Who can resist the allure of a cat’s fluffy belly? While we all know the dangers of petting one when presented with the opportunity, it doesn’t stop us from giving those too-cute tummies a gentle pat (but only one pat or else!).
Fluffy bellies are one of cats’ most irresistibly adorable body parts, but alas, they are also one of the most elusive. Thankfully, one photographer has created an entire photo series dedicated to cats’ soft undersides — and their tiny toes, too!
Andrius Burba’s “Under-cats” series features photos of cats shot from underneath a glass table — allowing us to admire felines from an angle we, unfortunately, don’t get to see all that often.
“The main idea which I wanted to express through these photos, is that cats feel embarrassed about this part of a body which people don’t get to see daily,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Now, while it seem strange, at first, to think cats are in any way embarrassed by a part of their bodies, the concept for this photo series just might send an important message in a brilliantly subtle way. Cat lovers think cats are perfect just the way they are, right? From their whiskers, to their rough tongues, to their tiny little jelly bean toes, they are pure cuteness.
So shouldn’t we, as humans, see ourselves the same way? Every cat is different, and their differences are never considered flaws — they just are who they are and offer no apologies. It’s a lesson we all need to learn.
Here are some of our favorite photos from Burba’s amazing “Under-cat” series.
1. Sweet Smush
Only one shade of gray, but it’s a beautiful shade.
2. Curious Cat
“I was promised treats for my time, sir.”
3. Stuck Like That
Maybe this cat is in no way stuck, but from underneath, it certainly looks that way.
4. Showing A Little Skin
“Do my wrinkles look good in this light?”
5. Cat Crossing
OK, who has the right of way here?
6. Tails Up, Tongues Out
“Sure, I’ll pose for this. YOLO, am I right?”
7. Ready To Pounce
“I don’t know what you mean by ‘stand still.'”