Cat o’ the Day: Can you spot the oddity?

Reader Rick B. sent me this photo of his cat, and I did a doubletake when I noticed the weird posture. It’s strange stuff like this that is one of the benefits of running an ailurophilic website. Rick’s notes:

This is Quincy, a Persian bi-colour who has been shaved. The reason I am sending you his picture is because of the strange way he often lies with his leg in what to me looks like a very awkward position. I have known many cats but don’t recall any of them behaving like this.
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31 Comments

  1. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Doesn’t look odd to me. My cat frequently slept with one arm tucked back like that.

    • Paul S
      Posted June 2, 2016 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      So do mine, but the two heads is kinda freaking me out.

      • Ken Phelps
        Posted June 2, 2016 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

        That was my initial thought as well.

      • alexandra moffat
        Posted June 2, 2016 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

        agree. I tried to turn it into 2 normal cats but can’t make that work but I don’t think it is a 2 headed cat, either. Another of gawd’s little mysteries???

      • Peter Austin
        Posted June 2, 2016 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

        Ah .. so it’s not just me …

        • merilee
          Posted June 2, 2016 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

          or me..
          What IS up with the heads?

          • Posted June 2, 2016 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

            The white markings on the head give visual clues of separation between two heads and an extra ear.

            • Merilee
              Posted June 2, 2016 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

              I can actually see 4 ears.

              • Posted June 2, 2016 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

                Those aren’t ears…they’re nightjars….

                b&

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              • Gregory Kusnick
                Posted June 2, 2016 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

                You have better eyes (or a better imagination) than me. I see one head and two ears with what might be ear tufts, but it’s hard to tell.

                If I were OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, I would not be bragging about the quality of this photo.

        • Ken Phelps
          Posted June 2, 2016 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

          I believe I’ll put on Roky Erickson’s “2 Headed Dog” and think abut this.

  2. Posted June 2, 2016 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    ‘Tis a perverse law of nature that, the more uncomfortable-looking the position a cat has (voluntarily!) assumed, the more comfortable and happy the cat actually is.

    b&

    • Peter Austin
      Posted June 2, 2016 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      “the more comfortable and happy the cat actually is.”

      How do you know that?

      Maybe its laziness is overcoming the discomfort.

    • Peter Austin
      Posted June 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      But then again, maybe you have a point …

  3. ChrisH
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    As it’s well known that cats are a liquid, tis just a dribble.

  4. tubby
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Some cats are part Escher.

  5. Leslie
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    If you tried to put tis cat in that position, you’d likely lose a pint of blood! 😉

  6. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Cats are Nature’s attempt to pack the divine in as small volume as possible.

    First rule of cat theology is: we shouldn’t question it.

  7. Rick Bannister
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    I know cats are flexible but I have never seen one lie with a leg apparently twisted like that before and as I said to Jerry I have known many cats.

    Usually cats are graceful in everything they do even when they are being goofy.

  8. somer
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Its the One True Cat, with One mind, but I think its sleeping with one of its front paws tucked out under its side, like Greg Kusnick said

    • Somer
      Posted June 3, 2016 at 4:30 am | Permalink

      actually if u enlarge you can see its Left Front arm kind of turned out along its side

      The two head effect is just the markings

      • merilee
        Posted June 3, 2016 at 9:36 am | Permalink

        that would be one HUGE head

        • Gregory Kusnick
          Posted June 3, 2016 at 11:05 am | Permalink

          Remember the body has been shaved and looks narrower than it normally would.

  9. AdamK
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Cats don’t have shoulder joints, just cartilage. They can bend their shoulders any way they please.

    • John Scanlon FCD
      Posted June 4, 2016 at 8:43 am | Permalink

      They do have perfectly good shoulder joints, humeral ball in scapular socket like us. What they don’t have is a clavicle anchoring the shoulder to the rib cage like we do.

      • Posted June 13, 2016 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

        Don’t they, though? Don’t they have a tiny little remnant of clavicle, about the size of a plastic surgery suture needle, embedded in a very long ligamentous replacement for all the rest of the bone?

  10. Jeff J
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Our cat often sleeps with her right side up against the arm of the couch, but rests her left cheek on the same arm. Her head is turned right around backwards, like an owl. Looks really uncomfortable.

    Also, I saw a super-friendly three-legged cat today!

  11. Charles Minus
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Reminds me of a joke from the ancient and great radio show “It Pays to be Ignorant.”

    1st Panelist: Hey I saw a very unusual two headed man yesterday.

    2nd Panelist: Well, any two headed man would be unusual, what was so unusual about this one?

    1st Panelist: He only had one head.


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