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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#4

My Friend's Cat Is The Chosen One

My Friend's Cat Is The Chosen One

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#5

This Cat Enjoying The Sun

This Cat Enjoying The Sun

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#8

Enjoying Sun Rays Like There Is No Tomorrow

Enjoying Sun Rays Like There Is No Tomorrow

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#9

Cats Vs. Dogs

Cats Vs. Dogs

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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#13

Praise The Sun

Praise The Sun

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#14

Chicken Legs

Chicken Legs

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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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"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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#18

Worshipping Sun

Worshipping Sun

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Valentina
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#22

Sunshine Is A Good Thing!

Sunshine Is A Good Thing!

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#23

Warm Morrocan Sun

Warm Morrocan Sun

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#25

Soaking Up The Sun

Soaking Up The Sun

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Griselle Lugo
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#30

Good Life

Good Life

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Smiley Rie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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#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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#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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#37

Chilling In The Sun

Chilling In The Sun

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#38

My Sun Worshippers

My Sun Worshippers

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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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#42

Popeye And His Magical Sun Screen

Popeye And His Magical Sun Screen

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#43

Magic Sun

Magic Sun

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cyberbird
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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#46

Good Morning Sunshine

Good Morning Sunshine

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#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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#51

Embracing The Sun

Embracing The Sun

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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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#53

Cat Sunbathing In A A Park

Cat Sunbathing In A A Park

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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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#56

Let The Sunshine In

Let The Sunshine In

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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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Soaking Up Some Sunshine

Soaking Up Some Sunshine

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JillVille Child Care
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#61

My Cat Decided He Needed To Do Some Sun Bathing Todaybonadia