How cold can a cat stand? - Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-18-2009, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
Kitten
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 18
How cold can a cat stand?

..
yiff is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-19-2009, 12:25 AM
Cool Cat
 
WhiteKitties's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chicago suburbs
Posts: 1,096
Re: How cold can a cat stand?

When one of my girls was sick and colder than usual, I could easily see her shivering as she slept. If you notice your cat shivering, you've got the answer to your question. You can try leaving blankets or cat sacks around for them if they seem cold and you want to keep the heat down, but that didn't work with my girls since they like to sleep on top of things and not be covered up.

You might also call your gas company and see if you can sign up for budget billing, where you pay the same amount each month regardless of how much gas you use. That way you build up a surplus over the summer and don't get hit with huge bills in the winter. It's great for budgeting, and you can do it with the electricity too.

Good luck!

~Diana, happy mom to Fern and Fergie
WhiteKitties is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-19-2009, 12:28 AM
Super Moderator
 
marie73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Southern California
Posts: 30,802
Re: How cold can a cat stand?

I found that to be too cold for my cats, even with their long hair. It only took my hearing one of them sound a little congested in the morning to get me to turn the heater on, and my gas bill more than doubled, so I feel your pain. I keep it set at 63 overnight and have space heaters in my bedroom and the twins' room, since there are no heating vents in the bedrooms.

Cali, Cinderella, Cleo and Charlee

Always in my heart, my lovely Cinderella, running free at the Bridge.
http://www.catforum.com/forum/member...signature2.jpg
http://www.catforum.com/forum/50-ove...inderella.html
marie73 is offline  
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-19-2009, 12:38 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 20,635
Re: How cold can a cat stand?

I don't know what you were keeping it on before, but if it was significantly warmer, they haven't developed any sort of winter coat, so 50 might be a bit chilly all the time. I can't imagine that you're going to live in 50 degree temps all the time either, but that's up to you.

Budget plan is one way to help keep the bills on even keel. Also think about insulating around windows and doors...eliminating drafts will help significantly. The gas company is usually willing to come out and assess your home and provide ideas on how to reduce costs.



Holly, Misty & their friend, Jake, the dog.
Onyx, Callie May, Maggie & Kobi forever in my heart.
Yes, I know I need a new signature pic...someday...
doodlebug is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-19-2009, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
Kitten
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 18
Re: How cold can a cat stand?

..
yiff is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-19-2009, 12:42 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Posts: 14,082
Re: How cold can a cat stand?

You could get some heating pads and put them under their beds. That works for me.
coaster is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-19-2009, 12:57 AM
Super Moderator
 
marie73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Southern California
Posts: 30,802
Re: How cold can a cat stand?

I understand completely. Mine was set at 63 with my high bills, and I live in San Diego! Stupid old house!

Cali, Cinderella, Cleo and Charlee

Always in my heart, my lovely Cinderella, running free at the Bridge.
http://www.catforum.com/forum/member...signature2.jpg
http://www.catforum.com/forum/50-ove...inderella.html
marie73 is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-19-2009, 02:44 AM
Premier Cat
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Monroe, GA
Posts: 14,760
Re: How cold can a cat stand?

50* in a house is still better than having to find a place to hunker down outdoors...

You could consider buying a heated bed or a heating pad made specifically for cats? I used a (person) heating pad on top of my hope chest and wrapped it with a thick towel for my aged Mousie kitty who was declining in health. She loved it. You could also place kitty-shelves on southern facing windows so they could soak up the warm rays during the day.
Heidi n Q is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-19-2009, 01:20 PM
Senior Cat
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 861
Re: How cold can a cat stand?

the farm cats generally stay fine even when it is in the forties. though i guess that they do also have their winter fur coat to stay warm. they do eat more in the winter, and once it gets to the lower thirties some of them get a bit of a runny nose but else they still stay fine.
furryfriends251 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome