5 Parts of Cat Anatomy That Crack Me Up
I love the feline form. Seriously, I could spend hours just watching my cats sleep, examining every inch of their sweet little bodies. I tickle their feet (usually to their dismay), rub noses with them and -- although it's dangerous -- attempt a few belly huffs.
Although cat bodies are hopelessly cute, they can also be pretty funny ... parts of them, anyway. Here are five parts of my cats' bodies that I find particularly entertaining.
1. Jiggly jungle pouch
You know how some things get better with age? Cosmo's lower belly is one of those things. Over the past couple of years, his jiggly jungle pouch has drooped lower and lower and now it swings when he walks. I'm absolutely obsessed with that squooshy pooch. Plus, the white part of his lower belly (I call it his "panties") is the softest, most bunny-like fur ever. Sometimes when he's snuggled in my lap, I like to lightly squeeze and rub his pouch between my fingers. It's kind of like my own squishy little worry bead.
2. Toe-tally funny
Kitty feet and toes -- especially the back ones -- are funny for so many reasons. First of all, the leg dangle is a total winner. How could you not adore those little toesies hanging draped over the edge of a chair or cat condo? And when they fan their toes, it's even more entertaining. My cats hate it, but I love to grab their dangly feet or tickle between their toes.
I also love it when they're cleaning their toes and their legs are sticking straight up in the air, their toes are spread and they're going to town with their tongues and teeth. Nom, nom, nom.
3. Peek of pink
Kitty tongues are cute and everything, but you know what never fails to make me laugh? When they've just finished cleaning, they close their mouths and their tongues are still poked out between their teeth. Usually they're so sleepy, they don't seem to have the energy to draw it back in, and I'm really OK with that. I love that funny little peek of pink.
4. An earful of silliness
Cat ears can be absolutely hilarious. They don't even need to open their mouths -- the ears say it all. The level of ear-flattening often tells us how irritated they are ... usually with us. It cracks me up when they cock an ear, indicating they hear us but choose to ignore our attempts at communication.
Another reason why cat ears are funny is the whole inside-out ear flip. When they've washed their faces, the ears sometimes become turned inside out. Most times they pop back into shape, but occasionally they'll stay flipped. I love the ear flip so, so much. It's especially humorous because cats like to put on the airs of dignity and composure, and then they look totally unkept with the ear thing -- how embarrassing! It's even better when they have no idea their ears are out of place.
5. Cheesy teeth
Teeth! I am a huge fan of kitty teeth and wish they'd hold their mouths open for five full minutes during a yawn, so I can get a closer look at those funny little teethies. I especially enjoy the tiny front teeth. They so remind me of the baby corn you find in Asian dishes. Sometimes I pull their lips back (relax ... I do it gently) and make them have a toothy smile. I call it their "school picture." I'd like an 8 x 10, two 5 x 7s and a sheet of wallet-sized photos, please.
Which parts of your cats' bodies make you laugh? Tell us about it in the comments!
About the Author: Angie Bailey is a goofy girl with freckles and giant smile who wants everyone to be her friend. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, and thinking about cats doing people things. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that may or may not offend people. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.
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