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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-21-2004, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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how to keep a kitty warm...

It seems fall is coming up fast this year and I couldn't be happier! Except that every morning I wake up FREEZING!! Last night I went to bed with my sheet, a thermal blanket, and my comforter on me. I was warm and snug, but when I woke up Addison was curled up on the floor in my dirty laundry

For the past few days, he'll walk on top of me and sleep on my stomach or back (whichever is up) to keep warm. I love that he's getting snuggly again, but I feel bad that he's so cold.

I want to get some sort of heating pad that I can put maybe in his bed, but he doesn't really use it anymore, he either goes to his bed on my dresser in the closet, or sleeps on the bed with me.

Any ideas of what I can use to keep him warm? I try to snuggle up to him and lay a blanket across his back but he just gets mad and walks away. He seems to miserable! And he's been sick on top of it, so I really want to keep him warm. Any ideas?

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Maybe if you put his bed next to yours, then you added a heating pad, he might get the idea. A fleece blanket, which can be rather inexpensive, is great for snuggling down into; just ball it up and put it on the floor or wherever, he'll figure it out.
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Heating Pad

You are his heating pad! Believe me, if he gets cold he will use you to warm up!

My cat is definately not very affectionate but when it's cold he curls up between my legs at night.
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Ugh, it definitely isn't fall yet in Tennessee. I can't Wait for cold nights and mornings. Samhain likes to cuddle up to me when it's cold too and she greets me by poking me in the face so that I'll lift up the covers for her, then she crawls in and sticks all four of her cold paws Right on my tummy. Hehehe. I'm also hoping that when it gets cooler, the boys will sleep together. *crosses fingers*

The fleece blanket is a good idea.

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I guess I'll have to find him his own blanket because sadly, he does NOT like it under the covers. I know its 20 times warmer under there than it is in the chilly morning air, but he doesn't seem to care. He won't go under the covers for anything.

I know we have a lot of extra blankets around somewhere, I'll have to find one and make it up in the corner for him. The only thing is, the head of my bed is up against the windows where all the cold air is. They're closed, but you know how it gets colder around windows. I'd move my bed, but my room is so tiny that how I have it now is the only way to have walking room.

There's a nice little corner away from the window that he can snuggle up in

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That'll work. Just provide him one or two warm spots to sleep and he'll find the one that he likes. Maybe he's warmest sleeping next to you even tho he's not covered with a blanket. I'm sure your body-heat is warmer than any blanket out there! And who could pass up the opportunity to sleep with a cat??

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I'm heard thermal blankets are bad for cats - they overheat. I honestly think cats are ok as they are without the coverings we need. They grow thicker hair for winter anyway.
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Mia LOVES her sheepskin bed. They are great -- they keep cats cool in summer and warm in winter. And if Addison likes snuggling, he might like one of those little beds with the hood over it. THey make some that look like someone just laid a quilt over the top of it -- for kitties who like to nose their way under blankets. I saw one at Wal-mart.
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Do not use heating pads for pets! They aren't to be used for extended periods or without supervision and should only be used on people. A cat's fur is there to protect him or her from the elements. If they are cold, a little body heat from you, or a warm blanket to snuggle in is sufficient.
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There are heating pads and disks made specifically for pets, and can be useful if there is poor heating in the house.
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