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Help your indoor/outdoor cat brave the elements this winter
Now that winter is in full swing, you may be wondering if there is anything that should be done to help keep your feline protected from the elements. The best way to keep cats safe in the winter is to keep them inside at all times. However, this may be easier said than done if your feline is used to having the freedom to roam both in and outside the home.
If you can't keep your cat inside all the time during the colder months, there are certain precautions you can take to ensure it remains safe while braving the great outdoors.
The news outlet suggests limiting how long your feline is allowed outside and monitoring the cat while it's out there. Only allowing your kitty in a certain area may be helpful and might ease your anxiety because you'll always know where it is. Blocking off a space in your yard using a HearthGate Pet Gate, which is used to restrict a pet from getting near a fireplace, and provides an enclosed space, might work for your cat. Using a One-Touch Pet Gate to corral the cat on the deck might also do the trick. You should always make sure your kitty gets in the house before dark, as the temperatures will drop severely once the sun goes down.
If your cat truly despises coming inside during the days, you won't be able to limit where it goes or monitor it if you need to go to work or run errands. In these scenarios, it's best to offer certain shelters and amenities so the cat has places to go should it start to rain, snow or just get too cold.
Create a space in your yard – either under your deck, porch or somewhere else that can block the wind – for your kitty to go to for shelter. You might even be able to use an old litter box or other pet supplies as a suitable spot for your feline. Once you have a safe haven for the cat, make sure to add blankets, towels, hay or a Teacup Dog or Cat Bed to the space to provide a cozy place to sleep. You may also want to leave it some pet food – preferably dry food like Artemis Fresh Mix Adult Cat, so it doesn't freeze or go bad. Give the cat fresh water in its Durapet Dish for Cats and Toy Breeds and make sure to change it at least once a day to prevent freezing.