A Knotty Problem

Photo of Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat, with the caption: "My hair is beautiful."

A Knotty Problem

by Princess Cat

Humans get silly ideas, well my human does anyway. She thinks my hair need to be groomed. I have naturally beautiful, fine, silky soft hair. In winter it’s extra fluffy as well.

I get knots sometimes, especially in winter with the extra fluff. That doesn’t bother me. It bothers my human. She says she either has to brush those knots out or cut them out. I think she could just leave them alone.

I don’t like my hair being fussed with. I like scratchies, and snuggles, and having my hair stroked, but I don’t have any patience for brushing, and I don’t like the feeling of my hair being cut. So I struggle, and I run away.

The human tells me I will end up with dreadlocks, if I don’t let her get rid of the knots. I don’t know what dreadlocks are, but I think they would be less annoying than the brush or the scissors.

If anyone knows how to get a human to leave my hair alone, please let me know.

Photo of Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat.

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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