How Much Do Ragamuffin Cats Cost?

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Ragamuffin cats have unique features from ordinary cats, and don’t make the mistake most people make and confuse it for the Ragdoll; these are two different breeders.  They have a shorter nose that is scooped, a rounded skull, and most are “cubby” looking.  Most of them look sweet because of their walnut-shaped eyes.  This is one of the main reasons why these cats are expensive.  Vet Street says the breed was more than likely created by crossing the Turkish Angora, Persians and Birmans.

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How much does a ragamuffin cat cost?

The usual price for ragamuffin cats ranges from $600 to $1,300 depending on the breeder, quality, colors and geographical location.  It’s not uncommon to find a purebred quality kitten to can cost as much as $2,000.  Older ragamuffin cats older than two to three years old can cost anywhere from $25 to $150.

Cat Breed List says the average cost for this cat can be $800 to $1,000.

What’s included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should include a health certificate certified by a vet, a health guarantee, up to date vaccinations and a travel crate if shipped.  Some breeders may also include the microchipping, a genetic test, a spay/neuter and a starter pack which may include food, toys and coupons.  All cats should also be FeLv/FIV negative.  If the pedigree is registered with ACFA or CFA, this paperwork will be included with the adoption.

What are the extra costs?

Shipping fees via an airline can cost $150 to $400, depending on the airline and how far it has to travel.

Recurring costs with any cat can include the cat litter, food, accessories, toys and routine/unexpected vet visits.  Cat owners should plan on spending at least $50 per month to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their cat.

Registration fees will have to be paid according to local city and county codes.

Tips to know:

Its coat is known to be plush, silky glossy and thick and can be larger in size when compared to other breeds.  A male can weigh 12 to 20 pounds, while a female can weigh 8 to 15 pounds.  Common coat colors include white, blue, red, cream, black, lilac, fawn and cinnamon, and it can come in various colors and patterns.  Cat experts say the patterns and colors can be similar to a ragdoll.

The average life expectancy is 12 to 16 years.

As for its temperament, it’s known to be extremely gentle, friendly, calm and affectionate with just about anyone around.  When they aren’t on your lap, they will more than likely follow you from room to room.

Like most cats, when introducing them to cats that they aren’t familiar with, it’s best to put them in a safe room for a few weeks.  Allow the other cats to sniff the cat through the door and get used to the scent.  Cats only know each other by smell and it can take a few days, if not weeks to get along with each other.

Kittens are just like children.  Make sure that you go around and clean up anything that they can get into.  It’s also best to remember that they can climb to rather high spots as well.  Keep poisonous plants, chemicals and other products out of sight, locked in a secure location.

Before adopting a kitten, most reputable breeders will ask for a deposit, usually around $300 to $500, to hold the cat for adoption.  This fee will be applied toward your total but will be withheld if you don’t commit to the adoption.

Most kittens will be ready to go home at 14 to 16 weeks.

This breed is recognized by the ACFA.

Common health issues include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the most common heart disease found in cats, and polycystic kidney disease, which can cause renal failure.

How can I save money?

Call or talk with different shelters and breeders in the area. Don’t focus on the prices; instead, look at their history, qualifications and what they can offer for you.

Consider talking with a local shelter or Humane Society to see if older cats are available for adoption.  While you may not find a ragamuffin, you may be able to find an alternative that looks similar.  Breeders, regardless of their reputation, should be put last on your list when adopting any pet.  Always try to adopt from a local shelter first before consider buying from a breeder who’s only in it for the profit.

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Average Reported Cost: $1230

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Johnny Lueras (Westminster,  CO) paid $0 and said:

    I got my kitten for free, my friends got her for me, and we got her free because she was a rescue kitten.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Emily Wilson paid $10 and said:

    I got my ragamuffin, kiwi, for ten dollars because he was on the death list. He was scheduled to be put to sleep ten minutes before I got him, because no one wanted him. He is the absolute best cat ever! Ragmuffins usually go for 600-1,500 dollars or more. I got a bargain!

