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Ragamuffin Cat vs Maine Coon: Main Differences? (With Pictures)

When shopping for a new pet to enter our life, people usually narrow it down to two different breeds. If you have your heart set on a big, affectionate cat that is family-friendly, then you’re probably comparing the Ragamuffin and Maine Coon breeds.

The Ragamuffin cat and Maine Coon both originate right here in the United States. They are from opposite coastlines but share many similar features. Both are big cats, although Maine Coons are slightly bigger and built for colder winters. On the other hand, Ragamuffins are a better option if they are going to be living indoors only. Both of these breeds are loved in the cat community, but there are some notable differences that might sway your decision—let’s take a look!

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Visual Differences

Ragamuffin Cat vs Maine Coon side by side
Image Credit: (L) Benjamin B, Shutterstock | (R) AVRORACOON, Shutterstock

At a Glance

Ragamuffin
  • Origin: California, USA
  • Average height (adult): 9–12 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 10–20 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12–15 years
Maine Coon
  • Origin: Maine, USA
  • Average height (adult): 8–16 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 10–20 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12–16 years

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Ragamuffin Cat Overview

bi color ragamuffin cat
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The history of Ragamuffin cats first starts in California in the 1960s. They were bred with other pedigree cat breeds and eventually became a separate breed themselves in 1994. They are one of the most popular cat breeds today.

Appearance:

Ragamuffins are large cats, but some of their larger appearance is attributed to their fluffy coats. These cats have long bodies with medium-sized heads. The fur on their face makes them look fluffy, and their ears on the sides of their heads give their face a triangular look with a distinct chin.

Most Ragamuffin cats have oval-shaped blue eyes and they come in a variety of coat colors and patterns. Some of the most common are piebald, tabby, tortoiseshell, solid, bicolor, and tricolor. Bi-color Ragamuffins have an inverted “V” on their foreheads with white legs and tummies. Their coat length can vary from medium-length to long.

tabby ragamuffin cat
Image Credit: Benjamin B, Shutterstock

Temperament:

Ragamuffin cats are the teddy bears of the cat world. These cats are loving, calm, patient, and incredibly friendly. They enjoy snuggling up in your lap and staying close by if they can. Ragamuffins can be attention hogs but overall have calm temperaments that are ideal for

families with children and other pets.

Common Health Conditions:
  • Heart disease
  • Upper respiratory tract disorder
  • Kidney disease
  • Cystitis
Ragamuffin cat hiding
Credit: Ryo Nagashima, Shutterstock

Suitable for:

Ragamuffin cats were created as companion pets, and thus have lovable personalities and are fairly docile. They are best kept as indoor cats and are able to tolerate small children and other pets in a household well. They have an easy-going nature and might become a little dependent on one specific individual in the house.

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Maine Coon Overview

ginger Maine coon cat
Image Credit: Meriluxa, Shutterstock

Maine Coons are some of the most regal-looking of all domestic cat breeds. They are a very well-known pedigree and their name tells you exactly where they originated—the US state of Maine. While they were once bred as outdoor cats to hunt rodents, they can adapt to nearly any living situation.

Appearance:

Maine Coons are large, bulky cats with thick fur that protects them from harsh winter conditions. They have large heads and tall ears with a slight droop under their eyes. Some Maine Coons sport a lion-like mane as well, with a double coat that is silky and heavy. There are various colors and patterns, like solid, tortoiseshell, bicolor, tricolor, and smokey.

silver maine coon cat
Image Credit: Olga Korvinuss, Shutterstock

Temperament:

Maine Coons are the gentle giants in the domestic cat world. They are loving, sociable, and sweet cats that tend to do well in homes with children and other pets. They are typically more eager to explore the outdoors than Ragamuffins and might even bring home a fresh catch and leave it at your

doorstep!

Common Health Conditions:
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Black tabby Maine Coon with harness
Image Credit: DenisNata, Shutterstock

Suitable for:

Maine Coons are excellent hunters and well-suited for anyone living in colder areas of the United States or that is looking for a good mouser. Maine Coons fair well as either indoor or outdoor cats and they make wonderful companions and have loving personalities.

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Which Breed Is Right for You?

The good news is that regardless of which cat breed you choose, both Ragamuffins and Maine Coons make wonderful family pets. They both have easy-going temperaments with a social and affectionate side to them. The biggest difference between the two is that the Ragamuffin is better suited as an indoor cat while the Maine Coon might like to wander outside from time to

time.

Now that you have all the information about the similarities and differences between these two breeds, it should hopefully make the decision-making process easier. Ragamuffins and Maine Coons are both incredible breeds with tons of potential to make a wonderful pet!

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Featured Image Credit: Top: Ragamuffin Cat: Nagashima, Shutterstock | Buttom: Maine Coon Cat: Meriluxa, Shutterstock

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