Boss Cat

Very close up photo of Princess, a seal-point rag doll cat. Caption reads: “I’m in charge now. OK?”

Boss Cat by Princess Cat

Bumpy Cat used to come downstairs, and order us around.  If Fanta and I (or even the human) didn’t do what Bumpy wanted we were in big trouble.

Well Bumpy’s gone now.  Debbie is living upstairs with the upstairs human, and she doesn’t come down here much.

This caused what the human called a “power vacuum”. I thought that’s what you call the noisy thing that sucks up stuff off the floor, but apparently it means no-one’s in charge.  

The human suggested maybe we could just be friends and didn’t need someone in charge. I know, humans are silly.

I thought about it.  Obviously, the one in charge has to be a cat.  You couldn’t have a dog take over from Bumpy.  Since Debbie doesn’t visit enough to be in charge, that leaves me.  I’m the most senior cat anyway, since I’m bigger than Debbie, even though she might be a couple of months older than me.

I just have to be in charge.

I’ve been telling everyone what to do. 

If Fanta’s in a spot on the bed I want, I yowl at her until she moves. Sometimes, I yowl until she moves right off the bed.  

When I want to sleep on the human, and she’s lying on her side, I yowl until she moves on to her back so I a comfortable space to lie down.

I’ve even made the upstairs human come downstairs to give me treats, by yowling so much she thinks something might be wrong with me. 

I might not be up to Bumpy’s standard of being in charge, but I’m getting better at it. I’m not mean, like Bumpy was. I don’t hurt anyone. I just yowl loudly until I get what I want.

The human asks what happened to my other personality, the sweet one that just wanted to be friends with everyone.  I don’t know what she’s talking about.

I’m still a sweet and loving cat, and if you don’t love me, I’ll yowl at you until you do.

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.


  1. This was the best concept ever, I have never read anything like it. I love it, as a concept, and how you wrote it. It is so believable. I felt like I was listening to very unique cat thoughts. The delivery is excellent, very pure and simple and full of love. I like how it really sounds like a cat in style because you don’t try to personify the cat, simply give it a voice, that speaks how I would imagine a cat with a voice would talk, not having human ideas, but cat ideas.

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