The way cats sleep is a phenomenon in its own right. No, their way is not mind-blowing or anything—it’s literally any way.

Hailed as renowned catnapping champions, they have been spotted sleeping—oh boy, you name it. If you think I’m talking a vegan mat from a local hipster pet place, check out Bored Panda’s previous lists on cats sleeping in the weirdest places here, here, and here, and it should be clear enough.

This time, though, we are covering felines levitating in trees not because they’re bird hunting, stargazing, or reflecting on the world below. It’s rather ‘cause they’re doing their fave thing. Curled in the most bizarre positions, these cattos have been spotted nodding off in grape trees, pine trees, cherry trees, alder trees, and more. We could call this list a botanical collection with a feline twist, but it’s impossible to ignore just how hilarious it all is becoming.

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Nic J
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4 months ago

Reminds me of a koala

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MysticalMan
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4 months ago

A good crop this year

pei meow
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4 months ago

Yes, lots of variety.

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Scagsy
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4 months ago

That's gonna hurt someone when they're all ripe and start falling.

.Ms.M.
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes, it will be catastrophic.

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
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4 months ago

Now that's what I call a REAL CAT TREE!!

Danger Noodle
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4 months ago

Crazy Cat lover expansion pack

Raine Soo
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4 months ago

I gather that these are popular trees with the kitty population.

Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
4 months ago

A family tree?

MrTree1779
Community Member
4 months ago

Now *that* is a cat tree.

Alyssa Fry
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4 months ago

Thank you, this cheered me up

Laura Jones
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4 months ago

aww cat tree

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
4 months ago

Now, that´s quite a sight!

Batwench
Community Member
4 months ago

I want one of these trees.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

Pussywillow.

ArhomR
Community Member
4 months ago

Good one, DP

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Clara Knaub
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4 months ago

Wow they have great balance! My cat would totally fall lol

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
4 months ago

So that's what a Cat tree looks like.

Jaybird3939
Community Member
4 months ago

So THAT'S what's under all those leaves!

shemeowsalot
Community Member
4 months ago

what is this magical place

Kitsune Fox Girl
Community Member
3 months ago

shake the tree and the cat-apples rain down

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
3 months ago

Pussywillow? As a young child my Dad told me we were going to pick some pussywillows. This is exactly what I expected to see!

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
4 months ago

This should be a starter pack for crazy cat ladies & men. An upgrade to going to a shelter.

Pedophobia
Community Member
4 months ago

I would explain it I could

okpkpkp
Community Member
4 months ago

WTH?

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
4 months ago

I remember - this happened when there was snow on the ground !

Darlene Melcon
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow....this is a rarity! Where was this?!

Diana Hansen
Community Member
4 months ago

looking for the birds

Judy Wilkes
Community Member
4 months ago

pussy willow?

Mia
Community Member
4 months ago

I wonder what is below them?

Miss Cris
Community Member
4 months ago

It's raining cats (and dogs)

Andrew McFarlane
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4 months ago

It's a willow tree, and they're CATkins...

Courtney Christelle
Community Member
4 months ago

Ever see the show Zoo?

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.Ms.M.
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4 months ago

What a grape spot :D

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Bored Panda reached out to Marilyn Krieger, certified cat behavior consultant and author of “Naughty No More,” to find out more about feline behavior in the sleep department. ‘Cause oh boy, there are too many questions that need to be answered here.

First of all, if it seems like your cat is virtually sleeping all the time, it’s exactly how it looks. Marilyn explained that cats sleep an average of 17 hours a day to conserve energy. “Feral, stray, and wild cats hunt about 10 times a day—it takes a lot of energy to hunt.”

Domestic cats still carry the same instincts as their wild cousins; although they don’t need to hunt for meals, they take their time to recuperate.

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Martha Meyer
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4 months ago

Looks like a lynx instead of a house cat.

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Steve Barnett
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4 months ago

Don't you wish to be 2 inches tall and going to sleep against that belly? Oh wait, the purrings starting. It’d be like dying and going to Heaven, then dying again and going to Heaven's Heaven.

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MysticalMan
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4 months ago

Cat apple tree

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But keep in mind that even when your cat is asleep, they’re still alert and quick to respond to any possible threats. “Watch your cat’s ears when she sleeps. You’ll note how they move and turn, tracking sounds that may be undetectable to the human ear,” said Marilyn.

When it comes to sleeping in trees, Marilyn suggests that cats do so because it enables them “to see potential meals and help to keep them safe from predators on the ground.” Moreover, “Another plus for sleeping up high is that heat rises and napping spots are toasty.”

The cat behaviorist also said that felines always have “valid reasons for choosing places to nap.” So it’s not all as random as it looks to our human eye. “Instinct can prevail and cats seek out places that feel safe,” she added.

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

Just hangin' out...

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

It's so cute and chonky! Hugs!

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pei meow
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4 months ago

Wow, so pretty

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TUBLOVER3
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4 months ago

Could she be more relaxed !!

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TUBLOVER3
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4 months ago

Looks like she has been there before and has found the best position for her !!

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.Ms.M.
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4 months ago

Floofy tree

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Lucas
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4 months ago

Cat in fox nap pose.

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

It must be a good dream. The kitty is smiling.

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pei meow
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4 months ago

That's a weird position...

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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4 months ago

Cheshire cat

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Scagsy
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4 months ago

L'il cutie

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ArhomR
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4 months ago

Best one yet. So relaxed.

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ArhomR
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4 months ago

Parking lot attendant

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
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4 months ago

The paw though.

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Vic
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4 months ago

Lovely name!

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sbj
Community Member
4 months ago

Cat"i'm no cat, I 'm a squirrel"

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Martti Laurson
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4 months ago

fixing a tree hole with expanding foam is not a good idea. But the cat has found a good place to chill

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ƒιѕн
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4 months ago

Oh my, what a lil cutie !

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AnaV.
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4 months ago

Ripe kitty just hanging on a tree...

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh, they're lichen that tree.

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ArhomR
Community Member
4 months ago

It’s Caturday and she naps where she likes.

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AnaV.
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4 months ago

Adorable

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

Dreaming of being a lynx.

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ArhomR
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4 months ago

Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest.

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