A Rainbow of Colors!

 

author Kristen Wiley Imperial Rags RagaMuffins

 

A fun and often confusing topic for RagaMuffin breeders is color. Our breed comes in a plethora of colors and patterns. So, when new kittens are born, it is always exciting to see and decipher what colors we have in our litter.  It can be a daunting challenge for new breeders to learn to recognize the various colors.

Some colors take time to develop before we know what color they are. Color pointed kittens are born all white and develop color first on the tips of the ears a few days after birth. The color spreads and deepens as they mature. Likewise the mink and sable kittens’ color deepens as they get older. A mature sable can often be mistaken for a black cat at first glance!

I love some of the more “traditional” cat colors like black, red, and tortoiseshell. Add a splash of white for a tuxedo or bicolor and I think they look really flashy! Add some tabby stripes and I am in love! Brown tabbies are my absolute favorite! We  have some less seen color possibilities such as chocolate, golden and cinnamon that like to pop in and confuse us. Thankfully, there are laboratories we can use to test color and be certain before we register them if we aren’t sure.

Dilution creates a beautiful wash of lighter colors such as blue, cream, and platinum. Smokes and silvers are always a fun spin on any color. The roots of the hair on these cats are white with the color of the cat on the tips of the hair. This sometimes cannot be discerned until the kittens are a few weeks old or more and the hair grows in length.

This is just a short synopsis of colors we see in RagaMuffins. If you look at our breed standard booklet, the colors listed cover nine pages! No wonder I’ve heard comments from judges on all our colors!

 

Entering the World of Pedigreed Cats and Cat Shows

author Sara Thornton DVM  iCandy RagaMuffins

When I turned 50, I decided I wanted a purebred cat for the first time in my life. I had rescues over the years that were beautiful, wonderful cats, but I wanted a cat bred for specific looks and temperament.  I chose the RagaMuffin breed and waited two years for my kitten. Kaerik Rags Bon Bon of Canterbury came from a reputable breeder. He was an adorable package of fluff and attitude. I visited my first cat show with a friend to see what it was like. Having shown horses and dogs, it did not take much for me to get the bug.  I entered my first show with Bon Bon. With help from his breeder, I learned the intensive grooming procedure that was required. It paid off. My sable with white boy won a Best Kitten in Show under one judge. I was thrilled! And hooked!

As I was new to this activity, I sought out mentors in the show world. I learned so much from other exhibitors. They were always extremely supportive and helpful; Persian, Burmese, Household Pet, American Short Hair exhibitors were always around to help me.  My next show cat was Bon Bon’s son, Kaerik Canterbury Nougat. From the start, Nougat was an exceptional show cat. He won Best Ragamuffin Kitten in Show at the ACFA RagaMuffin National, his first show. He continued on in CFA shows to Grand Champion, Breed Winner, Grand Premier of Distinction and multiple Regional Winner. Now that Nougat is retired from the show ring, he makes nursing home visits and continues to be a fabulous pet. Every now and then, I dust him off and he goes to a show as a Pet Me cat for spectators and to show in Veterans class.

After Nougat’s success, I have had other cats that continue to keep me going : Ganache, Buttons, Fudgie, Pixi Stix to name a few. I knew a lot about cats before I started this; I have learned so much more. Do you have any idea how complicated cat colors can be??? That in itself is a significant challenge! It has been an interesting journey, making new friends, learning new skills and most of all, enjoying cats.

What’s It Like To Live With a RagaMuffin?

author Sara Thornton DVM  iCandy RagaMuffins
Living with a RagaMuffin is like living with a breathing, squishy, silky throw pillow. While they do have a playful side, their favorite pastime is, well, hanging out. They like nothing better than being petted and loved on.
RagaMuffin cat
My first show cat GC GPD RW BW Kaerik Canterbury Nougat is a wonderful example of the RagaMuffin breed. while he did climb the pole for judges, it was always in slow motion. I mean really slow. The cat has never been in a hurry for anything. He loves meeting people and being admired. I dust him off occasionally to go to a show as a Pet Me cat. He loves dressing in his outfits, having his picture taken and getting pats from spectators. Nougat could sit on the grooming table all day, like a king holding court.
RagaMuffin kitten
His great granddaughter RW GC iCandy Pixi Stix is a laid back girl. While she moves a bit more than Nougat, she has been known to be taken out of the judging cage in a final to be shown off in a reclining position.  She has an affinity for sinks whether at home or at a hotel. It seems to be the perfect place for her to relax. At shows, Pixi Stix likes to hang out upside down on her groom spot. I think she knows I am as enamored with her upside down as I am right side up.
RagaMuffin kitten
Kittens I have placed from my breeding program seem to worm their way into their family’s heart quickly. Red and white boy Pickle went to live with a red headed little girl named Ellie. From the beginning, it was a match made in heaven between the two red heads. From watching Frozen together many times, to naps, to video games, the two are inseparable. My heart sings when I see a new photo from mom.
RagaMuffin cat
iCandy Waldo also went to a family that adores him. He has been dressed for Halloween to match his human brother, gone to school for drama practice and ended up on stage with the actors, and had a birthday cake made in his likeness.
RagaMuffin kittens
I go to a nursing home to visit regularly. I take a dog sometimes and other times I take a cat or two. The sweet demeanor
 of my muffins is perfect for this. Residents adore petting the silky, luxurious fur and hearing the loving purrs.