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Working Cat - Cold Weather

Cold Weather Tips for Your Working Cats

Following best practices to care for your working cats can go a long way toward ensuring their comfort and safety outdoors in the coldest months.

  • Provide extra food and water to help cats stay warm

  • Cats can benefit from extra food during winter, so increase food portions to help them conserve energy. 

  • Canned or wet food takes the least amount of energy to digest, meaning more energy can be spent on fighting the chill.

  • Be sure to provide fresh food and water daily or twice daily rather than let leftovers freeze.


Prevent food and water from freezing with these methods:

  • Serve wet food in plastic containers. Providing mainly dry food, which will not freeze, works for frigid temperatures, too. However, dry food takes more energy to digest.

  • Warm up canned food and water before serving or use heated electric bowls.

  • Use bowls that are deep rather than wide and place them in sunny areas to keep water from freezing. Avoid using metal bowls.

  • Spray insulation foam into the underside of plastic feeding dishes and water bowls to help prevent food and water from freezing as quickly.

  • Or, you can put a microwavable heating pad, like a Snuggle Safe, under the bowls. You can even make your own homemade heating pad by filling fabric pouches with rice, and heating it in the microwave.

  • If there’s a water source like a spigot, run the water slightly because it won’t freeze as fast as still water. You can also use a heated water bowl, water fountain or water bowl with a fountain feature.



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