Wild (and Sometimes Crazy) Wednesday – Gumby Cats

There’s nothing as charming as the antics of a kitten. They can go from skittering around the room like popcorn to falling asleep while eating from their bowl. So cute. Even as they grow into remarkable cats they still make us smile with their expressive eyes and intriguing curiosity. I enjoy photographing cats in unusual positions.

Recently I shared a site showing cats asleep in some of the most interesting places and the most adorable poses. But have you ever watched a cat stretch or coil into what I consider Gumby poses—positions that look uncomfortable and impossible?

Here are a few of my recent faves from my photo collection. I’m always seeking new pictures of cats if you have any you’d like to share.

Experts say that a cat’s cat-like physical maneuvers are due to the way he’s designed—I mean, what other animal can twist so that his body goes in two different directions at once? A healthy cat can rotate its body 180 degrees. Compare that to a human—yup, we can only rotate 90 degrees on a good day. Their shoulder blades are connected to muscle, which gives the cat incredible flexibility to twist, turn, and reach out for prey and to grab the road in a sprint. The cat’s spine is also built for flexibility and helps give him the Houdini-Jell-o power he seems to have when you’re attempting to trim his nails or put him into a carrier.

So the next time you see your cat in what appears to be a painfully uncomfortable position, just remember it’s okay—he’s just using (or showing off) his flex-abilities.

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