It’s a lucky family that brings home the RagaMuffin! These cats are striking to look at, but they will really sell you with their personalities. However, beyond the initial price of one of these cats, you should consider the monthly and yearly costs for the rest of their lives. Everything from food to grooming to the annual visit to your veterinarian all needs to be taken into account.
So, we’re breaking down the cost of owning a RagaMuffin, including what it might cost if you find one through a breeder. Keep in mind that the prices we have listed for you here are just estimates and that in the long run, the expenses will depend on a number of factors. Your location and your cat’s health will determine vet costs as well as what kind of food you decide to feed your cat.
We hope that this article will help you to not only better understand but to be better prepared on what expenses you should expect when you bring a RagaMuffin home.
Bringing Home a New RagaMuffin: One-Time Costs
When you decide to bring a RagaMuffin home with you, you can expect the most significant one-time cost will be purchasing a RagaMuffin from a breeder.
If you’re lucky enough to find one of these cats available for adoption through a rescue group or shelter, we’ll go over the adoption fees.
The other one-time costs will also include all of the necessary items and health checks that a first-time cat owner should have in place. Such as the first vet visit (which consists of a physical exam and vaccinations), having your RagaMuffin spayed or neutered (provided the breeder hasn’t already had this done) as well as things like cat food, bowls, litter box and litter, and a cat carrier.
Finding a RagaMuffin for free is pretty unlikely since they are still relatively rare. It’s always possible that a friend or family member could have a litter and be willing to give you one of their kittens for free, but a good breeder can’t afford to give away any of their kittens for free.
If someone does offer you a free RagaMuffin, there’s no guarantee that the cat or kitten is in good health. Just something to keep in mind.
Adopting a cat is such an amazing way to give a homeless cat a new chance at a better life in a loving and happy home. However, finding any purebred cats in a shelter, especially the more uncommon breeds like the RagaMuffin, is very rare.
If you’re lucky enough to find a RagaMuffin, the adoption fee goes towards supporting the group or shelter and includes veterinary care, all vaccinations, and the cat or kitten (if old enough) will be spayed or neutered.
A RagaMuffin costs between $1,500 and $3,500, however, many breeders require a deposit that can range from $300 to $600, in some cases, just to be placed on the waitlist. The deposit usually goes towards the total purchase price. Most breeders will only allow RagaMuffin kittens to go home with you when they are 14 to 16 weeks of age. They typically have had their vaccinations and will be spayed or neutered.
Double and triple-check that the breeder is legitimate and a responsible and reputable RagaMuffin breeder.
Also, remember that you’ll have to pay shipping and handling charges if you need to have your RagaMuffin delivered to your location, which can add an extra $200 to $3,000 depending on where the breeder is located.
Initial Setup and Supplies
These initial costs depend entirely on whether or not you already own some of these items or if you’ve inherited them from someone. And of course, there will be a lot of variation in the price depending on how little or how much you want to spend.
It’s likely your RagaMuffin will already have been spayed or neutered, but we’re including the cost here. Vets will charge more than going to a low-cost clinic through an animal shelter.
List of RagaMuffin Care Supplies and Costs
|ID Tag and Collar||$15|
|Food and Water Bowls||$10-$40|
How Much Does a RagaMuffin Cost Per Month?
$50–$150 per month
The monthly costs of your RagaMuffin will depend a lot on you and your cat. The monthly expenses will be much higher if your cat has any medical issues. And everything also depends on what kind of food and litter you choose for your cat.
Additionally, your monthly costs will be higher if you need to fix any damage caused by your cat, if you regularly use a cat-sitting service, or if you opt to have a professional trim her claws.
$50–$150 per month
Some RagaMuffins will remain perfectly healthy throughout their lives, while others might incur monthly bills for health conditions. If you received your RagaMuffin from a breeder, they should be upfront about any health conditions their kittens might have.
$20–$60 per month
There’s a lot of cat food to choose from. You can opt for lower-priced food if that’s all your budget can afford but be sure to read reviews and check the ingredients. Low price shouldn’t mean low quality.
The ingredients on the bag and cans are always listed in order of the amount of that ingredient in the food, so look for chicken or beef and stay away from ingredients like meat by-products and artificial flavors and preservatives.
$0–$70 per month
You can pretty much groom your RagaMuffin yourself and save some money. One real advantage of the RagaMuffin is that they have this gorgeous, soft coat of tangle-resistant fur! They only require weekly brushing with a stainless-steel cat comb. Start brushing your kitten as soon as you get her as well as trimming her claws and checking and cleaning her ears.
