Are you looking for an intelligent, playful, lively, distinctive-looking cat that can get on with children and other pets? Maybe a ragamese cat or siamese ragdoll mix cat could be the perfect option for you?
- What Are Ragamese Cats?
- What Do Ragamese Cats Look Like?
- What Size Cats Are They?
- What Is Their Temperament?
- Are Ragamese Cats Vocal?
- How Long Do Ragamese Cats Live?
- How Much Do Siamese Ragdoll Mix Cats Cost?
- Are Ragamese Cats Easy To Get?
- Any Health Issues Associated With Siamese Ragdolls?
- Do Ragamese Cats Shed Much?
- Are Siamese Ragdoll Cats Hypoallergenic?
Never heard of such a cat? Read on to learn more…
What Are Ragamese Cats?
Ragamese cats are not a recognized breed of cats. They are not certified or registered by any of the cat fancy associations.
Siamese ragdoll mixed cats inherit characteristics from each parent that make for a specific and individual type of mixed cat – the ragamese!
What Do Ragamese Cats Look Like?
These mixed cats inherit a lot of attractive traits from their parents, which is why their popularity is on the rise. Let’s have a look at the traits these mixed cats usually display.
On the one hand, the Siamese cat has short, silky fur but the ragdoll has silky, mid-length to long hair, a single coat of fur. Ragamese cats inherit features from both parents. They usually inherit the coat length and thickness from the ragdoll parent and the silkiness from the Siamese parent. This creates a very desirable, soft, medium to long length, single coat that is smooth to touch.
Colors And Patterns
Ragdoll cats usually either feature a colorpoint coat, mitted, or a bi-color coat with the white color making up the vast majority of the coat.
For the ragamese mixed cat, as both parents are genetically predisposed to having a colorpoint coat, the ragamese tends to have a colorpoint coat – although to start with, as kittens, their coat will be fully white and then develop the color points with age – just as happens with Siamese kittens.
Both the Siamese and ragdoll cats are famed for their blue eye color.
The ragamese mix should be a blue-eyed cat.
If a breeder offers a green-eyed cat and claims the color will change as they age or that the color is expected then they are misleading you! Ragamese cats have blue eyes or you should suspect that one of the parents is not a pure-bred Siamese or ragdoll!
Ragdoll cats have a long body and a powerfully built appearance.
Siamese cats are instantly recognizable by their athletic appearance – proportionally they have a long, fine legs and a tight, slim body as opposed to some of the squatter, rounder cats like a British shorthair.
The Siamese has sharp, triangular facial features and larger, pointed ears.
The ragdoll is a robust cat with a round face and well-built limbs and torso. They look more powerful than the athletic proportions of a Siamese. How does this affect the Ragamese?
Ragamese cats can be either robust like a ragdoll or have a finer build like a Siamese.
Unlike some long hair Siamese mix cats like the Himalayan (a Persian, Siamese mix) ragamese cats do not have a flat or short face. They have rounded faces with longer noses.
What Size Cats Are They?
Ragdolls are larger cats that can end up weighing anything from 12 – 22 pounds. The larger sizes are usually reserved for the males of the breed.
Siamese cats are not particularly known for being big cats, but they are not usually considered small either. These fine-boned cats are mid-size cats that can weigh in at 6-14 pounds, again the larger cats tend to be male.
This leaves a ragamese cat being a medium to larger size cat depending on the lottery of genetics. Of course, their coat length also creates a certain size illusion. They tend to seem even bigger purely due to the volume of their coat! The overall effect can be that they seem to be a breed of considerable size!
What Is Their Temperament?
When you pick a cat you tend to go with the cat that has the right “energy” for your home. Roughly speaking this is an on-the-spot judgment of the cat’s temperament and personality as you perceive it to be in real-time.
Your perception can vary from cat to cat, even within the same breed or type – this is because all cats are individuals!
However, some breeds are known to produce cats that are predisposed to broadly share certain personality and temperament characteristics – broadly, being the operative phrase here!
What about ragamese cats, are they recognized as having a particular temperament and personality associated with their type?
Well, yes…These cats are understood to be laid back, easy-going, intelligent cats that have no problems with living with other cats, dogs, or children.
They are an active cat that doesn’t object to being handled and enjoys being lap cat from time to time. They can even be trained to fetch and behave in specific ways such is their interactive skills and intelligence.
Some cats can be a little insecure if left alone for too long but the ragamese doesn’t mind occupying itself for periods of time if it has to.
Really, none of this should be a surprise. Their parent breeds are known to have certain characteristics that certainly help develop these easy-going and social characteristics.
