There are certain bodily positions that animals cannot physically endure, due to their bone and muscle structure. Before I had a cat, I was certain that one of them was what I like to call Tucker’s ‘bathing beauty pose’. I imagine him lying on a beach somewhere, on a towel, catching the warmth of a summer sun.
He periodically adopts a slight variation of this, with the rear legs farther apart. Perhaps the sand on the beach is becoming a little too warm…
Then there is the half-and-half, which makes Tucker appear as though he is ready to get up. Don’t let him fool you, however. He is as likely simply to roll over as stand. Sometimes, he remains like this for ten minutes or so, like a sprinter who’s forgotten about the race and is admiring the view from the starting-blocks.
But at last he will curl up and be the roly poly again. As we all know, cats can sleep in any situation, but I like this one. He’s probably worn out from all that posing.