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Coat: 
Soft and silky, medium to medium long in length.
Colors: 
All colors and patterns.
Special considerations: 
RagaMuffins are large (one of the largest domesticated cats), substantially boned and robust. Their large eyes give them an overall sweet expression; they have a plumed tail.
History: 

The exact development of the RagaMuffin is a bit clouded. They were developed from Ragdoll cats in the 1990s, when a group of Ragdoll breeders broke away from the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA) to purse their own vision of the breed. Because only IRCA members were allowed to use the name "Ragdoll" the breeders were forced to come up with a new name. Curt Gehm is credited with coming up with the name "RagaMuffin" because they were descended from stray urchin cats who founded the Ragdoll breed. Although RagaMuffins and Ragdolls are closely related, there are differences - RagaMuffins come in all colors, unlike Ragdolls; the head shape of the RagaMuffin is domed instead of flat, and the eyes are walnut shaped instead of oval; and RagaMuffins are more heavily boned than Ragdolls, and their coat is shorter and thicker. The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) recognized the RagaMuffin in 2003.

Personality: 
RagaMuffins are the gentle giants of the cat world. Extraordinarily sweet and affectionate, they make wonderful companions. They bond to everyone in the family and expect lots of petting and love from just about everyone they meet. RagaMuffins like to play and tend to be "soft pawed" meaning they do not often use their claws when playing.
At home: 
RagaMuffins can live happily in just about any environment, as long as they get the love and attention they desire. In fact, this breed thrives on attention, and it's not unusual for a RagaMuffin to greet his owner enthusiastically at the door when she returns home. They need interaction and don't like to be left alone for too long. They love quiet time spent sitting in their owner's lap but also need a few fun play sessions chasing a toy or string. Some RagaMuffins will lie on their backs and present their tummies for rubbing, which they love. Because of their docile nature, they should be an indoor cat only - they are not likely to defend themselves from attacks if let outside.
Feeding: 
The RagaMuffin likes to eat and needs a high-quality diet. His large frame hides excess weight well, so keeping him from becoming overweight can be a challenge.
Compatibility: 
Their sweet temperament and docile nature make them good with children of all ages. They also bond well with other pets.
Health: 
The average life span of the RagaMuffin is 12 to 16 years. There are no reported health problems with this breed.
Fun fact: 

Male RagaMuffins can reach 30 pounds (13.6 kg) or more, but their large frame allows them to carry this weight gracefully.

Grooming blurb: 
Although the rabbit-like fur of the RagaMuffin is fairly long, it is easy to care for because it doesn't mat or clump.
Disclaimer: 
This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader's discretion.