Winter is coming! But is your cute kitty ready to spend it lavishly and also doing all the fun with you? The dropping temperature, the chilly nights, the fluffy snowflakes and the city covered in white will bring in a lot of joy and happiness for sure but it won’t keep your lovely kitty all warm and cozy for long. Just like you, animals need the extra love, care and attention too. Animals have their own natural fur to keep them all warm but that is not sufficient enough during winters. Winters are not only cold and harsh but boring too at times as you do not get to go out at all times. So, what can you do during the super cold months for yourself and your cat?
Do cat gets cold?
Yes, they do. Nature has gifted them this beautiful natural fur which helps maintain the normal heat and cold balance in their bodies but that does not help in the extreme weather conditions. Cats have the capability of growing the winter undercoats during cold weather season and they shed it naturally when the cold winter sets off. But the tolerance power of cat for cold and heat is not the same for every cat, some are extra sensitive and the older cats feel extra cold; cats suffering from illness are also extra sensitive to this.
The reason cats love heat!
Ever owned a cat or not but you must always notice a cat all wrapped under the sun basking in the goodness and greatness of the bright shiny sunlight. Do you know the reason why cats love heat? The kittens have the temperature receptors which lets the newborn kittens to locate and feed themselves from their mother and that to way before they have opened their eyes. With the growing age the receptors become more sensitive and the cats have this urge to look for warmer places everywhere, so no matter what is the season they look for places which are warm and cozy.
Another reason is that cats have great tolerance power for heat so during the peak summer days too laying under the sun does not bother them instead tolerating cold is more of a problem for them.
So, just like any other animal cats need the same love, comfort, warmth and heat during all seasons. Especially the indoor pets that are not acclimated to the cold weather conditions should be given extra care, attention during the brutal winter seasons.
What can you do this winter for your cat?
We have few great ideas with which you can help your cat and have an amazing winter together.
Get these items to keep your kitty warm and happy.
Cat Bed with Indoor Heating
You cannot keep the thermostat really high at all times and if you cannot then you need to make a different and better arrangement for your cat to keep her warm and toasty. There are many options available in the market from which you can choose. The heating bed gets activated when your cat sits on it and it has to be plugged in for it to begin heating. But, this is sufficient for warming if the cat bed is used inside the house. Do not use it for outdoors as it cannot warm in the cold weather outside the house. If your cat is old or has arthritis then this heating bed will provide great help to the kitty.
Outdoor Insulated and Heated Cat Bed
If you do not have indoor cats and have few favorite feral cats that you want to help during winters then you can go for outdoor cat beds that are insulated and heated. Feral cats can be kept cozy outside too, with these kitty safe and warm beds. Remember not to place these beds out in the open rather you must keep them somewhere under the shed or inside the garage. These beds are waterproof and nicely insulated.
Now, when we have discussed how to keep your kitty warm we can now focus on how to keep your kitty all fun and amazed and not let her gain that extra weight! Buying some toys would be great or involving your cat into doing activities that are that are fun would be great.
Keep your cat all charged up and entertained for those long boring winter time. When the temperature drops then forget us not even our pets want to go get out of the bed. So, you can use the laser pointers smartly in order to make them run around as much as you want. It would not cost much to you and you can make them exercise as much as you want. Point the laser light to any direction and make your cat follow it and feel as if she is on a hunting spree.
Get her a warm cat jacket
Although cats have been gifted by nature to keep them warm with the help of their fur so it not always recommended buying furry clothes for them but just in case you own a hairless cat like sphynx then warm jacket would be of great help for them during winters. There are jackets available in the market with fleece and the jackets are available in all sizes and colors.
Litter Kwitter Toilet Training Seat
Litter Kwitter is a toilet training seat for your cat with the help of which your cat can easily use the normal human toilet seat and does not have to go out wandering in search of the right place during winters. It comes with a training manual, set of instructions and a DVD which explains how you can set it for your cat or train your cat to use it.
These are some great ways in which you can be the best companion to a cat no matter if it is your pet or a feral cat. Keep your kitty warm, happy and safe by doing all this and to keep a check on her overall health by keeping her busy and making her do a few fun activities.
Rohit Bimbrahw is currently working as the Project Manager at Home HealthCare Shoppe; the medical supply extension of Port Coquitlam’s Wilson Pharmacy. At Home Healthcare Shoppe, we believe that with great health and wellbeing, anyone can live a fun and purposeful life.