Protect your cat from cold damage

Some believe that cats can survive outdoors in low temperatures for a long time, but although they tend to retain heat slightly better than dogs, in low temperatures they can freeze their ears, tail tips, paws, paw pads and toes. Sometimes snow and ice clumps get stuck in the fur, which the cat can't remove on its own.

How to protect your cat from frostbite
To protect your cat from frostbite, it is very important that it is allowed to come inside regularly. If the cat cannot decide for itself when it wants to come in (e.g. if you have a cat flap), it is important that you go out and get the cat often and that it never spends more than a few moments outside at a time, especially in sub-zero temperatures. This is where GPS collars for outdoor cats can help you locate your cat quickly. So we don't recommend letting your cat out in the morning before work and leaving it out late until you get home again.

If you don't have a cat flap, it's always a good idea to find a sheltered place for your cat to lie outside and warm up whenever it wants. It should be above ground level and free from damp and draughts, protected by straw or Styrofoam. Don't forget that a cat that has spent time in the cold will need a food with more energy to help it keep warm.

In case your cat suffers from frostbite
The most common symptoms are cold and discoloured body parts, often reddening or bluish ears, tail tips, paws, paw pads and toes.

If you notice that your cat is showing symptoms of frostbite, it is important that you take your cat in immediately and try to warm it slowly. Do not rub the injured part of the body, it is better to wrap the cat in a warm blanket or keep the cat inside your sweater. If the cat's general condition is affected, contact a vet immediately.

Remember that there are many dangers for a cat outdoors, and statistics show that indoor cats live a longer and healthier life. A good option if you still want your cat to go outside is to teach it to walk in a harness and on a lead, or to fence in the patio or part of your garden. This way, the outdoors is controlled and there is less risk of the cat being injured outside.

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