It is a common belief that cats and dogs are more resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur coats, however this assumption is untrue. Just like people, your feline friend is susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should therefore be kept inside during cold weather.
A cat’s temperature tolerance can vary from pet to pet, based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, age, and health. However, despite this, no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below freezing weather.
Winter time can be especially dangerous for felines as a warm vehicle engine may seem like an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats. This can result in injury or even death. It is very important for us humans to check underneath our cars in the winter to make sure that no cats are hiding and trying to keep warm. Making a little bit of noise can help scare the feline away. Check around and underneath your car, bang on your hood and honk your horn before starting the engine to encourage any stray cats to abandon their roost under the car’s engine.
Guidelines For Protecting Your Cat In Cold Weather
The following guidelines will help you protect your feline friend during the cold winter months.
- Never let your cat outside, especially if there is snow or ice on the ground. In addition make sure that your cat has an ID tag with its name and your address or a telephone number that you can be reached at should your cat escape outdoors.
- Never leave your cat alone in the car during winter, he or she could freeze to death.
- Make sure that your feline companion has a warm place to sleep, off of the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy cat bed with a warm pillow and blanket are best.