Duoduo – Ragdoll of the Week

duoduo 1My name is Byron. I am from Hong Kong, but was born in the Bay Area. My first cat, Min Min, was a rescue that was considered a Siamese mix when we first adopted him. When my older brother and dad brought him home my mom smelled Min Min and went ballistic. My mom hates cats and threw Min Min in the back of the car and drove it 5 blocks before dumping him off. The next morning Min Min, still only a 3 month old

Min Min
Min Min

kitten, found its way to our doorstep. He was ours. Min Min soon outgrew his name, which was a nod to its originally small size, and grew long fur and grew to 17 pounds. He died at the age of 15.5 from tongue cancer. Min Min was how I grew to love Ragdolls.

Duoduo (多多) the cat is the only Ragdoll at the Cat Store in Hong Kong. For those of you not familiar, a cat cafe is a cafe where 10 cats run around while you drink coffee. The concept was started by the owner Cynthia Leung who wanted people who were not allowed to own pets in the high rises of Hong Kong to have a place to play and go on dates in the company of cats.

This white cat is named Duoduo, which duoduo 5 2007translates to “More more” in Chinese. Despite his name Duoduo is not heavy and is mostly fluff. Duoduo was born in January 2003 and was bought by a girl. Later on the girl decided she couldn’t take care of him so she dumped him off at the cafe. Once there, Duoduo became the darling of the cafe due to his docile nature. Later on in 2006 the girl came back and said she wanted Duoduo back. Cynthia gave Duoduo back only for

Jordan and Duoduo
Jordan and Duoduo

the girl’s mother to force Duoduo out of the house. A few months later Cynthia found out that Duoduo was somewhere in the wild on a mountain. Cynthia was heartbroken but could not find the time to find him. Later on a concerned boy, a cafe regular, went to the mountains to try and find Duoduo. He spoke to some old grannies, who recognized the description of a “great white cat”. Finally the boy spoke to one granny who fed wild cats and said she had fed a cat that was a ragdoll.

Byron with Duoduo
Byron with Duoduo

Duoduo was found and was returned to the Car Store where he still resides. Cynthia vowed never to let anyone take Duoduo away for the Cat Store is his home.

Duoduo is a blue point ragdoll that weighs around 18 pounds. I first met Duoduo in 2005 and loved how it reminded me of Min Min. Unlike most other cats at the cafe he appears to have a personality; when people interact with other cats, some cats scratch, some cats hiss, some just walk away; Duoduo will either give you a mild, worried or angry expression. If you see any videos of cat cafes in Hong Kong and spot a large white cat its probably him.

The first photo is Min Min. The remainder are of Duoduo.


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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. Dementia Boy says:

    What wonderful tales of determination!! MinMin finding his way home. Duoduo, with human help, finding his way home.

    You have a wonderful writing style. Thank you for sharing these cats’ stories with us. I love a happy ending.

  2. So sorry for your loss of Min Min. What a wonderful story about DuoDuo and so happy that all worked out for him at the Cat Store. Know that he makes so many people happy with his sweet personality. Love the photos too. He is just gorgeous!

  3. Hi, Byron!

    Thank you for sharing your story of Min Min & Duoduo with us. What a fascinating read this was!

    The pictures are simply beautiful! Gorgeous kitties! The whole concept of the Cat Cafe is wonderful! It would be awesome to have those in the United States, I think! 🙂

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂

  4. Thank you for sharing the stories of Min Min and Duoduo, also their beautiful pictures!!! Cat cafes are a great idea 🙂 Ordinarily American restaurants don’t allow pets except companion animals such as seeing-eye dogs which are exempt from regulations. Since Lynn says cat cafes are opening in the Bay area, your brother should look into that and see if he can get a similar waiver in Seattle.

    As an online English instructor I’ve met many wonderful students in China, Japan, Korea and other countries. The international popularity of Ragdolls really warms my heart 🙂

  5. Some cat cafes are opening in the SF Bay Area soon! Sounds like a perfect place for people who can’t have cats to get their kitty-fix!
    So glad Duoduo found a safe and permanent home! Thanks for sharing his story.

    1. I hope it doesn’t violate American healthcodes to have cat cafes. I know my bro wants to start one in Seattle, where they don’t have one yet.

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