Furry Friday: Cats kicking back


Miss Billie carefully considers her next move in achieving world domination.  She resolves to take a little longer, here on the bed, to figure out the details.

Miss Billie carefully considers her next move in achieving world domination. She resolves to take a little longer, here on the bed, to figure out the details.

You might think it’s easy being a cat, but you’d be wrong. Being gorgeous, wilful, athletic, haughty and sweet takes a ton of effort, every day, especially the “sweet” bit.

Which is why a cat needs to pace itself. It must program relaxation into its day; it must cultivate the capacity to kick back, to settle peacefully into down time and gather itself for its next campaign. In that respect as in so many others, a cat is a role model for humans.

Here today is a collection of cats at leisure, doing what works for them. Their ease proves how very hard they work the rest of the time. Scroll, and remember not to overdo it.

Today's collection features lots of cats named George.  Here are George I and George II, relishing their world of luxury.

Today’s collection features lots of cats named George. Here are George I and George II, relishing their world of luxury.

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Merry and Pippin are a couple of Abyssinian beauties who lose a little focus when the sun hits the carpet.

Merry and Pippin are a couple of Abyssinian beauties who lose a little focus when the sun hits the carpet.

Finn and Gus have been meaning to catch up.  The coldness of the day gives them an opportunity.

Finn and Gus have been meaning to catch up. The coldness of the day gives them an opportunity.

Supermodels Friday (left), Piper and Cherri know how to give attitude to the camera.

Supermodels Friday (left), Piper and Cherri know how to give attitude to the camera.

More casual, but no less appealing, are the poses offered by Ahsoka (left), Oli and Lizzy.

More casual, but no less appealing, are the poses offered by Ahsoka (left), Oli and Lizzy.

Luca (left), Miss Tyrell and Gus can turn a piece of furniture into a plinth for their own pulchritude.

Luca (left), Miss Tyrell and Gus can turn a piece of furniture into a plinth for their own pulchritude.

Gwen (left), Stirling and Sparkles unfurl their magnificence.

Gwen (left), Stirling and Sparkles unfurl their magnificence.

Harry and Archie have a heart-to-heart on the hearth, becoming a beast with one head and two mouths.

Harry and Archie have a heart-to-heart on the hearth, becoming a beast with one head and two mouths.

Benson is the softest of soft furnishings.  He wonders if the rest of the room is up to his standard.

Benson is the softest of soft furnishings. He wonders if the rest of the room is up to his standard.

George finds that the dogs' bowl is perfectly sized for his comfort.

George finds that the dogs’ bowl is perfectly sized for his comfort.

Mango (left), George and Minty can barely contain themselves.

Mango (left), George and Minty can barely contain themselves.

Two perfect examples of feline splendour: Pumpkin (left) and Romanov.  Don't scroll past yet – they're worth looking at again.

Two perfect examples of feline splendour: Pumpkin (left) and Romanov. Don’t scroll past yet – they’re worth looking at again.

In among the chives and onions is a spot where Perry loves to plant himself.

In among the chives and onions is a spot where Perry loves to plant himself.

Kana's tail is surely worth the price of admission.

Kana’s tail is surely worth the price of admission.

Arlo can use semaphore to spell 'cat'.  Sometimes, though, he gets stuck on the first letter.

Arlo can use semaphore to spell ‘cat’. Sometimes, though, he gets stuck on the first letter.

Bella just likes to be close, adores you so much, no ulterior motive whatsoever.

Bella just likes to be close, adores you so much, no ulterior motive whatsoever.

Wow, Ronnie can play the cello!  Cats are so talented.

Wow, Ronnie can play the cello! Cats are so talented.

Between them, Lenny (left) and Vespa have two eyes and a worldful of character.

Between them, Lenny (left) and Vespa have two eyes and a worldful of character.

This tortie has a very singular name: Two.

This tortie has a very singular name: Two.

That winter-morning feeling when you just don't want to leave the warmth of your bed – Finn has it.

That winter-morning feeling when you just don’t want to leave the warmth of your bed – Finn has it.

Sheldon is well situated for afternoon sun.

Sheldon is well situated for afternoon sun.

Fred finds RNZ National to be the most restful station.  But those bird calls make him jump.

Fred finds RNZ National to be the most restful station. But those bird calls make him jump.

Eden has a cunning plan to put into effect, but first a nap is in order.

Eden has a cunning plan to put into effect, but first a nap is in order.

Just looking at Tybalt, so close to the fire, seems to raise the ambient temperature and lower the heart rate.

Just looking at Tybalt, so close to the fire, seems to raise the ambient temperature and lower the heart rate.

Lakey was a rescue kitten who was feral to start with but who melted within a day.  Her foster family couldn't part with her.  Funny that this phenomenon is known as 'foster fail', when it's such a success story.

Lakey was a rescue kitten who was feral to start with but who melted within a day. Her foster family couldn’t part with her. Funny that this phenomenon is known as ‘foster fail’, when it’s such a success story.

You can almost hear Goldfish's gentle sleep-breathing.

You can almost hear Goldfish’s gentle sleep-breathing.

Harry has featured before in Furry Friday, eyeing his reflection in a backyard pool.  Here he is replenishing his energies.

Harry has featured before in Furry Friday, eyeing his reflection in a backyard pool. Here he is replenishing his energies.

Winter is already a bit much for Eddie.  Don't tell him we're only one-sixth of the way through it.

Winter is already a bit much for Eddie. Don’t tell him we’re only one-sixth of the way through it.

Fanta lived a good life, but his folks had to say goodbye to him in April.  Here he is sleeping the sleep of the just.

Fanta lived a good life, but his folks had to say goodbye to him in April. Here he is sleeping the sleep of the just.

Winston hopes this is a flattering camera angle, and of course it is.

Winston hopes this is a flattering camera angle, and of course it is.

Frankie is a young Ragdoll who lives up to his labelling.

Frankie is a young Ragdoll who lives up to his labelling.

Otto (left) and Sylvie should be our gurus – showing us how to find a moment of peace during the day.

Otto (left) and Sylvie should be our gurus – showing us how to find a moment of peace during the day.

Roiben has grown up a bit since this photo was taken, two years ago.  His human describes Roiben's managerial style as 'relaxed but distracting'.

Roiben has grown up a bit since this photo was taken, two years ago. His human describes Roiben’s managerial style as ‘relaxed but distracting’.

The joy of an open drawer: Sushi Cat attempts to tuck himself away.

The joy of an open drawer: Sushi Cat attempts to tuck himself away.

Another drawer dweller is Baxter.  He's giving a paw signal that means 'don't you dare try to close it'.

Another drawer dweller is Baxter. He’s giving a paw signal that means ‘don’t you dare try to close it’.

Harry's bag doesn't quite fit the bill but no matter, he's positioned in the full blast of the heat pump.

Harry’s bag doesn’t quite fit the bill but no matter, he’s positioned in the full blast of the heat pump.

Tammy (left) undertakes a low-key search for a snack;  and here's one of the Georges who featured earlier, this time looking within his soul.

Tammy (left) undertakes a low-key search for a snack; and here’s one of the Georges who featured earlier, this time looking within his soul.

Finally, here's Smudge relaxing with a quiet game of snooker.  'An unorthodox tactic, this,' murmurs the commentator.  'Generally speaking, once a ball is sunk, it is sunk.  But Smudge seems set on challenging that assumption.'

Finally, here’s Smudge relaxing with a quiet game of snooker. ‘An unorthodox tactic, this,’ murmurs the commentator. ‘Generally speaking, once a ball is sunk, it is sunk. But Smudge seems set on challenging that assumption.’

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