|Cats are naturally drawn to heat – they sit right next to the fire, lay in sunbeams and loll by radiators. This is, at least partly, because they are cold. A cat’s body temperature is higher than humans’ (around 102 degrees) thus it’s easier for them to get cold and harder for them to keep warm in freezing temperatures.
If you are dealing with feral cats, provide shelter and blankets but, if it’s your cat, keep him indoors! Provide beds or blankets for your cat to lie on in the smallest rooms of the house such as bathrooms or closets and near heat ducts. Invest in a heating pad and slip it under your cat’s bed but only leave it on for short periods. Or, if you happen to have a very malleable cat, try putting a sweater on him – cautiously.
Kelly is a pet writer. She lives in the Boston area with her three pit bulls and one neurotic cat.
January 17th, 2011