Cuddle Clones: Plush Replicas of Your Cat + Interview with Founder, Jennifer Williams

| November 30, 2014 | 7 Comments

Cuddle Clones: Plush Replicas of Your Cat!

Custom Stuffed Plush CatsI ran across a posting about Cuddle Clones on Facebook and thought they were the coolest idea.  I would have loved a Cuddle Clone of my Ragdoll cat, Rags when I first went away to college or even when I went to summer camp in the summers growing up.  So, of course, I went to their site to learn more!  The photos on this post alone will show you how freakin’ rad they are too!  Of course, as always, my curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to know about the genius that came up with this idea!  So I reached out and asked if I could interview the founder, Jennifer Williams, for a blog post and now here it is!

Jennifer Williams is the founder and Chief Cloning Officer of Cuddle Clones, a startup company that creates soft and adorable plush versions of people’s pets and other custom pet-related products. She has a BS in Mathematics and Business from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Jennifer spent 10 years as a benefits consulting actuary and her last job before making the entrepreneurial leap was with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is actively involved in the entrepreneurial community in Louisville and assists upstarts and other companies with financial modeling and data consulting.

Please note: The Christmas 2014 deadline for plush Cuddle Clones has already passed and the deadline to order a custom figurine for Christmas was/is December 5. They still offer gift cards up until the last minute though!  The Cuddle Clones coupon code “FLOPPYCATS” is good for 10% off everything on the Cuddle Clones website.

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 1. What is Cuddle Clones?

Cuddle Clones are cuddly and adorable plush replicas of your pet. Every Cuddle Clone is handmade from premium plush materials and meant to match your pet, from three legs to two different colored eyes to that special spot on your pet’s belly. The plush Cuddle Clones are our flagship product but we also offer custom sandstone figurines and ornaments, custom granite memorials, and other custom products all centered around your pet.

2. How did you come up with the idea of Cuddle Clones?

Custom Stuffed Plush CatsI came up with the idea for Cuddle Clones almost 10 years ago when I had my harlequin Great Dane, Rufus. I was lying on him one day and thought how cute it would be to have a big plush of Rufus. The idea sat in my head for quite a while until I enrolled in the entrepreneurship MBA program at the University of Louisville in 2009. Cuddle Clones was formalized during the program and officially launched a few years later.

3. What do you need from an owner to create a Cuddle Clone?

Not much! We can work with at least one picture but we recommend several pictures of your pet so that we can make the Cuddle Clone as accurate as possible. High quality pictures of the sides, head, tail and belly are what we recommend. After the customer uploads pictures, they pick a few customization options, like position (sitting, lying down or standing), ear and tail position, and finally, there is an area to tell us any special notes about specific markings or anything else.

Custom Stuffed Plush Cats4. How long have you been in business?

Our website officially went live at the end of April, 2013 so we are now into our second year of business.

5. How long does it take to make a Cuddle Clone?  Are they made by hand?

Our current turnaround time for a Cuddle Clones is about 10-12 weeks. During non-holiday seasons, we offer rush services for 4-week and 6-week delivery. Every Cuddle Clone is made by hand with a new plush pattern.

6. What if I order a Cuddle Clone and don’t like it?  Can I return it?

We really want every customer to be satisfied with their Cuddle Clone. If a customer is not satisfied, we offer to remake the plush and if satisfaction cannot be reached, a refund is possible.

7. What’s in store for the future of Cuddle Clones?

We hope to grow and add more custom pet products in future years. We would also like to build on our web and social media community and be a place where people can go to talk about their pets, especially when they have passed over the rainbow bridge. Pets are so much more than just animals these days. They really are a part of our families. In fact, I like my dog Izzy much more than I like most people!

The Cuddle Clones coupon code “FLOPPYCATS” is good for 10% off everything on the Cuddle Clones website.

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The Cuddle Clones coupon code “FLOPPYCATS” is good for 10% off everything on the Cuddle Clones website.

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Patricia McDermott says:

    omg those are the cutest!! is she going to make you a chiggy and charlie!? i would love to see that! that first cat looks exactly like the real cat.. omg, it’s so cute! what a fantastic idea!

  2. Patti Johnson says:

    OMG! THIS is the MOST AMAZING THING EVER!!!! Lurve these! What great work Jennifer’s company does….Cutest things ever! Going on my Never Ending Wish List for sure!

    Thanks for the great info and interview, Jenny!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

  3. Teresa Reid says:

    Oh boy! Jenny you have done it once again! Here goes another BIG entry to our wish list!!! Such a wonderful thing to have a plush of your pet. Sure could have used this when I was in CA last month and was missin’ my sweeties like crazy. Thanks so much for finding yet another great company and products.

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