What do you get when you cross two of the most adorable cat breeds? A Ragdoll Munchkin cat! Keep reading to learn about this mixed breed and what to expect from them.
The Ragdoll and Munchkin cat breeds are two of the most popular in the world. As a result, it’s not surprising that demand for a mix of the two breeds exists.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with crossbreeding cats, demand for mixes of popular purebred cats is always present, perhaps more so now than ever.
In this post, I’m looking solely at the result of mixing these two cat breeds rather than the ethics of whether you should or shouldn’t mix any purebred animal.
Table of Contents
- An Overview of the Ragdoll and Munchkin Breeds
- The Ragdoll Munchkin Cat Mix
- Where Can You Find a Ragdoll Munchkin Cat?
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An Overview of Ragdoll and Munchkin Breeds
Let’s start with an overview of Ragdoll and Munchkin cats. Ragdolls are a large breed known for one special trait: they go limp when picked up. Thanks to this trait and their extra-fluffy appearance, they’ve been well-loved since the 1960s.
The Ragdoll personality is affectionate, gentle, and sociable. They weigh up to 20 pounds and love cuddling with their humans. They have bi-colored, mitted, or colorpoint coats.
Ragdoll coloring ranges from seal, chocolate, and red to blue, lilac, and cream. To top it all off, they have large, blue eyes that steal their owners’ hearts.
So, what about Munchkin cats? They’re much smaller than Ragdolls, weighing just 4-9 pounds! Of course, their most notable trait is those stubby little legs, which come from a specific gene. Did you know their legs range in size? From shortest to tallest, Munchkin size categories are “rug hugger”, “super short” and “standard”.
Those tiny legs raise controversy since they may cause health or movement issues. That’s why the Cat Fanciers’ Association still doesn’t recognize the breed.
Nevertheless, Munchkins have enjoyed popularity since they aired on a cat show hosted by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1991.
The Ragdoll Munchkin Cat Mix
As you can see, we have two very unique cat breeds here. So, what happens when they mix? Check out the key characteristics and health aspects of this feline crossbreed below.
With any mixed breed, it’s tough to predict exactly which traits of each side will be passed down. Even so, we can look at Ragdoll Munchkin cat mixes and provide some estimations.
Generally, they have short Munchkin legs and long Ragdoll fur. Colors and patterns vary greatly, and they may even have short fur.
The Ragdoll Munchkin cat grows to around 6-9 inches tall, with lengthy bodies averaging 14 inches. Many of them inherit those bright blue Ragdoll eyes, though some inherit gold or green eyes from the Munchkin side.
Do Ragdoll Munchkin kitties have the Ragdoll flop trait?
It depends. Some inherit the floppy Ragdoll gene, but it’s tough to predict whether a Ragdoll Munchkin kitten will have it. The same goes for other Ragdoll mixes.
Personality and Behavior
Playful and affectionate are just a couple of traits that make this mixed breed so desirable. Ragdoll Munchkins inherit the sweet, social natures from both sides. They usually love spending time with their humans, and they play without getting too feisty.
By all accounts, Ragdoll Munchkins adapt well to apartment living as long as they have scratching posts, a safe space, and plenty of toys. They’ll appreciate cat trees that are well-suited for their shorter statures.
Generally, they’re friendly with fellow pets, children, and roommates in the home. All in all, they make loyal little companions and wonderful family pets.
Funnily enough, Munchkin kitties have a knack for hoarding. Owners describe how they steal objects and hide them away. Some Ragdoll Munchkin kitties share the same quirk.
Note that any individual Ragdoll Munchkin cat may have her own unique little personality traits, but all are generally loving and friendly.
Like the rest of the feline world, Ragdoll Munchkin cats need lots of protein. Wet food is usually the best way to ensure they get enough protein and proper hydration. You may need to experiment to figure out what food your kitty likes best.
Of course, ensure that everything a Ragdoll Munchkin cat needs is physically within reach. Water bowls, food bowls, and litter boxes must be the right size to be comfy for these little cats.
Also, they need physical and mental stimulation to stay happy. Get toys they enjoy! You can even train them a bit using positive reinforcement tactics.
Grooming is another key part of a proper Ragdoll Munchkin care routine. Long coats need several weekly brushing sessions, and short coats can get away with less attention. As a bonus, grooming any cat is a fun, relaxing way to deepen your bond.
Find out about caring for Ragdoll cats.
Though Ragdoll Munchkins are generally healthy, they have a few health considerations.
They cannot afford to become overweight due to their size, as it’ll stress joints and cause other health problems.
Also, some breeders refuse to breed Munchkins. Why? Well, there are risks when combining genetic Munchkin issues with another breed’s genetic issues.
Dental problems and arthritis are also something to consider, but they’re not unique to this mixed breed. As with any feline friend, regular vet check-ups are essential to prevent or catch health problems.
Find out about common Ragdoll health issues.
Where Can You Find a Ragdoll Munchkin Cat?
As a pretty rare crossbreed, you may find it difficult to snag one of these cats. Plus, not all Munchkin breeders are willing to mix in other breeds.
No matter what, always use a reputable breeder. You may just have to wait a while or travel a bit to find one.
It’s extremely rare to find this mixed breed up for adoption at shelters since they’re so desirable. If you’ve zeroed in on the Ragdoll Munchkin breed, be prepared to put in some legwork, and when you find one, expect to pay anywhere from $600 to $3,000.
Ever considered adoption? Find out about adopting a Ragdoll cat?
From stubby legs to soft coats and affectionate personalities, it’s no wonder why the Ragdoll Munchkin cat is considered desirable.
Ragdolls have a look that many people adore. Munchkins too have a loyal following so it’s not hard to see why lovers of the aesthetic of both breeds might like to see them combined.
Of course, whether or not you choose to buy and crossbred cat is a question for you alone. Many people feel that mixing cats like Ragdolls and Munchkins together is unforgivable but many others disagree.
The one thing you should always ensure when choosing any kitten is that you select a reputable breeder. Even better still is to take a cat from a rescue center, though of course you may struggle to find a Ragdoll Munchkin cat requiring adoption.
Do you have a Ragdoll Munchkin cat? Or perhaps you’d like to become a Ragdoll Munchkin owner? Please tell me about your experiences or ask a question in the comment section at the bottom of this page.
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