Do Cats Like The Snow? Find Out!
Cats are indoor pets. Even when you see them outdoors, it's usually during spring. What about winter? Read on to discover if cats are snow lovers or not.
You may love snow or hate it, but you can’t deny that snow is a fantastic creation of nature. Plus, snow activities are really fun.
We all know that dogs adore snow and that they could spend hours outdoors exploring snow, but what about cats?
Are they snow fans as well, or they prefer life without an outdoor snowy path?
Do Cats Like Snow Or Not?
There is no easy answer to this question, but the honest one. We don’t know if cats love snow – no one knows this for sure.
What we know is that, just like humans, cats are highly individual. Some cats adore snow, while others can’t handle it.
So, some cats love being outdoors when it snows, while others love spending hours watching the snow from a safe distance. No one knows for sure why cats react to snow differently, but one thing is sure about cats – they are curious.
They like to explore around, watch the world closely from the high ground, and monitor any unusual occurrence.
For them, the snow is a mystery, that has to be solved. In most cases, their exploration of the snow is hilarious.
You can see them jump around, sharing strange sounds, or simply sitting scared on the ground covered with snow. You may like it or not, but it’s really important that you know how to protect your cat from the unfamiliar snow.
For years, cat lovers have been arguing is cats should be kept indoors exclusively, or they should be let free to explore the outdoors.
At the end of the day, this is a highly personal decision and depends on the cat’s owner. Still, one thing is for sure – there will be consequences.
Letting Your Cat Enjoy The Snow
Letting your cat explore outdoors may complement her natural instincts, but it definitely puts her into a number of various dangers.
Low temperatures, icy ground, and rainy snow are an extreme danger for adult cats and especially dangerous for kittens.
Luckily, with few tips, you can ensure that nothing happens, at least not something too dangerous.
If you choose to keep your cat indoors, focus on how to keep her entertained while enjoying the safety of your home.
For those whos cats adore snow, here are some basic tips:
- Make paws cleaning a routine.
- Whenever your cat comes home, use specially designed paw cleaners for cats, or use a wet soft rug.
- Do not let your cat enter the home before the pawas are clean. If you notice any rack on the way, take her to your veterinarian. She might be suffering from industrial salt.
- If you have a cat door, make sure that they remain open all day and night long.
- Easy access to the house is mandatory.
- If your cat likes to hide under cars, double-check under the vehicle before starting one. You should do this even if you don’t have a cat (there are stray cats as well) cats and especially kittens like to hide next to the engine, so double-check if it’s ok to start your car. Sometimes a simple knock on the hood is enough.
- Keep cardboard or an old t-shirt in front of the house. When she gets tired, she can rest on the warmer ground.
- Make sure that the outdoor area is safe.
- If possible, have the outside area lined with a net for cats.
- Keep the outdoor cats away.
- If you have a garden, keep only cat-safe plants in.
- Don’t let your cat explore the outdoors during the night. Never!
- Dob’t ket your cat outdoors before spaying or neutering is performed. Learn when the heat cycle is!
Snow Supervision With Your Cat
It’s also important to know when to say ‘no.’
If your cat loves the snow and you want her outdoors in a well-secured area, you should do so only when the winter day is an easy one.
Never let your cat go outdoors at times of heavy blizzards and deep snowfall.
Remember: if it’s not safe for you to be outside, it’s not safe for your cat either. Even when the weather is nice, you shouldn’t let your cat outside without supervision.
Snow will be an adventure for your cat no matter your standing there or not, but for her safety, it’s better that you are nearby.
Have a cup of coffee or warm tea and watch your feline jumping around and exploring the snowflakes. If you want to introduce your cat to snow, it’s best to do it slowly and step by step.
Have her in your hand and slowly let her touch the snow. This way you will see fast if she is into the snow adventures or not.
She might realize the first second that icy paws and freezing temperature aren’t for her and decide to stay indoors forever.
On the other hand, she might fall in love with winter and snow – in that case, you should be ready to provide her a safe winter outdoor environment.
Always Create A Safe Haven in the Garden
Your cat should roam the neighborhood in as much as possible safe area. To enable this, it’s best to organize the space by yourself.
Create a small place to hide away from the snow, ice, and rain right in your garden.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it can be a small wooden box with a small opening so that the kitty can monitor the world in front of her.
It can also be a garden shelter as long as there are guaranteed exit points. Just add a bowl for food and water, and place a nice and familiar blanket to serve as a bed.
This way your cat, or even a stray cat, will always have a safe place to go to and protect herself from blizzards.
What About The Litter Tray?
Choosing the perfect litter tray may be tricky. Your cat has to like, you have to like it, other pets should tolerate it as well… Choosing the perfect litter tray can be tricky.
Should you try the one with scent? Should it crumble or not? These and many other questions are mandatory when you are a feline owner.
For indoor cats you will have to test different litter trays before you find the perfect one, it just goes like that. You may enjoy the smell of one, but your cat might hate it.
So test it, monitor your cat’s reaction and they stick to one brand. But… What about cats who love snow and their litter tray?
The truth is that if your cat uses only the litter tray indoors, you will have to provide access to the litter tray. Some cats might choose to use snow.
Cats and the Car
We have already mentioned the importance of checking under the hood in the winter days, but there is no harm in talking about it once again.
A huge number of cats get hurt or dies during the winter months.
Cats are known for loving warm places. During the cold days, both stray and cat owners tend to hide under the hoods to seak for a warm place.
A simple habit of checking the car every morning can save hundreds of lives.
Create a habit of checking your car by giving the hood a short and gentle bang. Also, bang above the tires.
Think about antifreeze as well – keep antifreeze away from cats as it can harm them seriously or even kill them.
What Temperature Is Too Cold For A Cat?
Cats are known for favoring warm places all year round. They are used to venturing around, which makes them acclimated to the various extremities of the weather.
According to veterinarians, it’s advisable not to allow your cat outdoors when the daily temperature is lower than 44°F without access to a warm retreat.
The normal body temperature for a cat is between 100.5° and 102.5°.
Hypothermia in cats is defined as body temperature falling below 100°F. This may occur when the cat is exposed to cold temperatures and when the fur becomes wet.
As the cat’s body temperature falls, heart rate and bodily activities will decrease, which will lead to death unless the right treatment is presented and on time.
Symptoms of hyperthermia include:
- Skin is cold
- Cat has difficuklties breathing
- Loss of consciousness
- Cat shivers strongly
- Cat experiences difficulties breathing
As hypothermia becomes more severe symptoms become stronger and more noticeable.
As soon as you notice any sign of hypothermia, you should contact your veterinarian.
In the meantime,, you can try to dry your feline and wrap her in a warm blanket or a dry and comfy towel. Move your cat to a warm environment.
You can use hot water bottles that will help to warm your cat. Just make sure that they aren’t too hot.
The Bottom Line
In extreme snowy periods, your feline should stay indoors. Again, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your cat or similar, at least.
Mind cat flap during the winter, because it can become blocked or even frozen. Remember to check your car before you start and be careful how you handle antifreeze.
Don’t force your cat to love snow, if she doesn’t show any interest. Cats will hate or love snow, and their choice should be respected.
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