Since I’ve been very busy with college lately, and I’ve found myself too tired or too uninspired to write, the blog posts have been a mix of consistent and inconsistent. I do apologise for this, and I’m hoping to go back to my posting schedule as soon as I can. For now though, I’ve decided to try some new types of posts, instead of just reviews, first impressions, etc. This’ll be the first article of a few about typical Ragdoll characteristics that I’ve noticed in Fin!
As you might’ve guessed by the title… This article is about the typical Ragdoll ‘Flop’! It’s known to also occur in other cats, but definitely a Ragdoll thing. The breed is known for their floppy qualities; they go limp in your arms, and are extremely mellow.
Please do know, that every cat is a different being, even though the breed is said to do a certain something, not all cats will live up to this expectation. Fin actually doesn’t really go limp when I hold him; he’ll hold still and tolerate it for a couple of minutes before moving, but his favourite thing to do is flop around on the floor, belly up, lovey eyes pointed at the closest personal assistant, or the person that just came home. He does it around strangers too!
I would really recommend reading this post on floppycats.com if you want to know more about Ragdoll stereotypes.
So, why do some cats flop? Honestly, I have no idea, every cat is different, but showing their tummy is generally a sign of trust (or submission), an invitation to play, a friendly greeting and in Fin’s case, a request for tummy rubs. Mind you, not all cats appreciate tummy rubs, so even if a cat does flop, I wouldn’t recommend just going in there if you don’t know the cat. Overall, the flop is a positive thing, and definitely my favourite thing to come home to. Now, onto some of Fin’s flop photos!
So, I hope you enjoyed this new type of article, and I’d love to hear your ‘flop’ stories! Do you have a Ragdoll, and if so, does he/she live up to the stereotype? If your cat isn’t a Ragdoll, does he/she flop? And if you’ve noticed your purebred kitty displays certain aspects of its breed’s stereotype, I’d really love it if you took the time to write a little about them (: