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Old 01-18-2009, 10:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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.

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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.
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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.
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You could get some heating pads and put them under their beds. That works for me.
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I understand completely. Mine was set at 63 with my high bills, and I live in San Diego! Stupid old house!
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Old 01-19-2009, 01:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 01-19-2009, 12:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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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.
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