One of the reasons a cat feels lovely and warm when it's being stroked is because cats' regular body temperatures are two degrees higher than a human's. But this hotter natural temperature doesn't mean cats are impervious to the cold, far from it.
The Reasons Cats Love Heat
Even at the height of summer you'll see cats lying in a patch of sunlight on the patio or in a ray of light through a window, and during the winter months you'll always find a cat curled contentedly in front of the fire.
Cold Cats in the Winter
Like many animals, cats are capable of growing winter undercoats which they will shed once the cold weather has passed, but this alone is not enough to keep a cat warm in winter. Even indoor cats feel the cold, particularly when the owners are out of the house and the heating is switched off, and of course outdoor cats feel the icy chill in the air just as much as we do.
Keeping Cold Cats Warm
The simplest way to keep cats warm over the winter is to make sure they are safely indoors and out of the wind and rain. But if you're out of the house for much of the day and don't want to waste money keeping the heating permanently on perhaps a Heated Cat Bed is the answer. Energy efficient and cheap to run, a heated cat bed will keep your cat warm while you're away, and if she's happy on her heated bed she'll be less likely to climb all over the rest of the furniture.
If yours is an outside cat and you want it to stay that way during the winter, then an Outdoor Heated Kitty House will keep the wind and snow at bay and let your cat enjoy the great outdoors while getting warmth when it needs it.
Another great idea is the Heated Kitty Sill which attaches to a window sill so an indoor cat can keep watch over the outside. The kitty sill also doubles as a regular cat window perch during the rest of the year once the heater is removed.By John Bone