We felines have fur, so many humans think that we do not get cold when we are outside. Now, for some of my feline furiends that are used to living in cold places, that may be true. The Norwegian forest cat, for example, thrives in the cold of its home country. Highs in the winter typically average around freezing, and it is significantly colder at night.
But for felines who are used to living inside in temperate climates, that is too cold for them. The white coated humans recommend that humans with outdoor felines make arrangements to help their felines stay warm when the average temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
What does this mean? Well, it means you do not have to worry much if you live where I do. Even if the low temperature drops to 40, which is about as cold as it gets, the high temperature will likely be in the 50s. So the average temperature for the day will not drop below 45.
But if there are some winter nights where conditions are like what my Norwegian cousins are built to endure, then it is likely too cold for most felines. And outdoor felines will need shelters.
The shelters do not need to be fancy. They do not have to look good. All they need is to help felines keep warm. A simple lean to with blankets and a bed may be all a feline needs to keep the temperature above 45.
The human says that a good way to think of it is that if you need gloves, then outdoor felines need help. You do not have to be like this wonderful woman, who created many feline shelters. Just one to help outdoor felines you care for is enough.