Favourite Places

Two photos of Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat. In one photo she's in a purple cat tunnel that has white spots. In another she's looking out of an access hatch on the top of her blue cat carrier box. Caption reads: "I like places where I can hide."

Favourite Places by Princess Cat

Do you have a favourite place?

I’m known as a sneaky-paws, so some of my favourite places are places where I can hide.

I love my cat carrier box. I don’t like going places in it, but I love to be in it. My humans take the door off it when they’re not taking me anywhere, so I don’t accidentally get shut inside. When I was a baby, the humans used to feed me in my box, because it was a place I could get into, but Fantasia Dog couldn’t fit in to steal my food. Fanta loves me, but she loves food more. Now, I am a big cat and I can jump up on a bench to eat my food. Now I only have to protect my food from Bumpy Cat.

My box is a safe space. I like to nap in it, or to hide in it if something’s happening that I don’t like or don’t understand.

When I do have to go places, like the vet, the humans put the door back on my box and say, “Princess, in the box.” I just go in my box when I’m told, because it’s my box, and my special place. I don’t like the car, but I’m still safe because I’m in my box.

Another favourite place is my tunnel. My tunnel is great to zoom through when I’m chasing the laser pointer dot, or wrestling with a fluffy toy mouse or a skittering jingle ball. It’s also a great place to just lie and contemplate life.

I have lots of other hiding places, like under the bed, behind the couch, and those other places the humans haven’t thought of and can’t find me.

Of course, I can’t hide all the time. My human needs lots of supervision, so I’m often on the arm of her chair, or up on the high shelf I can watch from. Sometimes I’m not supervising, and don’t feel like hiding, so I have a chair at the dining table I like to nap on, and a spot on the bed.

So now you know where you can always find me, except for my secret hiding places that no-one has found.

Princess, a sealpoint ragdoll 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.

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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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