We had cold, rain and wind yesterday, a real autumn weather ! Leaves begin imperceptibly to change color and to fall, and we begin discreetly to get ready for winter.
How do cats get ready for winter ?
The renewal of our coat accelerates, and we lose many hairs : our summer hairs fall and are replaced by our more thick winter hairs. It’s important to brush us regularly ! Indeed, we spend a lot of time to lick ourselves to have a wash, and the excessive ingestion of hairs can cause digestive problems : hairs gather together in our stomach and form balls. If we can vomit these hairballs, so much the better, but otherwise, we risk an intestinal obstruction.
They eat more.
Zorro increases his daily ration of about 50 grams. His weight increases by at least 300 grams in winter ! He bards literally himself with bacon, eeh, fat, to protect himself from the cold, because he goes out almost as much in winter as in summer.
As for me, there are few differences between my summer rations and my wintry rations, because I go a lot less outside as soon as it gets a little bit chilly.
They sleep longer.
As there are fewer small critters to be observed, we get a little bored… Fortunately, our human is attentive to play every day with us to make us move ! She also places puzzles feeders in strategic places to distract us.
They spend more time inside.
It’s normal, we get cold pads after a while !
Indoor cats are also subject to these changes, but in a much less marked way.
For more than a week, we have scorching temperatures. It is horribly warm and wet, our humans cannot sleep, and we all work in slow motion.
How to protect your cat during a heat emergency ?
Here is a brief reminder :
- Make sure that he has access to a cool, ventilated, and shaded place.
- Make sure that he drinks enough. Put some cool water at disposal in several places.
- If needed, refresh him by petting him with a wet towel, or make him play with some water if he likes it.
- Your cat will reduce his usual activity instinctively, it’s normal.
If your cat pants, sticks out the tongue, or seems apathetic, he is maybe a victim of a heatstroke : read here how to react quickly and effectively !
Thank you very much for your messages on the occasion of my birthday ! I was really happy ! It’s a little bit hard for me to recover from the pawty, by the way…
My friend Easy told me that I was now old enough to drive a car and to drink beers : but how to convert cat years in human years ?
Some people say that it should be multiplied by 7, others say by 8… That’s not quite that.
How old is your cat ?
An old cat will enjoy some kind gestures and some arrangements which will facilitate his life : we tell you about it here.
I have thus just turned 28 ! And you, how old would you be if you were a human ?