Prepare to embrace the cold this winter by making sure you and your kitty stays warm and cozy. Here are 4 easy tips to keep your cat warm in winter.
Make use of the sun
Sunlight during winter offers the best natural warmth. Place your kitty’s bed, pillows or toys where the sunlight comes in. This doesn’t exert a lot of effort as cat lovers know that cats are naturally inclined to sunbathe as much as they can. Also, considering their ancestors are desert animals, it’s no wonder they can easily feel cold.
Heat your kitty’s meals
If possible, refrain from free-feeding your kitty wherein you just leave some food in the bowl. This can get cold and not appeal to your cat. Well, if your feline bud still eats it, that’s great. However, even us humans are looking for hot soup or beverages to fight off the chill in winter. So, serve some hot or warm food for your kitty this cold season too. Feeding your cat a heated or fresh meal is an easy and thoughtful way to help keep your cat warm in winter.
Provide more food
Numerous veterinarians have claimed that cats tend to eat more in winter. So, if you’re a cat parent who’s worrying about the sudden increase of appetite in your kitty during winter, first consider it as a seasonal appetite change. Supposedly, cats eat more during cold season because of the extra energy levels they need to keep warm. So please add a reasonable amount of food to your cat’s meals this winter. If you’re still worried that your kitty is overfeeding and there are more behavioral changes aside from this appetite increase, then please do consult with a vet.
Provide a snug and cozy bed space
Yes, we know this is a rather obvious way to keep your cat warm in winter. Just as how we people wear heavy snug coats and wrap ourselves in thick blankets during snowy season, an appropriate change or addition to your kitty’s bedding should also be considered. For indoor cats, if you can afford pet-safe heating discs or warming pads, these would be ‘purrfect’ add-ons. If not, some thick fleecy blankets will do. Now if you’ve provided a refuge outside for outdoor cats, don’t use blankets, towels or even hay as these soak up moisture hence making the shelter cold and wet. Straw, not the drinking one but the dried stalks, is a good alternative for insulating an outdoor shelter.