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Old 02-01-2013, 11:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, the sun is out, it's late morning, the wind has died down, and it has warmed up to 16 degrees below zero F. So, Midnight, the wild cat, leaves his heated house in the garage and sets out to roam the snow-covered woods. I will never understand this behavior. Makes me cold just thinking about it.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cats are so contrary. My parents have a semi-tame cat they take care of, who will ignore a fresh dish of clean filtered water to drink out of a puddle.

There's no accounting for it.

I hope Midnight stays safe out there.
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GT, I'm as puzzled about you as you are about Midnight. I can't comprehend. But since you're a human, you can explain to me why you choose to live in such a cold place????!!!!

BG, I always make sure to change the water for the strays so they have fresh water once a day. I pour the old water on the ground, and that's what the strays run to drink!!
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Are cats just impervious to cold?! I know when I take Murphy out in our little backyard patio, his behavior and body are exactly the same whether it's 90 degrees or 20.
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I always joke that the puddle water must be like her version of tea.
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The water dish is a whole 'nother thing! Midnight has a heated water dish that is filled daily with fresh water. Still ----






In the Winter, he drinks from the heated birdbath that is on the ground!

BTW- This is a really mild Winter. Record for here was Groundhog Day in 1996, -47 F!
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Are cats just impervious to cold?! I know when I take Murphy out in our little backyard patio, his behavior and body are exactly the same whether it's 90 degrees or 20.
Different cats have very different opinions on what temperature is acceptable. My two are total opposites.

Maisie seems impervious to heat. He'll want to crawl under the covers and snuggle with me in the middle of summer. In the winter he huddles by the space heater when Zephyr and I are comfortable in the room, and he seems perfectly comfortable when the weather is so hot Zephyr is stretched out motionless trying to release as much heat as possible.

Zephyr, on the other hand, doesn't seem to care how cold it gets. They don't go outside, so it's never been put to an extreme test, but I've never seen him bothered by a low temperature.

Cats are such individuals.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It wasn't quite that cold here yesterday, around 16 above, but it was super windy (like 45 mph gusts windy). I put my stray's food next to the multiple box contraption surrounding his house, away from the wind, and instead he jumps on top of the boxes, completely open to the wind, and wants to munch his food there.

Mystery.

But that's why we love them.
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And then, there are other animals in the neighborhood who consider relaxing in the snow/cold just a part of life. Midnight, the wild cat, uses their trails all the time.

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As long as the cozy, warm house is THERE to go into...
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