It's a well known and established fact that when cats are not taking a nap, they are usually plotting to take over the world. Probably the only pastime they love more than doing those two things is soaking up the sun.

And they're not doing it to get their dose of Vitamin D. Cat's regular body temperature is higher than human's (102°), they are desert creatures that originated in the Middle East where they developed a high tolerance to the heat. They have a very high metabolism and a lot of energy goes to keeping them warm. That's why when they find a sunlit spot to lie down, they will, as it actually conserves their energy and offsets the drop in basal metabolism that comes with sleep shutting down certain processes in the body. That metabolic heat advantage is exactly why they love them some sun - or warmth - and can get in the most uncomfortable positions to get it.

Yup, cats and the sun have a very special kind of relationship - and Bored Panda made a compilation of pics to celebrate it. If your kitty loves lying down in the sunlight too, make sure to add a submission to our list.

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Sun Addicted Family

Sun Addicted Family

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John L
Community Member
2 years ago

I wish that cloud would hurry and get out of the way.............

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#2

Friend's Cat Found A Magical Sun Spot

Friend's Cat Found A Magical Sun Spot

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StarKitten
Community Member
2 years ago

Magic Rainbow Kitty.

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#3

Sun Dance

Sun Dance

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banjaran
Community Member
2 years ago

tadaaaa

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#4

My Friend's Cat Is The Chosen One

My Friend's Cat Is The Chosen One

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John L
Community Member
2 years ago

For all the cat worshipers,..... Rejoice!

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#5

This Cat Enjoying The Sun

This Cat Enjoying The Sun

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John L
Community Member
2 years ago

I wonder why it takes so much longer to recharge during the winter?

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#6

Purrrfect

Purrrfect

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The Cappy
Community Member
2 years ago

And over there is the window box where we grow the catnip.

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#7

Sun Cats

Sun Cats

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nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

cats are solar powered. this is fact.

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#8

Enjoying Sun Rays Like There Is No Tomorrow

Enjoying Sun Rays Like There Is No Tomorrow

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Sallye Jeffrey
Community Member
2 years ago

There is only Now. How enlightened.

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#9

Cats Vs. Dogs

Cats Vs. Dogs

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John L
Community Member
2 years ago

If anyone needs an explanation of the difference between dogs and cats, this is the one. ;O

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#10

Do I Have A Magic Cat?

Do I Have A Magic Cat?

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StarKitten
Community Member
2 years ago

These rainbow kitties are like the kitten version of Disney princesses to a tiny female kitten. Me and my sisters always ask to get dyed rainbow. It never works out. Mommy cat won't let us.

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#11

My Mom Put Up An Easter Decal On Our Front Door And It Makes Gigi Look Like A Dr. Seuss Character

My Mom Put Up An Easter Decal On Our Front Door And It Makes Gigi Look Like A Dr. Seuss Character

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BoredBirgit
Community Member
2 years ago

Eggs don't make me look fat, huh? 😸

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#12

Found My Cat And Dachshund Cuddling Together In The Sun

Found My Cat And Dachshund Cuddling Together In The Sun

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Emily Black
Community Member
2 years ago

That is precious!

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#13

Praise The Sun

Praise The Sun

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Pi...
Community Member
2 years ago

And then God said, "Let there be Cat!"

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#14

Chicken Legs

Chicken Legs

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Hope Floats
Community Member
2 years ago

This reminds me of my mum's cat, who used to snuggle in his hammock,which was attached to a radiator..As soon as the radiator came on, he'd litrally 'braise lightly' until she had to remove him.

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#15

My Sister's Calico, Minnie Enjoying The Colourful Evening Sun

My Sister's Calico, Minnie Enjoying The Colourful Evening Sun

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StarKitten
Community Member
2 years ago

Me and my sister kittens sit in sunbeams at evening almost every day in hopes we will turn rainbow.

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#16

Cats Like Holidays Too

Cats Like Holidays Too

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Smiley Rie
Community Member
2 years ago

"Still waiting on my milk margarita minions"

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#17

We Find A Perfect Spot

We Find A Perfect Spot

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Lemur
Community Member
2 years ago

Three in a row! I won!

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#18

Worshipping Sun

Worshipping Sun

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Valentina
Community Member
2 years ago

This cat's human has great photographer's skills. And a fantastic cat.

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#19

The Sun Is Sssoooo Warm

The Sun Is Sssoooo Warm

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Claire Von Hirdler
Community Member
2 years ago

i love when cats sit like this. it makes me laugh every time.

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#20

After Days On End Of Overcast Weather, The Sun Finally Returned

After Days On End Of Overcast Weather, The Sun Finally Returned

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Smiley Rie
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like he was lying in the snow earlier

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#21

That Is Me, In Cat Form, In The Morning

That Is Me, In Cat Form, In The Morning

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Annie Whitlocke
Community Member
2 years ago

a feline salutation to the sun

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#22

Sunshine Is A Good Thing!

