Videos We Love: Cats Who Are Masters of Relaxation


Remember back in the day when people still wrote checks, and it took a good two months each January to stop putting last year’s date at the top? The older I get, the more time seems to fly — so much, in fact, that watching these time-lapse videos of cats napping, lounging, and bathing themselves in the sun feels like real time. Check them out, and let’s resolve to live in the damn moment this year.

1. Sunbathing

Every day, this busy kitty works a three-hour shift monitoring the temperature and breadth of the sun puddle on his human’s bed. Here’s a time-lapse video showing exactly how hard he works each day. Keep it up, dude.

2. They grow up so fast

This video condenses 50 days of these newborn kittens’ growth and development into five supremely adorable minutes. As they yawn and knead and grow rounder and fluffier and their little ears stand up OH MY GOD, seriously — just try not to SQUEE! too loudly at your desk.

3. Sleeping through the storm

There’s something oddly Zen about watching this cat snooze and stretch luxuriously while a storm is rolling through and the sky is going kind of crazy outside. Next time you’re stressed out, just follow this kitty’s lead and close your eyes and go to your happy place.

4. Box o’ kittens

To a kitten, I imagine two hours can feel like forever. When your entire existence spans only a few weeks, each moment is deeply significant. This video shows us how newborn kittens spend their time — basically a lot of sleeping, eating, snuggling, and twitching like the world’s furriest Mexican jumping beans.

5. Productive afternoon

Dexter the cat’s dedication to his bed is rather inspiring. Even though the bed is clearly two sizes too small and he might be more comfortable if he just stretched out, he sticks to his plan and finishes his nap. “Let’s just say he isn’t busy developing an Internet start-up company or doing anything that would be considered the least bit productive,” his owner writes. “He did call and ask me to pick up some Doritos on the way home, though.”

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About the author: This not-crazy-at-all cat lady loves to lint-roll her favorite dress and go out dancing. She also frequents the gym, the vegan coffee joint, and the warm patch of sunlight on the living room floor. She enjoys a good cat rescue story about kindness and decency overcoming the odds, and she’s an enthusiastic recipient of headbutts and purrs from her two cats, Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix.

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