Are you ready for spring? It’s definitely getting closer, but for many places, this is the coldest part of the year. Your feline buddy may have a pretty fur coat on, but she isn’t immune to the cold. Here, a vet offers some tips on keeping Fluffy comfy and purring in cold weather.
W arm Beds
Our feline friends absolutely love warm napping spots. Make sure Fluffy has a few good beds. Store-bought beds are purrfectly fine, but your sleepy pet will also happily snuggle up on a soft blanket placed on an ottoman or in a wicker basket. Your cat may also appreciate a thermal blanket. These should be in a spot that is free of drafts. (Tip #1: you get extra purrs if some of your cat’s beds are in sunny areas.)
Kitties just happen to be the purrfect size to curl up in our laps, a fact that they take full advantage of. Some of our feline buddies are quite the little cuddle bugs, and love to snuggle up with their humans. If Fluffy likes sleeping in your lap, by all means let her. (Tip #2: if your furball likes to ‘make biscuits’ on your lap, put a towel or blanket down over your legs before you settle in. This should protect you from Fluffy’s claws.)
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 s mall spaces, such as kitty condos. You can buy Fluffy a cute one in stores or online, but you can also make your own. For instance, you can make a cute pet tent out of an old T-shirt and a few wire hangers. You’ll find more ideas and instructions online.
This one is definitely not an across-the-board recommendation. In fact, the vast majority of our feline friends get very frightened and uneasy in clothes. However, if you have a hairless kitty, your little buddy will need a jacket or sweater when it gets chilly. Fluffy gets cold very quickly without her clothes!
Keep Kitty In
First and foremost, keep Fluffy warm and comfy inside. The outdoors is a dangerous place for cats, no matter what time of year it is. However, it can be particularly hazardous in winter, when snow, ice, and cold add to those dangers.
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