Sunshine Is A Good Thing!

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stella
Community Member
2 years ago

My nails loook guuuuudddd

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#23

Warm Morrocan Sun

Warm Morrocan Sun

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Allana Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

Simple beautiful!

#24

Warm Spot

Warm Spot

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Alberto Curutchet
Community Member
2 years ago

The catwalk

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#25

Soaking Up The Sun

Soaking Up The Sun

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Griselle Lugo
Community Member
2 years ago

What a beauty!! The black colored hair is so purrfect!!

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#26

Greeting The Sun

Greeting The Sun

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Hamilton Bubbub
Community Member
2 years ago

Awe so cute the face :3

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#27

My Boyfriend’s Cat Likes To Worship The Sun By Giving High-fives With One Or Both Paws

My Boyfriend’s Cat Likes To Worship The Sun By Giving High-fives With One Or Both Paws

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P.D-Sign
Community Member
2 years ago

I wanna grab it and hold it forever ...

#28

I Goes Where The Sun Goes

I Goes Where The Sun Goes

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Allana Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

Now how in the hell is this comfortable in any sense of the word? *L*

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#29

Caught The Neighborhood Cat Sunbathing On My Car This Morning

Caught The Neighborhood Cat Sunbathing On My Car This Morning

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Alberto Curutchet
Community Member
2 years ago

You'll have to go to work on foot, sorry

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#30

Good Life

Good Life

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Smiley Rie
Community Member
2 years ago

Ok, this cat was an Aussie bloke in a previous life

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#31

Two Week Old Foster Kitten Meeting The Sun For The First Time

Two Week Old Foster Kitten Meeting The Sun For The First Time

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Smiley Rie
Community Member
2 years ago

What an adorably happy face

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#32

My Kitten Was Staring Into The Sun Like A Fool But I Was Able To Snap This Photo Showing Her Eyes Changing Slowly From Blue To Yellow

My Kitten Was Staring Into The Sun Like A Fool But I Was Able To Snap This Photo Showing Her Eyes Changing Slowly From Blue To Yellow

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Claire Von Hirdler
Community Member
2 years ago

wow is right! s

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#33

Raven Getting Some Sun

Raven Getting Some Sun

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The Cappy
Community Member
2 years ago

Morning face.

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#34

She Knows How To Get The Most Out Of A Sliver Of Sunshine

She Knows How To Get The Most Out Of A Sliver Of Sunshine

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Haytham Ibrahim
Community Member
2 years ago

Sun aligns on his body like this twice a year

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#35

My 21 Year Old Cat Enjoying The Warmth Of The Sun On A Fall Day

My 21 Year Old Cat Enjoying The Warmth Of The Sun On A Fall Day

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Valentina
Community Member
2 years ago

Majestic & zen! Is he missing a paw? If so...please give him and extra smooch on my behalf : )

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#36

Catching Some Rays

Catching Some Rays

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cyberbird
Community Member
2 years ago

Manny Paquiao's kitten.

#37

Chilling In The Sun

Chilling In The Sun

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StarKitten
Community Member
2 years ago

At furst I thought the white one was a statue.

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#38

My Sun Worshippers

My Sun Worshippers

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The Cappy
Community Member
2 years ago

Don't close the drapes.

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#39

Praise The Sun

Praise The Sun

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The Cappy
Community Member
2 years ago

Zombie cat!

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#40

Ah! The Life Of A Cat!

Ah! The Life Of A Cat!

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Marieange Dobresk
Community Member
2 years ago

LOL

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#41

My Cat Was Really Enjoying Today's Sun

My Cat Was Really Enjoying Today's Sun

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cyberbird
Community Member
2 years ago

Sun-gazing master

#42

Popeye And His Magical Sun Screen

Popeye And His Magical Sun Screen

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Pi...
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful picture!

#43

Magic Sun

Magic Sun

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cyberbird
Community Member
2 years ago

This is what you find if you follow the rainbow.

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#44

Lil Bear Soaking Up The Sun

Lil Bear Soaking Up The Sun

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💖 Stacy Rae 💖
Community Member
2 years ago

Such an adorable little fluff ball. I want cuddles.

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#45

Once I Obtain The Sun's Power, I Will Rule The World And The Entire Human Race

Once I Obtain The Sun's Power, I Will Rule The World And The Entire Human Race

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Hamlets twin
Community Member
2 years ago

...But first a nap

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#46

Good Morning Sunshine

Good Morning Sunshine

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Rebekah
Community Member
2 years ago

Beauty

#47

Sun Therapy

Sun Therapy

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#48

Kitten Is A Professional At Finding Sun Spots

Kitten Is A Professional At Finding Sun Spots

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JillVille Child Care
Community Member
2 years ago

I love how the sunny spot even has cat ears to match!

