CAN MY CAT BE COLD IN WINTER? HOW TO PROTECT IT?
Cats in winter are like humans; they are affected by temperature change. Their behavior will change, and sometimes it will take a little help to help our feline friends. However, we must remember that our four-legged friends are more resistant to low winter temperatures with their soft coats. Is my cat cold in winter? How to protect it: find our seven tips!
CATS: NOT ALL EQUAL IN THE COLD!
Some cat breeds have naturally thicker coats as their undercoat increases in the winter. This happens when she sheds due to temperature changes, so a cat that lives outdoors will also have thicker, fluffier fur in the winter to maintain body temperature. Be careful if your cat lives indoors. Its molting will be less critical, so do not expose it suddenly to the cold.
It will, of course, also be necessary to pay more attention to small and older cats because they tolerate the cold less. In addition, they can suffer from the cold more quickly if it is less effective thermoregulation or degraded by age and illness.
DON'T FORGET TO WARM UP YOUR CAT!
A cat accustomed to living outside will look for more contiguous sheltered places, and if they live in a group, they will sleep glued to each other (it reminds me of my little kitten )
As usual, watch out for cars because our feline friends will hide more easily in winter under a vehicle, in its wheel arch, and sometimes, for the little ones, in the nooks under the engine. So be careful to start gently to wake them up and give them time to go out. But be careful, no psychosis either, don't take ten minutes to start every morning!
So the watchword in the face of the cold is heating.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR CAT IN WINTER (WHETHER SLEEPY OR ADVENTURER)! MY CAT IS COLD; WHAT TO DO?
LET YOUR CAT ENTER WHEN HE WANTS
If your cat is an apartment cat, avoid letting it go outside for too long, such as on your balcony. If, on the other hand, he is the adventurous type, he will generally be quite resourceful and prepared to withstand the cold. On the other hand, as soon as he wants to go home, you must welcome him to let him warm up and rest.
MONITOR HIS PADS AND LEGS
Your cat's weak point is its paw pads. They are typically adapted to winter outings, but any lesion could worsen and disturb him. It is, therefore, necessary to watch his little paws more regularly, to wipe them when he returns from outside, and in the event of a long walk in the snow, it is possible to gently pass warm water on his pads to warm him up.
ADAPT YOUR FELINE'S FOOD
Some specialists advise increasing the amount of food in winter by 10%. Above all, if your cat is exposed to the cold, it must have permanent access to quality, dry, richer food and water that is not too cold. Therefore, it is recommended to leave kibble and water in a protected place and change everything regularly.
LEAVE IT SLEEP WARM, ESPECIALLY FOR KITTENS AND OLD MATOUS
Yes, we all know it; a cat does not like you to change its habits. However, when the climate is less conducive to walking, our friendly cat is ready to accept certain sacrifices.
As far as possible, bring his bed closer to a source of heat, or arrange a second bed to give him a choice. You can also add a small blanket at the bottom of his bed to prepare him for the bed of his dreams.
If he accepts, you can exchange his current basket for this cozy shelter designed for the cold.
DON'T HESITATE TO HEAT IT UP
If your cat comes back from a getaway all soaked, do not hesitate to take him tenderly in your arms with a nice towel to be able to dry him. I'm not sure he'll like it, but it's good for him. Please take the opportunity to make a small assessment of its pads. Do not hesitate to bring it to your veterinarian in case of lesions.
STIMULATE YOUR AND EXERCISE IT
Like us, our cat will be a little lazier in winter. The lack of light and the cold can affect his morale. And there, it will be up to you to play by stimulating him through games, using his toys with him, and not hesitating to cuddle him to show him your love.
WATCH IT AND ABOVE ALL LOVE IT
Please pay attention to his health and be more attentive than ever. If he has symptoms of sneezing or coughing, and if they persist, do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian.