Table of contents:
- Does the cat feel cold?
- Who is most at risk?
- Healthy and balanced diet
- Windows closed and no drafts
- Beware of colds
2023 Author: Alex Livingston | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
The old cat is cold especially if he does not live exclusively in an apartment and goes around the rooftops or chasing mice in the garden. What happens to him when the temperature drops? What can we do to prevent her from getting sick?
Certainly felines are very sensitive to climate change, and do not have a double coat of fur to protect them from the cold. Our intervention then becomes fundamental.
Does the cat feel cold?
Yes, the old cat is cold. In reality, all hairy people, regardless of age, can suffer from winter; it is obvious, however, that there are periods of life in which one is most at risk. A feline then accustomed only to the warmth of the house, if it comes out it feels much more the change in temperature.
Even if in the fall makes the pack and is able to withstand contact with very hot surfaces well (up to 50 degrees he has no problems, indeed he loves to be crouched on stoves and radiators), he feels cold like us, maybe more.
Who is most at risk?
The elderly cat gets cold when low temperatures arrive, but we pay particular attention if:
- It is part of the breeds without or with little hair, such as Ukrainian levkoy, peterbald, sphynx or Siamese;
- Is sick: the immune defenses are lowered and he is more prone to colds and the consequences of low temperatures;
- He is a puppy or a little old man: the little ones have not yet fully developed the immune system and cats over the age of seven have weakened it.
If we notice something strange in the behavior of our four-legged friend, let's contact our veterinarian of trust for a check-up visit.
Healthy and balanced diet
If the elderly cat is cold (indeed: whatever age Miao is) a healthy, balanced diet suited to your needs makes it stronger and more resistant to low temperatures.
Let's not forget, moreover, that in winter he does less physical exercise and he is less active: we must not increase the daily doses of food, nor give him extra because we risk that he suffers from obesity.
If, on the other hand, it continues to do enter and leave the house and does not change their habits when it is cold, the supplements prescribed by the veterinarian will avoid the onset of food and energy deficiencies.
Windows closed and no drafts
The old cat is cold, the simplest way to relieve his suffering is to close the windows well and avoid that there is current in the apartment where he lives. During the day, however, do not forget to open curtains and shutters to let the sun's rays in: so you can lie down and warm up.
If we go out we do not leave the heating on for long, so as to avoid any domestic accidents. Hot water bottles or blankets can be strategically placed around the house, on which Miao can find comfort. We prepare the sofa or bed in the same way, if he has the habit of sleeping with us, with an extra duvet or blanket just for him. That way, he certainly won't feel cold.
Beware of colds
Is the old cat cold? He might have a cold, just like we bipeds do. Let's pay attention to any symptoms such as:
- Excessive mucus production;
- Red and watery eyes;
- Frequent sneezing;
- Fatigue and apathy.
In this case, it is important to go to the vet as soon as possible to have a checkup, and to prescribe any treatment.
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