Some of us are not “morning people.” Oftentimes the best we can do is put one foot on the floor and then contemplate doing the same with the other. For several minutes. Then it’s the slow roll off the mattress. It’s almost like we’re in liquid form and we have to flow out of our beds. So why should our cats be any different? Especially when it comes to making their way downstairs.
Who Says Cats Can’t Become Liquid While Going Downstairs?
Luckily, cats flowing down the stairs has now become a new part of the “cats are liquid” phenomenon. And nowhere is this more evident than in the case of Ricky, an adorably plushy orange-and-white tabby cat. In the TikTok clip below, we see him sharing a moment with Rachel, his humom on the stairs when he headbutts the bottom of the railing, flops on his side, and begins melting down the stairs.
Or at least it would look like melting if cats were able to melt. He looks like a little Jell-O caterpillar as he stretches to slink his way down the stairs. Floaty piano music accompanies him as he makes his way to lower ground. If you could rate his cuteness from 1-10, he’d be a 20.
Ricky is clearly having a blast doing this; it’s so much more fun than merely WALKING downstairs after all. And it’s obviously a great way to polish the floor while getting a massage at the same time.
Ricky’s Innovative Adorableness Captivated TikTok.
Indeed, folks there just couldn’t resist him. Let’s be honest — we couldn’t either. The clip has been “liked” more than 1.4 million times and shared more than 84 thousand times. And more than 18.2 thousand folks have commented!
Clearly, this cute kitty’s shenanigans lightened hearts and led TikTokers to say things like “Cats are just self-contained liquid” and “Why does this look like it feels amazing.” One person couldn’t help quipping: “He just rickrolled” (because what would a story about a cat named Ricky be without a reference to a particular British singer?)
But of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention cute Posey, whose Instagram account rolyposey has garnered more than 15,000 followers! She clearly loves hamming it up here.
Posey is a natural-born actress.
But it’s safe to say cats have probably been melting their way downstairs for as long as there have been stairs.
And this kitty has opinions, he does:
Quite obviously even kittens find hanging around on stairs to be fun. This baby is seriously adorable. Climbing those steps is also a great way to strengthen those little arms and legs while looking cute at the same time.
A Brief Explanation Of Cats’ Flip-Floppery Downstairs And Elsewhere.
Well, if your kitty does this it’s her way of saying “I trust you mom, and I feel comfortable.” She’s feeling friendly right now and maybe just having a bit of fun. And if she’s sliding downstairs — well, who doesn’t remember going down the slide as a kid? That’s always fun, after all.
Of course, cats do the flop-and-roll for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they feel safe and secure. But keep in mind that if your cat hasn’t been spayed it could also be a sign that she’s in heat, according to the Sunset Veterinary Clinic.
One Thing It’s Not: A Request For A Belly Rub.
Sure dogs do the flop-and-roll when they want belly rubs but cats generally aren’t on board with this, the clinic reports. No, cats aren’t always fans of belly rubs because it makes them feel insecure. They are very protective of their stomach because they know there are vulnerable organs right beneath all that soft fur. It’s difficult to resist such cute behavior but your cat will be happier if you do.
So when our cats are flopping down the stairs or rolling on the floor, they are communicating with us. It’s a cat’s way of showing we have gained their trust and they’re feeling comfortable.
And if by chance you have achieved that belly exposing trust with your feline, know that you are held in very high regard. Or maybe it’s the treats in your cabinet…