How Cold is Too Cold for Felines

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.

These Nowegian Forest Cats Are Built for The Cold

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.

Kind Humans Help Outdoor Felines

It started with a simple request from a kind human who lives in Albuquerque. They asked for styrofoam coolers that many food items are shipped in. And they quickly received many of them. “The response was incredible,” said this kind human.

What would a human want do do with so many foam coolers? They used them to make shelters for outdoor felines and other animals.

Two Kind Humans With the Shelters They Built for Animals

“I feel so sorry for all the animals out there. It’s been so cold,” said this human.

Making the shelters takes about an hour of work. First, the coolers get cut into parts than can be used for the shelter. Then, the human and their small human glues them together. After that, the frame of the shelter gets covered with heavy duty plastic bags. And finally, the house gets stuff with straw or hay.

All of the shelters are being used to help animals in the community stay warm. And they also keep waste from going into the landfill.

I am glad this kind human is helping so many felines and other animals and doing good for the environment.

Oscar The Porch Cat Leaves Us

Community Cat's Oscar Has Left Us

There are many kind humans caring for cats in the neighborhood. The human who runs the Community Cat group, which is a cat rescue in Whitewater, Wisconsin, is one of them. This cat rescue group helps with trap, neuter, and return programs in order to keep the feral population managed and to make sure felines have good lives.

One of the felines that was helped by this cat rescue group became very attached to the human who runs the organization. His name was Oscar, and he liked to spend time on this human’s porch. The human tried to make him an indoor cat, but he refused. Instead, he chose to live on this human’s porch, and only came inside when a lot of wet, watery things fell from the sky loudly.

Community Cat's Oscar Has Left Us
Community Cat’s Oscar Has Left Us

Oscar became very well known in the neighborhood, and many humans, both small and grown, would come by to pet him and to spend time with him. He had a very good life for an outdoor cat, because he was loved, had a good supply of noms and water, and would receive care from the humans in white coats when it was needed.

For many years, Oscar was a happy and playful feline. He spent five years living on the porch, enjoying the attention from humans, and having a lot of fun. But one day about a year ago, he got sick and was diagnosed with renal failure. Three humans had to work very hard to give him fluids.

That is when the human running the cat rescue group that saved Oscar in the first place decided that they would not force treatment on him. As could be expected, his health declined, and a few days ago, he stopped eating entirely.

Oscar left us yesterday, being cradled in his human’s arms and being told he was loved. He chose to live his life in a way that made him happy, and I know that he was grateful that his human did not force treatment on him.

I am sad that Oscar is no longer with us, but I am glad that he was able to enjoy five years of being a loved member not just of one home, but of a whole community!