Photo: Princess, a seal-point rag doll cat, lying on a wooden retro stereo. Caption reads: “I like sitting on this box.”

Box by Princess Cat

I found this great wooden box on the cabinet beside my favourite window.

It’s perfect for sitting on, looking out at the world.  

The human calls this box a “stereo”, and seems to think it’s not for sitting on.  I don’t know why she thinks that.

Anyway, I was lying here minding my own business the other day, and suddenly, “Dancing in the Street” started blaring out from under my tummy.

My tummy doesn’t normally sing.  Sometimes it makes strange noises if I’ve eaten too much or too quickly, and sometimes it rumbles when I purr, but it never sings actual songs.

I suspected the human was responsible for this, and I gave her what was meant to be a withering look.  She laughed at me.

The human said if I sit on the stereo, I can expect music to play underneath me.

I think that’s unreasonable. I’m not giving up my favourite spot. The stereo’s just going to have to get used to it.

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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