You know all the tell-tale signs. The trees outside slowly starting to surrender their green foliage for vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. The slight chill in the air when you retrieve your morning paper. And the sun hanging a little lower in the sky when you leave work can only mean one thing. Winter is coming. Here is some basic cat care in winter:

  • A fur coat does not prevent frostbite and hypothermia! When the temperature drops below freezing don't leave indoor cats out for extended periods of time, especially when there's a wind chill warning.
  • Signs that your cat is too cold: shivering, paw hopping or excessive meowing or verbalizing.
  • It's also a good idea to keep cats that are young, old or on medication indoors as much as possible as they are more vulnerable to the cold.
  • Just as in summer, never leave your cat in a car during the colder months. The space is too large to heat with their own body heat and there is a very real danger of freezing to death.
  • Before starting your car in the morning knock on your hood. Cats often seeking warmth curl up inside a car engine which can be fatal.
  • For cats that spend a majority of their time outdoors it is important to remember that they will require more calories to generate body heat. On those really cold days, your cat should always be allowed to come indoors.