It is my educated guess that one of my kittehs may be somewhat ragamuffin. He came from the pound, as a stray, so nothing was known about his background. I’m going only on appearance and behaviors. Truly gorgeous, the first thing people notice about him is his large size, followed closely by oohs and ahhs over his flashy reddish orange-and-white-coated, apple-green-eyed gorgeousness. Plus, he has trained me to hold him most of the time. His disposition remains pleasant and unruffled, as long as he gets the proper attention (read: constant!).
According to a site that describes cat breeds,
The Ragamuffin is an impressive cat mostly because of its gorgeous fur and massive frame. The first time you set your eyes on this cat you will be amazed by its beautiful colors and it large expressive eyes. It comes in a very large palette of colors along with some white spots. The most common colors are: blue, tabby with a little white, brown, mink or tortoiseshell. The length of the coat is medium. The fur is easy to maintain because it does not mat and it is easy to brush.
The Ragamuffin is a very large cat, males are heavier than females. Male can weigh between 15 and 20 pounds while females cat weigh on average between 10 and 15 pounds. They tend to get fat especially around the belly but the numbers of pounds are also due to the heavy bones the cat has in its structure. They can live very long periods of time and they reach adulthood at about five years old. Because they are not hybrids they do not suffer from any genetic disease, they are generally healthy and strong.
The personality of this cat resembles with that of a dog who loves to stay on your lap. Because they are very calm and tempered they can adapt to almost any situation or environment but with one condition: they need to be surrounded at all times by people. They may seem lazy due to the fact that they like sitting in ones lap or watch TV but they can be also active.
It is an excellent cat if you are not so active in your life and if you live in an apartment. Because they are so calm they get along well with children so you do not need to worry that you are putting your child in danger.
Well, that’s totally true of my guy. Not that holding him all the time is any kind of imposition. His hugs are so substantial, I was hooked from the first one. I’d trust him around anyone without fear that they’d be bitten, although he does scratch accidentally sometimes when climbing up or down from a lap.
Wikipedia has this to add about the breed’s personality type:
The Ragamuffin loves people and is very cuddly and affectionate, with a tendency to go limp when held. While not terribly athletic, they love playing and climbing scratching posts, and some will even fetch toys. They greet family members at the door and will follow their people around the house. Because of their gentle nature, Ragamuffins are generally kept indoors for their own protection. They can be vocal at times and are very lovable and attentive. Fanciers who raise both Ragdolls and RagaMuffins find their temperaments to be very similar. These cats are good with any household.
Um, that’s everything but his name! Maybe the writer knew my cat in a past life. Cats get nine of them, you know!
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