Keeping Your Cat Warm in Cold Weather
"A warm cat is a happy cat"
Cats don’t need to go out as much as dogs do. They don’t need walks and bathroom breaks so it’s easier to take care of them when the temperature drops. However, even if cats just stay indoors, you still have to take precautionary measures to keep them safe during winter. Here are some tips to keep your cat warm in cold weather:
Keep your cat inside
You should not let your cat out when it’s freezing outside as they can easily get frostbite and hypothermia. Aside from that, antifreeze and de-icing products pose added threats to your cat’s safety.
Always check the temperature inside your home
Cats are heat-seekers, they would look for and find a warm spot where they can stay comfy and cozy when the temperature drops. Check the temperature, if it goes below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, then that’s too cold for your furry baby. Instead of making them search for a warm spot, create a space for them to snuggle safely.
Prepare a warm bed for them
Cats love being warm and they also love to sleep. Your pet would surely love curling up in a warm bed on a cold day.
Add another source of heat
During cold weather, it would be helpful to add an extra blanket and heating pad to your pet’s bed.
Stock up on cat supplies
Be prepared for the worst. Make sure that you have enough cat food, litter, and treats in case a snowstorm comes and you won’t be able to go out for some time.
Secure exits and entrances
Ensure that all screens or storm windows are securely installed to prevent your cat from pushing them and escaping outside.
Keep your pet well-fed
Felines use more energy to keep themselves warm in cold weather. Help her cope with the cold by increasing the amount of food you give her.
Dehydration doesn’t just happen in summer, cats can also suffer from dehydration due to dry heat during winter. So make sure your feline friend has access to plenty of fresh drinking water.
Pet-proof your fireplace and space heaters
Put a barrier or screen on your fireplace and space heaters to keep them away from sparks, flames, and embers.
Put winter chemicals in a safe place
Products used for thawing ice can be harmful to your pet. Keep them in a safe place away from your pet’s paws.
Make sure the plants you have indoors are safe for your cat
Cats love plants and you can’t stop them from playing, nibbling, and chewing plants. Avoid decorating your house with plants that are harmful to cats.
Consider giving your pet a dry bath
Grooming is still essential even if the weather is cold but it’s not necessary to give your cat a bath when it’s freezing outside, Consider giving your pet a dry bath to keep her coat clean and healthy. You can use a cat wipe and wipe your pet from head to tail or you can sprinkle some baby powder or cornstarch on your pet then brush it out thoroughly.
Watch out for warning signs
You should always be on the lookout for signs of hypothermia and frostbite. Signs of hypothermia include inactivity, weakness, and shivering. Signs of frostbite include discoloration of the affected area, blisters, shriveled ears and tail tips, pain, and swelling.
If you see any of these signs, ask for your vet’s help immediately.