"What is your cat doing on the table?"
Translation:Что твоя кошка делает на столе?
"it is just relatively stiff, so we did not think of this particular word order"
I couldn't miss the humour in this: As someone coming from English learning Russian, I tend to think in English sentence structure by default. As a result I've had my fingers burnt very often when I structure a Russian sentence from an English perspective only to discover the Russian version is actually front to back.
Now in this particular case the English and Russian versions are in lock step and those of us that have learnt to muck around the words to get the Russian version right ended up with the "stiff sounding" version. ))
твой ‧ твоя ‧ твоё ‧ твои = [ Your ] Possessive Determiner in Nominative Case, masculine, feminine, neuter & plural
you ‧ your table ‧ ‧ your sister ‧ ‧ your beer ‧ ‧ your beer
ты ‧ ‧ твой стол ‧ ‧ твоя сестра ‧ ‧ твоё пиво ‧ ‧ твои деньги
Case ‧ Nom ‧ Gen ‧ Dat ‧ ‧ Acc ‧ ‧ Inst ‧ ‧ Prep
ProN ‧ Ты ‧ ‧ Тебя ‧ Тебе ‧ Тебя ‧ Тобой ‧ (о) Тебе
whose? ‧ чей? (masculine), чья? (feminine), чьё? (neuter), чьи (plural)?
Ты = [ Ты ] Nominative Case ‧ Ты устал? ‧ Is thou tired?
Тебя = [ Ты ] Genitive Case ‧ Есть ли у тебя вода? ‧ Dost thou have water?
Тебя = [ Ты ] Genitive Case ‧ Я жду тебя ‧ I wait for thou.
Тебе = [ Ты ] Dative Case ‧ Я тебе звоню ‧ I thou ring ( put a phone call to )
Тебя = [ Ты ] Accusative Case ‧ Я вижу тебя ‧ I see thou.
Тобой = [ Ты ] Instrumental Case ‧ Я с тобой ‧ I am with thou.
Тебе = [ Ты ] Prepostional Case ‧ Я думаю о тебе ‧ I think about thou
Grammatical Cases: Declension involves six cases – Nominative Genitive Dative Accusative Instrumental Prepositional Nominal – in two numbers (singular and plural), and absolutely obeying grammatical gender (masculine, feminine, and neuter). Up to ten additional cases ‧ the most recognized additional cases are locative, partitive and vocative ‧ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_grammar ‧
Dost thou not laugh? ‧ shakespeare.mit.edu/romeo_juliet/romeo_juliet.1.1.html ‧
Как дела́? ‧ idiomatic ‧ How are you? [ literal: how are doings? ]
Какой? Какая? Какое? Какие? ‧ what, what kind, such ‧ in Nominative Case declension
Какая чудесная ночь! ‧ What a lovely night!
Какое чудесное утро! ‧ What a lovely morning!
Какой чудесный день! ‧ What a lovely day!
Какие чудесное цветы? ‧ What lovely flowers!
Чудесный adjective declension ‧ cooljugator.com/rua/чудесный ‧
Adv ‧ чуде́сно ‧ en.wiktionary.org/wiki/чудесн Adj ‧ чудесный ‧ wonderful, lovely, beautiful, marvellous, miraculous
We don't know it's feminine from English, but the default cat in Russian is feminine. (Not just in Russian; I used to have three male cats and one female, and I had a friend who kept referring to the boys as "she", because his default cat was apparently also female.) If you want to say that it's a tomcat, you can use кот.