Mouse Hunter

Image photo of Princess a seal-point ragdoll cat playing with a rubber thong (flip flop). Caption says: "I like to play with whatever I find around the house."

Mouse Hunter

by Princess Cat

I like to play with things I find around the house.

I have toys, and they are fun, but I like to find other things to play with as well. The human says I’m a kitty kleptomaniac, because I steal anything I can carry to play with. I especially like pin cushions and lightweight shoes.

The other day I found something that looked like something fun to play with. It looked like one of my fluffy toy mice, but it was moving! I love things that move (like my laser pointer). I love to chase.

So I chased this thing, and caught it and let it go and chased it some more. It was fun. I had a great game with the thing.

Then it stopped moving. I know what to do about that. I have a wind-up toy. When it stops, a human can wind it up again so I can chase it.

So I called out for a human to help. I cried and cried until I got their attention.

I got both humans, the one who lives downstairs with Fanta and me, and the one who lives upstairs with Bumpy.

The were both surprised. They said things like, “she caught a mouse” and “I didn’t know she had sufficient cat skills”.

They told me I’d caught and killed a real mouse! They couldn’t fix it because it was dead. I had only wanted to play with it.

My human said killing things was one of the reasons I was never allowed outside. (The other reason being, she said, I was too naive to survive outside the house.) She said any wildlife stupid enough to come into the house was too stupid to save.

So this thing I’d found to play with was wrapped up and thrown in the rubbish, and my human suggested I go back to my pink fluffy toy mice.

Princess Cat

Princess is a seal-point ragdoll cat. Her hobbies include naps, waking the human in the middle of the night, tummy tickles, knocking things off shelves, evading grooming, and petty theft (stealing paintbrushes, pincushions, etc.) Her special skills include jingle ball and fluffy mouse chasing. Her key goal in life is to be adored by everyone, but not actually touched unless she specifically requests it. She is never allowed outside, partly to protect wildlife, partly to keep debris out of her hair, and mostly because she is so naïve she wouldn’t survive five minutes outside. Also known as Pretty Kitty and Snuggle Cat.

By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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