How Cold is Too Cold For a Cat?

Do cats feel cold?

Despite their fur coat, cats can feel the cold. Fur acts as an insulation, but its effectiveness is limited.

How cold is too cold?

There are many variables, which include the overall health of the cat, medications, age, amount of subcutaneous fat as well as the weather itself. Indoor cats are not as acclimatised as outdoor cats. Is it dry or wet outside? A still cold day is less dangerous than a windy, cold day: wind chill and damp both increase the severity of severe consequences to the cat. A wet cat is more at risk in the cold conditions than a dry cat and wind chill can increase the chances of the cat developing hypothermia or frostbite. This highlights the importance of safe, dry shelter for cats who go (or live) outside.

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9 Low-Energy Breeds of Cat

Low-energy breeds of cat

Low-energy cat breeds at a glance Persian Exotic Scottish Fold Russian Blue Burmilla Ragdoll Birman Selkirk Rex British Shorthair Persian Origin: Persia (Iran) Energy: Low to moderate Temperament: Easygoing, quiet, gentle Coat: Long Colours: Every colour except pointed or shaded (see Himalayan and Chinchilla) Care: Easy, a daily groom to remove loose hairs and clean … Read more

Age-Related Symptoms in Senior Cats

Age related symptoms to watch for in cats

At a glance Increased appetite Decreased appetite Urinating more Drinking more Lumps and bumps Weight loss Weight gain Going to the toilet outside the litter tray Bad breath Vomiting Increased vocalisation Stiffness, and reluctance to move The risk of age-related disorders increases as a cat moves into his or her senior years and often catch … Read more

Cat in Heat (Estrus)

Female cat assuming the stance of a cat in heat.

What is a cat in heat? A cat in heat (also known as estrus or calling) is where an entire female cat is fertile and receptive to mating. It usually seasonal but can depend on several factors including the number of daylight hours, age and general health of the cat. There are four phases of … Read more

Physical Signs a Cat is Dying

Physical signs a cat is dying

At a glance

  • Abnormal breathing
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Drop in body temperature
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeping more and ultimately loss of consciousness
  • Odours
  • Urinary and/or fecal incontinence
  • Extreme weakness

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The physical process of dying can take months depending on the diagnosis and is divided into two stages.

  • Early or pre-active dying – The weeks leading up to death, this is associated with a terminal illness such as cancer or kidney disease.
  • Active dying – This process lasts from 3 days to a few hours when the cat’s body begins the physical process of shutting down.

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Cat-Friendly Cleaning Products

Natural cleaning products safe to use around cats

We all want the best for our cats and try to keep them safe and well. Many common cleaning products contain chemicals which are potentially harmful to cats (as well as humans), and where possible, limiting exposure is preferred. Exposure can occur via inhalation, ingestion when the cat grooms or drinks from an open toilet or sink and direct contact with the skin which can potentially irritate the skin.

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End of Life (Hospice) Care For The Dying Cat

End of life hospice care for cats

End of life hospice care for cats

Hospice care is a type of care provided to a cat with a chronic or terminal illness with a goal of relieving pain and symptoms.

What does hospice care involve?

  • Supporting the cat and relieving symptoms and pain.
  • Pain relief
  • Symptom control
  • Nutritional support
  • Fluid support
  • Make adaptations
  • Physical comfort
  • Emotional comfort

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