Not resting, but multitasking

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:00 02/11/2012

All this talk of multitasking and how good it is - I'm a sceptic. To me, doing multiple things at once seems a poor substitute for prioritising and doing one thing properly. However, I will admit an exception: any task that you can get done one while simultaneously having a lie-down. That, dear readers, is the ultimate achievement in self-organisation and time management - and pets happen to be on to it.

Pets such as cover-cat Tatie, who can lie down while checking the carpet for dust.

Tatie

Sammy can recline, tie a knot, and prevent a shopping bag from blowing away. All at once.

Sammy

Chewing, posing, holding a playful expression and resting is Jess.

Jess

Playing with a soft toy, holding a playful expression and maintaining a lying-down posture is Fergus...

Fergus

...while Casper achieves a similar tri-tasking feat.

Casper

Chelsea can play and make puppy eyes at the same time.

Chelsea

Fitz's specialty is doing the obligatory lie-down while getting kit-faced on catnip.

Fitz

Being adorable while lying on a soft surface can take a lot of energy and commitment. Muzzie has both.

Muzzie

So does gorgeous redhead Chloe.

Chloe

And so does Layla, a Ragdoll with stunning eyes.

Layla

Harry keeps a bowl in position.

Harry

Coco the Maltese can give his paws a break while keeping an eye on the screen saver.

Coco

Looking cute and doing that thing with his paws iz Ozzy, a character who loves his comfort. At home, he's affectionately known as Fat Git.

Ozzy

Parsley likes to lean back and do some amateur astronomy. Or has she just spotted a spider on the ceiling?

Parsley

Reader Duncan didn't tell me the name of his cat but I suspect it's Amarula, who's been on the blog before. Amarula's multitasking accomplishment is to look cute while placing you under hypnosis. Your eyelids are heavy...

Duncan's cat

Cloud prepares for a role in The Meowing Dead. (Don't worry, it's called "acting".)

Cloud

Digby does his bit to polish the floorboards.

Digby

Lisbeth thoughtfully prevents the corner of the rug from curling up.

Lisbeth

Morgan becomes an art installation.

Morgan

Remember the superb Rottie from last week? Here's Lucifer again. Is it mulitasking to sleep while lying down? I'm thinking it is.

Lucifer

Zeb can rest at slipper level, do a vampire impression, and explore under the couch for a biscuit. I also feel confident that Zeb is thumping that tail around playfully too.

Zeb

Hokey does the thing with the paw while melting your heart.

Hokey

Pearl takes charge of the remote and it's Animal Planet for the rest of the night.

Pearl

Oscar emanates dignity while playing with what looks like a galosh.

Oscar

Jersey is Action Cat, minder of the bag and guardian of the shoe.

Jersey

Finally, multitasking by multifeeding. Opal makes sure the next generation of that other species has the best possible start in life.

Opal

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 2000-plus photos that readers have posted by clicking the Photos link.

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