Princess Cat (a seal-point ragdoll) lying with a pink and white ball beside her front paws. Caption reads: "It's not as good as my old ball."

Ball by Princess Cat

The human got me a new ball, because my old one was a bit squashed.

In fact, she got six of them.

They’re OK. They rattle a bit like my old ball. They skitter across the floor like my old ball. I can carry them like my old ball.

They’re not like my old ball. My old ball was round, these new ones are lumpy. They’ve got squashy pompoms all over them.

The human said this is the closest to the old balls she could find. She said if I didn’t like them, I could play with plastic jingle balls, like Bumpy does.

I do play with jingle balls sometimes. I’m even playing with the new balls sometimes. I mostly still play with my old, slightly squashed, ball, because it’s still my favourite.

I don’t mean to be fussy, but you can’t replace a favourite thing with something different. That’s what I think anyway.

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 naΓ―ve 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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