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Keeping Your Cat Warm During Colder Months

July 10, 2024

As the colder months roll in across Australia, our feline friends feel the drop in temperature too. Although Australian winters are relatively mild compared to many other regions of the world, the cooler weather can still affect cats, particularly those who are indoor-outdoor cats or who may be more sensitive due to age or health conditions. Here are several tips to ensure your cat stays warm and comfortable during the winter.

Provide a warm sleeping area

Cats love warmth, so providing a cozy and warm sleeping area is essential. A cat bed that's elevated from the floor and located away from drafts can help keep your cat snug. Beds that are lined with fleece or faux fur offer extra warmth and comfort, making them perfect retreats from the cold.

Use blankets for extra warmth

Cats often seek out the warmest spot in the house. You can enhance their comfort by offering extra blankets or covers where they like to rest. These can be placed in their bed, on a favourite chair, or in other areas where your cat likes to spend time. The added layers help trap body heat, ensuring your pet stays warm.

Keep the house warm

Maintaining a warm temperature inside your home is important, especially for cats that do not venture outside. Cats are good at seeking out warm spots, but older or less active cats may need a bit more help. Keep your home consistently warm by using heaters safely and ensuring that there are no cold drafts coming through doors or windows.

Consider a heated bed or pad

For that extra level of comfort, consider providing a heated bed or heating pad designed for pets. These products offer controlled warmth where your cat can rest, and are especially beneficial for older cats or those with arthritis. Just make sure any heated product is specifically designed for pets to ensure their safety.

Clothing for short-haired or skinny cats

While not all cats will tolerate clothing, a small sweater or jacket can help short-haired or particularly lean cats retain heat. If your cat accepts wearing clothes, ensure that these items fit properly and do not restrict movement or cause distress.

Limit outdoor time

If your cat spends time outdoors, consider limiting this during the colder months, especially during particularly cold or wet days. Ensure they have access to a warm shelter outside if they do go out. Always check that they have not gotten too cold when they return, and dry them off if they're damp.

Adjust their diet if needed

In winter, cats might need a little more food as they expend more energy to stay warm. Monitor your cat's weight and adjust their food intake as needed to ensure they're not under or overeating. Ensure fresh water is always available and not too cold.

Watch for signs of discomfort

Regularly check your cat for signs of discomfort or reluctance to eat or play, which can be signs of cold stress or illness. Regular vet check-ups can help ensure any issues are caught early and managed properly.

If you require further advice on how to care for your cat during the winter or are looking for specific products to keep them warm, pleaseget in touch with our friendly team for help and advice.