Hello. I’m Jenny Dean, the creator of Floppycats.com.
I get many requests wondering about me, what it is I do and why I have this website about Ragdoll cats.
So in an attempt to do a better job in answering those questions (and saving me time), I made this about me page.
I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, but now I live on the KS side of KCMO.
I have two MAs – one in Spanish and one in Liberal Studies – both of them required a lot of research and a lot of writing.
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 go to Aunt Nicky’s house just to see Halston.
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After years of begging my mom for a Ragdoll, I got my first Ragdoll cat, Skittles (age appropriately named), when I was 8 years old.
He was 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, Rags lived to be 19 years old and was the reason I started this website in 2008.
After completing both of my Masters degrees in August of 2004, I returned to Kansas City because I was totally crazy about Rags, and had missed him dearly when I was away. I started the job hunting process while substitute teaching. I finally found a job the following February and began to work as a Customer Service Representative for a local roofing manufacturing company.
I left that company 2 and a half years later as the Inside Sales and Customer Service Manager. I started a blog writing business from home and continued working on Floppycats.com.
Rags died in March 2009 when I was 29.5 years old and he was 19.5 years old. It was a huge loss for me at the time, but 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.
We do have a lot of Ragdoll cats in our family:
- My mom has 1 Ragdoll cat – Murphy (his brother, another Ragdoll, Caymus died in Dec 2020)
- My sister has 2 Ragdoll cats – Ash and Addie
- My cousin Jill has 2 Ragdoll cats – Huck and Harlow
- 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
Welcome to Floppycats.com – 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 =).