Furry Friday: Cats for your soul


The day begins with a heaped dessert-spoonful of Earl Grey.

The day begins with a heaped dessert-spoonful of Earl Grey.

People keep saying that cats rule the internet. (As if that were a bad thing.) Cats, these pundits propound, are not worthy of this prominence, being merely eye candy.

Today I challenge the idea that cats are just eye candy, while not entirely denying it. Yes, cats appeal to our sweet tooth. They are spotless and lustrous, like a Jaffa. They are soft and warm, like a brownie. They are agile and charismatic, like a, um, fairy mushroom.

But they fill our hearts, not our stomachs. They lift our mood, not our cholesterol level. So let’s think of today’s collection of readers’ pet photos as eye protein – as a square meal for the soul, offering a a full day’s recommended quantity of all the eye micronutrients. Scroll, and be nourished! 

Let's continue with another dollop of Earl Grey (left) and a dash of Chubbington.

Let’s continue with another dollop of Earl Grey (left) and a dash of Chubbington.

Thanks to all for submitting photos. Please email me your own pet photos, or message me via the Four Legs Good Facebook page. Help keep Furry Friday free of embarrassing mistakes by remembering to include your pet’s name, and its sex if it’s not obvious!

This will trigger some readers: Shadow on the dining table. When it comes to cats-on-the-table I am an agnostic.

This will trigger some readers: Shadow on the dining table. When it comes to cats-on-the-table I am an agnostic.

The stunning Rey, now departed, was a Savannah - a cross between a domestic cat and a serval. Savannahs are permitted in South Korea, where Rey's owner lived.

The stunning Rey, now departed, was a Savannah – a cross between a domestic cat and a serval. Savannahs are permitted in South Korea, where Rey’s owner lived.

Quiet guardians of the home: Rafiki (left) and Eddie.

Quiet guardians of the home: Rafiki (left) and Eddie.

Milo follows his human companion everywhere, most happily in the garden. He loves human company, especially laps.

Milo follows his human companion everywhere, most happily in the garden. He loves human company, especially laps.

Sky waits for her treats. I can imagine her eyeing every movement and scowling at those that are not in the direction of the fridge.

Sky waits for her treats. I can imagine her eyeing every movement and scowling at those that are not in the direction of the fridge.

Bootsie and Smudge sit in synchronised judgment. Do you remember the television series Bootsie and Snudge?

Bootsie and Smudge sit in synchronised judgment. Do you remember the television series Bootsie and Snudge?

Nala is a lilac Burmese. She's quirky and intelligent and loves the feel of warm cardboard.

Nala is a lilac Burmese. She’s quirky and intelligent and loves the feel of warm cardboard.

Luna and Merlin are silver-shaded chinchilla Persians with Burmilla mix. A recipe for beauty.

Luna and Merlin are silver-shaded chinchilla Persians with Burmilla mix. A recipe for beauty.

Tess is fond of high places - the better to look down upon her subjects.

Tess is fond of high places – the better to look down upon her subjects.

Cats sit so tidily, and there's always a sense of expectation. As with Maudie (left), Neil and Pumkin.

Cats sit so tidily, and there’s always a sense of expectation. As with Maudie (left), Neil and Pumkin.

Eye candy of the most fattening kind: Frida Karlo (left) and Persephone.

Eye candy of the most fattening kind: Frida Karlo (left) and Persephone.

Princess has decided she isn't bronze enough already, so sunbathing is necessary.

Princess has decided she isn’t bronze enough already, so sunbathing is necessary.

The world is better for containing Titan's magnificence.

The world is better for containing Titan’s magnificence.

Minnie and Lola focus a gigawatt of eye power.

Minnie and Lola focus a gigawatt of eye power.

Gosh, thinks Furio, is that a camera? I'd better act out a bit.

Gosh, thinks Furio, is that a camera? I’d better act out a bit.

Barney is the king of his private jungle.

Barney is the king of his private jungle.

Jenkins' whiskers are a marvel. Does she grow into them, or do they get even longer?

Jenkins’ whiskers are a marvel. Does she grow into them, or do they get even longer?

Sir Stompalot does his impression of a bush fire.

Sir Stompalot does his impression of a bush fire.

I'm much too beautiful for this old blog, thinks Tybalt.

I’m much too beautiful for this old blog, thinks Tybalt.

The look any cat owner gets multiple times a day - from the expectant Pusspuss.

The look any cat owner gets multiple times a day – from the expectant Pusspuss.

Here's Persephone again, this time adorned with a vet-prescribed protective cone. The PPE doesn't dim her gorgeousness one bit.

Here’s Persephone again, this time adorned with a vet-prescribed protective cone. The PPE doesn’t dim her gorgeousness one bit.

Morning sun turns Ella into a vision of gold.

Morning sun turns Ella into a vision of gold.

Luna Bimini Bon Boulash is startled - you pronounced her name right!

Luna Bimini Bon Boulash is startled – you pronounced her name right!

Lots of lovely eyes in today's collection. These belong to Milly.

Lots of lovely eyes in today’s collection. These belong to Milly.

Stacie's coat is as complex as the plot of a Netflix original.

Stacie’s coat is as complex as the plot of a Netflix original.

Frankie waves to us from his reverie. He'll be with us soon.

Frankie waves to us from his reverie. He’ll be with us soon.

Lilly's eyes are more finely tuned than the Hubble telescope.

Lilly’s eyes are more finely tuned than the Hubble telescope.

Buster's dramatic glance.

Buster’s dramatic glance.

Cocoa is tabby perfection. Though something seems to have aroused her scepticism.

Cocoa is tabby perfection. Though something seems to have aroused her scepticism.

The most calming face you'll see today: Tiffany Blue.

The most calming face you’ll see today: Tiffany Blue.

Let's hope for skies this weekend the colour of Bonnie's eyes.

Let’s hope for skies this weekend the colour of Bonnie’s eyes.

Yet another spectacular longhair: Maggie.

Yet another spectacular longhair: Maggie.

Finally in our lineup of eye candy, here's the delicious black jelly bean for those who prefer it (and I do). Her name is PushCat.

Finally in our lineup of eye candy, here’s the delicious black jelly bean for those who prefer it (and I do). Her name is PushCat.



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