Melly is usually either dozing or asleep when she is on her back, but this time, I think she was just enjoying seeing the world from a different angle.
I received a few more questions, so here are the answers:
Who is sneakiest?
The Lounge Kats asked: Is your Mom a kitty-sniffer? Ours smells us all the time, 'specially when she's eating our ears...*sigh*
I have a wonky sense of smell and can't detect most aromas unless they're very strong. This means that I can smell, say, Melly's litter box deposits (blech), but I can't smell Melly herself even with my nose buried in her belly floof. So, to answer your question: no, I am not a kitty-sniffer, but not by choice.
Mark's Mews asked: Who weighs more?
Melly currently weighs about a pound more than Scarlett. They're both overweight, but even if I get them both down to healthier weights, Melly will still weigh more than Scarlett.
Who can jump higher?
Scarlett is all about economy of movement and takes longer routes if it means she can avoid long leaps. I know that she can jump very high since she once got onto the shelf in the walk-in closet (about six feet off the ground), but since that is not an ability she demonstrates on a regular basis, I have to say that Melly is the higher jumper. She regularly leaps several feet into the air in pursuit of da bird, and she, unlike Scarlett, will jump straight up to things instead of trying to find an easier route.
I went back and forth on this one and finally ended up asking Geoff, who said that it's definitely Scarlett. When I asked why, he said that Scarlett is always skulking about, while Melly gallops around crazily. He also said that when Scarlett is in pursuit of prey, like the laser pointer, she stalks it for a while before making a move whereas Melly just attacks willy-nilly.