Photo: Princess, a seal-point rag doll cat, sitting in front of a window. Caption reads: “I like treats.”

Treats by Princess Cat

I like treats.  I like the cat treats that are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Unfortunately, Fanta likes them too.

If the human gives me a handful of those crunchy little nuggets of joy, Fanta will come over and say things like: “Do you have treats. I like treats.  Are those nice treats.  I don’t have treats.  Those look like great treats.  Also all my food is gone and I ate my dental stick.”

(Fanta’s food is gone because it’s always gone, because she gobbles it as soon as it’s put in her bowl.) 

Anyway, while she says this stuff, she moves her snout in closer and closer until it’s between me and my treats, which is when she’ll say something like: “I might just try one or two of these.  You don’t mind do you?” And then my treats will be gone, vacuumed up into that massive dog belly.

If I swipe her nose with my paw and tell her they’re my treats, she gets very sad, and I feel guilty.

You see, when I was a baby, and even now sometimes, Fanta would bring a mouthful of her dry food, drop it in front of me, and then sit down to share a picnic with me. 

So she would share her food with me if I asked, or even if she thought I might like it, and she loves her food very much.  That makes me feel like I shouldn’t stop her from eating my treats.

I also feel sad if she eats all my treats, because, well, they’re mine.

So my human and I came up with a sneaky plan.  Well, I am known as a sneaky paws after all.

I go to the bathroom with my human when she goes for her shower. She shuts the door, then gives me treats, so I have time to have my treats, without a doggy sister’s nose in the way, while the human gets clean. 

If Fanta’s waiting at the door of the bathroom, wanting to know what happened in there, I just tell her the human was being silly and standing under the water again.  

So I get treats,without hurting Fanta’s feelings, and without Fanta taking them.

Sneakiness, it’s a good skill to have.

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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