This is Molly’s new trick, jumping up onto the railing around the stair rail. It’s fairly impressive, actually, for a small cat; the railing is well over waist high, and the top is barely over an inch wide. Usually she jumps onto the part that goes around, and once up there she takes a nice stroll around all three sides. Today she jumped onto the short rail and made a tentative foray toward taking a stroll down the railing that goes down the stair, but she got a little bit freaked out and decided that discretion was the better part of valor on that idea.
Why she’s doing this is unclear, but then she’s a cat. This is, after all, a creature that mastered the art of obfuscation of motive several thousand years ago and pretty much epitomizes the absence of clarity. She does, however engage in this fun practice pretty much daily, and seems quite pleased with herself about it.
You can click on the image for a bigger picture of where she's at.