|Purred: Sat Oct 4, '08 11:35am PST |
|This is Delyte. When our person used to go to work all day, it got pretty chilly in here. My companion, Peri, loved to get under the covers and make a lump in there. I follow the sun when there is any.
She got us a heated cat pad long ago, and we have never had any trouble with it electrically. We now have a heated cat bed and probably will get another one, as 4 large cats over 11 pounds each won't fit in it. Last winter all three kittens did. Plus I don't like to snuggle with other kitties no matter how cold it is! So I am getting my own heated bed.
At night when it is really cold there is the electric blanket. Sometimes all 4 cats are on the bed and it gets a little crowded, but usually it's just me.
None of us will wear clothes and everyone has thick enough fur except maybe me. None of us will eat hot food, we wait until it cools to room temperature.
This was long before my time, but when my person lived out in the country with her two cats, her furnace went out for about 30 hours in the middle of the winter. She turned on the electric blanket to high, and both kitties got on the bed but they cried and complained all night! We cats like our comforts.
We have a cat shelter outside for the outside cats but we think they have figured out their own shelters. One of our neighbors has holes in their skirting so it probably is easy to get in and get up under the warmest part of the floor and away from those gusts of wind.
If you get a heated cat bed from a reputable place with a UL rating, there is no reason to worry about leaving them on while you are gone. They also make heavy duty ones that can be put outside in a dog house type of situation. Cats will lay in the warmest spots they can find and move around to follow the heat. If you can get south facing windows with sun, that makes a lot of warmth.
Despite originating as desert animals, cats deal with cold okay, except maybe for sphynx and the curly-coated ones. They just like the warmth. Our person's dog used to lay in the coldest spot she could find, including on the snow bank outside. But she was a very longhaired dog.
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