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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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
3 years ago

me as well

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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
3 years ago

Magic Rainbow Kitty.

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#3

Sun Dance

Sun Dance

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banjaran
Community Member
3 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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Lemur
Community Member
3 years ago

All hail The Holy Cat of.... eh... help me of something funny.... Well, just write one down yourself

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#5

This Cat Enjoying The Sun

This Cat Enjoying The Sun

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 years ago

that's the look pure satisfaction

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#6

Purrrfect

Purrrfect

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Emily Black
Community Member
3 years ago

That cat looks so content. <3

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#7

Sun Cats

Sun Cats

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nanashi
Community Member
3 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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BoredBirgit
Community Member
3 years ago

Lazybones cat.

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#9

Cats Vs. Dogs

Cats Vs. Dogs

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Grace Barclay
Community Member
3 years ago

Know thy place goggie - you may have the stairs when we are done.

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#10

Do I Have A Magic Cat?

Do I Have A Magic Cat?

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Lemur
Community Member
3 years ago

Rainbow explosion caused by cat. All cops go to this cat. Over and out.

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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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StarKitten
Community Member
3 years ago

Another one! I have to show my kitten sisters!

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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
3 years ago

That is precious!

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#13

Praise The Sun

Praise The Sun

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#14

Chicken Legs

Chicken Legs

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The Cappy
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3 years ago

Strrrrrrrrretch.

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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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Grace Barclay
Community Member
3 years ago

Her Calico colouring is given something amazing!

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#16

Cats Like Holidays Too

Cats Like Holidays Too

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Smiley Rie
Community Member
3 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
3 years ago

Three in a row! I won!

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#18

Worshipping Sun

Worshipping Sun

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Valentina
Community Member
3 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
3 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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BoredBirgit
Community Member
3 years ago

Efurry beam I need!

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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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Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Now this is what we would call...total relaxation! I wish I could achieve it!

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#22

Sunshine Is A Good Thing!

Sunshine Is A Good Thing!

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stella
Community Member
3 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
3 years ago

Simple beautiful!

#24

Warm Spot

Warm Spot

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Alberto Curutchet
Community Member
3 years ago

The catwalk

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#25

Soaking Up The Sun

Soaking Up The Sun

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BoredBirgit
Community Member
3 years ago

Such a beauty.

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#26

Greeting The Sun

Greeting The Sun

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Hamilton Bubbub
Community Member
3 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
3 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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Jainish Vig
Community Member
3 years ago

Monday mornings be like

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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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Smiley Rie
Community Member
3 years ago

"Nope, you'll just have to be late to work! I'm snoozing"

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#30

Good Life

Good Life

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Smiley Rie
Community Member
3 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
3 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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Josie Coffman
Community Member
3 years ago

those eyes

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#33

Raven Getting Some Sun

Raven Getting Some Sun

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Smiley Rie
Community Member
3 years ago

What a super cute kitty

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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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The Cappy
Community Member
3 years ago

Open the traps please.

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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
3 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
3 years ago

Manny Paquiao's kitten.

#37

Chilling In The Sun

Chilling In The Sun

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StarKitten
Community Member
3 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
3 years ago

Don't close the drapes.

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#39

Praise The Sun

Praise The Sun

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BoredBirgit
Community Member
3 years ago

Must. Sleep. In. Sun. Now.

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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
3 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
3 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
3 years ago

Beautiful picture!

#43

Magic Sun

Magic Sun

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StarKitten
Community Member
3 years ago

How is this not higher? Magic sun Showing this to my sister kitties

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#44

Lil Bear Soaking Up The Sun

Lil Bear Soaking Up The Sun

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Plinky eyes! Awwwwfhfghmsh!

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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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cyberbird
Community Member
3 years ago

Chikung master

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#46

Good Morning Sunshine

Good Morning Sunshine

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Rebekah
Community Member
3 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
3 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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BoredBirgit
Community Member
3 years ago

This smile on her face, adorable.

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#51

Embracing The Sun

Embracing The Sun

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BoredBirgit
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm gorgeous and I know it.

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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
3 years ago

Catnip n' chillin...

#53

Cat Sunbathing In A A Park

Cat Sunbathing In A A Park

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cyberbird
Community Member
3 years ago

Mantra whisperer

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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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Hisseefit
Community Member
3 years ago

He just wanted to see the gorgeous building while staying warm

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#55

Sleepy Cat Tanning At 2000m Altitude

Sleepy Cat Tanning At 2000m Altitude

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Hisseefit
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the photo!

#56

Let The Sunshine In

Let The Sunshine In

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cyberbird
Community Member
3 years ago

Keeping the Earth from going away from the sun.

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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
3 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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Smiley Rie
Community Member
3 years ago

"Sun I didn't give you permission to move - how dare you cast my face in shadows "

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#59

Soaking Up Some Sunshine

Soaking Up Some Sunshine

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cyberbird
Community Member
3 years ago

The family share.

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#60

Getting Some Sun

Getting Some Sun

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cyberbird
Community Member
3 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
3 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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#63

Enjoying The Sun With My Best Friend

Enjoying The Sun With My Best Friend

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cyberbird
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 years ago

This is some kind of happiness...

#66

Warm Spot

Warm Spot

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cyberbird
Community Member
3 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
3 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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3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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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Hisseefit
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder if I am big enough to jump over to the window?

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#73

Such Sun... Much Happy

Such Sun... Much Happy

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