Whether your pet cat prefers to stay outside, or you care for neighborhood and feral cats, there are a few steps to ensure she is healthy and safe during the winter. Cats need shelter, food, and water, especially during the winter. Here is a closer look at how to care for your outdoor cat this winter:
Ensure there is available shelter.
Even Arizona winters will see at least one or two freezing nights, so it is crucial to have a shelter available for your outdoor cat. If possible, keep an access point within your home—such as a doggie door or open window—for your outdoor cat to come in when she needs to escape the cold weather. If your home is not open to an outdoor cat, then look for a well-insulated and dry shelter she can use during the winter.
Consider offering more food.
Whether you offer wet or dry food normally, consider increasing the amount during the winter. Cats usually pack on more weight for added insulation during the winter months, so they may look for more food. If you anticipate a coming freeze, change the wet food to dry to prevent the wet food from freezing. If your outdoor cat will only eat wet food, then make sure the food is near a heat source.
Keep water from freezing.
Just as it is important that your outdoor cat’s food does not freeze, it is extremely important her water does not freeze either. Her water should be available day and night, so it must be kept in an area that will prevent it from freezing. Keep her water in an insulated bowl, in a sunlit area, or in an electric-heated bowl. This is very important to her continued health and wellbeing.
With winter about to start, your indoor and outdoor cats in Scottsdale need to be as healthy as possible. Please call Horizon Animal Hospital to schedule your cat’s checkup right away. We are available for your call at (480) 800-4559.