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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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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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Friend's Cat Found A Magical Sun Spot

Friend's Cat Found A Magical Sun Spot

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My Friend's Cat Is The Chosen One

My Friend's Cat Is The Chosen One

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This Cat Enjoying The Sun

This Cat Enjoying The Sun

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John L
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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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Purrrfect

Purrrfect

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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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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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Do I Have A Magic Cat?

Do I Have A Magic Cat?

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StarKitten
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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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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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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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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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Worshipping Sun

Worshipping Sun

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Valentina
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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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#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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Soaking Up The Sun

Soaking Up The Sun

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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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#28

I Goes Where The Sun Goes

I Goes Where The Sun Goes

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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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#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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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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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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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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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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#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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#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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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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#49

Deprived Cat Loves The Sun

Deprived Cat Loves The Sun

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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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#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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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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Sleepy Cat Tanning At 2000m Altitude

Sleepy Cat Tanning At 2000m Altitude

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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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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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#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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#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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#65

Caught The Neighbours Cat Sunbathing Again In Our Garden

Caught The Neighbours Cat Sunbathing Again In Our Garden

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Warm Spot

Warm Spot

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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
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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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#71

Cat Making The Most Of The Sun

Cat Making The Most Of The Sun

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Such Sun... Much Happy

Such Sun... Much Happy

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Sun Bathing

Sun Bathing

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can get a bit of extra sun if I stick my tongue out just a bit more

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Our Cat Is A Sun Worshiper Gratefully Soaking In The Spring Rays

Our Cat Is A Sun Worshiper Gratefully Soaking In The Spring Rays

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Slid Her Into The Sun. Happiest Fat Cat Ever

Slid Her Into The Sun. Happiest Fat Cat Ever

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is that just 1 cat? Could there be a guinea pig in there too?

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My Beached Whale Cat Willy, Paralyzed By The Sun

My Beached Whale Cat Willy, Paralyzed By The Sun

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#79

Sun Bath

Sun Bath

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#80

Loungin' In The Sun

Loungin' In The Sun

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#81

Enjoying The Rising Sun

Enjoying The Rising Sun

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All Hail The Mighty, Warm Sun

All Hail The Mighty, Warm Sun

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hi! Your cat reminded me of this painting by Józef Chełmoński a 19 century Polish painter. Chelmonski...ieLato.jpg ChelmonskiJozef_1875_BabieLato.jpg Long story short... This happened. Kocie-Lato...1e8123.jpg Kocie-Lato-593822c1e8123.jpg

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Caught One Of Our 5 Clinic Cats Sunbathing

Caught One Of Our 5 Clinic Cats Sunbathing

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#86

My Little Dude Loves Basking In The Afternoon Sun

My Little Dude Loves Basking In The Afternoon Sun

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#87

Cat Lounge

Cat Lounge

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#88

Brando Enjoying Some Rare Irish Sun

Brando Enjoying Some Rare Irish Sun

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#89

Today, I Will Sleep In The Sun

Today, I Will Sleep In The Sun

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#90

The Sunshine Club

The Sunshine Club

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#91

Purrrstretch

Purrrstretch

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#92

Getting Some Sun

Getting Some Sun

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My Little Sun Beam

My Little Sun Beam

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#94

Nibble In The Window

Nibble In The Window

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#95

Benji

Benji

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My Cat Laying In The Sun

My Cat Laying In The Sun

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#97

My Cat Aslan Gettin' Some Sun

My Cat Aslan Gettin' Some Sun

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#98

Where The Sun Hitz I Sitz

Where The Sun Hitz I Sitz

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#99

Life Goals

Life Goals

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#100

Chilling

Chilling

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#101

Enjoying A Nap In The Sun

Enjoying A Nap In The Sun

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#102

Miss Whiskers

Miss Whiskers

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