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Helping Pets Cope with Temperature Extremes

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Cold-Weather Tips for Cat Owners
While some cats are allowed to roam freely outdoors, and others live outside full time on farms or in rural areas, most experts recommend that cats be kept indoors at all times to protect them from disease and injury. For indoor cats, winter weather poses only a mild inconvenience, which is easily solved by finding a heating vent to sleep on or a blanket to burrow under. If your thermostat is set to automatically go down during the day while you're at work, make sure your feline companion has a warm place like an insulated cat bed to keep him toasty. (If he does gravitate to heating vents, make sure they don't get too hot. Place your hand directly over the vent when the heat is on to make sure the temperature is comfortable.)
If your kitty spends a significant amount of time outside, provide a heated outdoor shelter to protect from frostbite and hypothermia. For example, the K&H Outdoor Kitty House is made of waterproof nylon and vinyl and features a removable heated bed. You can also add something like the Thermal Cat Mat to a non-heated outdoor shelter (or use it indoors). The mat features a core that reflects the animal's body heat without the use of electricity.
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