Cats are pretty self-sufficient when it comes to body temperature regulation, but did you know that their body temperature is not the same as humans? It’s actually a few degrees higher, which means that when you may feel comfortable with the temperature in your home, your cat may not be!
A normal cat’s core temperature ranges from 37.5 to 39.1 degrees C, which means that they can tolerate higher temperatures in the summer and are generally more comfortable being warm, but they may get much colder in winter, especially if you set your heating to winter saving hours.
Let’s look few things you can do this winter to ensure your cat is comfy and happy in their home.
Provide comfortable and warm areas in the home – Cats are very intelligent when it comes to utilising spaces. Whilst their external temperature may fluctuate, they will find and curl up in the smallest of areas to keep their core body temperature steady, if your place gets pretty cold, provide a cat bed with blankets, or allow access to safe and warm spaces such as closets, under the beds and maybe set up a box, where he can curl up inside and get cosy.
Leave Curtains/Blinds Open – Create sunny areas in your home. Allow your cat to soak up some winter-sun rays by leaving your curtains and blinds open.
Avoid Shaving Your Cats Fur – Allow your cat a full coat of fur, so it is fully insulated. Avoid shaving it in the cold and winter months.
Hypothermia – Cats can be considered hypothermic if their temperature dips below 37.7 degrees C. Hypothermia is more common in cats that go outside during the winter months because they have been exposed to cold temperatures for too long. If your cat comes in from the cold and has cold skin, shivering, pale gums or has shallow breathing, take immediate action to warm his core temperature immediately. Wrap him in blankets and use a pet safe heated blanket, by simply turning up your heating may not be enough to warm him up.
High Temperatures and Fevers – A fever can be considered in temperatures ranging from 39.2 - 40 degrees C. Your cat’s high temperature can be caused from either being outside for too long, or a fever from being ill. Take your cat to a vet if you notice him being lethargic or has a lack of appetite. Use a rectal thermometer to determine your cat’s temperature, or take your cat to vet to be examined if you are unsure.
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