaMuffins can have a rare genetic heart disorder that is devastating and so its important to get one from a good breeder that does genetic testing and stuff. Also, because the breed is so new, you'll want to make sure the breeder pays attention to the bloodlines. They are excellent cats.

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  9. Never knew ragamuffins were a breed of cat! Well, you learn something new everyday! Also I now really want one.

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  10. I've loved these cats since I first saw them. BTW, what is a non-family home?!

    http://bethlapinsatozblog.wordpress.com

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    1. It's my apartment at college--a bajillion miles from family.

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  11. i never knew this--they sound charming

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  12. I had no idea. I always thought ragamuffins were unkempt children.

    Lucy

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  13. wow! I've always been curious about that term. Glad to finally knwo what it means:)love cats too!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com
    Happy A-Zing!

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