If you prefer a groomer to take care of your cat, the price will obviously depend on the groomer.
Medications and Vet Visits
$15–$200 per month
Vaccinations and physical exams might run about $150 a year, and if you don’t brush your RagaMuffin’s teeth yourself, you might need to pay up to $450 per year at the vets for teeth cleaning.
There’s also treatment for parasites like fleas and ticks that you might need to look into, but it’s highly recommended that the RagaMuffin remain an indoor cat so a lot of these expenses can be avoided.
Obviously, if your RagaMuffin doesn’t need any medication, your monthly costs will be lower, but there are also emergency visits that could potentially occur.
$20–$100 per month
Pet insurance is optional, of course, but it’s a great way to save money in the future if your RagaMuffin endures any serious health problems.
The cost of the insurance will depend on your cat’s age, breed, and where you’re located.
$20–$40 per month
Having a litter box and the right litter for your cat is essential. Some cats will prefer a covered box, while others will prefer an open top. And then there’s the litter—crystal, clay, clumping, pine, and the list goes on.
Again, many cats are picky about what litter they walk on, so it could be inexpensive or pricey.
|Litter box liners (optional)||$7-$15/month|
|Deodorizing spray or granules (optional)||$5-$10/month|
|Litter mat (optional)||$12-$60|
$10–$50 per month
Since your RagaMuffin will be an indoor-only cat, finding a variety of toys and entertainment is vital. You can go with some basic balls and fake mice or springs to the more advanced items like interactive balls and automatic laser wands.
Toys do get ripped to shreds and broken so keep that in mind when you’re paying for an expensive toy that your RagaMuffin might break the next day. Or she might even prefer the box it came in!
Lastly, you can also look into a monthly cat toy box subscription, which can cost about $20-$30 per month.
Total Monthly Cost of Owning a RagaMuffin
$30–$100 per month
So, it all comes down to your RagaMuffin and the choices you make. If you do all of the grooming yourself and budget for her food and litter, the monthly expenses can certainly be much lower.
Additionally, if your cat is in good health (and how you take care of her can have a tremendous impact), you’ll only need to pay for an annual veterinarian visit.
Do keep in mind that we haven’t included in our total any cats with health issues that might require monthly medication or any emergency situations. It’s always a really good idea to leave some room in your budget for these situations.
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Additional Costs to Factor In
As we just discussed, you should remember some of the other expenses that can creep up on you or that you didn’t account for.
This includes emergency veterinarian care for possible injuries or sudden illnesses, paying for a pet sitter, or boarding your cat at a clinic or cat hotel when you go away on vacation.
There are even times you’ll have to pay to replace items that your cat has damaged through scratching. They also love entertaining themselves by knocking breakable items to the floor.
It’s almost impossible to be prepared for these unexpected costs, but it’s good to be aware that some of these scenarios might occur.
Owning a RagaMuffin On a Budget
This is quite possible, but the upfront cost of buying the RagaMuffin will always be on the high side. Just be careful when spending money on your cat.
It’s easy to get carried away buying your adorable new friend all kinds of toys and gadgets, but in the long run, most of these items aren’t necessary.
Saving Money on RagaMuffin Care
You can opt to pay less for toys, and as previously discussed, do all of the grooming yourself. There are all kinds of toys you can create yourself that will be just as fun for your RagaMuffin (like crumpling up aluminum foil into cat balls).
If you start brushing your cat, handling her paws, and cleaning her teeth while she’s a kitten, she’ll become accustomed to this, and you’ll save a lot on grooming and vet visits. Cleaning her teeth once a week can also reduce the chance of her incurring later health issues.
You can also consider investing in a water fountain for cats. Most cats are prone to kidney disease, and drinking from a water fountain can help prevent this from occurring in the future.
Lastly, just search online for deals. You can sometimes save on cat food if you buy in bulk (if you have the space to store it), or you can find sales, especially online.
Owning a RagaMuffin today can be quite expensive for the initial cost. You’ll more than likely purchase your new cat through a breeder. When you combine that expense with the necessary items, you’re looking at spending anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 at the outset.
After this amount, you can expect to pay a monthly average of $30 to $100, depending on a number of factors.
The most essential recurring costs will usually be food and litter and the occasional (we hope) vet visit, but how much you love and cherish your RagaMuffin and how she will love and cherish you will make it all worthwhile.
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