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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-06-2005, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Making an outdoor cat comfortable in the winter

As some of you remember, Stephen became an outdoor kitty several months ago. She has adapted wonderfully and has become an whole new kitty! Her behavior is completely different - she is always lovable, playful, and has even become friends with the neighbor's kittens! (which is a HUGE step for my baby... the cat who was so terrified of other cats that she wanted to kill them all).

She remains in our gated courtyard area and garage. Occasionally when the gate is open she will venture out but remain very close to the house. And just like a dog, you can call her and she'll come right back in. The neighbor's kitties come in and out to visit, but she doesn't care to leave (thankfully).

Winter is approaching, and I want to take every step possible to insure her comfort. Sometimes she likes to curl up by the front door, even when it's raining. So we are looking into getting a small dog house which we will line with blankets for her.

Also, I'd like to get her a warming bed for inside the garage. Has anyone used one of these? My father-in-law has a big one for his golden retriever that will only turn on when the pet lies down. What brands have you used and would (or wouldn't) recommend?

Any other suggestions for keeping my girl comfy this winter?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-06-2005, 03:56 PM
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Where are you from? That makes a bit of a difference. I live in VT and it gets pretty cold here in the winter. I am unsure if any kind of preparation would be good enough to leave a cat outdoors in the winter here. If you are in a warmer climate with more moderate winters it may be a little easier.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-06-2005, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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I live in Kansas. It gets pretty cold here, but the wind is usually the kicker. That's why we are thrilled to have the garage. She loves to hang out in there as it is, so we will do everything we need to in order to make sure she's comfortable out there. Even if we have to get a space heater!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-06-2005, 05:11 PM
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someone had posted a link on here a little while back about cheap shelters for feral cats, but it could work for your situation too. The idea was to take styrofoam boxes and cut a hole in the side so the cats could crawl in and out. Styrofoam is an excellent, yet cheap, insulation material, and you could even line it with blankets for extra comfort.

A box within a box packed with styrofoam peanuts in between would probably work the same way.

I will see if I can find the original thread...
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-06-2005, 08:20 PM
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There are some thermostatically-controlled heated cat beds available. Here's just one example found by googling:
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