Winter Tips

Here in Holland we have a pretty warm summer. Ten Celsius degrees above zero. We don’t need gloves, no extra pair of pants or shirts. Compared to some other places in the world. From what I see and hear on tv and the radio is that it’s getting pretty damn cold there. So time for some tips for your kitties!

Photo bby Kathy Doucette.

Photo by Kathy Doucette.

  • Keep anti-freeze out of reach and clean up any spills.
  • Don’t use salt and chemical melting products.
  • Before you start the car, honk, bang on your hood and close and open the door before leaving. There may be a kitty seeking shelter under your hood.
  • Make sure their coat doesn’t get matted. Wet and matted hair can cause diseases of the skin.
  • It takes about 3 to 6 weeks after the temperature drops before your cat’s winter coat is thick enough.
  • B-complex vitamin prevents their skin from drying out from the cold winter weather.
  • When you’re cold, they are cold.

Shelter

Offer your cat warm places when you are not home, and they are outside. Create shelters that stay warm, or if they can get into the garage, make sure they have a warm spot there. It doesn’t have to be a palace, as long as it’s dry, out of the wind and warm. This could be a simple, little dog house with blankets in them.

Photo by Gloria Garcia.

Photo by Gloria Garcia.

  • The wind can make it awfully cold. Even when the temperatures shows its above zero, the wind can feel like it’s below zero.
  • Is your cat an outdoor cat? He’ll probably burn more calories in the winter to stay warm. You may need to give him a bit more calories for more energy and a thicker coat. Contact your vet about it.
  • Make sure there is always water around.

Frostbite or Hypothermia

Cats can develop frostbite or hypothermia despite the fact some of them have a thick fur. Both of these can be deadly, and it may even happen if their body temperature drops just a few degrees. Ice can form between their toes, which can cause cuts and wounds.

  • You an extra blanket? Your cat an extra blanket!
  • Heated cat beds, anyone? Make sure the bed temperature heats up to only the cat’s body temperature.
  • Take care of any leaks, especially at favoured window locations. Place a padded window perch at the window so your cat doesn’t have to sit on the cold, hard window sill.
  • The air inside the house in the winter can get very dry. A humidifier in the house can help make your cat feel a bit more comfortable.

Lower Temperature When You’re Away

If you lower the temperature in your home when you’re going out, or going to bed. Don’t forget about your cat. Healthy cats with a good coat won’t have a problem with it. But older cats, or cats that are thinner, ill or with barely any hair may get cold.

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Resource
catbehaviorassociates.com
alleycat.org

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9 Responses to “Winter Tips”

  1. rmudge

    Thank you for sharing these tips! I am in the USA and we have been hit by a massive winter storm this week. In my area it has gotten down to -30 F (about – 35 C) with wind chill. We also got about 14 inches (about 36 cm) of snow and ice. I feel bad for cats that have to live outside in these conditions. We need to do everything we can to help our feline friends :)

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      • rmudge

        Yes the polar vortex got us. You’re absolutely right, I am in the mid-west, Detroit area to be more specific. It is finally starting to let up.

      • Tom Duhamel

        I’m in Québec, we got the East end of it, we only got down to -15ºC (5ºF). We did have -30 just a week before though, but that was just our regular weather really, we are used to that. If you want my opinion, that polar vortex made the -15 feel like a lot worst than the -30 we had just been through. I’m not sure what there was in the polar vortex that made it feel like that, but it was insane. So I really don’t want to know what your -30 felt like. Lucky you, we don’t stay home from work when it gets this cold lol

  2. onespoiledcat

    Great tips!!! Thanks………we need reminding about the fact that cats like to warm up wherever they can – like under the hoods of our cars.

    Pam

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