Cute things that cats do

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 07:00 09/11/2012

Every cat has its own character and its own habits. But there are certain things they do that are cat-universals - those cute poses and gestures that charm us and make it impossible for us not to love them.

Here are some of those cute-things-cats-do. If you own a cat, you'll recognise them all - though it's not an exhaustive list.

First, cute washing. Eyes shut, calm and thorough, cover-cat Tilly goes through her grooming routine.

Tibby

Sleeping with paw: Cloud works to keep any light from coming through.

Cloud

Gazing with tongue: Cleo closed her mouth too early.

Cleo

Big-eyed stare: blue Dymka and calico Chloe.

Dymka

Chloe

That cheek-fluffed expression that says "I'll be sleeping soon": Lela (left) and Muzzie.

Lela

Muz

It's easy for a cat to sleep cute, especially when they've tucked themselves in (or been tucked in). Here's Demetri the Tonkinese.

Demetri

Pixi snuggles up, just like a proper little person. Poor Pixi was thrown out of a moving car as a kitten and needed stitches on her face. Hannah, a volunteer at the SPCA clinic, had the job of syringe-feeding the tiny injured puss, fell in love with her, and took her home permanently.

Pixi

Polly the Burmese sleeps in "her" bed.

Polly

Janet is in stretched-out bliss, thanks to a soft surface in the sun.

Janet

Do you think cats practise certain moves just to melt our hearts? Lenore knows how to do it.

Lenore

Sapphy the Ragdoll, sleeping ridiculously cute with paw and a lot else.

Sapphy

There's a moment, after feeding, when a cat slopes into a warm corner to wash its face; then it catches you watching it, pauses with paw held up, looks at you, sighs, and then returns to the after-dinner grooming. Here Vader (left) and Nismo are caught in that very feline moment.

Vader

Nismo

No collection of cat cuteness would be complete without something being unravelled. So here's Kili, adding a little playful chaos to the world.

Kili

Cats love boxes and look mighty cute in them. Annabel here is both inside and outside the box, just passing through.

Annabel

This one's a bit special. Every morning, Trouble taps a tin to choose a breakfast flavour. Super-clever, super-endearing.

Trouble

Focused on the treat: Fitz wants a cookie.

Fitz

Tosca is refreshed. So many cats would rather sup from a basin, bath or toilet than from a water bowl on the floor.

Tosca

Molly takes a curtain call.

Pag

Leave a space on your bookshelf and a cat is certain to move in... this furry bookend is named Uly.

Uly

Classic cat cuteness move: rolling while keeping up eye contact. Trouble is, it may mean "tickle me" or it may mean "don't touch". Which one is on Mumma's mind?

Mumma

Rolling, plus eye contact, plus knuckled-up hind feet, equals high-level cuteness, as Luna demonstrates.

Luna

More irresistible charm from Bob.

Bob

Cuteness blowout: Puni takes a pause.

Puni

Finally, if you're not overwhelmed by now with all the cat-sweetness, here's gentle Tilly greeting a Monarch butterfly with no harmful intent. The butterfly later went on its way.

Tilly

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