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Why do cats so much like bask in the sun?

Why do cats so much like bask in the sun?
Why do cats so much like bask in the sun?

You have probably already noticed, cats are real addicts in the sun. Normal, you say, since these little felines come, originally, from the Egyptian desert. Even though, for thousands of years, cats have adapted to colder or even frosty climates. All the same, why do they always find a way to sunbathe, even when the last rays disappear? What benefits does it provide them?

1. The sun makes them happy

What cats like most is the warmth of the sun. Indeed, cats are very heat-resistant animals, since they are able to withstand a temperature around 50 ° C, unlike dogs. And to feel the warmth of the rays on them is a source of pleasure that makes them simply happy, or even that can improve their mood. A bit like us finally!   However, be careful that your cat does not take sunburn by staying too long face him, especially if he has little hair. Heat stroke or dehydration are also the risks of too much exposure to the sun.

2. They need vitamin D

Like us, cats need vitamin D to help calcium settle on their bones. However, the body is able to synthesize vitamin D if it receives enough sun. But unlike us, most cats have such a dense coat that the rays almost do not cross their skin, which means they can stay in the sun for so long without feeling the effects. Thus, it is important to check that your cat’s diet provides enough vitamin D since it is difficult for him to produce naturally. In nature, he finds vitamin D in the bones of his prey, but a domestic cat will be satisfied with a food based on fish oil, for example.  

3. They compensate for their loss of body temperature

When they sleep, cats see their body temperature drop. Thus, they try to compensate for this loss of heat by lying in the sun to take a nap, for example. This also explains why, in the winter, our tomcats like to roam near the radiators.

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