The Princess

The Furry Princess, undoubtedly Poland’s most famous cat, is now four years old, with many years to go. I finally got some quality time with her, and here are some photos of my favorite felid.

Malgorzata squeezes a tube of Japanese “Cat’s snack” into her bowl. Hili eats it with relish (but no mustard):


After the entrée came the plat du jour:


She loves all her food:

A formal portrait:


And of course after dinner she wanted to go out, but, as felids do, she dithered at the door. (Why do cats do that?) A gentle nudge of Malgorzata’s foot on Hili’s butt accelerated the decision. She may be out on the tiles all night.




  1. Ann German
    Posted July 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    “why do cats DO that?”: because they can

  2. David Duncan
    Posted July 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Does she remember you?

  3. Posted July 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    “A gentle nudge of Malgorzata’s foot on Hili’s butt accelerated the decision.”

    Ha! All can staff are familiar with this!

    • David Harper
      Posted July 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

      We used to call it “boosting” the kitty, as in “The tabby needed a small boost to leave the house.” The said tabby would then make a circuit of the garden, at a brisk trot if it was cold or raining, and pound the door with her paws to demand to be let back in. I can imagine the Furry Princess of Poland doing something similar.

  4. Redlivingblue
    Posted July 29, 2016 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Such a beauty!

  5. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted July 29, 2016 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    For cats, an open door isn’t just a way to go outside. It’s smellovision, a source of information beyond what you can see through the window. It takes time to process all that new info and factor it into your outdoor plans.

    That’s my theory, anyway.

    • dooosp
      Posted July 29, 2016 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

      I think there may be a little too much daytime outside. Running out of your hidy-place at bright of the day when anyone can spot you is detriment to your survival.

  6. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 29, 2016 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    That’s the cat’s meow…

  7. jennyah46
    Posted July 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Lovely to see! Look forward to seeing some of those cherry pies. Loved your London talk and thanks for signing my book.

  8. Taskin
    Posted July 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Hili’s looking so fit and trim!

  9. Christopher
    Posted July 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Oh, that look on her face when the noms were but a distant memory! Great photo, that.

    • Christopher
      Posted July 29, 2016 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

      *the Japanese gift noms*

      I should be more specific. or perhaps she isn’t feeling sad, just contemplative, as every good philosopher-queen should be.

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