Even though cats are originally desert animals and prefer temperatures that can range up to 120 F, depending upon the breed, they can also endure temperatures that are quite cold. However, once the temperature goes below freezing, they can develop frostbite and even hypothermia. As a general rule, to keep your cat warm in winter, it’s best to keep kitty indoors during extreme weather conditions.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CAT IS TOO COLD
- Always wants to cuddle.
- Curling up in a ball.
- Sits on top of the radiator.
- Cold extremities: feet, legs are cold to the touch.
SIGNS OF HYPOTHERMIA
Signs of mild hypothermia (body temperature of 90-99°F) in cats include:
- Lack of mental alertness
Signs of moderate hypothermia (82-90°F) include:
- Muscle stiffness
- Low blood pressure
- Unresponsive, stupor-like state
- Slow, shallow breathing
Signs of severe hypothermia (less than 82° F) include:
- Fixed and dilated pupils
- Inaudible heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
HOW TO WARM UP YOUR CAT
- Give your cat a blanket, preferably a flannel one.
- Put a sweater on your cat. This is not for all cats though. Some may not like them.
- Provide a heated bed.
- Put your cat’s bed up off the floor, as heat rises.
- Put your cat’s bed near a window where sun shines in.
- Give your cat extra food. You might have noticed that cats tend to eat more in the winter.
- Let your cat sleep with you.
Just remember that if you are cold, your cat might be even colder.