Helpful Cat

Photo: Princess, a seal point rag doll cat, with a ball of black yarn, knitting needles and a partially-knitted scarf. Caption reads: “I help!”

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Helpful Cat by Princess Cat

I like to be a helpful cat.

I might have told you before how when the human paints, I take a paintbrush to do what you do with paintbrushes.  When she sews, I take a pincushion, to do the pincushion things.  I definitely do know what to do with paintbrushes and pincushions.  I know how this stuff works, because I am a clever and helpful cat.

Since it’s been a bit cool lately, and the human thinks we might have a cold winter, she and I are working on a new project.

We’re knitting a scarf for the upstairs human.

The human says it’s especially helpful to have a large cat hanging on one knitting needle while knitting.  She’s also impressed with how I make sure there’s enough tension on the yarn.  I pull the yarn very tight to make it just right.

We’ve almost finished the scarf now.  We’ve knitted it to the right length, but we’re going to crochet a fancy edge.

The human says this is a very special scarf, because most scarves don’t such have beautiful cat hair knitted in with the yarn. 

I’m sure the upstairs human’s going to love it, and she’s going to tell me what a great cat I am to work so hard on 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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