Brave Kitty

Photo of Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat, lying on a dining chair.  Caption reads: "I was a very brave kitty."

Brave Kitty

By Princess Cat

At the end of Fanta’s last story she said she hoped the small human would come back.

Well the small human did come back, which made Fanta a very happy dog. But it also made me an anxious cat.

You see the small human has a history of chasing me and grabbing me and picking me up when I didn’t want to be picked up. So I usually hide when the small human comes here.

Something different happened this time.

The small human sat quietly with her game and didn’t chase me. I heard a “meow” that wasn’t Bumpy’s and definitely wasn’t me, and I went to investigate. I got really close to the small human before I realised the “meow” was the game she was playing. She didn’t try to grab me or jump at me or do anything scary. I got very, very, close before running over to my human.

Well my human said I was a very brave kitty.

I tried again a bit later. The small human still didn’t grab at me or jump at me or do anything scary, so I stayed nearby a little bit longer.

Then I went to my favourite chair for a nap. After a while the small human came over, and didn’t grab me or try to pick me up. She just gently stroked me the way I like humans to gently stroke me. It was nice.

I tried getting close to the small human a couple of times after that and she still didn’t do scary things.

A couple of more times she patted me.

In fact, she was so nice I turned to show her where I wanted scratches, and she gave me scratches where I asked.

Fanta and my human tell me the small human is growing up and learning how to be more respectful of cats. She is definitely getting better at being not scary.

I think I might even be starting to like her.

She has to go away again soon. School holidays are almost over. But I don’t think I’ll be as scared next time I hear she’s coming to visit.

Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat, sitting, looking at the camera.

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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