I write this on a weekend which the forecast says will be the coldest of winter so far. The heater is on more often than it’s off and the electric blanket is going to nuclear temperature before I will get into bed. While we can make the conditions quite pleasant for ourselves, what should you be doing to look after your cat in winter?
What you should do to look after your cat in winter:
- Provide enough warmth: A fairly obvious one yeah? Despite the fur coats our little friends insist on wearing, regardless of the season or social occasion, they still like to find somewhere to get warmer. Electric cat beds are widely available, or you could look at our Cat Cosy which is a wheat bag that you heat up in the microwave. The advantage of the Cat Cosy is that it’s safer because you don’t need to remember to turn it off, the covers are washable and hoomans can use it when they get aches and pains too! Other options would include our Feline Futon made from luxurious bamboo velour which we’ve designed with a gap to allow your puss-cat to get “in” the blanket. Pussa is right onto this design feature which I infinitely prefer to when she tries to get in our bed. That for me is a step too far.
- Give them access to indoor sunshine: Depending on the orientation of your home hopefully you’ve got somewhere which gets either the morning or afternoon sun. Our bedroom gets the morning sun and Pussa & Soph will migrate there once the sun’s up, squishing themselves against the glass sliding doors to capitalise on the additional heat. If I could contort myself in the same way I’d probably do it too. You might also think about shifting a few bits of furniture around to so they can sit in the sun. Remember, you’re in a share household and it’s in everyone’s interest to maintain the peace.
- Litter box placement: Granted, the litter box isn’t your finest item of home decoration and if you normally keep it in the garage or somewhere detached from your living area, be nicer to your cat and bring the litter box inside during winter. Maybe into the laundry or bathroom even if just as a temporary measure for a few months. That might head off having to clean up cat poo off the carpet……..
- Keep ’em movin’: In these cold months it’s very tempting for us hoomans to stay within the warmth and comfort of home rather than lace up our runners and get our butts out for a run. These sentiments can afflict your cat too. Much easier to burrow under the hooman’s doona and cat nap for hours at a time. As a responsible pet owner it’s up to you to make sure that your puss-cat maintains their activity level be that playing with one of our Cat Teasers, Fur Balls or chasing after the laser pointer. Regular activity will help keep your Favourite Feline’s weight in check and maintain a regular appetite.
You can do all these things, but what do most cats think is the best thing to do in winter? You silly hooman……..curl up on your lap of course!