Let’s be honest – you can’t tell a cat what to do. This is all well and good, but what happens when your adventurous feline demands to go outside during those cold winter months? And what about making sure your indoor cat is also content? It’s completely understandable to worry about their comfort, so here’s some tips for keeping your cat safe and warm in cold weather.
Should your outdoor cat insist on braving the cold temperatures to continue their normal escapades, here’s some ideas to help keep them safe:
Yes, cats can be outside in cold weather, but this really depends on each individual feline. Cats are very self-sufficient and have a lot of natural protection against most UK elements. Their skin (which is made up of four layers) and coat keep them comfortable throughout the year.
But when conditions do get more extreme (we’re talking heavy snow, hail, and strong winds) you’ll need to be careful, particularly when temperatures drop below seven degrees celsius. You also know your own cat and their needs, such as whether they’re older or have conditions. Use common sense and keep them indoors if you’re in any doubt of their safety.
It’s fairly uncommon for cats to get sick from cold weather, but there is a risk of your feline getting frostbite and hypothermia. These cold weather illnesses happen when a cat doesn’t have access to food or shelter.
Help keep your kitty safe by making sure they have constant access to the indoors whenever they need to warm up. You could install a cat flat (if you haven’t got one already) and invest in an outdoor cat house or cat kennel.
Although they won’t be directly exposed to the elements, there are still things to be aware of with indoor cats and cold weather:
Ah, it’s nice to have somewhere to relax and snuggle up, isn’t it? Setting up a cosy area for your feline may ease their grumpiness at not being able to go outside on some days.
Then again, it’s not just about keeping them warm – your cat also needs lots of mental and physical stimulation. If your normally active explorer has to be kept inside during a particularly cold spell, remember to use toys and activities for stimulation. There’s lots of fun cat presents ideas to occupy them while they wait to return to the great outdoors.
During the winter months, your indoor cat will benefit from a space in the house that doesn’t rely on artificial heat. This gives them an area that is their own for them to lounge and stay warm. You can buy an indoor cat house, or create an area out of blankets or towels for them to visit at their leisure.
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