Yes, it’s cold out there, and you’re never going to get rid of the winter blues, but at least your furry companions don’t have to suffer through the cold, right? In this article, we will talk about how cats adapt to cold weather and keep warm in winter by looking at four amazing feline hacks to beat the cold.
Cats Keep Warm with Fur
If your cat’s fur isn’t enough for some reason, don’t worry, there are other ways they can stay nice and warm on a chilly day. Cats’ big ears make great blankets! They’ll gladly sit on top of you if you’re willing to accommodate them with a headrest or cushion that puts their ears over your shoulders or against your chest. If nothing else, turning on an electric blanket will let your kitty lounge alongside while they soak up all that glorious warmth! Warm (or hot) water bottles can also help–but only for so long–while human hair dryers offer another heat source with a little more time and energy required on both ends (though sometimes just running up and down the stairs will do wonders).
Get into Small Spaces
Cats need a warm and comfortable place to sleep for up to eighteen hours a day, but where can you find that if you live in an apartment building or house with an icy driveway? You might be surprised how many cats find cozy spots in our homes during this long winter season. If you have space under your stairs, it may be an ideal hideaway for your cat. Turn off all lights except one, so your cat can safely walk on the stairs and stay away from falling hazards such as door handles, and make sure you provide plenty of warmth for them so that they can get a good rest this winter! You’ll find it will make all the difference in how quickly they adapt to their new surroundings when they first come home!
Stay Active to Stay Warm
A common misconception is that cats only need light, water, and food to live; many people believe they don’t require anything else! But this couldn’t be further from the truth – felines, like people, need a bit of warmth to survive. Here are four ways your cat can stay cozy this winter 1) Stay active. Cats have a higher metabolism than dogs, so they need exercise and playtime during the day to maintain their body temperature.
2) Dress up with clothing or bedding. Cats love soft things, so cuddle up with one of their favorite blankets or even their favorite t-shirt when you’re not home.
3) Take hot baths together. There’s nothing more relaxing than taking a bath on a cold day, so bring your kitty into the bathroom for some cuddles while you’re bathing together (make sure you provide dry towels afterward!). It’s also an opportunity for bonding with your pet! 4) Share snacks!
Create Thermal Beds
Cats can suffer from frostbite just like humans, so it’s essential to have plenty of ways to stay warm on a winter day! The best way for your cat to stay comfortable when the temperature drops are to give them a thermal bed. Thermal beds work by providing a surface that stays cozy no matter what; all you need is a big tarp, thick blankets, and some straws. Cats love hay bales too, so if you want your cat to be as snug as possible, layer those on top for added insulation – it’ll be their Cat Clubhouse! You may not know this, but some cats like staying outdoors year-round, while others only venture out when they need some food and water or are seeking shelter from severe weather conditions.
Cats burrow underground for shelter and safety, as well as for warmth. They also depend on thermal storage mechanisms, like fur and body fat, to stay warm during the year’s colder months. Read more about how these practices work:
1) Cats will often find a good burrow site before entering their den with its thick layers of loose leaves or hay that provide insulation from heat and cold. 2) To maintain their body temperature, they’ll go through periods of intense activity and rest throughout the day. 3) When it’s cold outside, they may not emerge at all until late afternoon because they don’t need to use energy to keep themselves warm. At the same time, they sleep. 4) However if it’s too hot inside their burrow, they may decide to get some fresh air by leaving the den briefly during the night or early morning hours when it’s cooler outside.
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