Furry Friday: Restfully alert

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 12:16 11/04/2014

They tell you that cats sleep 15 hours a day. But what they don't tell you is how many hours a day the average cat lies down, doing nothing. I mean, fully awake but reclining; the technical term for it (which I just invented) is conscious recumbency.

Hours and hours, I'll bet. Certainly long enough for someone to approach and take a photo. Hence today's collection of kittens and cats in the restful but alert state that's so common in their lives.

But before the picture show starts, a quick echoey shout-out to yesterday's Four Legs Good post about Lil Bub - there's a prize competition attached. And last week's competition is still alive, so be in - I'll make a draw for winners this weekend.

Time for pictures. Starting with the liquidly restful Molly.

Molly

Annie takes a grooming pause. Or is she imagining what life would be like with a new smartphone? An internet full of cat pictures, how awful that would be...

Annie

Meet the peaceful Zephyr. He was born in prison but then taken in and given a bright future by the dedicated folk at Cat Help. (Several of today's kittens are Cat Help rescuees.)

Zephyr

Maggie has discovered sun curtains. All those claw-friendly little holes.

Maggie

Kira's bedroom eyes.

Kira

Cleo's bathroom grin.

Cleo

Now some upside-down recumbency, starting with the beautiful Maggie. 

Meg

I love you but get out of my sun, says Miranda.

Miranda

Max is maxed out.

Max

Sophie presents his belly. Yes, Sophie is a boy. Cats don't seem to mind what you name them, so long as you say it loudly at dinnertime.

Sophie

Milly's paws are almost luminescently pink.

Millie

You are being observed, in this instance, by Leo.

Leo

This is another Cat Help kitten in need of a home: Niko. He was found wandering the streets and in poor condition. Things have started to look up...

Niko

The not-quite-totally-black Maud.

Maud

This guy's name is a pun in itself: Prints. So of course he belongs in Furry Friday.

Prints

Polly has discovered a semi-sheltered spot.

Polly

Come to me, my little catnip plant, break free! Ginge dreams of a great escape.

Ginge

Let Generator's owner tell his story: "We got Generator as a three-month old kitten the day we went to buy a vacuum cleaner, as ours had recently died. The local vacuum store is right next to the pet store, so we went and had a look. I picked Generator up and he wouldn't stop purring in my arms, so he was named after a favourite Foo Fighters song, Generator - the lyrics 'can you hear my motor, you're the one that started it' suit him and his loving personality perfectly. He still purrs constantly!"

Generator

I don't know the story behind Rigel's name (the star, or the differently spelt character in Farscape?) but he looks like one perfect specimen of booming health.

Rigel

Tiger is not permitted on the table. But he would make the argument that he's not, strictly speaking, on the table.

Tiger

Two jewels in a reader's crown: Amber and Black Pearl.

Amber and Black Pearl

Diego guards the stairs.

Diego

Smokey is well named. Would you believe that Ginge, the catnip-hunter above, is a sibling? 

Smokey

Mabel's not in a posing mood. But she looks magnificent anyway.

Mabel

A highly captionable shot of Pancho Villa the Ragdoll. Feel free to send suggestions!

Pancho Villa

Finally, a face to get you to the weekend: George. 

George

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 thousands of photos that readers have posted by clicking the Photos link.

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