Cats go belly-up

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:30 22/02/2013

I'm seeing a lot of tummy from my cat lately, and no doubt that's due to the heat. As the afternoon temperatures rise and I start having to open doors and windows, Merrick quits the couch to go belly-up on the floor - right at the entrance to the kitchen, his preferred food-lobbying position. I wonder if he thinks that offering his belly for a rub will be a good way of turning attention to him and his food needs...

And it is, indeed, hard to pass by a freely offered cat tummy. They're such textural wonders. But a public service announcement: be sure of your cat before you rub. It may pay to appreciate its tummy from a distance.

Moglet might be a "touch not" cat, going by the expression.

Moglet

A classic cat locale - right up against the ranchslider. This is Zak, and my apologies for hampering your workday if that yawn has infected you.

Zak

Thomas loves that sunny spot too.

Thomas

Ginger fills the frame.

Ginger

The late Boris sported a shirt-front as well as a tie.

Boris

Azzy works on an indoor tan.

Azzy

Sparky is wonderfully relaxed.

Sparky

Sometimes no sun is needed to bring out the bellies. Here's the fire-loving Paris. Any closer and Paris will be burning.

Paris

This is Ollie. What you can't tell from the picture is that he's been just 10 minutes in his new home and 45 minutes in his new country, Canada. He had come out of the plane a little grumpy, but clearly Ollie has superb powers of retrieving his cool.

Ozzy

Ben cools off away from the sun.

Ben

Kenny cuddles his corner.

Kenny

Minx takes over the rug.

Minx

Theo has a fine, fluffy torso.

Theo

This is Maggie May. But she's looking a little playful, so in this instance Maggie may not.

Maggie May

Stacie is one of those curlicued cats, all ruffs and tassels.

Stacie

Chee Chee takes it easy.

Chee Chee

Lucy has all the colours going on, but down below it's all snowiest white.

Lucy

Now a tribute to the Superman pose, starting with Stritc.

Stritc

Lynx dreams of flying.

Lynx

Noah has a neat seam down his front...

noah

...whereas Ringo's puku is a bit more chaotic.

Ringo

Paddy threatens local cuteness records.

Paddy

Ginge seems to be whispering a warning.

Ginge

Finally, Thomas shows off his grey eminence.

Thomas

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