Since many cats are indoor cats, I often hear the question do cats need sunlight to be healthy? Many animals, including humans, get vitamin D from exposure to the sunlight.
So many cat owners assume that cats also need sunlight to be healthy and produce vitamin D. But the simple answer is no, cats do not need sunlight. Sunlight in fact does not do anything at all as far as their health goes.
The sun’s rays do not penetrate the thick fur of a cat, so it does nothing for it. A cat gets vitamin D through it’s food, which is a good reason to make sure your feeding it quality cat food.
Cats are perfectly fine living their whole lives indoors. They will be happy and in fact safer from dangers, diseases and pest. They do not need full, direct sunlight from the outside.
Now having said that, we all know cats love to be in the sun! They always want to sit in a windowsill or lay down in a sunny spot where the sunlight is shining through.
So even though cats don’t need sunlight to be healthy, it’s still a good idea to let the sunshine into your home as much as you can. Or make a spot in one window for your cat to sit or lay down and sun itself.
Nobody wants to live in the dark, and the same is true for a cat. So again, do cats need sunlight, the answer is no. But please give your cat access to a sunny window for it’s overall well being, if not for it’s vitamin D health. 🙂