Photo: Cat Stairing

Athena the cat warmed by the sun on the stairs

Athena rules the stairs.

There’s a certain magical moment when the sun enters our home and pours a cascade of delicious warmth down the stairs. It doesn’t last long, but the cats always seem to know when it occurs.

Even though the sunfall covers several steps — each of which dispenses enough toastiness to comfortably accommodate your average domestic feline — only one cat at a time is ever found basking in the stream.

Apparently one stair rules them all.

For this I am glad, because on my way up or down, I only have to step over a single unmoving — and offended — cat.

What are your pets favorite hangouts? 

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  1. Great pun! Rhette is still claiming spots, right now he’s finding himself quite comfortable in my favorite corner of the couch, or dad’s/my chair. Cats! Love Dolly

  2. slimdoggy says:

    We have the same sunspots that are favorites – not on the stairs but in the sunroom. Both Jack and Maggie hang out there in the winter.

  3. And warming that cute lil’ body with the sun all the while looking at mom like what you lookin at 🙂

  4. Mary says:

    She looks pretty content right there.

  5. meowmeowmans says:

    That stair has it all! A cushion-y carpet, a sunpuddle, and a beautiful kitty. Happy Wednesday!

  6. Love the colour of your eyes!

  7. jan says:

    The sun spots are like a magnet to our cat.

  8. Emma says:

    At our house, I enjoy lying on the landing and not allowing anyone to go upstairs. Pretty kitty!

  9. It looks like Athena is ruling over her kingdom from the best spot in the house! 🙂

  10. Teresa says:

    The couch but we know we’re not really allowed there. Your spot on the stairs looks pretty good!

  11. Cathy says:

    One of mine loves sitting in front of the window so she can get that warm sunbeam too! Another one loves the couch and the biggest one sleeps behind the dining room table. He thinks he can’t be seen there.
    Your cat has such beautiful eyes!

  12. oh my gosh, when I go to step over Cole who looks immobile or even asleep, he leaps to his feet causing me to stumble around trying not to fall on him. Sometimes I say, I’m going over, STAY THERE and sometimes he does. Sometimes I get thrown over! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  13. Gotta love a little feline ruler!! Our pups like to sunbathe on the rug right by our patio door, as well as outside in the grass 🙂

  14. I love seeing cats relax in the sun like that. They always look so peaceful.

  15. We love hanging out on our window seat. Or the bed. Depending if we wanna watch Bird TV or sleep. 🙂

  16. Gilligan says:

    That kitty is stairing at me! 😉 *wags* – Gilligan from

  17. Elaine says:

    Ah, basking in the sunshine for a warm nap. Haley has her own spot in the family room on sunny afternoons.

  18. Of course the kitties know when the sun puddles cross the stairs! We are sun puddle experts! The sun doesn’t hit our stairs though. Our best sun spots are in front of the sliding glass door that looks out into the back yard!

  19. Rebekah says:

    Love the sunlight here.

  20. Ruby says:

    LOVES that look!!! Yuppers, she does look offended!
    Ruby ♥

  21. Bee says:

    oh so many gorgeous cats and dogs such little time 🙂 ~ great picture!

  22. Norma says:

    She’ll let you pass, JUST this once…

    She’s gorgeous! Happy hopping!

  23. MyDogLikes says:

    That is a great sun spot….but it looks like you might need some shades!

  24. Athena is so very lovely – my cats love the stairs too! 🙂

  25. My kitties all love to lay on the stairs, then they force up to tippy toe in between them to get up to the bathroom! haha!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  26. Anywhere soft really. He loves sleeping on our down coats.

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