Furry Friday: A cat in your sink

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 12:55 01/08/2014

If we didn't have our own human purposes for it, the sink could well be seen as an invention for cats.

Its dimensions are perfect from a cat's point of view: wide enough to fit into, deep enough to not fall out of, yet shallow enough to exit quickly.

The sink's location in the home is another cat-suited attribute. In the kitchen, a sink lets a cat keep an eye on its human and have early warning of any feeding opportunity. In the bathroom, the sink gives Puss a perfect view of the most puzzling yet entertaining activities its two-legged companions get up to.

The presence of a little water in the sink is another advantage. Cats do need to drink, after all.

Let's start today's survey of sink cats in the kitchen, where Sandy is in the centre of things.

Sandy

Here's Mischief, drawing warmth from a sink from which the washing-up water has just been drained. 

Mischief

Kitkat is obsessed with running water, like some other cats in today's collection. 

Kitkat

Marley is right there, where you need to run some water.

Marley

This is a slight digression, but have you heard of the Kitchen Triangle? It's a design principle that says an efficient kitchen layout needs to form an uninterrupted triangle between the fridge, the oven, and the sink. Well, whoever dreamed up the Kitchen Triangle forgot about cats. If you have a cat in your kitchen, there's no such thing as a straight line, hence there can be no "triangle". Every trip to the fridge, oven or sink is a cat-avoiding arc or S-bend. A Kitchen Corkscrew would be closer to the truth.

Back to the photos. Zali will take a sip when good and ready, so don't turn off the tap. Ever.

Zali

Meet Hennessy, the heart-healer. He was adopted as a kitten by loyal Four Legs Good reader Helena, who had lost her precious Coruba a few weeks earlier. You can't "replace" a pet that dies, but Hennessy is doing a good job of easing his owners' grief and adjustment, as well as making his own unique impact on their lives. Hennessy "loves water and will sit in the bath after you have used it and gets his fur all wet", says Helena. "He has already jumped into the bath three times knowing there is water in it. He will keep you company while you are showering or bathing by sitting on the edge of the bath or lying on the bathmat." We welcome Hennessy in what I hope is the first of many appearances on this blog.

Hennessey

Eddy approaches the water source from dry land but can't avoid getting just one of her feet wet. 

eddy

"Get here and turn the tap on," Myrtle seems to be saying. 

myrtle

This is Gizmo. Only a cat can get away with this kind of blunt stare in a bathroom...

 gizmo

... though not everyone can keep up their interest. 

raphaelle's cat

Sancho gives a happy tail-signal. 

sancho

Duff and Sigi discover the thing known as "water". Sadly, Duff, the tabby, is no longer with us. 

duff and sigi duff and sigi 2

Daisy and Derby rehydrate.

daisy and derby

Johnny finds it easier to drink direct from a human hand-bowl. 

johnny

Abby finds a tasty few drops. I've known cats who will ignore a bowl of water put in front of them and instead lap up droplets from a sink, bath or shower cubicle. Perhaps when you're a cat it feels more authentic and natural to hunt out your own water source.

abby

Elle is another one who's fascinated by water.  

elle

A further use for sinks, beyond being a Place To Get Water, is as Place To Sit. This is Finn. 

finn

Luigi's just chilling. 

luigi

Mischief, who we saw above in the kitchen sink, is just as fond of the bathroom basin. 

mischief

This was the view that reader Zoe had while putting on her makeup in the morning - Little Rusty watching every move. RIP Rusty.

rusty

Bernard has grown a bit since the days when he lived in the bathroom and slept in the sink. For one thing, that cat-cave doesn't fit anymore. 

bernard

James is another who called the sink his bed. A comfy-looking one, too. 

james

You wouldn't think this sink had a very cat-friendly design. Coco begs to differ. 

coco

Tiger's sink is sun-bathed. 

ttiger

Blog regular Pugsley reclines in style. 

pugsley

Riot is just as at home in the bathroom as all those bottles of fragrant stuff. 

riot

Noodle makes use of the Noodle-sized indentation that someone thoughtfully provided. 

noodle

You need to wash your hands? Leo doesn't necessarily think so. 

leo

This is Bobby. Owner Tash says Bobby "loves playing in the bathtub/sink (as long as there's no water!). I originally was fostering her, but she's just that special I had to keep her." 

bobby

Meet Minxie, of the Cleopatra-like eyes. 

minxie

A sink can just be a Place To Look Gorgeous. Here's Milla, whose coat would put the most sparkling porcelain to shame. 

milla

Finally there's Minou, blowing us all a kiss. Anyone would think she knew how adorable she looks. 

minou

Thanks to all for posting your photos. Please email me your own photos, or go to the Four Legs Good Facebook page and use the Upload Photo button. While you're there, browse through the thousands of photos that readers have posted by clicking the Photos link.

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