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.
Floppycats Has Been Featured On:
- Reader’s Digest
- Wealth of Geeks
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 cat owners since 2008
- Own 2 Ragdolls currently
- My family and I own a combined 11 Ragdoll cats (and many have passed)
- Tested 200+ cat products
- Interviewed 10+ Veterinary doctors for the blog
I met my first Ragdoll cat in 1982 at 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.
After years of begging my mom for a Ragdoll, I got my first Ragdoll cat, Skittles (age-appropriately named), when I was 8.
He was a gift from my maternal grandparents. He died at 2 years old of FIP.
Christmas 1989, my parents gifted my brothers and me two Ragdoll kittens – Rags and Cosby. Cosby died at 10 months old of FIP.
But Rags lived to be 19 years old, so I started this website in 2008. After completing 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.
My Mission on Floppycats
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.
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
What You’ll Find on Floppycats
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.
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.
The Floppycats’ Community
Thanks to social media, namely Facebook, the Floppycats’ community has grown over the years. Included below are some screenshots from our cat-focused Facebook group where readers can ask questions, share insights, share photos, videos, and more with fellow cat owners. I absolutely love our community that steps in to help whenever they can.
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,