Are you ready for spring? Warmer weather is getting closer, but for many places, this is the coldest part of the year. Your feline buddy may be wearing a fur coat, but she isn’t immune to the cold. In this article, a vet offers some tips on keeping Fluffy comfy and purring when temperatures plummet.
Kitties absolutely love curling up in warm napping spots. Make sure Fluffy has a few good beds to snuggle up in. Store-bought beds are fine, but your sleepy pet will also happily sleep on a soft blanket placed on an ottoman or in a box. Your furry friend may also appreciate a thermal blanket. These should be in a spot that is free of drafts. (You get extra purrs if some of your feline pal’s beds are in sunny areas.)
Cats just happen to be the purrfect size to curl up in our laps, a fact that many of them take full advantage of. Some kitties are quite the little cuddle bugs, and love to snuggle up with their owners. If Fluffy likes to snooze in your lap, then by all means let her. (Tip: if your furball likes to ‘make biscuits’ on your lap, put a towel or blanket over your legs before you settle in. Those tiny claws hurt!)
Did you know that brushing your cat regularly will also help her stay warm? Dead fur and dander interfere with the natural insulating qualities of Fluffy’s pretty fur. (Bonus: this is also a great way to bond with your kitty, and make her feel loved.)
Cats love small spaces, such as kitty condos. You can buy Fluffy some really cute ones, but you can also make your own. For instance, you can make a cute kitty tent out of an old T-shirt and a few wire hangers. You’ll find more ideas and instructions online. These can be great projects for kids!
This one is definitely not an across-the-board recommendation. In fact, the vast majority of our feline buddies get very frightened and uneasy in clothes. However, if you have a hairless kitty, your pet will need a jacket or sweater when it gets chilly out. Naked cats also enjoy heated or thermal beds.
Finally, keep Fluffy safe and sound inside. The outdoors is a dangerous place for cats, no matter what time of year it is. However, exploring is particularly hazardous in winter, when snow, ice, and cold add to those dangers.
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