Under-cats: British shorthair
British shorthair (Photo: Andrius Burba Photography)

In his charming "Under-Cats" series, photographer Andrius Burba turns the art of professional cat portraiture upside-down — literally.

"As a person who loves both cats and photography, I couldn’t miss an opportunity to express myself during the International Cat Show [that] recently took place in Vilnius, Lithuania," Burba explained on his Facebook page.

The shoot, which lasted all day at the competitive cat show, required seven hours of preparation and setup. You can catch a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes process in the short video below:

Burba says the basic idea behind the series is to cast a lens on the part of a cat's body that it feels most "embarrassed" about. Whether or not a cat can truly feel self-conscious about its body is up for debate, but it's certainly true that a feline's belly is one of its most vulnerable and sensitive regions.

Continue below to see more of these clever cat portraits.

British shorthair
British shorthair (Photo: Andrius Burba Photography)
Devon rex
Devon rex (Photo: Andrius Burba Photography)
Abyssinian
Abyssinian (Photo: Andrius Burba Photography)
Maine coon
Maine coon (Photo: Andrius Burba Photography)
Devon rexes
Devon rexes (Photo: Andrius Burba Photography)
Norwegian forest
Norwegian forest (Photo: Andrius Burba Photography)
Russian blue
Russian blue (Photo: Andrius Burba Photography)
Maine coon
Maine coon (Photo: Andrius Burba Photography)
Devon rex
Devon rex (Photo: Andrius Burba Photography)
Egyptian mau
Egyptian mau (Photo: Andrius Burba Photography)

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.