This Feline Has A Really Funny Way Of Stretching

lassePublished: June 27, 2014Updated: August 5, 20141,679,244 views
Published: June 27, 2014Updated: August 5, 2014

Cats display a variety of behaviors that we perceive as odd and funny, but this one is a true gem. Cats tend to stretch a lot, and if there were an Olympic event for stretching, cats would win gold. They're constantly stretching their muscles, likely for many of the same reasons that people do.

Ruusu’s owner Lasse Pere wrote us from Finland explaining how Russu developed her unique vertical stretch, saying: “I made a video of my cat Ruusu who stretched upwards. She broke her left elbow when she was very young. We had it fixed, but her leg never healed 100%. It remained stiff, which prevents normal (horizontal) stretching. Instead, she has developed this weird vertical way of doing those enjoyable stretches.”

The main reasons? It feels good and increases blood flow, said Andrew Cuff, a postdoctoral researcher of anatomy at the Royal Veterinary College in London.

Cats sleep between 12 and 16 hours a day, about twice as much as people do, according to Rubin Naiman, a clinical psychologist at the University of Arizona, as reported by the Huffington Post. When humans sleep, the brain paralyzes most of the body's muscles to prevent people from acting out their dreams. The same thing happens to cats during catnaps, which prevents the cat from sleepwalking off the sofa or wherever it's snoozing, Cuff said. (source: livescience)

Ruusu the cat show off her "elevator" stretch in this adorable compilation video! Does your cat have any weird habits you've caught in action? Share your stories!

Music: 'Hidden Agenda' by Kevin MacLeod.

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      DavidMcNab · 3 weeks ago

      Get that cat a chiropractor!