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Lynda (several,  several) paid $1200-1700 and said:

    This article is inaccurate. The sweet, cherub look comes from the fluffy whisker pads. The roundness of everything else helps add to the sweetness. I got both of mine from silverliningragamuffins and they were well worth it. We visited her home several times to meet them before they were ready to come home. We were always warmly welcomed and their house was nice and the kids were great. I really loved having a breeder with young children. The kittens were already prepared to be around my 3 year old granddaughter. I wouldn’t change a thing and if we decide to get more I will call her up in a heartbeat. It’s a military family, but I don’t care if they move halfway around the world I will go back.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. suzie (Phoenix,  Arizona) paid $2000 and said:

    my Ragamuffin kitten came with a 2yr guarantee, she had her shots and had been given a clean bill of health by a highly reputable veterinarian. She was socialized and adjusted to our home in a matter of a day.She is so sweet we fell in love at first site. We received pictures and phone calls from the breeder the entire time while we waited to pic her up.we bought from Broadway Darlings Ragamuffins in Phoenix and already plan to get a second one at Christmas. Best kitty ever and worth more than the 2000 we paid.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  5. Sandy (Hartford,  Connecticut) paid $900 and said:

    I don’t know what Lynda is talking about, but this article is pretty spot on. If you look hard enough, I was able to find my ragamuffin for my mom for about $900. This came from a reputable breeder. Be aware of those who are charging more than $1,500. Usually, these are people who are looking to capitalize on the breed and charge way more than they are worth.

    My tip is to make sure you search a few hundred miles outside of your home and make the road trip if you can save a few hundred.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  6. Patty (Portersville,  Pennsylvania) paid $2000 and said:

    I was lucky enough to find a breeder within 15 minutes of my home. She welcomed me to come to her home and see the kittens and parents before I made a commitment to purchase one. This is very important because you want to see how your kitten is raised. I was so impressed with her and the many cats in her care. The main part of the house dedicated to the cats was a sanctuary for cats. The area was surrounded by windows. Cats trees were lined up in front of the windows where the cats could climb up and look out with an abundance of sunshine coming through the windows. There was a multitude of bridges, ladders, slings, (specifically made for cats) attached to the walls for the cats to climb. Many toys available to entertain them all. Surprisingly, I did not detect any cat odors. And most importantly, all of the cats and kittens were active and healthy.

    There are breeders out there that want you to buy a kitten based solely on a picture on the internet. They forbid you to see where they raise the kittens. They only communicate with you through emails. They want you to send them large amounts of money without seeing the actual kitten. They shouldn’t be in business. You risk disappointment and heartbreak. In my opinion it is well worth the extra money to get a quality kitten from a quality breeder with nothing to hide.

    I have had my Purrsilla for about 2 months now and she is a joy! I took her to the vet the day after I picked her up and she received a clean bill of health. I am looking forward to many years of companionship from this sweet girl. She was definitely worth $2000.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  7. LB (Tampa ,  Florida) paid $2500 and said:

    Kaerik’s. I searched the entire US for mine, as I had a ragdoll from a local breeder and he was sick from the day I brought him home. I’m still heartbroken and in debt, as he made it to 4 1/2 years, only because I brought him to every specialist including the University vet school. Which is fantastic, if you’re lucky enough to live close to one. I made sure the next one was from a very reputable breeder as I’d rather pay more than go through the pain of what I went through. Make sure they aren’t breeding the females back to back. I almost purchased from another breeder in the northeast and thank goodness I didn’t. I’ve since noticed the female I was going to choose a kitten from, (September of 2017) has been bred at least 2 more times since then, in a year! Honestly, possibly 3 times. And she had too many litters going on at once. I don’t think you can spend quality time with the kittens in that situation and she was charging $2000. Kaerik’s posts YouTube videos from the moment of birth and weekly until they’re ready to come home. It’s worth it after what I went through, I have the cutest purr floor and he’s so affectionate and friendly. Doesn’t mind the car and like everyone he meets. He does terrorize his brother some, but it’s playful. Worth it to have peace of mind that they’re really tested for HCM and PKD and the breeder cares sbout the quality of the breed.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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