Let's Talk: Do Your Cats Like Cold Weather?
It was sunny and warm today here in the deep South. It’s not uncommon on a late fall day for temperatures to be in the low 60s, sunny with a light breeze blowing. It’s perfect weather, in my opinion. It feels so crisp and fresh this time of year. It’s especially nice to know the hot and humid summer weather is behind us and we can turn the air conditioning off for the next few months. We've gotten out our wind breakers, jeans, and long-sleeve shirts to wear after sundown. But it really won’t get too cold for another month or so.
However, for our cats who love being outdoors, they are now rarely seen outside our garage unless they need to take a potty break. They’ve already reacted to the colder weather, and it's not their idea of fun. They much prefer the summertime and staying outside all the time.
Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy the warm weather as well. I’m sure I’ll miss the days when I could slip on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and be set for the day. Having to wear coats, gloves, and hats in the morning and at night can be a pain in the rear. Because the daylight lasts much shorter, the time that coats and sweatshirts are needed is much longer each day. As for my cats, it’s rare that you will see them outside before sunrise or after sunset. They will probably be in the garage lounging in one of their heated kitty beds. Their food dishes are also inside the garage, so they see no real need to go outside any sooner than they have to each day.
During the colder months, I occasionally catch one or two of my kitties sleeping near one of the bushes or under the big cherry tree in the yard. They prefer to sleep near the bushes and trees and not under them during the colder months. They take every chance to bask in the sunshine, and they know they won’t feel any sun under the bushes or trees. During the summer, this is the exact opposite. They use the bushes and trees to shade themselves from the intense Southern sun.
After sunset, an interesting scene occurs near the kitty beds. Though most of the beds are heated, some are not. We keep the unheated beds near the heated beds so they all can feel the warmth. Though the unheated beds have blankets in them, nothing beats the cushy heated beds. Each night, all the cats to dine together, eat as quickly as possible, and scurry back to the beds. From there, it’s first come, first serve. Those who finish dinner first usually get the heated beds. Amazingly, there isn’t a pecking order, and there aren’t any skirmishes between the cats when it comes to who gets to sleep in the heated beds.
The eldest cat, who typically spends the most time on our property, doesn’t chase any of the youngsters or the smaller cats out of the heated beds if they arrive first. She will simply take one of the unheated beds for the night or wiggle into one of the heated beds beside one of the cats who have already laid claim to the bed for the night. They’ll simply find their beds, knead the blankets a few times, and settle in for the night. The system works for them and for us as well. I don’t believe this system would be accepted by our dogs. There’s definitely a pecking -- or should I say barking -- order among our dogs.
I believe our cats have the right idea in the colder months. Stay inside, keep warm, and find your favorite place to cuddle and sleep. It sounds good to me. Has anyone seen my blanket?
Do your cats like the colder weather? If not, how does their behavior reflect that? Share your stories and pictures in the comments.
About Tim Link: All American guy, loves to rock out to Queen while consuming pizza and Pinot Noir, prefers to associate with open minded people who love all critters, considered to be the literal voice for all animals – Author, writer, radio host, Reiki Master, Animal Communicator and consultant. www.wagging-tales.com
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