Tips to Keep Your Cat Comfy & Warm

by Drs. Foster and Smith on November 24, 2010

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When it comes to cats, there are two things to keep in mind regarding their comfort. First of all, they are heat-seeking animals, found often in a sunny spot next to a heat vent, but seldom in the path of a cold draft. Second, they sleep most of the day away, racking up as many as 16 sleep hours daily.

Instinctive heat-seeking behavior is displayed at birth, when facial temperature receptors enable your cat to find her mother even before she can open her eyes. As she ages, those receptors become more sensitive, making supplemental heat sources very important to her comfort and well-being, especially in senior arthritic cats. As far as her excessive sleep habits, the benchmarks of a content cat are warmth, security, and a full stomach – all of which are powerful sleep triggers.

Where and how she sleeps, however, can make a big difference in her comfort and overall health. This is especially true during cooler weather. While you sleep under an extra blanket, make sure your cat also gets the warmth she needs with a heated bed, pad, or perch, located away from outside doors, drafts, or under-insulated areas of your home.

Low wattage heated beds or pads warm to approximately 102°F, the average body temperature of most cats, or raise the bed temperature just a few degrees above the ambient room temperature, making them extremely inviting.

You’ve got many options for keeping your cat warm and toasty. She’ll appreciate it even more if you give her a few options. Here are a few of our favorites.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

PetSafe Wellness Cat Sleeper offers heated comfort for just pennies a day. Soft, orthopedic foam walls deliver comfortable heat in the coldest weather! The gentle radiant heat is especially nice for older, arthritic cats. Includes a machine washable faux suede cover. PetSafe Wellness Cat Sleeper
Cats that burrow into hampers or baskets for warmth will certainly appreciate Heated Cat Cup with its fleecy soft walls and 1″ thick foam frame that cradles your cat in absolute comfort and luxury. It surrounds your cat with warmth and security like no other cat bed and will soon become your cat’s favorite naptime spot. This is the perfect bed for cats of all ages, especially older cats that need firm, non-shifting orthopedic support underneath their sore joints. Heated Cat Cup
Kitty Sill gives your cat the elevated window view she seeks, combined with a snuggly fleece-covered foam bed. It’s the ideal solution for comfort and warmth next to the window on a chilly day. Thermo Kitty Sill
For cats that love to go under blankets, Hide-a-Way Bed enables cats to literally crawl under the covers to keep body heat in. MiracleLoft® polyfil provides support underneath and fluffy fleece surrounds her as she crawls under the attached blanket. Hide-a-Way Bed
Ultra-soft Cozy Cushion® contains a special thermo-reflective material that conserves your cat’s body heat and reflects it back, warming her without electricity. Its heavy-duty plush fabric is machine washable. Cozy Cushion

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Rosemary November 24, 2010 at 8:35 am

My cats love laundry days. The three girls especially like to lie on the dryer as it runs. The only problem is that they like to lie right on top of the lint trap, and have to move so I can clean it between loads. The freshly dried clothes are also nice to curl up in, but that gets taken away eventually.

I do NOT leave the dryer door open. Cats are NOT allowed into the dryer, and I have been known to go through the house doing a head count, or going through all of the clothes again before I start it. My old kitty, Sandy, accidently had a couple of tumbles after he got in when my son opened the door, and I shut it and started the dryer again without checking. He made a horrible thumping noise, so I opened the door, wondering what on earth my son had put in the dryer. Poor Sandy shot out. I don’t know who was more scared, me or the cat. Now, if the dryer gets stopped, I check it BEFORE I start it again.

Gabbie November 29, 2010 at 12:36 am

Great article! Thanks for all the information. Cats really find a warm temperature very inviting. We have three cats at home and they love sleeping on a cushion bed. I am planning on buying a bed for each of them this Christmas as a cute holiday present :)

Lisa December 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Both of my “girls” love to snuggle in their cozy nighty night beds everynight!!!! Love my “girls”……

Joanne Graham December 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Great advice, as many people don’t think that their cats might be cold. Many also think leaving them outside through winter all the time is OK, and it isn’t. These are wonderful products that aren’t just for spoiling but are to keep cats healthy and happy.

Clint Sidney December 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I also love cats, they are great pets. As of now I also have lots of cats who always on my feet and rubbing their body on my legs. love them and thanks for sharing this info

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