How To Tell If My Cat Is Cold? Winter is upon us while the temperatures are dropping as the seasons are changing, the smell of hot apple cider fills the air and a warm fireplace lifts the chill…
Home sweet home…wait!
Halt! Wait! What?!
Is my cat cold? Are you serious?
Do cats get cold? Well of course not, she has a better coat than I do plus she’s all rolled up in a ball over on the floor and so why do I need to worry about that?
We do and let me show you why…
How To Tell If My Cat is Cold
Nature naturally prepares a cat’s coat to become thicker and denser to fight off the cold, however, a thick coat doesn’t always mean a whole lotta warmth.
In cold temperatures, your cat will feel much colder than we do therefore, we need to take some action to help kitty get some warmth.
Besides tender hugs and warm cuddles, we need to get a few things for our kitty for the cold winter months ahead.
So, here we are in our homes where the fireplace is fired up or the heat is on in the house. We are warm and toasty… let’s check on the kitty…
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How To Tell If Kitty Is Cold – Preparations
We need to take action not only for our indoor cats but our feral outdoor cats as well read more about this here: Cats and The Cold Weather
Your indoor cat will seek warmer areas of your home such as:
- Under blankets
- Near heating vents
- Lay next to space heaters
- Inside your bed covers
These are all indications that they are cold and are trying to find someplace warm to sleep.
Outdoor Feral Cats, on the other hand, seek far more dangerous places to get warm:
- Hot cat engines
- Dog Houses
This is just a few signs and although there are many ways in which we can provide much-needed warmth we must take into consideration those breeds who have less fur that’s dense and thin.
Also, kittens and cats over 7 years old are very sensitive to the cold and steps should be taken to provide them the warmth they need.
Including those cats that are leaner, or older senior cats and cats with thyroid/medical conditions we need to take the appropriate actions for them too… if not more so…
So, now we have a bunch of cold cats!
Items You Will Need For A Cold Kitty
The items that keep the kitty warm are:
- Electric heated cat bed
- Heating pads for pets
- Small space heater
- Comfy warm blankets
- Cuddles and Hugs – this one is free
Did You Know?
Cats can handle heat up to 122f (50c) against their skin, which is why you find them resting against a heating unit or hot surfaces.
Put a warm thick blanket or quilt on their bed to shield them from the cold floor with insulation features and this will help prevent them from catching a cold.
Take comfort in that your feline baby will automatically conserve heat in one way or another as the temperature drops.
How To Tell If My Cat Is Cold – What If Kitty Doesn’t Like Her New Bedding?
Well, cats love furry soft fabric so make sure that her blanket is soft and velvety to her touch and also, that the blanket has insulating properties or the ability to absorb her natural body heat.
A heating blanket with safety features such as a timer
Does kitty already have a favorite spot to nap during the other seasons? Well, if she does then add the blankets there to her bedding.
This will enable her the familiarity of her bed in which she sleeps and she will be more than likely to stay there due to how warm and comfy it is.
But remember that most of all the warmest and most comfy places for kitty are cuddles and hugs from mama or dad.
Both of you will stay warm and cozy and everyone is purrfectly happy!
No matter what we do to avoid getting cold during the winter months and it does happen and you know what…
How To Tell If My Cat Is Cold – My Cat HAS A Cold Now!
We are often taught that if our cat has a cold “wet” nose she is healthy and if they have a warm dry nose then they are sick and have a fever…
However, this is not true.
According to petcentral.chewy.com
“Sometimes clients report to me that the cat’s nose was warm or the cat ‘felt warm or hot,’ but that is not a reliable indicator of fever,” Dr. Wolfe says. “A cat’s normal temperature range is 101.0-102.9 Fahrenheit. I consider 103.0 and above to be ‘fever.’ Also, in summer and under stressful situations (i.e., veterinary visits) a cat’s temperature may be elevated.”
“The only true way to diagnose fever is to take the cat’s temperature,” Dr. Wolfe says.
The most common fever symptoms to look for are the following:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Sluggish Behavior
- Decreases grooming
I find it interesting that kitty’s symptoms are kind of like ours when we have a cold!
- Eye discharge with watery eyes
- Breathing through mouth
- Clogged nasal passages
One symptom to watch out for URI (upper respiratory infection)
URI is usually caused by bacteria or a virus, and sometimes allergies make sure you take them to the vet if you suspect they may have URI.
Adult cats who have a regular cold can usually wait it out because kitty’s colds usually will last only a few days and then they will be back to normal again!
Whew! That’s a relief right?!
How To Tell If My Cat Is Cold – What Do You Do If Kitty Doesn’t Get Better
Now, if you start to notice that their cold isn’t going away and kitty starts to wheeze, become increasingly weak, they don’t want to eat take them to the vet right away!
They possibly might have pneumonia developed, which you know is very serious and they need antibiotics from the vet in order to get better!
By no means should you give your fur baby “people” medicine because it could be poisonous to them!
Remember whatever you do, consult a veterinarian before you take extreme measures to help your baby!
Just like us cat parents the soothing taste of chicken noodle soup when we have a cold is the best thing in the world and although kitty can’t have the noodles, the chicken broth <— organic recipes here will help them feel better, soothe their throat and warm their bellies!
Feed them “wet” food because it’s easier to swallow plus it takes less energy to digest, thus in return allows their body to use the saved energy to keep them warm.
You can also use L-Lysine, which is an amino acid that offers immune support available at your local pet store.
I’ve given my cats L-Lysine during the winter months not only to help them recover from a cold but as a preventive measure a few weeks before the cold season.
You might need to crush the little nugget and mix it in their wet food, this enables you to get all the medication in their system although my cats wouldn’t eat the nugget they would eat their wet food!
Mama is super clever!!! Haha
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