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Do You Know of “Cat Shrimping”? These Pictures Explain It

These Instagram cats embrace the #catshrimping hashtag by sleeping in the shrimp position.

Phillip Mlynar  |  Jun 17th 2015


In my experience, cats sleep in one of two fashions. First, there are those times when they find themselves sprawled out in some ungainly and far-from-dignified pose — with limbs all askew — that lets you know they’re one truly zonked-out furball. It’s obviously awesome. Equally impressive are those other times when your feline is totally tucked up into some perfect pose that seems like it’s been geometrically engineered down to the last whisker and tail hair. Shrimping falls into this category.

But what exactly is cat shrimping, you might still be wondering? Well, it’s when your kitty becomes curled up but with her feet extended in such a tidy fashion that it has her resembling a shrimp. (At least a standard pre-cooked shrimp and not one you’ve butterflied and seasoned, which would just be weird.) Here goes then with your handy Instagram guide to shrimping.

This picture gives you a good grasp of the concept of shrimping.

A photo posted by Oliver Taco (@olivertaco) on Apr 11, 2015 at 2:27pm PDT

Shrimping on a staircase is something no cat has ever truly mastered.  

  A photo posted by @chicken_n_klink on May 21, 2015 at 8:12pm PDT

 

A double shrimping effort is always to be applauded.

A triple team outing is so rare we’re unlikely to spot another before the year is out.

 

Shrimping is a discipline that is best learned at an early age.

A photo posted by Caitlin C. (@scaitlinc) on Apr 17, 2015 at 7:41am PDT

There’s a shrimp cocktail joke in here somewhere …

A photo posted by Grey (@greytheblue) on May 26, 2015 at 2:24am PDT

 

It is scientifically proven that ginger kitties make the most excellent shrimpers.

A photo posted by Ariane (@ariane420) on May 23, 2015 at 1:32pm PDT

Have you ever caught your cat shrimping? Show us proof in the comments!

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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.