Winter has arrived, and it is natural for cats to spend to longer indoors where it is nice and warm. Despite having a thick coat, they too can suffer from low temperatures, especially kittens or older cats. How can we tell if our cat is cold, and if so, help it to cope with the season as well as possible?
Cats have a body temperature of around 38 to 38.2°C and they are they are much more sensitive to changes in the weather than us humans. They dislike humidity as much as they dislike cold.
When a cat is cold: the symptoms
How can I tell if my cat is cold? It doesn’t actually give clear signs, it doesn’t get chilblains on its paws or stalactites on its ears, but it does let us know in its own way. For example:
1) IT SHIVERS
On the coldest days, and after having spent a few hours outside, cats can come home especially cold and shivery. Cats don’t often shiver, so it will be easy to spot.
2) IT DOZES OFF ON THE RADIATOR
The first thing that a cat does if it is cold is to look for a warm spot, and that is why you often see them lying down next to the fireplace or on top of a radiator: cats love being in contact with very hot surfaces!
3) IT HIDES UNDER THE COVERS
Curtains, cushions and especially bedclothes… the important thing is that it can get wrapped in something that emits warmth. Have you ever been woken up in the middle of the night by your cat asking you to leave it some room under the duvet?
4) ITS NOSE IS DRY
A dry nose is a symptom of having a fever, which can be caused by cold or changes in temperature. Don’t turn up the heat at home too quickly, otherwise you run the risk of making the situation worse, but do so gradually and also consult a vet.