Colour: Various - white, black, cream, brown, platinum, chocolate, chestnut and silver. RagaMuffins have large, walnut-shaped eyes of varying colour, including green and turquoise.
Coat: Semi long-haired, but doesn't mat easily, so grooming once or twice a week is all that's necessary.
Life span: Around 15 years is usual for the breed, although some RagaMuffins live into their late teens.
Click on the hotspots illnesses seen in a Ragamuffin
The upper respiratory tract is comprised of the nose, nasal passages and the back of the throat. Various conditions affect the upper respiratory tract, including infections (such as cat flu) and foreign materials (like blades of grass) that can become trapped behind the soft palate or at the back of a cat’s mouth. Other upper respiratory diseases include cancers of the nasal passages. Unfortunately some of these conditions, such as cat flu and nasal tumours, are incurable but can be managed. Cat flu can be easily prevented by vaccination, and foreign material, such as blades of grass, can usually be removed.
Respiratory system disorders are the third most common illnesses we see in RagaMuffins
RagaMuffins, like other cats, can suffer from a number of infectious diseases. These include viruses (like feline leukaemia virus, FIV or cat flu), bacteria (which cause abscesses) or other less-common infections like toxoplasmosis and chlamydia (which cause brain and eye diseases). FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) is a condition which starts with the common signs of infection but can become more serious. Depending on the infection, antibiotics may be used as a treatment. Whilst feline leukaemia and cat flu can be vaccinated against, unfortunately there is no vaccine against FIP and FIV both of which are aggressive viral infections that eventually prove fatal.
Infectious diseases are the second most common illnesses we see in RagaMuffins
Heart disease in cats refers to when the heart’s structures aren’t working as they should be. There are two categories of heart disease: congenital (meaning the cat is born with it) and acquired (meaning the disease develops later in life). Congenital heart diseases include defects in the wall of the heart, abnormal valves and blood vessels. RagaMuffins are prone to a disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which can lead to heart failure. Whilst this condition is not curable, it can be treated with lifelong medication.
We paid £3,457 to treat Mojo the cat for heart problems in 2016
Cats’ kidneys are responsible for filtering the waste products from their blood into their urine. RagaMuffins may be affected by kidney disease caused by infections, blockages, tumours or toxins (especially licking anti-freeze) as well as age related changes. Chronic kidney disease occurs when the kidney function deteriorates gradually over a period of time. Treatment depends on the cause and the extent of damage, but usually begins by flushing the kidneys using intravenous fluids, followed by special diets and medications. Unfortunately kidney disease is irreversible, but with the right support many cats can enjoy a reasonably normal life.
We paid £2,878 to treat Blossom the cat for a kidney disorder in 2016
Conditions that affect a cat’s bladder and urethra are collectively known as feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), which is more commonly referred to as cystitis. RagaMuffins can suffer from these conditions, which can be caused by stress, not urinating enough, infections and bladder stones or crystals. Cats suffering from cystitis make frequent, painful attempts to urinate, and blood is often found in the urine. Treatment depends on the cause, but cats diagnosed with cystitis will usually require pain relief, access to plenty of water, special diets and perhaps some help to reduce stress.
Cystitis is the most common urinary problem we see in RagaMuffins