How Much Do Ragamuffin Cats Cost?
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.
How much is it?
- 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 is going to be included?
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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 adpotion. 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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