Can wild cats survive cold temperatures?

When do cats freeze? 6 tips for recognition, warming, prevention

Cats literally have a “thick fur”. A healthy cat does not freeze as quickly as we humans. But when do cats actually freeze? Here you can find out how you can recognize it and what you can do to protect you from a cold.

Cold and snow also affect our kitties. With cats that are allowed outside, it is easy to see when they start to feel uncomfortable: If the temperature on the outside thermometer drops, most of them prefer a warm place in their home. Unlike indoor cats, cats that move outdoors also develop thick winter fur.

Their undercoat soon becomes noticeably thicker if there are only small changes in the outside temperature. Before it gets really cold outside, nature has protected them well.

7 tips for cats in winter

1. When cats are cold: the posture shows it

If a cat is cold, its body language expresses this clearly. To protect herself from the cold, she puffs up her fur, crouches down and keeps her eyes tightly closed except for a small slit.

2. Is it too cold now? When is it definitely too cold for cats outside?

How much cold a cat can theoretically tolerate depends heavily on its general condition and therefore varies from person to person. Healthy animals can easily withstand temperatures down to -20 degrees.

At temperatures below freezing it is important that the cat's fur remains dry. If there is also moisture and drafts, lower minus temperatures can also be dangerous for cats. There is a risk of a cold, hypothermia and, in the worst case, death.

3. Should it be better not to let outdoor cats go out in winter?

This is generally only recommended for old and immunocompromised animals. An animal that is used to being outdoors would hardly accept it without major protest if suddenly it is no longer allowed to go outside.

When it gets cold it should be ensured that a cat can come back into the warm apartment at any time. If that is not possible, because you work during the day, for example, and the cat is used to being able to go outside in the morning, you can offer it a warm place outside with just a few materials.

4. A warm place for outside - you can build it yourself quickly and easily

If you can't just let your cat back into the apartment during the day in winter, you can create a pleasant retreat in the garden for them with simple materials from the hardware store. These crafting instructions show how it works.

5. Pure luxury: a heated cat house for the winter

If you want to offer your cat more warmth and comfort, there is one for you heated cat housethe better alternative. These little houses are mostly made by hand and have been specially developed for the needs of cats in the colder months of the year - ideal for those who cannot let their cats in all the time (work and co. Send their regards)

The integrated heating system prevents cats from freezing outside. Incidentally, such a cat house not only protects against the cold, it is also a great decoration for the garden. More information about heated cat houses can be found here(Alternatively, you can simply click the picture below.)

6. Older cats freeze particularly easily - also in the home

Older indoor cats are different from young animals. They are often quite sensitive to cold, but only show this to a limited extent in order not to be considered weak. There are evolutionary reasons for this. If you want to know more about this, you can read our article on pain in cats.

Older cats often freeze when we humans do not yet feel it is particularly cold.

If you have an older cat at home and don't want to turn the heating up to the limit every day during the winter months, a heated cat pillow is a good option. It not only saves heating costs, but also electricity costs.

This Cat pilloweven has built-in overheating protection: it switches off automatically as soon as the temperature is too high.

7. Videos cats in the snow

Cats are usually afraid of water, but they can make an exception when the water is frozen. Most cats love snow! How much you can see in the following video:

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Animal welfare activist and editor / specialty: animal welfare, cats in need / doesn't feel properly dressed without cat hair / lives near Berlin.

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