How to keep your cat warm this winter
There’s no denying that cats are heat-seekers, often finding the best spots around the house for one of their many naps. Their usual favourite spaces are probably a little cooler than they’re used to during the colder months. And while they have their own layer of protection against the chill, there are still things you can do to make sure your feline friend is warm, snug and safe when the temperature drops, both indoors and outdoors.
Do cats get cold?
Yes! Just like us, our cats feel the cold, with some less equipped for the harsh weather than others. Your cat’s breed, age, thickness or length of their coat and height, for example, are all important factors in their ability to adapt to the change around them.
Remember: Your cat’s ears, nose, tail and paws are more exposed than the rest of their body regardless of coat length.
How to tell if your cat is cold
Cats tend to hide their discomfort, making it difficult to spot the signs of a chilly cat. You’ll need to be extra observant of your feline friend during the winter months to make sure they’re comfortable. Look out for:
- Cold extremities (ears, paws and tip of their tail)
- Curling up into a ball
- Shivering or trembling
- Seeking warmth
- Wanting cuddles with you
How can I keep my cat warm?
Keep them indoors
Keeping your cat inside can help keep them safe, warm and comfortable. With proper care, attention, and stimulation, you can help make sure you’re meeting their physical and mental exercise needs during this time.
Warm and cosy bedding
A soft bed and plenty of blankets can provide your cat with plenty of warmth during the winter. Hammock beds that attach to a radiator or a covered igloo bed can give your feline friend a cosy and snuggly place to sleep.
Remember: Elevating your cat’s bed even a few feet can help protect them from drafts and put them in reach of warmer air.
Take advantage of natural warmth
The sun can still shine in the winter, and by leaving your curtains open during the day, your cat can enjoy the extra warmth generated by the rays.
Play with them
To keep your cat warm and entertained, set aside time each day for some interactive fun which will help boost their body temperature
Share your bed
If you’re feeling the colder weather, too, why not consider letting your cat share your bed with you for extra warmth?
If your cat is still heading out on their adventures, it’s important that they’re protected. You can leave a cardboard box filled with blankets and covered with a bin liner as shelter from the cold if they’re not quite ready to come inside.
Other important winter safety tips for your cat
Beware of fireplaces both inside and outside your home. Never leave your cat unattended around a fire and always ensure you use a safety screen to keep your pet as far away as possible, even when you’re around.
Keep antifreeze out of reach and out of sight as it’s extremely toxic to pets. If your cat goes outside, make sure to look out for signs of poisoning in case they’ve managed to digest some without you knowing. These include:
- Drooling saliva
- Looking depressed
- No interest in food
- Extreme thirst
If you notice any of these symptoms, take your cat to the vet immediately.
Check your car engine before you start up and drive off as cats can sometimes crawl into engines to seek warmth warm. Even if your cat stays indoors, a quick inspection can save a neighbour’s cat if they’ve decided to hide under your bonnet.
Keep using tick and flea treatment to help keep your cat safe from the pesky parasites as they can survive in colder temperatures!
For more advice on ways to keep your cat happy, healthy and warm during the winter months, speak to your vet.