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How Cold Is Too Cold for Cats

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As we bundle up in warm coats and turn up our thermostats, we also need to think about the outdoor cats of our community. While we can look forward to a warm bed at night, many of them are not as fortunate. Winter brings many risks for the outdoor cats of your community. 

First, how cold is too cold for cats?

The Rule of Thumb

Assistant professor Dr. M. A. Crist says that deciding how cold is too cold for your cat depends on several unique factors. Cats with longer fur or higher body mass will be able to withstand a colder temperature than small, light cats. 

Dr. Crist explains, "However, it is clinically accepted that indoor pets that are not acclimated to cold weather should not be left outside when the average daily temperature is below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Cats, even if acclimated to outdoor temperatures should always have access to warm shelters."

As a general rule of thumb, when the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit or 7 degrees Celsius, you should take indoor/outdoor cats inside. Also, provide insulated shelter for your outdoor cats. 

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Winter Coats for Kitties

If you are caring for outdoor cats, you may consider getting warm winter clothing for your fur babies. Choose sweaters or coats that fit your cat well without being either too tight or too loose. Loose clothing will not protect your cat adequately against the elements, while tight clothing may cut off her circulation. 

Here are a few of our favourite choices for your kitty:

100% Wool Sweater for Kitties

Hand-knit by a German artisan, these wool sweaters are warm and cozy. Almost 200 Etsy shoppers gave them an average rating of 5/5 stars. Order one on Etsy.

PC: Customer Patty Myers

Kuoser British Plaid Pet Coat

This reversible pet coat comes in various sizes from extra small to 3XL. Measure your cat and choose the coat with the closest measurements. One of the best features of this coat is the Velcro attachment that provides a flexible fit. Amazon buyers rate this coat as 4/5 stars and rave about its comfort + cuteness factor.

PC: Kuoser Amazon listing

More Winter Cat Tips

In addition to providing a warm shelter and cozy clothes, follow these tips to keep your cats safe this winter.

Let's Chat:

How do you help feral cats in the winter? In your opinion, how cold is too cold for cats?

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