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Old 01-05-2018, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by alixjack View Post
As long as they have blankets/bedding to cuddle on, 40 degrees doesn't SEEM like it would be too cold. I'm no expert though. Perhaps you could put a little space heater on a low setting in there that they could crowd around if they get nippy?

This. Also invest in a heated water dish that won't freeze. We have one outdoors for the ferals that we feed in winter...we made them a little shelter in an enclosure off our carport. We put in a small space heater and an insullated box. We're experiencing snow and sub zero temps right now, and for the next few days.
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:59 PM
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I found a baby 3 week old kitten in my garage. I started feeding her. I have never seen the mommy cat. I don't know if someone just tossed her. I have been feeding her dry & wet food & fresh water 3x a day. I play with her 3 or 4 x a day for about an hour each. I put a kitty bed in the upstairs rafters. I put a big pillow there also. I have put blankets up there also. It now 6 weeks later & it's really cold out. I have worked with (Rafters) her name & played & she finally let's me pet her. She plays peek-a-boo.
She eats well. I'm worried she won't be warm enough in the garage. I have rescued 11 cats so far in the years. I now have 2 cats that came as kitties & I got their shots & spayed & they are house cats now. I can't bring the kitty in because my boys freak out.
I want to know if I'm doing everything I can to keep her warm.
I've never had a cat that I kept outdoors.
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Old 10-26-2020, 08:39 PM
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Cats do need warmth. I once had a cat who slept in a heated cat bed and really liked it. You would have to move her to a spot where you could plug it in but it would keep her warm at night.


If not, get one of those plush cat enclosed beds at Petco or Petsmart and then put lots of blankets under it and around it, and then warm things like wool socks or a sweatshirt inside with the cat. The more insulation and warmth, the better.
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Old 10-26-2020, 09:15 PM
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If temps are uncomfy for you then yes, for your cats as well. Use YOUR ability to w/stand cold as the judge. I'd think you'd not like a garage overnite, thus neither would they.
Cats tolerate heat far better than cold. Please get them indoors anyway you possibly can.
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Old 10-27-2020, 12:24 AM
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As long as the animal is acclimated to the colder temps it's not an issue. A nice nest, food and water is all they need.

We have a man-door in our garage with a cat door, our two cats are indoor/ outdoor. In during day, out at night. The garage temps (with heater) is 36-38deg. Outdoor temps last night -7.

Our cats get a nice winter fur going and have a place to duck into if they want.
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