About Us

Hello! I’m Jenny!

I’m Jenny Dean, the founder and Ragdoll cat lover behind Floppycats. Welcome to Floppycats.

Since 2008, the Floppycats community and I have helped countless fellow cat owners navigate cat behavior, cat health, cat nutrition, and more.

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I have had a Ragdoll cat in my life since 1987.

I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO.

I have two MAs – one in Spanish and one in Liberal Studies – both required a lot of research and writing. So having a website that would also require a lot of research and writing and that involved my favorite feline friend, Rags, was right up my alley.

Fun Facts about Jenny

Ragdoll owner since 1987

Blogging and helping Ragdoll Cat owners since 2008

Own 2 Ragdolls currently

My family and I own a combined 11 Ragdoll cats

Tested 500+ cat products

Interviewed 10+ Veterinary doctors for the blog

I met my first Ragdoll cat in 1982 when I was 3 years old. But it wasn’t until I met Halston (my Aunt’s Ragdoll) when I was 6 years old that I became a Ragdoll cat fanatic.  I adored him and begged my mom to visit Aunt Nicky’s house to see Halston.

Ashley and Halston
Ashley (left) and Halston (right)

After years of begging my mom for a Ragdoll, I got my first Ragdoll cat, Skittles (age-appropriately named), when I was 8.

Jenny and Skittles
Me with Skittles

He was a gift from my maternal grandparents. He died at 2 years old of FIP.

Jenny and Skittles
Jenny and Skittles (my first Ragdoll that died of FIP at 2 years old)

Christmas 1989, my parents gifted my brothers and me two Ragdoll kittens – Rags and Cosby.  Cosby died at 10 months old of FIP.

Marsh, Cosby, Spencer, Jenny, Rags and Snickers
The day we got rags. I am holding Rags. My older brother, Marsh, is holding Cosby, my little brother, Spencer, is in the box and Snickers is the GSD.

But Rags lived to be 19 years old, so I started this website in 2008. After completing both of my Master’s degrees in August of 2004, I returned to Kansas City because I was crazy about Rags and had missed him dearly when I was away. 

Jenny with Rags Circa 1990
Jenny with Rags Circa 1990
Jenny Dean and 16 year old Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat Caymus 9-12-20 after fluids IMG_5942
with Caymus

My Mission on Floppycats

Rags died in March 2009 when I was 29.5 years old, and he was 19.5 years old. 

It was a massive loss for me at the time. Still, he will always be my inspiration to keep going with Floppycats – it has morphed over the years into what I am proud it is today – a place where cat owners communicate and help to make their lives more joyous and harmonious with their feline counterparts.

Jenny Dean with seal mitted Ragdoll Charlie
Jenny Dean with seal-mitted Ragdoll, Charlie

In August of 2009, I found Charlie’s photo on Soulmate Ragdolls’ website and adopted my Charlie and Trigg in October and November of 2009, respectively.  They are my current Ragdoll cats. We do have a lot of Ragdoll cats in our family:

My mom had 2 Ragdoll cats – Murphy and Caymus

My sister has 2 Ragdoll cats – Ash and Addie

My cousin Jill has 2 Ragdoll cats – Huck and Harlow

My cousin Mary has 2 Ragdoll cats – Birch and Fred

My mom’s identical twin, my Aunt Jean has 2 Ragdoll cats – Maddie and Hobbs

My Aunt Nicky, my mom’s other sister, has 1 Ragdoll cat – William

You will see all of them featured here on our site and on our FacebookPinterestTwitterInstagramTikTok, and YouTube.

Jenny holding Murphy and Caymus Ragdoll Cats
With Murphy and Caymus in my arms

What You’ll Find on Floppycats

Over the last decade+ of work on Floppycats, I have interviewed many veterinariansreviewed hundreds of productswritten a few books, and met some fantastic cat owners.

Jenny Dean Floppycats Founder with 4 Bluedreamer Ragdoll Kittens

Using all of this information, I’ve been able to write a considerable number of guides and reviews related to Ragdoll cats and cat ownership in general. Floppycats is designed to help you with all kinds of issues or concerns about your kitty and provide some inspiring ideas for cool products to try, ways to play with your cat, and more.

I won’t ever make a medical recommendation, but I may often share my experience with my cats. I am not a veterinarian or other trained medical professional, so it’s not my place to give medical advice. However, some posts on Floppycats cover medical issues – in these, I will have either interviewed a veterinarian or provided links to the reputable sites I have used to verify any information in the article.

Everything on the site – whether it is medical or not – is thoroughly researched. I will provide my opinion where appropriate but never rely on it alone! One of my fundamental beliefs is that all cats are individual and unique, and what works for some might not work for others. So, I avoid giving specific recommendations unless backed by an authoritative source.

I do draw on my own experiences as a cat owner, though. So many of my guides are written based on the trials and tribulations I’ve gone through with their own lives, including changes I’ve made to their diet and what I’ve learned from their behavior.

When reviewing a product, I will make clear whether the product is something I’ve been provided or purchased myself. And I only accept products to review on the condition that I can give a fair and unbiased review of the product – I won’t ever say something is good if it’s not!

Helpful Resouces for Cat Lovers

Floppycats has hundreds of posts dedicated to living more harmoniously with your cat. You’ll find ideas and endless inspiration from cat product reviews to Ragdoll cat facts.

All Ragdoll Resources

All Ragdoll Colors & Patterns

All Cat Product Reviews

Jenny Dean Floppycats Founder with Bluedreamer Ragdoll Kittens

Don’t Be Shy; Say “Hi!”

I am excited you’re here and hope you’ll share your (Ragdoll) cat love on the site!

All are welcome here – whether you have a Ragdoll or not, you are welcome to be here and hang out with us =).

Send me an email, and I’ll respond! One thing I can assure you of is that I will see your message. You can reach out to me through my contact page.

Napa's Introduction to Rags
Me Introducing Rags (Ragdoll) to Napa (German Shepherd)

The Floppycats’ Community

The Floppycats’ community has grown over the years thanks to social media, namely Facebook. Below are screenshots from our cat-focused Facebook group where readers can ask questions, share insights, share photos, videos, and more with fellow cat owners. I love our community that steps in to help whenever they can.