As a boy forced to wear something I hated to a family event, I once complained, "Mum, people will stare at me." Mum replied with that most English of reassurances, "No one will be looking at you." Then she added, "Anyway, a cat can look at a king."
I've no idea why a cat's capacity to look at royalty was thought so significant, but I heard that phrase many times over the years. It flew into my head again when I looked at the photos in today's collection - in each one, a cat is looking out at you, as bold as you like, as if to say "What, you think I look funny? What about you, your majesty?"
And this week we have a giveaway courtesy of Friskies catfood. To mark the release of a new range of flavours, Friskies will send a 2.86kg bag of food (RRP $17.29) each to five readers who leave a comment on this blog post saying which of today's cats is your favourite. I'll randomly choose winners and announce them next week. So enjoy the photos, and let us know who your favourite is!
The first direct look is from Miranda in her cereal bowl.
Oscar wants to join you at your workout.
Orlando offers you two choices: A. Don't go; B. Take me with you.
Ringo is happy in his owner's schoolbag, and Smudge is trying to get mum's attention while she works. Reader Amy fostered Smudge and his fellow abandoned five-week-old kitten Emmy but when they were old enough to adopt, she couldn't part with them - so they're still together and thriving at eight months old.
Someone turned Alfie and Sammy's couch on its end, and they want to make it clear that it's not so comfortable this way. Change it back, please.
Meet Oedipus, master of the rack and rearranger of laundry.
Muffin the quality control officer helps in the building of a computer.
Yes, Woody's in your basket. Problem with that?
One of the great things about a butler's sink is its storage capacity: the whole morning's dishes plus a cute white cat named Twink.
Here's a cat who never sleeps in his bed but is always to be found inside some other object - in this case a flower barrow. His name is Murray the cat - not just Murray, but Murray the cat. Just because.
Suffering the Collar of Misery is big-eyed Marie. Meanwhile, soaking up the heat of the Sky box is Merlin, also known as Atmospheric Conditions due to his impact on the signal.
The carton can't quite hold the weight of Shadow, so her pal Rooster is getting squashed. These two sizable Maine Coon cross cats live in Indiana with their Kiwi owner Emma. "They are both adopted from shelters and have found a loving home," says Emma. "Shadow joined us last year as Rooster has been lonely for a long time (he used to meow at corners and he never does this anymore). Shadow settled in very well and Rooster is quite paternal of him." Glad to hear everyone is doing well, Emma, and it's always nice to hear from Four Legs Good readers around the world!
Meet Charlie, a (then) three-month-old grey tabby fresh from the Wellington SPCA.
We met Carli a couple of weeks ago, drinking from a glass. Here she is crouching in the Shoe Corner (I'm glad my home isn't the only one with such a place).
Here is queenly but lovable Mitsy. Owner Jenny says Mitsy has a perfect butterfly pattern, with all markings lining up. She's certainly beautiful.
Ali has shelf respect.
A cat can look at a king, even sideways. This is Lucy.
Finally, the huge-eyed, heart-melting tabby stylings of Moglet. Once you've been looked at by Moglet, you stay looked at.
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