#49

Deprived Cat Loves The Sun

Deprived Cat Loves The Sun

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#50

Just Relaxing In The Sun

Just Relaxing In The Sun

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Smiley Rie
Community Member
2 years ago

Cutest face

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#51

Embracing The Sun

Embracing The Sun

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JillVille Child Care
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful cat! Is this a pure breed or a mix? Very pretty!

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#52

Just My Cat Enjoying Some Catnip In The Sun

Just My Cat Enjoying Some Catnip In The Sun

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Valentina
Community Member
2 years ago

Catnip n' chillin...

#53

Cat Sunbathing In A A Park

Cat Sunbathing In A A Park

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Alejandra Guerrero
Community Member
2 years ago

I fucking love cats.

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#54

A Cat Wandered Into The Hagia Sophia To Find This Sun Spot

A Cat Wandered Into The Hagia Sophia To Find This Sun Spot

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The Cappy
Community Member
2 years ago

He didn't wander in. Cats are formed by sunlight coming through open windows.

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#55

Sleepy Cat Tanning At 2000m Altitude

Sleepy Cat Tanning At 2000m Altitude

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Hisseefit
Community Member
2 years ago

Love the photo!

#56

Let The Sunshine In

Let The Sunshine In

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Benita Ravnkilde
Community Member
2 years ago

A cat longing for outside life

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#57

He Found The One Patch Of Sun In My Dark, Nyc Apartment

He Found The One Patch Of Sun In My Dark, Nyc Apartment

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cyberbird
Community Member
2 years ago

Tom's grandson on the chessboard floor where ol'granpa chased Jerry

#58

Pixel Enjoying The Sun

Pixel Enjoying The Sun

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Destryana Antonita
Community Member
2 years ago

such a glorious cat!!

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#59

Soaking Up Some Sunshine

Soaking Up Some Sunshine

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JillVille Child Care
Community Member
2 years ago

I'd love to see the 6 months later version of this photo, dog spooning cat :)

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#60

Getting Some Sun

Getting Some Sun

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cyberbird
Community Member
2 years ago

Silent practice

#61

My Cat Decided He Needed To Do Some Sun Bathing Todaybonadia

My Cat Decided He Needed To Do Some Sun Bathing Todaybonadia

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The Cappy
Community Member
2 years ago

Three more setups please.

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#62

My Cat Spaceman Enjoying The Outside February Sun

My Cat Spaceman Enjoying The Outside February Sun

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Enjoying The Sun With My Best Friend

Enjoying The Sun With My Best Friend

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cyberbird
Community Member
2 years ago

Supervising a sun bath to his territory.

#64

Lazy Cat In The Sun

Lazy Cat In The Sun

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Pi...
Community Member
2 years ago

Gorgeous set of pictures!

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#65

Caught The Neighbours Cat Sunbathing Again In Our Garden

Caught The Neighbours Cat Sunbathing Again In Our Garden

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Tony Cabré
Community Member
2 years ago

This is some kind of happiness...

#66

Warm Spot

Warm Spot

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cyberbird
Community Member
2 years ago

The sun always finds him.

#67

Baby Cats... Just A Few Days Old, Sleeping In The Sun

Baby Cats... Just A Few Days Old, Sleeping In The Sun

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StarKitten
Community Member
2 years ago

Awwww. I can't remember when I was that little. But mommy cat can. And she won't stop going on and on and on about when we were teeny tiny kittens.

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#68

Blessed Cat

Blessed Cat

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cyberbird
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2 years ago

Wood, brick, sun and soul.

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#69

Kitty Enjoying The Morning Sun

Kitty Enjoying The Morning Sun

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💖 Stacy Rae 💖
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful cat.

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Our Cats Enjoy The Spring Sunshine In The Sun Room And Enjoy A Cat Nap

Our Cats Enjoy The Spring Sunshine In The Sun Room And Enjoy A Cat Nap

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The Cappy
Community Member
2 years ago

You'll have to use a different sofa.

#71

Cat Making The Most Of The Sun

Cat Making The Most Of The Sun

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Smiley Rie
Community Member
2 years ago

"Yes I'd really like a milk margarita!"

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#72

The Sun Came Out And Penny Just Stared At It

The Sun Came Out And Penny Just Stared At It

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rainstarr
Community Member
2 years ago

Darling

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#73

Such Sun... Much Happy

Such Sun... Much Happy

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Kim Halm
Community Member
2 years ago

I feel your bliss...

#74

Rainbow Kitten

Rainbow Kitten

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Alicia Gee
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like he's being scanned.

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#75

Sun Bathing

Sun Bathing

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