fluffy shaved cat in window

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Cats possess many odd quirks and habits, but one of their most endearing qualities is their love of windows. It seems like once they find a good window perch, they won't leave for hours! Why is that?

The feline affinity for windows can be attributed to many factors. Cats are curious observers, and let's face it, the strange outside world is probably a lot more interesting than the interior of a house. After all, why would a cat want to observe his or her human sitting around doing absolutely nothing (e.g. melting into a couch and gluing their eyes to the television) when there's an exciting world of birds, bugs and squirrels just beyond the windowsill?

Another major reason these exquisite creatures gravitate towards windows is because they're a great source of warm sunlight during the day. Ever notice how a cat will seek out a patch of sunlight on the floor and flop down to sunbathe? This is because the domestic kitties of today are descended from wild desert cats that passed down their impressive heat tolerance, high metabolism and, in some breeds, their light, short-haired coats. They're hard-wired to bask in warm environments.

Whatever the reason, having a window available to perch in is a vital component of a happy, healthy indoor kitty.

In honor of the window-loving, sunbathing kitties everywhere, enjoy these adorable photos of indoor (and outdoor) cats lounging around in windows.

kitties in window pane

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Kitten in window with mug

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Kitties sleeping in outdoor windowsill

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Cat looking through window blinds

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Kittens in square window opening

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Kitty looking up in window

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Curious cat in window

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4 cats in window

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Cat in shuttered window

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Cat and young child in windowsill

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Cat surrounded by flower pots on windowsill

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Kitty and bird in window

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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.