Yes, A Leopard Can Change His Spots – A Ragdoll Cat Changing Personalities After 6 Years


Story submitted by Peg Horne Nelson

My boy, Dair, was born on Sept. 5, 2005.  Here’s his story:

Dair came to me from another breeder even though he was a son of my boy, Mason.  He was born in southeast Texas and, as a baby kitten, went through Hurricane Rita which ravaged that area.  I went to get him when he was just over 2 months old as his breeder had lost her house to the storm and they were still on very limited power.  The weather was almost unbearably hot and the mosquitos and other bugs were rampant.  So, Dair and a brother came to live with me.

The brother was somewhat outgoing, but Dair was a wallflower.  He didn’t want anything at all to do with people.  But, thank goodness, he was fine with the other cats.  Over the years, he still was too shy for me to rehome.  But finally, I let my good friend, MeLinda with Merlin’s Hope Ragdoll Rescue try to find this precious boy a new home.  He fit in okay with her cats, but he was way too shy to ever be seen by any prospective new owners.  So, after about 9 months, I brought him back home.


He loves to cuddle with my kitties and to sun in my wide kitchen window.  But, any time I would try to touch him or reach for him (which I must do monthly to flea treat), he would go into hiding.  That is, until about 5 weeks ago.

All of a sudden he is in love with me.  He follows me everywhere I go, jumps up on anything that is beside where he thinks I’m going to be walking…just so I’ll wrap my arms around him and give him lots of loving.  He now loves to give kitty kisses on the mouth (I have to watch about that) and he loves to be combed and groomed.  He will flop over for tummy rubs and seems to get mildly upset whenever I stop loving on him.  I held him and rubbed and loved on him for 20 minutes straight the other day and he never tired of it.

I’ve talked with a few breeders to see if they had ever known of a kitty changing personalities so completely…and at 6 years of age.  I talked with my vet yesterday and he’s never heard of any kind of cat doing this.


Dair is an amazing fellow.  He talks to me all the time in a teeny tiny voice, he rubs on my hands anytime I get near him, and he loves to be held.  Have you ever heard of any cat doing a 100% flip-flop in personality just overnight…for no apparent reason?  By the way, Dair still doesn’t like my husband although he will let Carl rub on him as long as I’m holding him.

Of course I’m loving this change in Dair.  He’s a pleasure to be around.  It seems that Dair has finally taken on his daddy’s personality as Mason is just about as sweet a ragdoll as you will ever find.

This is a happy story for your blog.  Just thought others would love to read about Dair’s unusual change in personality.

Peg Horne Nelson
Meriwidoz Ragdolls (now a retired cattery)

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8 thoughts on “Yes, A Leopard Can Change His Spots – A Ragdoll Cat Changing Personalities After 6 Years

  1. em says:

    Dair looks exactly like my rag-doll Maddie (well, she is a half breed not full rag doll). I went through something similar but not for long. She was a rescue cat when I got her and had been abandoned with her three kittens. Cats protection saved her and easily found homes for the kittens but not her. No one wanted her. I loved her as soon as I saw her. Though she was tiny and had hardly any fur from all the neglect. At first she didn’t want to know me, she would hide, cry, run away and only come out to eat (which she ate a lot). Then all of a sudden, she pretty much doubled in size, got her full fur and turned into the soppiest cat ever. Now, after 9 years, I can do anything to that cat. She lies in my arms like a baby while I stroke her tummy, she sleeps on the bed every night next to us and kisses our faces. She purrs like and engine and is the nicest, well behaved cat I’ve ever known. She follows us around, if she hears us come home she runs down to greet us and lies on her back fully stretched out for ages, all floppy and cute.

  2. Lex says:

    Dair went through a lot of difficult and traumatic events. Hurricane Katrina, being rehomed a few times… it’s no wonder he was a bit reserved! Many animals do this (so do people) – it takes time to warm up and trust that the next big thing isn’t right around the corner. Sounds like Dair finally decided that he was home for good and it didn’t seem like there were any storm clouds brewing. So glad he’s learned to trust you!

    It sounds like he was just waiting and hoping for the right time to relax, and he finally did it. He’s trying to make up for lost time by being super affectionate. I suspect he will always be loving and happy, but he’ll probably relax a little bit once he gets over the newness of finally being able to trust that the bottom won’t fall out of his living situation again.

    To answer your question – we did indeed have a similar situation with our cat growing up (also a beautiful tuxedo boy). He’d been a tom cat and found his way to a bookstore when we came across him. He was extremely timid and shy, barely coming out to meet us. How we decided to take him home still baffles me, but he was perfect.

    Of course, we didn’t see him for months. He hid in the cellar only coming out when no one was around to secretly eat his dinner. We’d see his eyes glowing from the shadows as he found different alcoves to hide in.

    Then, one day, he came upstairs. Ever after that, he was the most docile, affectionate, charming lap cat. He wanted nothing else than to play and cuddle and be petted. Just like that. So yes, it most certainly does happen.

  3. Mika says:

    This is such a touching article! It is a beacon of hope to owners who learn patience and gradualness when raising their kitty children. Awww, kudos to you Peg and ‘paws up’ and raised to you sweet Dair : )

  4. Ling says:

    Some cats take longer to adjust to become themselves again, maybe he just finally warmed up to “his” person. Or he really did become more affectionate and had a personality change. He is a cutie!

  5. Geo says:

    I was wondering that too Kelly! Whatever breed Dair is… this is an intriguing and heartwarming story! He sounds like a sweet, wonderful cat. I have heard of Ragdolls becoming more affectionate all of the sudden. It seems to come with time. Who knows why (??) but I’d be very happy and welcome it just like Peg.

  6. Kelly says:

    Hmmm… I have never heard of a black bi-color ragdoll with GREEN eyes. Are you sure this article shouldn’t be titled ” A Cat Changing Personalities after 6 years”?

    • Jenny says:

      Kelly, there is a large group of Ragdoll breeders that believes original Ragdolls were “Solid” Ragdolls – like Dair. So it’s controversial – but I’m with Geo – it’s a heartwarming story, so I wanted to share – and this site is about everything Ragdoll.

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