A cat that does not go out in winter - what does it need?

Winter is a special time for animals. This also applies to cats - even those indoors!

  • Cat's advice
  • Cat health

The frosty season has an impact on our furry. We are also talking about indoor cats. Of course, they do not experience temperature changes as much as free-living cats. However, it is worth taking care of a few things, even if the purr is not leaving home. What does an indoor cat need in winter? You will learn from the text below.

A cold window sill and ... a sick cat

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The home area ranger works anytime, anywhere - regardless of the season! If your cat belongs to the kind of purr that loves to observe from the windowsill or just loves hanging out by the windows - be careful! Especially when they are leaky. A cold window sill and chill penetrating from the frosty surroundings may end up with a general cold or bladder disease for the furry.

It is best if you keep the windows sealed. Be sure to find a blanket, fleece or other warm fabric at home to cover the windowsill for the winter time. And one more thing - do not believe the arguments such as: "if cats can cope outside, what is a cold window sill inside the apartment". Remember that cats living in the house function a bit differently than their outgoing brothers. A cat that does not go out in winter reacts worse to temperature changes or drafts. He's just less hardened.

Radiators and cat hydration

The winter heating period has an impact on our pets. Of course, in the eyes of a cat, a warm radiator is one of the coolest devices in the house (a pillow next to the radiator is probably a very pleasant place in winter!). However, the caregiver should know that this device is not good for the purr. Warm, dry air influences the hydration level of the cat's body.

In principle, the fur should regulate itself - just drink more when its fluid requirements increase, but we know from experience that it can be very different. So don't be fooled by popular thinking that only summer is the time to keep your cat hydrated. A cat that does not go out in winter needs it just as badly (especially if it eats dry food).

Calorie requirement

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You can't fool nature - in autumn and winter cats start to eat more! This applies to both outgoing and non-outgoing purrs. They often take on a characteristic "fold" - after all, for predators, cold time is associated with the entire system of "security" of the body. The main difference, however, is that while free-living cats actually need more calories (they move a lot and burn more energy to keep the body warm), the purrs living in houses - well ... Not necessarily.

Let's make an appointment - while sleeping on a warm couch, don't they use any additional calories to warm up? Therefore, if you do not control the cat's winter appetite - you can get a small, furry, winter fat chub. Note - don't go overboard though. It is worth keeping an eye on the amount of food consumed by the cat and when the purr exceeds the norm, react on an ongoing basis. It is by no means a drastic reduction of the existing meals or slimming the cat. There are even theories that this should never happen in winter (so as not to burden the purr's organism during this period).

Winter cat hair

Nature prepares all purrs for winter - even cats that do not go out in winter "arm themselves" with a stronger and denser coat. This means that you should remember to brush your cat's fur regularly. More hair means more hair "scraped" by the cat's tongue, which translates into an increased risk of cat trapping. It is also worth remembering about providing unsaturated omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which prevent the skin from drying out. Cats living in heated apartments are extremely vulnerable to such skin troubles. Remember - when winter comes, the life of the little purr who lives in the house should also change!

Show us your winter cats and write down how you care for your furry friends during this frosty time!

Author: Marta Martyniak

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