Keeping Your Cat Warm In The Winter

  • By lemaster
  • 11 Jan, 2018

The temperature is dropping and winter is upon us. Do you know how to keep your cat(s) healthy and safe this winter season? If you do, great! If you don’t, please keep reading. The team at the Cat Clinic of Greensboro want to ensure you and your cat have a great winter so please read our helpful tips below!

Get your cat an initial before winter check-up. Your vet can check to see if your cat has any medical issues that would make it vulnerable to the cold.

Indoor Cats

  • If you have an older cat that has arthritis the cold weather could make them stiff and uncomfortable. Consider moving a chair or other piece of furniture to make a sort of ladder so your cat won’t have to jump as high.
  • If your cat normally sleeps on the floor, consider moving its bed somewhere higher to avoid drafts.

Outdoor Cats

  • Before getting into your car, bang loudly on the hood or honk your horn before starting your car to make sure your cat or any cat isn’t hiding underneath the hood. Since cats love a warm spot they can sometimes crawl up under the hood to stay warm.
  •  If your cat has an outdoor shelter, raise it off the ground. Frozen earth will draw out more heat from the shelter than moving air. Be sure to turn the entrance away from the wind or consider laying down extra-bedding. Be careful to avoid using anything that will retain moisture and freeze or even become moldy.
  • Never leave your cat unattended in the car in the winter. The cold weather can quickly turn the inside of a car into a refrigerator.

Feeding time

  • If you leave cat food outside for your cat, check it a couple times a day to make sure it's not frozen.
  • It is particularly important that your cat has unfrozen water. If your cat can't get clean water it could easily drink from sources contaminated by household cleaners, road-salt and anti-freeze. Anti-freeze is especially attractive to cats and extremely dangerous, so make sure to clean up any spills on your driveway.
If you have any questions about your cat's health, contact the experts at the Cat Clinic of Greensboro. 

By lemaster 11 Jan, 2018

The temperature is dropping and winter is upon us. Do you know how to keep your cat(s) healthy and safe this winter season? If you do, great! If you don’t, please keep reading. The team at the Cat Clinic of Greensboro want to ensure you and your cat have a great winter so please read our helpful tips below!

Get your cat an initial before winter check-up. Your vet can check to see if your cat has any medical issues that would make it vulnerable to the cold.

Indoor Cats

  • If you have an older cat that has arthritis the cold weather could make them stiff and uncomfortable. Consider moving a chair or other piece of furniture to make a sort of ladder so your cat won’t have to jump as high.
  • If your cat normally sleeps on the floor, consider moving its bed somewhere higher to avoid drafts.

Outdoor Cats

  • Before getting into your car, bang loudly on the hood or honk your horn before starting your car to make sure your cat or any cat isn’t hiding underneath the hood. Since cats love a warm spot they can sometimes crawl up under the hood to stay warm.
  •  If your cat has an outdoor shelter, raise it off the ground. Frozen earth will draw out more heat from the shelter than moving air. Be sure to turn the entrance away from the wind or consider laying down extra-bedding. Be careful to avoid using anything that will retain moisture and freeze or even become moldy.
  • Never leave your cat unattended in the car in the winter. The cold weather can quickly turn the inside of a car into a refrigerator.

Feeding time

  • If you leave cat food outside for your cat, check it a couple times a day to make sure it's not frozen.
  • It is particularly important that your cat has unfrozen water. If your cat can't get clean water it could easily drink from sources contaminated by household cleaners, road-salt and anti-freeze. Anti-freeze is especially attractive to cats and extremely dangerous, so make sure to clean up any spills on your driveway.
If you have any questions about your cat's health, contact the experts at the Cat Clinic of Greensboro. 

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