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Burr. Burr. Burr. Burr. Burr No More!
Here in Texas, we just began our first serious cold spell. Yes, it gets very cold in parts of Texas and my cat family is not enjoying this one bit. While I’m a work-at-home cat mom, and keep the house relatively warm during the day, I found one of our kitties burrowing his way under our covers this morning. I felt his little ears and they were cold, signaling to me that his body temp was not where it should be.
Warming him up was essential, so I put my thick gardening sweater over him for extra warmth. That’s one trick to help teach your kitties to curl into warm fabric if it’s not their usual sleeping spot. If I’ve worn it to work in the yard a bit, my cats always claim it for warmth. It’s a regular fleece, sweatshirt style jacket with the strings taken out of the hood for safety.
Here are some other tips for keeping your cats warm this winter:
Keep cat beds on carpeted areas. Many times a cat bed is placed on the floor in a quiet spot in the corner. What if that spot is on ceramic tile or a hardwood floor? Cold from the floor eventually makes the bed not-so-cozy. Try placing your kitty’s bed on top of a small square of carpet or a small area rug, or even a folded blanket. The more layers between your kitty and the floor, the warmer she’ll be. Sometimes, we move the cat beds up on top of a sofa or chair, with a towel or blanket placed under the bed. Hot air rises. Create a cat bed spot that's higher than the cold floor and you've instantly given kitty a warmer spot to sleep.
Leave fur long. When you take your cat for grooming, ask them to leave her hair long. Seems sensible, right? I just saw a cat waltz out of a grooming salon with a lovely lion cut, with the shortest fur only a quarter-inch thick. If this cat’s fur had been left long, she would surely be warmer this winter. Cat coats naturally fill out more during the winter months to keep them warm. Unless there is an altercation with a skunk, keep the short haircuts at bay until the warmer months are back.
Provide sweaters and coats. You may have seen stores display cute sweaters and coats for cats, but they’re not just for novelty. There are many new brands of cat wear that are made specifically for colder environments. Here are some of our favorite cat clothing designs:
A custom-made outfit is just the right fit for this kitty.
Sewing Cats and Dogs specializes in custom-made cat clothing. The website offers many different styles, colors and fabrics to choose from. Their hand-made touch is just right for the pampered cat.
To view: Custom-made cat clothes
Plaid Coat from The Gilded Paw
The Gilded Paw offers an elegant outfit for the most pampered feline. The plaid coat shown here looks specifically chosen for this lovely kitty. This brown and tan plaid coat is purrfect for any sophisticated feline. The coat slips over their head and has a Velcro closure around their belly.
To view: Plaid Kitty Coat
A cat. A boa. Is there anything more beautiful?
While it's not really for warmth, it was so cute that I had to add this in for fun. For the ultimate cat party outfit, give your cat a boa. Yes, a boa collar. Think about it…A cat...a boa...destruction! Well, it’s the thought that counts, right? Most importantly, it’s for those very fast photos you shoot of your kitty in her boa just before she rips it to shreds with delight!
To view: Cat Boa Collar
She is a feline snow queen!
Emma Rose "Holiday Princess In Crystals" is noted as a favorite holiday dress for cats. Pronged set Swarovski crystals throughout the skirt of this lovely velvet dress just sparkle. The outfit is silk lined with white marabou trim. A Tulle underskirt on this dress will give just the right amount of poof!! Poof? Yes, poof for the pampered kitty! Your little one will sparkle like all our holidays should.
To view: Holiday Princess in Crystals Party Dress
Remember those old-fashioned printed cat pillows? What fun!
Can’t get enough clothing for your kitty? Here is an old-fashioned stuffed cat pillow featuring a lovely kitty in a vintage red coat complete with white fur or a purrfect white dress with holiday trim! I found this cute set on etsy.com and remembered the stuffed animal pillows of the early 20th century, passed down to my mother and then lovingly worn out by me!
To view: Well-Dressed Christmas Cat Panel for Pillows
Other solutions to keeping your cat warm include the obvious. Leave the heat on. Although it might save a bit of money to decrease the temperature or turn the heat off during the day while you're at work, be mindful that your cat is still home. Use this rule of thumb – if you would be uncomfortably cold, most likely your cat will be, too.
Last, but not least, Cuddle. Snuggling with your kitty will not only warm her body temperature, but it will be sure to warm both your hearts!
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