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I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: December 02, 2009 09:48PM
My 8-month-old cat likes to sleep on an old couch on the carport in 30-degree weather, although I fixed him a shelter with a big box surrounded by tarps next to where he sleeps. I guess he knows what is best and his fur keeps him warm, but I feel sorry for him sleeping in the cold. This is the first cat I have had since I was a kid, so I am not very knowledgeable of cats.



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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OKwhen they sleep outside.
Posted by: LyleH
Date: December 02, 2009 09:54PM
We had one cat that was an inside cat during the day. But he refused to stay in the house at night, no matter if it was 15 above and snowing. I had to build him a warm shelter outside so he could stay in that when it was really cold. And he lived a long life, too.

LyleH
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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OKwhen they sleep outside.
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: December 02, 2009 09:59PM
Is he not welcome to spend the night in the house or does he want to be outside? As long as he's sleeping on the old sofa by choice, I wouldn't worry about it. He has a warmer, more protected, place to be, and he'll either be smart enough to go in there before he freezes to death or you can get a smarter cat after this one turns into an ice cube.
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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: space-time
Date: December 02, 2009 09:59PM
how do you think they lived for thousands of years before they became cute pets and were allowed inside?

heck, even you with no fur would manage to survive.
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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: December 02, 2009 10:04PM
"Is he not welcome to spend the night in the house or does he want to be outside?"

I have allergies to cats.
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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: August West
Date: December 02, 2009 10:10PM
Why did you get a cat when you have allergies ?
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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: mattkime
Date: December 02, 2009 10:10PM
i can't be certain SINCE YOU HAVEN'T POSTED PICS but he probably has a fur coat.





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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: December 02, 2009 10:34PM
We have one Barn cat that never comes inside, she's the sister to Fuzziegirl. She's about 13
years old and is actually healthier than her inside sister. Last winter they were calling for a
low of +7 and we brought in Subway our dog in but Chip would never do inside, she won't even
stick her inside the door. I spent that cold night in the Den with Subway, he stays inside with
us in the evenings inside until about 11 or 12 and then he goes into our detached garage that's
half open on the sides, he has a doghouse with lots blankets. Chip has a big comforter in a
box on the carport she's been sleeping in lately. In the summer she sleeps on the barn loft.

So 30 degree weather shouldn't pose a problem.

Fuzziegirl, a long haired Calico pretty much sleeps wherever she likes:



Sadly she's losing weight and no matter what we do it doesn't make any difference. We've had
her lightly checked over at the Vet, he said he could do a more extensive exam but at her age
there's probably nothing that can be done if he found anything. I told him no that we would
just let live out the rest of her life peace. She's pretty much my cat, she sleeps with me and
LC sleeps with my wife.

LC, he thinks he's a Nativity animal.




Grateful11




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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: December 02, 2009 11:36PM
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August West
Why did you get a cat when you have allergies ?

I didn't "get" him.
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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: Don Kiyoti
Date: December 02, 2009 11:55PM
Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: December 03, 2009 12:07AM
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August West
Why did you get a cat when you have allergies ?

my cat allergies weren't pinned down for about 6 months. By then, they weren't going anywhere. I had been tested earlier, and WAS NOT allergic then, so we had no reason to believe I had suddenly become sensitive. Well, it happened.



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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: Janit
Date: December 03, 2009 01:03AM
Cats love to crawl into things.

I'd recommend providing some warm fuzzy stuff on the couch (blankets, comforters, etc) and let the cat burrow as he sees fit.

Back in the day, my boyfriend's cat used to crawl under the covers and sleep on my back on winter nights when the apartment got drafty. She knew exactly what temperature she wanted.

By the way, I am also now allergic to cats. I can develop a tolerance to an individual cat if I expose myself over time in a low level way, much like allergy shots. My landlord has a cat that I tolerate pretty well. Even so, I am careful to wash my hands whenever I play with her, and to never let her inside my actual apartment.



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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: iaJim
Date: December 03, 2009 06:18AM
Why do you have a sofa in your carport?
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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: raz
Date: December 03, 2009 08:47AM
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iaJim
Why do you have a sofa in your carport?

Because the front porch is full?



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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: billb
Date: December 03, 2009 08:58AM
It didn't fit in the camaro up on blocks in the back yard ?

Cats lived outdoors for eons.
Fortunately there were no idiots in four wheeled machines to slaughter them.
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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 03, 2009 10:07AM
I had this same discussion with a guy I knew who grew up on a farm in Minnesota. He told me of finding a feral cat colony in a brush pile when the temperature outside was 30 below zero. They were just fine. Cats go to ground when it gets cold... they know it stays warmer.

I also recall worrying about our then 4 big black cats in their cat house (a repurposed dog house) when the temperature hit 40 below one frosty February day. They were just fine, and having a lovely snack on a slow moving Hare.
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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: JoeH
Date: December 03, 2009 10:26AM
Most cats are just fine outside in the cold. But not all cats bred to be house cats still have the full coat of fur to keep them warm. Those will need at least a sheltered place that is warmer, and preferably be kept indoors.
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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: December 03, 2009 01:35PM
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iaJim
Why do you have a sofa in your carport?

I'm from Arkansas. I had a good year.
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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: December 03, 2009 01:57PM
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Dennis S
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iaJim
Why do you have a sofa in your carport?

I'm from Arkansas. I had a good year.

The Garage Sofa is a pretty common sight, although the reason for it still eludes me...
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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OK when they sleep outside.
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 03, 2009 04:24PM
Great old post SDGuy. LOL.



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Re: I assume cats can tolerate cold weather OKwhen they sleep outside.
Posted by: $tevie
Date: December 03, 2009 06:58PM
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AlphaDog
he'll either be smart enough to go in there before he freezes to death or you can get a smarter cat after this one turns into an ice cube.

This made me laugh out loud. In the literal sense.



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