It’s a well-known fact that cats don’t really like the cold. Long before their sleepy sofa days, they actually used to live in desert-like environments such as those in Africa, Arabia and Egypt. So as temperatures drop, our feline friends may need more than just their fur to keep them warm and snug in winter.
It’s always very important to be mindful and adapt to your cat’s needs. They’re proud, strong creatures, so they won’t always let you know if they’re uncomfortable. Make sure to look out for the first winter warning signs, which include chilly paws, ears or tail. Also, if you start to notice that your cat sits near the radiator more often than usual, or if they’re extra cuddly, it’s probably a sign that they’re chilly.
The first tip may seem obvious, but it’s probably the most effective. Try to keep your cat inside as much as possible during the winter months. Not only is ice and snow dangerous for them, but they could risk ingesting anti-freeze products if they spend lots of time outdoors.
Try turning up the heat at home. Ideally, cats should maintain a body temperature of about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and they’re most comfortable in environments where the temperature is between 68 and 77 degrees.
If that’s too warm for you, consider buying a pet-safe heating pad that they can use, and make sure that their bed isn’t on the floor. If you’re looking to save money, you could take advantage of naturally toasty places, like a draft-free windowsill that catches the sunlight.
Just like their human companions, cats burn more calories and experience an increased appetite when the weather is colder. Try giving them a little extra food in winter and balance it out by giving them a little less in summer.
Finally, the most exciting way to keep your cat warm in winter is to play with them! Not only is it a fun way to bond with your furry friend, but it’ll also help them keep obesity at bay. If you need inspiration, check out these exercise routines and playtime activities for cats!