In this article I’m going to talk about how cold is too cold for Cats In a house
I will also talk about how to know when your Cat is cold
You will also learn what the ideal room temperature is for Cats in winter
Let’s get into it
How Cold Is Too Cold For Cats In a House
As winter approaches we will welcome cold weather
If you live in a country where winter is really bad
Then of course it can become really freezing
With heavy snow falling
And temperature reaching below freezing!
Which is why it very important to know how cold is too cold for your Cat inside your house
We as Cat parents need to make sure that our Cats stay warm in winter
Because it can be very dangerous for your Cat to be exposed to such cold weather
You need to ensure your house is warm enough for your Cat
You see Cats are very independent creatures and they can look after themselves (Unlike me! I’m still a grown up baby that needs my mom when I’m feeling ill!)
I mean they spend around 30% of their life grooming themselves!
But when it comes to winter even a stubborn Cat can feel the effects of the cold winter
Cats do have a warm coat that keeps them warm when the temperature is above freezing
But, when the temperature falls below 32 degrees then this can be dangerous for your Cat
Because Cats can face serious medical conditions such as hypothermia or even frost bite
And this could be life threatening
Your Cats normal temperature is roughly between 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit and when your Cats temperature falls below this average then this is when Hypothermia can occur.
Hypothermia could be mild or severe and if it’s severe, this can lead to frostbite
Frostbites can occur on your Cats tail, toes, and tip of their ears.
The reason why frostbites can be so dangerous is because signs of it are clear immediately
It may take up to a few days to actually notice anything so the condition could get more serious without you even realizing
How Do I Know If My Cat Is Cold
Our Cats can’t talk to us and literally tell us “I’m feeling cold” so it’s up to us Cat parents to know when our Cats are feeling cold
So how can you tell if your Cat is cold?
Let me tell you
A good way you can do this is to feel their ears or tip of their tail
You see, when a Cat is feeling cold then they would conserve heat by reducing the blood flow to the extremities of their body
That way they can preserve their heat to important parts of their body such as their internal organs in order to function properly
So if your Cats ear or tip of the tail is cold then it’s most likely your Cat is feeling cold
Although we can’t say for sure that your Cat is feeling cold because the sense of feeling cold is also determined by the Cats neurons and their brain
But if your Cats extremities are cold, then I’m sure they would appreciate being warmed up!
Another way you can also tell if your Cat is feeling cold is looking at how they are sleeping
A Cat that may be feeling cold would sleep in a “Meatloaf” position, tightly compressed and with her paws tucked under her belly instead of being spread out. This helps them conserve energy.
Ideal Room Temperature For Cats In Winter
What is the ideal room temperature for Cats in winter?
The general rule is if you’re feeling cold then it is most likely your Cat is feeling cold too
I know it is important to save money with heating bills but if you turn it up just a bit, it can be the difference between a healthy and happy Cat and a unhappy sick Cat.
It’s important that we keep our Cats warm indoors and have the room temperature warm enough for our Cats
Do Cats Get Cold Indoors
The answer is yes
Just as humans can feel cold indoors a Cat can get cold indoors
Especially if the owner out and the heating is switched off
As mentioned before, it’s important to have the room temperature warm for your Cats
We want to ensure our Cats are kept nice and warm in Winter
What Temperature Can Cats Tolerate Outside
If your Cat is an outdoor Cat then it is important to know and have an understanding of what temperature can your Cat tolerate outside, especially in winter.
Cats can adapt very well to cold weather except in below freezing degrees as mentioned earlier
Although Cats can adapt to cold weather it’s best if you can keep your Cat indoors during the winter because you don’t know if during the night the weather can drop below freezing and if your Cat is outside then this can be dangerous for her
If your Cat does not like coming inside then you can build a outside shelter for your Cat. Put warm bedding inside so your Cat has a safe warm place to go to when it gets bitter.
When it comes to judging if your Cat is too cold the best way to go about it is to think about your own comfort level.
If you’re feeling cold then the chances are that your Cat is feeling cold too
Ensure your Cat is warm during the winter times because the last thing you want is your Cat to catch Hypothermia or something even worse – frost bite.
If you ever have to leave the house then do ensure your house is warm for your Cat
And if your Cat is an outdoor Cat then do try to keep them inside during winter. That would be best for them
Otherwise you can build a shelter for them. It could be a project your family could do which will be fun for you and your family!
The most important thing is that your Cat is healthy and happy at all times especially during winter