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Sun Bathing Cats

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

catsunBoth of my cats love to lie in the sun. My younger cat, Millie loves to lie wherever the sun is shining in.  My older cat, Molly loves to lie in a sunny spot on my deck and sprawl out. I have to keep her cat bed in a sunny spot. Why do they do this? Maybe one reason may be a need for a sound sleep. Cats require about 15 hours of sleep each day. Warmth often helps them get their best rest. When cats doze off, their temperature drops slightly and sleeping in the sun can help make up the difference. Some cats not only enjoy the suns rays, they also find a heating vent or other source of warmth. Sometimes it’s even too warm for me and I retreat inside to the air conditioning but Molly wants to stay out and bake! Remember that cats cannot tolerate excessive or prolonged heat. After a while, I ‘ll take Molly inside if I feel that it’s too hot or she’s been out there too long. Make sure that you have a cool water bowl filled at all times and that there is always a place for your cat to cool off.

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