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Pam’s Cold Weather Safety Tips for Cat Parents

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Don’t Leave Your Cat in the Car

When traveling, don’t leave your cat in the cold car. Depending on the weather, the inside of the car can become cold enough to be fatal to your cat. In the summer, the inside of the car can become an oven that can turn lethal in mere moments and the winter temperature can be just as dangerous.

Watch for Frostbite on Outdoor Cats

If you allow your cat outdoors, keep in mind that he’s susceptible to frostbite, especially on the ear tips. Always make sure your cat is indoors when the temperature gets uncomfortable and check your cat over physically to look for signs of frostbite.

 

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Check the Paw Pads of Your Outdoor Cat

If you allow your cat outdoors during snowy or icy conditions, his paws pads can become burned and irritated by the ice melting salt products that get spread on sidewalks and driveways. To protect outdoor animals, switch to one of the pet safe ice melt products available instead of using traditional rock salt. You should also wipe the cat’s feet before he has a chance to begin licking his paws.human hand and cat's paw

Create a Draft-Free Indoor Environment for Cats

Even indoor cats can get uncomfortably cold. Make sure your cat’s favorite napping areas and bedding are located away from drafts. Since many cats love to sit at the window and watch the outdoor activity, address any drafts that leak through poorly sealed windows. If the house is drafty in general, set up some cozy napping places for your cat by using semi-enclosed beds or heated pet beds.

Pay Close Attention to Sick or Elderly Cats

Cats who are inactive, have lost muscle tone, lost weight or have trouble maintaining their body temperature will need extra care to ensure they have adequate warm places for snuggling. An older cat with arthritis will truly appreciate being able to curl up in a soft, warm bed. Be extra mindful of cats who need a little extra help when it comes to staying warm and comfy. If your elderly cat has been used to going outdoors, this is the time to transition him to indoor life. The cold outdoor environment is especially tough on the stiff joints of older, arthritic cats. Older cats can also become more easily disoriented, especially in snow, so keep your cat indoors.

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