Cat Skills: Invisibility

Princess, a seal-point rag doll cat, lying on the floor, looking back over her shoulder at the camera. Caption reads: “There are some important skills all cats need.”

Cat Skills: Invisibility by Princess Cat

The human says Fanta and I can talk about anything we want when we do our writing buddy posts.  Fanta tells me it’s my turn. Wasn’t it my turn last week?

Anyway, I thought I might talk about one of the most important skills a cat can have, not it’s not stealing the human’s footwear, although that’s a good one, too.

I want to talk about invisibility.

I’m sure my ancient ancestors used invisibility to sneak up on their prey. Think of a lion or a tiger sneaking up, unseen, silent, then pouncing on some unsuspecting dinner. That’s a surprise dinner wasn’t expecting.

Sure I could use invisibility to sneak up on my fluffy toy mice, but they don’t know I’m coming anyway.

I use it when I don’t want to be bothered by humans or dogs.

So the human will say, “Where’s Princess?” She’ll look in all my favourite hiding spots: under the bed, behind the shelf in the art room, in the hall cupboard if it was left open accidentally, all the usual places.  She won’t find me, because I’ll be invisible.  

If she gets out a treat packet and shakes the packet and calls my name, I will become visible again and come running to her.

Being invisible is a great way of getting out of things like grooming when I don’t feel like it, or being shut out of a room I don’t want to be shut out of.  Of course, sometimes, it gets me shut in a room I don’t want to be shut in.

It’s very entertaining when the human is running around saying things like, “What if I accidentally let her out?  She can’t handle the outside world, she’s just a delicately little kitty.” Sometimes, she runs around saying things like, “Come on Princess, stop being a pain, I have to go out in a minute and I have to make sure I haven’t shut you in somewhere you can’t get to your water or food, or littler tray.” These times are more fun if I let out an occasional “meow” from different parts of the house while staying invisible.

Sometimes, I just want some alone time.  Being invisible’s the way to get it. If no one ca see me no one can find me.  

When I want attention, I don’t just make myself visible, I jump up on the human and head butt her mouth to get kisses on my head. But that’s a different skill.

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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