How to Groom A Ragamuffin Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Ragamuffin Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Cobby

Coat Type & Length: Long

Coat Texture: The Ragamuffin has a soft and silky coat that is medium to long in length. It is thick and plush, with a slight wave to it.

Ragamuffin Cat

Ragamuffin cats are known for their sweet and affectionate personalities. They are a large breed with a soft and fluffy coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting. Ragamuffins are also known for their loyalty and love for their owners, often following them around the house and seeking attention.

They are great with children and other pets, making them a wonderful addition to any family. Ragamuffins are also known for their intelligence and can be trained to do tricks or walk on a leash. Overall, Ragamuffins are a gentle and loving breed that make great companions for those looking for a loyal and affectionate feline friend.

Ragamuffins Grooming Essentials

In order to groom Ragamuffin Cats properly, you’ll need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushPerfect for removing tangles and mats from your cat’s coat, leaving it smooth and shiny.$10 – $20
Grooming glovesCarefully eliminates loose fur as it offers a soothing massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersSafely trims your cat’s nails to prevent overgrowth and injuries$5 – $15
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections$8 – $15
Cotton ballsGently cleans the ears in combination with the ear cleaner$1 – $5
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns$3 – $10
ToothpasteRemoves plaque and freshens breath; specially formulated for cats$5 – $10
ShampooUse shampoo that’s made specifically for cats. Shampooing your cat will help remove any dirt deep in its fur$3 – $12

Grooming Your Ragamuffin Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Ragamuffin once a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Bathe your Ragamuffin occasionally to help control shedding.

Bathing your Ragamuffin Cat

Ragamuffins have thick, fluffy coats that can easily become matted if not properly cared for.

Start by brushing out any tangles or knots in their fur before getting them wet.

Use a gentle, cat-specific shampoo and work it into their coat, being careful not to get any in their eyes or ears.

Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary.

After the bath, wrap your Ragamuffin in a towel and gently pat them dry.

It’s also a good idea to use a blow dryer on a low setting to help dry their coat and prevent any matting.

How Often Should I Bathe My Ragamuffin Cat?

You should bathe your Ragamuffin cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s cleanliness and health.

How to Trim the Nails of a Ragamuffin Cat

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly, and use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, avoiding the quick (the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat’s nail starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat the process for each nail, giving your cat a treat after each successful trim.
  • Aim to trim your Ragamuffin’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

Remember, if you’re unsure about trimming your cat’s nails, consult with a professional groomer or veterinarian for guidance.

How to Clean the Ears of a Ragamuffin Cat

  • Get the following: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Ragamuffin cat securely and gently lift one ear flap.
  • Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the dropper too far into the ear.
  • Massage the base of the ear for about 30 seconds to help the solution work its way into the ear canal.
  • Let your cat shake their head to help loosen any debris or wax.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any visible debris or excess solution from the ear flap and surrounding area.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Watch out for any signs of discomfort or pain, such as your cat pulling away or vocalizing. If you notice anything unusual, stop immediately and consult with your veterinarian.
  • Avoid using cotton swabs or inserting anything into the ear canal, as this can cause injury or irritation.

Remember, regular ear cleaning is important for your Ragamuffin’s overall health and well-being. Aim to clean their ears once a week or as recommended by your veterinarian.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Ragamuffin Cat

  1. Start by getting your Ragamuffin cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth with your finger.
  2. Once your cat is comfortable with this, introduce them to a toothbrush specifically designed for cats. You can find these at your local pet store.
  3. Use a small amount of cat toothpaste on the toothbrush and gently brush your cat’s teeth in a circular motion. Be sure to focus on the back teeth where plaque and tartar tend to build up.
  4. Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of your cat’s mouth.
  5. Reward your Ragamuffin with a treat or praise after each brushing session to make it a positive experience.
  6. Aim to brush your Ragamuffin’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.
  7. Remember, regular teeth brushing can help prevent dental problems and keep your Ragamuffin healthy and happy.

Addressing and Preventing Coat Issues

As part of the grooming post-care process you should pay attention to the following potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

– Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your cat’s fur.
– Vacuum your home frequently to remove any fleas or ticks that may be hiding in carpets or furniture.
– Use a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian to keep your cat protected.

Matted Fur

Ragamuffins have long, thick fur that can easily become matted if not properly groomed. Regular brushing with a slicker brush and combing with a metal comb can prevent matting. If matting does occur, use a dematting tool or scissors to carefully remove the mats, being careful not to cut the skin.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Ragamuffins are prone to developing mats in their long, thick fur which can lead to skin irritation. Regular brushing and grooming, including trimming the fur around the anus, can help prevent this issue.

How Often Should I Brush My Ragamuffin Cat?

You should brush your Ragamuffin cat at least once a week to prevent matting and tangles in their long, thick fur. However, if your cat is prone to shedding, you may want to brush them more frequently to keep their coat healthy and shiny.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Ragamuffin Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Ragamuffin cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and skin, which has a different pH level than a cat’s skin. Using human shampoo can strip your cat’s skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness, irritation, and even skin infections. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is pH-balanced and gentle on your cat’s skin.

Are RagaMuffin cats high maintenance?

No, Ragamuffin cats are low-mainteance cats but they do require a lot of attention in the form of love and playtime.