Furry Friday: The cuteness meter

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 09:02 18/04/2014

Cuteness can be dangerous. A little of it will flick the needle of your inner cuteness meter and give you a moment of generalised wellbeing. But too much of it can put you at risk in numerous ways, from decreased workplace productivity through to catastrophic loss of worry and an inability to operate complex machinery without weeping from joy.

Please prepare yourself and your cuteness meter for a testing few minutes. What follows is a collection of photos that aims to illustrate pet-cuteness in a highly controlled and rigorous way. However, some seepage is inevitable, so protective eyewear and a lead-lined apron are recommended. Proceed at your own risk.

Albie will take your cuteness meter immediately into the yellow zone.

Albie

More kitteny trouble: Felix.

Felix

Kiva's paws are in themselves worthy of a public cuteness warning.

Kiva

Nelson works it.

Nelson

Gizmo flaunts it.

Gizmo

Have you heard? Tigger is on the radio.

Tigger

Nico sleeps cute on the windowsill.

Nico

Everything's so tall to Indy.

Indy

It's puppy fat, insists Ace.

Ace

Basil and his pink best friend.

Basil

Isla's raincoat can be seen from the Moon.

Isla

High-viz Lily waits for her daily outing.

Lily

Lochie is ready for walkies. It's the resigned expression that makes it cute.

Lochie

This garment is pure decoration - not that Jess needs it.

Jess

Furry Friday doesn't usually go in for pets-dressed-up, but let's do it just this once with Zara's bathtime picture, since it's undeniably cute and today is all about the cuteness.

Zara

All eyes: DeeDee.

DeeDee

Yawning cute: Archer.

Archer

Lucy's light-aversion.

Lucy

Cuteness is not reserved for puppies. This is the lovable face of Poppy, nearly 15 years old.

Poppy

Cuddleworthy: Jared.

Jared

With Zelda, we're now in the cuteness red zone.

Zelda

All rise for Scruffles Fluffy Bum Honey Badger Poo Pants McScrattigan.

Suckles etc

Winnie's a perfect blur.

Winnie

Jovi and Snow push the cuteness meter to dangerous heights. She's gonna blow.

Jovi

Panda and Diva think the washing rack is a California King hammock. Now they're discovering an inherent design instability.

Panda and Ziva

Max's dinner-plate eyes.

Max

Light and shadow create on Lena that rare astronomical event, Blood Ears. 

Lena

Finally, Tilly checks you out over her shoulder, and everyone's cuteness meter melts down and dribbles away. I did warn you.

Tilly

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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