How do you know if your cat is cold?

Unless your faithful companion is a purebred cat, such as the Norwegian, the Russian Blue or the Maine Coon which are emblematic of the coldest regions of the globe, know that he fears the cold.

However, most tomcats are well equipped with their fur and dense undercoat to withstand the cold. But they much prefer the warm cocoon offered by your home and will appreciate being able to come home whenever they want in the middle of winter.

Know how to spot when your cat is cold, in order to give him all the warmth he needs to recharge his batteries!

How to protect your cat from the cold?

Prevention is always better than cure, so don’t let your cat get cold. For this, simple daily actions are to be applied. If your cat lives exclusively indoors, consider leaving a cozy basket or blanket to warm up. A cushion or a basket attached to the radiator in the middle of winter, or simply a place at the corner of your fireplace will make him perfectly happy.

On the other hand, if your cat has access to the outdoors, avoid letting him go outside on very cold, frosty or snowy days. If by chance he did go out anyway, consider setting up shelters outside. A small kennel insulated from the cold, or a cat tree in your garage will do the trick. Investing in a cat flap, so that it can fit in at any time of the day or night, is also a great investment.

If despite all these precautions, you think your cat is cold, here’s how to check it.

Three signs that your cat is suffering from the cold

He is in the “meatloaf” position

The position of the meatloaf, although pictorial, has the merit of being meaningful. This is what your cat adopts when it folds its paws under its belly and wraps its tail around its body.

This position allows it to isolate itself as much as possible from the ground and to retain most of the body heat it gives off. But beware, if it can signal that your cat is suffering from the cold, it can also signal that it is resting in a waking state, simply because its wild instinct is on alert.

He puts himself near a heat source

Like humans, a cold cat seeks warmth. It is therefore quite naturally that it will go to the heat sources. These can simply be the sun behind the bay window, in front of the fireplace, near an oven, on a radiator or a computer.

However, it is not necessarily because your cat is cold that he is looking for heat. Sometimes it’s just that he enjoys sunbathing or likes to be wrapped in a secure cocoon, just like you like to hold your bowl of tea close to you because the heat comforts you.

He trembles or shivers

The cat does not react differently from humans when they are cold. His body reminds him of this and he begins to shake and shiver. With a good coat, this behavior is still rare and is more observed in breeds of hairless cats, such as the iconic Sphynx, Donskoy or Peterbald.

In the European cat, the shiver is most often observed if your cat is wet. Either because he suffered a strenuous ride in the rain or snow, or because he fell into the water, around a pond, a swimming pool or a water collector.

If your cat is wet and is shaking, rub her vigorously with a dry towel to wipe her dry while warming her. Be careful though, if he does not react or reacts little, if he continues to tremble, he is probably suffering from hypothermia.

Watch out for hypothermia, which really puts him in danger. Its ends will be cold, from the ears to the paws to the tip of the tail, and your cat will be listless. In this case, take him to your veterinarian urgently so as not to damage his vital functions. He will receive the appropriate care.