Let’s celebrate the return of Caturday by reveling in one of the things all cats have in common: basking in toasty warm sunlight.
“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.”
Bored Panda is currently assembling an extensive collection of cats soaking up the sunshine. These are some of our favorites. Click here to view them all and even contribute photos of your own feline sun worshipper.
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