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The Fuzzy Princess is a webcomic created by Charles Brubaker (who also does Ask a Cat). The comic focuses on Kat, a cat princess from a World of Funny Animals called St. Paws who accidentally gets stranded on Earth. She seeks refuge with Jackson Nakagawa, a human boy who found her. They are later joined by Kat's royal servants: Chiro, a bat who often acts as the Only Sane Woman, and Kuma, an Extreme Omnivore bear who likes to spout terrible haikus.

The comic is on hiatus, but is archived here. It's also been compiled into paperback collections.

The webcomic has a character sheet that's currently under construction.

Mr. Brubaker has also made two animated shorts based on the webcomic, Katrina The Fuzzy Princess and Oingo Bongo.

A spin-off webcomic also set in St. Paws was made called Lauren Ipsum, which stars the eponymous librarian rabbit.

The Fuzzy Princess provides examples of:

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: The royal family of St. Paws have crowns and other jewelry — and that's it. The other furry characters wear nothing at all.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: Kat's cousin Cal is a male calico cat. When Jordan brings up how rare they are in this strip, he explains that he's transgender.
  • Animated Adaptation: A crossover short was made with the creator's other work, called Cat and Kat. There was also Katrina The Fuzzy Princess and Oingo Bongo.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Many of the animals of St. Paws have varying unusual colors of fur that are heavily implied to be natural. Princess Kat and Queen Felicia are both different shades of purple, Kat's dad is shown to be blue, the list goes on.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: One comic has Gladdie call out Jackson for laughing at the idea of witches existing when he's close friends with an anthropomorphic cat from another world.
  • Beary Friendly: Kuma, a subservient of Kat who loves nothing more than to write (bad) poetry. He also likes to eat everything in the fridge.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Happens to both Krisa and Kat in the chapter "King-sized Princess"
  • Bigger on the Inside: Kat's Box actually contains a medium sized bedroom, though it's implied she rarely used it after she started staying with Jackson and Jordan.
  • Big Sister Instinct: While Kat is already a Bully Hunter whenever Bloated Whale is involved, She's often extremely protective of Jackson whenever he's threatened or slighted even when it has nothing to do with Bloated Whale.
  • Bully Hunter: Kat can be this towards Bloated Whale.
  • Cats Are Superior: The main character is literally a cat princess, so it has shades of this.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Kuma's poetry is so bad that St. Paws forces criminals to read it as punishment, which has drastically lowered the crime rate.
  • Crossover: Kat has made appearances in the creator's other comic, Ask a Cat. Chiro and Kuma also appeared in one strip.
  • Cheated Angle: Queen Felicia's hair always covers the eye farthest from the reader, regardless of what angle she's facing.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chiro gets a story to herself in "Chiro and the Condor".
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Lampshaded when one of the motorcycle racers Felicia is racing against cheats despite his genuine skill.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Kat hates pickles.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": The vast majority of animal characters have a name that is some sort of (often Bilingual Bonus) pun
    • The bear's name is Kuma, which is Japanese for "bear".
    • Chiro's name comes from "chiropteran" (i.e. "winged hands"), the group of mammals that bats belong to.
    • Kanin is the Danish word for "rabbit" (it is Kaninchen in German).
    • Even real names such as Kat and Cal's (i.e. "calicot") fall into this pattern, with the exception of Felicia.
  • Either/Or Title: One of the chapters is titled The Unholy Alliance, or The Tail End of Krisa.
  • Furry Female Mane: Chiro and Queen Felicia both have long, human-like hair. Averted with Princess Kat, who doesn't have any.
  • Funny Animal: The population of St. Paws, which is a World of Funny Animals.
  • Furry Confusion: Happens a few times where the main duo from St. Paws encounter real-life animals. Kuma encounters a wild bear in the Christmas story, and Kat ran into a real cat in another.
  • Good Parents: Queen Felicia takes every opportunity she can to dote on Kat, which Kat herself finds embarrassing, but Felicia really does think the world of Kat and only acts with the best of intentions in mind, and it's implied Kat does acknowledge this and she makes it no secret loves her mother deeply.
  • Handy Feet: This strip has Chiro carrying a box with her feet.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the "Katrina the Poetry Lover" arc, Kat learns that the dog prince she'd planned to propose to is already engaged. She makes a big show of being happy for him and agrees to attend his wedding, only to start crying the moment he leaves.
  • Inexplicably Tailless:
    • Kuma the bear is drawn without a tail.
    • Ditto to Chiro, but was given a short tail later on.
    • Averted with Kat herself, technically. She has a prosthetic tail (having lost her real one in an accident), which she frequently detaches and morphs into things.
  • Informed Species: Chiro is a bat, but looks more like a flying cat.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Characters from Wallace the Brave, Retail, The Pink Panther, Harley, and Andy Capp appeared in one comic.
  • Never Bareheaded: Jackson is never seen without his hat, even when he's asleep.
  • Older Than They Look: According to Charles Brubaker, Kat is actually 19 to 20 years old, though a combination of her height and the comic's art style makes her look closer in age to Jackson, who's 10 years old.
  • One of the Kids: Kat seems to largely prefer to spend most of her time with Jackson over her other friends, which heavily implies she follows this trope.
  • Rebellious Princess: Downplayed, but Kat has shades of this.
  • Self-Deprecation: Queen Felicia and Jackson fall into "The Hole of Despair", a place where the citizens of St. Paws dispose of mementos related to their unpleasant memories. Felicia finds a couple of Ask a Cat books among the abandoned items.
    Felicia: Hmmm, I don't know why they threw these books out, other than buyers' remorse. Not that throwing it away accomplishes anything, though.
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  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: We never see Jackson and Gladdie attend school. Lampshaded in one comic where they say that one of the best things about Christmas is that there's no school, leading to Kat asking "Wait, you two go to school?"
  • Tomboyish Name: Jackson's sister is named Jordan.
  • Turbine Blender: Narrowly avoided by Chiro in one page.
  • Your Head A-Splode: The only function Kat's favorite doll, Stressful Suzie, has.