Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat, sitting beside a couch. Caption reads: "I'm evading grooming."

Evasion by Princess Cat

The human is getting better, but still coughs a lot when she moves. I recently thought of something I wish I’d realised when she first got COVID. She can’t chase me. If she moves too fast or too far, she starts coughing and can’t stop.

You know I don’t like grooming. It’s well into summer and I’ve still got lots of knots from changing out of my winter coat. I don’t like knots, but I like combing or cutting out knots even less than the knots.

So when the human gets out the comb, now I run away and know she can’t catch me. If she tries, she ends up coughing and coughing and coughing and has to sit down and rest. I haven’t been combed for three days!

I do love my human and I don’t really want her to be sick, but I do like getting out of grooming. If she’ll just put that comb away, I’ll go over and hop in her lap for snuggles.

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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