Furry Friday: Cats in comfort

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 06:00 02/05/2014

Are you sitting comfortably? If you were a cat, I wouldn't need to ask you that question, because the answer would always be yes.

Cats do not put up with discomfort. They prefer luxury, but when that's not available, they'll always insist on conditions that are at least tolerable. If those conditions were intolerable, then cats wouldn't tolerate them, would they? And if they tolerated discomfort, they wouldn't let on to us. Which is yet another philosophical conundrum that cats like to present to us, while stealing our favourite chair.

Our first proof that comfort can be found anywhere is offered by Tilly. The unzipped pocket is her refuge from a threatened journey to see the vet.

Tilly

 Meet the front 5 per cent of Daisy.

Babakat

 Gombi needs tucking in.

Gombi wrapped

Never let them see you suffer, thinks Usagi.

Usagi

The cuddly toys have a rival. 

Kitten

A trainer gives Colin the right amount of athletic support. 

Colin

Enzo holds the power. In my experience, felines and remote controls are a poor mix - my cat always seems to be able to find some unknown reception-destroying button and activate it with his paw. 

Enzo

A motorcycle cap gives Grey Cat an easy ride. 

Grey Cat

You have work to do? Surely not, Rufus decides. 

Rufus

You need to study? Later, Stanley concludes. 

Stanley

Miranda wishes to support her point with the authority of a biblical reading. 

Miranda Purr

Miranda again, at home in the driver's seat. 

Miranda

Bobcat's in control. 

Bobcat

Gin and Tonic are the only matching pair in the sock drawer. 

Gin and Tonic

Nanhi likes it up there. The fact that the vacuum cleaner is being used is irrelevant. 

Nanhi

Ray makes fence-sitting look like the wisest course of action. 

Ray

Ruby keeps an eye on the neighbourhood. All she needs is two paws' width of fence. 

Rudy

If the sun is bright, any spot will do. This is Ninja. 

Ninja

Pearl is happy with half a plant pot. 

Pearl

Tommy is a part-time lawn ornament. 

Tommy

Tui and Kit have located the lap of luxury. 

Tui and Kit

For Luca, Phineas and Mogali, the lap of luxury is not sufficient. Also required are the chest, tummy and knees of luxury. 

Luca Phineas Mogali

But perhaps above all, true comfort is to be found in that Goldilocks orbital zone around a wood fire. That's where Tinker is. 

Tinker

Scooter's marking are like calligraphy - her owner, Jaimee, thinks one side says "cat" and the other "dog".  

Scooter

Snowy sponges in the heat. 

Snowy

Finally, Gypsy, Bilko, Coal and Axel seem to have been asked an impertinent question. Perhaps it was "Would you like to move from there?" 

Gypsy etc

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