Furry Friday: Crazy like a cat

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 13:49 28/03/2014

Cats would like you to believe they're sober citizens, but it's not always true. In truth, every cat has moments of craziness and abandon. Each has interludes of blatting activity, of dramatic eccentricity, of amusing loopiness. Every cat is both Dr Jekyll and Miss Hydey-Paws.

So here is a tribute to cat craziness: moments when cats act a little silly or a lot. All they ask is that you accept their insanity plea.

Our cover-cat is named Freddie, blue-eyed king of the jungle. 

Freddie

Jypsy went through a lion phase too. 

Jypsy2

Lochie joins the bohemian set. Those annoying hipster hats are getting smaller and smaller.

Lochie

Bags can drive a cat silly. Like Puddles here...

Puddles

... or like Millicent here. (That's Abigail on the left.)

Abigail and Millicent

Nothing messes with a cat's head as much as a box. This box-crazy cat is Sam.

Sam

In a cat's mind, a box is a thing to be conquered, occupied and defeated. Kila is in the occupation phase.

Kila

Now a bracket of photos that could be summed up by the motto "get inside it, then stare out". Here's Belle, hitching a ride.

Belle

Ben chills.

Ben

Luna fancies herself as both book and librarian, classifying and shelving herself.

Luna

Annabell is invisible - she thinks.

Annabell

Taking a tumble: Billie Jean (left) and Frosty Boy.

Billie Jean Frosty Boy

Crazy don't-mess-with-me face: Gus.

Gus Maxwell

Crazy pay-attention-to-me face: Daisy.

Daisy

Crazy what-the-hell-is-that face: Moo, and spider.

Moo

That special category of crazy face that requires lying sideways and kicking. This is Aslan and his favourite toy.

Aslan

It's a very sane kind of craziness that prompts a kitten to climb the clothes rack and discover that a bath towel has created a perfect hammock. Theodore is not so crazy.

Theodore

Debsi doesn't realise just how precarious her position is. One false move, and there'll be hammock horror.

Debsi

Moni fell asleep while guarding the dog biscuits. 

Moni

Have you heard that saying about cats, "If I fits, I sits"? Let's expand it to say "and if I don't fits, I sits anyway, also". This is Bob, on one of those one-buttock camping stools.

Bob

Millicent, of earlier bag fame, embodies both those sayings, about fitting-and-sitting and about getting-in-and-staring-back.

Millicent

Holly has gone bacon-crazy. 

Holly

Not quite fitting, but sitting: Ninja denies sun to a bed of strawberries.

Ninja

Spurning a sensible chair is Bonnie. A cat can make itself comfy in the most unlikely place, then gaze back at you as if to say "what are you staring at?"

Bonnie

My favourite photo today is this one of Onyx, because it's absolute classic cat craziness. It makes no sense, yet somehow it's so obvious. 

Onyx

Of course a shoe can be a pillow. Right? Colin reckons so. And that's Colin's actual face in repose, not a reaction to the shoe.

Colin

Liam is a La-Z-Cat.

Liam

Fitting, sitting and snitting. This is Hamish.

Hamish

Gwen's meerkat impression. 

Gwen

Nelson's lemur impression.

Nelson

Oscar's bug-on-a-windscreen impression.

Oscar

That's Pooh on the bedknob. (Not something you really want to hear.)

Pooh

Finally, Romy is in your pants. Well, you left them right there, and she couldn't let all that body heat go to waste. Quite sensible, really.

Romy

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