RagaMuffin Kitten Blog

RagaMuffin Love

author Jean Gall        iCandy RagaMuffin Lover My beautiful RagaMuffin Necco Wafer was born on my husbands death date and Necco Wafers were his favorite candy. Necco is a sweet boy purchased from Sara of iCandy shortly after I adopted 2 Birman brothers. My boys all get along great playing, wrestling and chasing

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Feline Terminology

    Did you know that a group of cats is called a clowder? Another name for it is a glaring. Like other animals, specific terminology is used when referring to kitties. Most people know that a juvenile cat is called a kitten. An old term for a kitten is catling!  A litter of kittens

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Show Bath for RagaMuffins

When a person decides to show their RagaMuffin cat, learning how to properly bathe that cat is essential. Hopefully, a kitten has had practice baths and blow dries at the breeder when young. I always make sure my iCandy kittens get at least a couple of baths prior to going to their forever homes. It’s

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COVID-19 and No Cat Shows

It’s been a year since I attended a cat show. Part of me really misses them. I miss spending time with my friends. I miss having the judges evaluate my RagaMuffins. But, even though there have been a handful of shows, I haven’t been ready to step out in the corona virus world of uncertainty.

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iCandy RagaMuffin Kitten Waitlist

At iCandy RagaMuffin cats, there is almost always a waitlist for a kitten or retired adult.  One of the most frequent questions I get is “if I fill out an application, where will I be on the waitlist?” or “how long will it be until I get a kitten?”  Honestly, I don’t have a way

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First Week of Retirement Plans

Closing on my practice was delayed for a week. So, I have seven extra days to think about what I am going to do that first week. First, I am still responsible for up to ninety days for the hospital. It doesn’t mean I have to be there, it just means I have to be

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My New Year’s Resolution

  I am generally pretty good about scheduling things: dentist, hairdresser, oil change, etc. Pet care has been second nature as well. Heartworm prevention, flea and tick control,  wellness exams are all done on time and routinely. Doggie nail trims, kitten nail trims and equine hoof trims (and dentistry) are all performed on a fixed

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Black Friday Deals

  I knew it would happen. I was just waiting for it. Wednesday before Thanksgiving I started checking the online sites for great deals on cat food, treats and litter. I planned on stocking up. After all, I have a lot of mouths to feed. Years ago, I would have been looking for other items,

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Kitten Spay/Neuter

One topic that comes up when I get inquiries about kittens is the fact I spay and neuter all my RagaMuffin kittens before they go to their homes. Many modern breeders are doing the same. Occasionally, I have a potential kitten adopter concerned about surgery on such a young kitten. It’s a fair question. The

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Names

  Occasionally I am asked about the origin of one of my RagaMuffin’s names. It’s simple…..they are all named after something sweet. I think it is appropriate, as nothing is sweeter than a RagaMuffin. It all started with my very first RagaMuffin, Bon Bon. He was a sable boy that quickly became the apple of

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Teaser Addiction

  When I go to cat shows (pre-COVID), I can’t help but peruse the cat teasers at the vendors. There are so many different types. Feathers, noise makers, fur pieces, ribbons, beads, tiny fake bugs and more. Every cat responds differently to teasers. Many have a favorite. RagaMuffins being cats,  may love one style this

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Showing a RagaMuffin

I sometimes get inquiries from people who have never shown a cat, but are interested in exploring the idea. I encourage the activity, whether with a non-pedigreed cat (yes, there is a division for that) or a pedigreed kitty. It’s a fun way to spend a day or a weekend. Showing is about the cats,

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Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad

Remember the old song lyrics? Well, I have come to the realization they can apply to cats. You see, I recently had an epiphany.  iCandy Smidgen is beautiful: wonderful eyes, fabulous coat and great whisker pads. And she is sweet: a great RagaMuffin mommy who loves a petting. But, she may not be the brightest

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The Joys of Waiting

At the time of this writing, Grand Champion Gentlepurrs Solo Purrsuit of iCandy is four days overdue to have her kittens. I know this is OK. I’m trying to convince myself that what I know is correct. I can’t help but have seeds of doubt and worry. RagaMuffin Solo seems fine. She is very comfortable.

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Health Clearances for RagaMuffin Cats

  As a long time breeder of Labrador Retrievers, I have been utilizing health clearances for breeding animals for many years. It is an important part of breeding. To be a conscientious breeder, one must be aware of possible health issues in any breed and work to avoid issues. The DNA tests available today are

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