No, he's not doing what it looks like.
Look again. Zhenya was actually cooling his backside in his water dish (and drooling). It would have been hilarious, if he hadn't been so miserable. Our poor cat had kidney stones. We didn't know what was wrong, but it was obvious that he was in agony and was trying anything for relief. I thought he was going to die. On Monday Will took him to the vet. He had to stay and help, and apparently it was terrible! Poor Zhenya wouldn't have lasted much longer without treatment. It looks like he's on the mend now, though.
Will is going to be qualified to work as a veterinary assistant after all this. Zhenya has to have oral medicine every two hours and four shots a day. Will is taking care of all that. We had no idea that a little street kitten could be so much trouble! So far, he's had a terrible time with one surgery, fallen off the balcony, developed a very sensitive stomach, and now he's had kidney stones. I don't believe in babying animals, but just being a good pet owner is a challenge with this one. Sigh.
He is a good little kitty, when he's not driving us crazy.