Siamese cats are known for their intelligence and sociability. They are well used to training their owners and complaining when they need to – luckily ragamese have the best of their characteristics rather than the worst.
Ragdolls are also known to be intelligent, playful, have good energy, and mix well with others in the home – the ragamese tends to inherit a lot of these instincts as well.
Are Ragamese Cats Vocal?
Both the Siamese cat and ragdoll are known to be vocal cats – the Siamese can incessantly chat away with you although the ragdoll is less vocal but more so than your average cat.
Ragamese cats do have a reputation for being vocal that seems to be inherited from their parents. So if you think a vocal cat will wear you down after some time a ragamese might not be the best choice for you!
How Long Do Ragamese Cats Live?
Assuming you have given your cat a good diet and they have been lucky enough to avoid ill health you can expect a Ragamese cat to live between 12-20 years.
Both Siamese and Ragdoll cats are known to be relatively healthy breeds with a life expectancy of at least 12 years but often achieve greater ages – a Ragamese can be expected to have a similar lifespan.
How Much Do Siamese Ragdoll Mix Cats Cost?
You should expect to pay between $1200 and $2500 for a siamese ragdoll mix cat in North America. Prices in the UK start from £350 and rise substantially.
However, you can expect to pay a lot more for a cat that typifies the pinnacle of the type. Although not certified or registered with associations, a cat that qualifies as perfection may cost as much as $4000.
These cats will have perfect blue eye color and crisp color point patterns with the chocolate point coloration likely to be the most expensive variant as chocolate point siamese cats are particularly rare and sought after.
Are Ragamese Cats Easy To Get?
Ragamese cats are available but are not so easy to source as Siamese or Ragdolls.
Ragdolls have boomed in popularity over the last decade thanks to their looks, temperament, and reputation for good health.
Siamese cats have been one of the most popular breeds in cat fancy for the last hundred years. Consequently, both Siamese and Ragdoll cats are relatively easy to source and commonly available – but Ragamese are a relatively new phenomenon and the lack of accreditation for the type certainly means breeders are less common.
Other, long hair Siamese mix cats like Himmies are recognized breeds and these tend to be widely available – but these share heritage with Persians so are not really as comparable from a temperament or facial perspective.
Finding a ragamese is possible – you are just unlikely to have a wide choice and may have to wait for the right kitten to come along.
Any Health Issues Associated With Siamese Ragdolls?
Luckily, neither the siamese nor ragdoll lineage is associated with bad health – and this continues through into the ragamese.
They are a solid cat with a wide genetic mix. This means you tend not to get the increased possibility of poor genes being passed down and becoming concentrated through the generations. This is a problem you might find with some breeds such as the folds, curls, or even Persians and other flat-faced breeds – but ragamese cats do not suffer from these issues!
However, all cats tend to have certain health issues that might arise over time. These are simply a result of their evolution or due to modern life spans which might not be possible in the wild (components just give up with age!). Ragamese cats are just as likely as other cat breeds to suffer kidney issues, urinary tract issues, eye problems, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and digestive problems.
Do Ragamese Cats Shed Much?
Siamese ragdoll mix cats are not thought to shed much even though they have a mid to full-length coat. However, this is probably, in part, a bit of an illusion.
Siamese cats have very fine, short hair. They shed, but the volume appears small because of the type of hair. Likewise, ragdolls have a reputation for being low shedding despite their longer coat – but this may be because they have one coat rather than an under and outer coat. Either way, both breeds have a reputation for being low-shedding cats.
Where does this leave the ragamese? It leaves them with a single coat of finer, soft hairs that appears to shed less than some other cat breeds!
If you don’t like cat hair on your furniture or clothes then a ragamese is probably one of the better choices out there – but a siamese would be even better!
Are Siamese Ragdoll Cats Hypoallergenic?
No, in fact, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat!
Cat allergies in humans are caused by the individual coming into contact with a protein found in the cat’s saliva, Fel D1. This usually happens when people come into contact with cat hairs that the cat has groomed and deposited saliva on.
All cats produce Fel D1 in some amount – some produce less and therefore appear to create a reduced response – but a response nonetheless. Other cats may not shed hair so much into their environment so there is less chance of people coming into contact with the protein and having a response.
The ragamese cat is believed to fall into the low shedding category and may have reduced levels of Fel d1 as Siamese cats and ragdolls are believed to produce less of the protein than some other breeds.
If you do suffer allergic responses to cats, you can also improve the odds of avoiding too much discomfort by opting for a female, neutered cat as these are scientifically proven to produce less of the protein than non-neutered cats or male cats.