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Old 10-19-2009, 09:50 PM
 
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So I have two kitties that I love! I feel so bad for them. I am in the process of selling my house. It has been 7 months and it was suggested that I keep my cats in the garage while the house it up for sale. So of course I have no choice but to comply if I want the home to sell. Whenever I am home I let them out and put them back in the morning. So all in all they are in there for about 8 hours a day. Problem is it has cooled down and the mornings here in atlanta are about 40 degrees. Is that too cold? I really don't want them out there. I feel like they may be uncomfortable. I am not sure what to do. Am I over reacting?. I came home today and although it had warmed up my little kitty had cold ears.
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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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?
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:54 PM
 
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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?
Thanks for the response. I just put some boxes in there with towels in them. they seem to love jumping in boxes so I hope they jump in these if they get cold. I was just in there a while ago to clean the litter boxes and while it felt like an ice box as soon as I walked in, my body adjusted within a few minutes. So it makes me think they will be fine. Hope I'm right. any colder and I'd be nervous.

I too thought about the space heater but I imagine the garage catching fire while i'm not home and their goes the kitties.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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I would think they would be fine. I found a little kitty running around when it was well below zero here. For a few days trying to find the owner, I kept him in the front porch. It is protected from wind, but not heated. He would sleep in a box on a blanket while we were away. I probably could have brought him in, but had enough trouble introducing the second cat, and wasn't sure if 'Lucky' was sick or not...he sneezed a lot. I realize that southern cats aren't used to the same temperatures as up here (South Dakota), but I'd think they'd be fine.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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One of those large covered rubbermaid bins with a cat-sized hole cut in the side and lined with blankets generally does a good job of keeping a cat warm in far colder temps than 40s. The lid helps trap their body heat better than an open top box if they'll cuddle up in there.
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:09 PM
 
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One of those large covered rubbermaid bins with a cat-sized hole cut in the side and lined with blankets generally does a good job of keeping a cat warm in far colder temps than 40s. The lid helps trap their body heat better than an open top box if they'll cuddle up in there.
hmmm.. Good idea. never woulda thought of that.
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: LI/VA/IL
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I'm playing devils advocate here but I have sold 2 homes within the past 8 years. I only have had 1 cat but never was I told to remove the cat from the house for showings. Most cats will hide when a stranger comes in.

I'm sorry-tell your RE agent you are not relocating your cats to the garage.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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I'm playing devils advocate here but I have sold 2 homes within the past 8 years. I only have had 1 cat but never was I told to remove the cat from the house for showings. Most cats will hide when a stranger comes in.

I'm sorry-tell your RE agent you are not relocating your cats to the garage.
I agree with you on principle, however I can think of two reasons the agents want the cats outside: 1) possible litterbox odor and 2) to eliminate possibility and liability for agent if one of the cats dashes out the door.

On the other hand, it's true that most kitties will hide from strangers.

The other issue of the garage temp: I agree with others' comments. Give them a safe, covered box with little blankies and they will be as warm as needed. Remember, cats are able to live outdoors, year round.

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Old 10-20-2009, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Hi atlcharm, My worry is more about what a cat can get into in my garage. I have a Siamese & a Himalayan & they act like Toddlers....yet there are some things I do not want them to do. I DO NOT WANT MY CATS IN MY GARAGE!!! No ifs/ands/buts about it!! If there is any antifreeze at all which may have leaked from a car, it'll KILL your cats if they lick it! To top that, Cats LOVE IT!!! They LOVE the SMELL & the TASTE!!! My niece had a Siamese & he did lap up a small amount, he had multiple seizures as they rushed him to the closest Vet, but it was too late!! I just want to emphasize how deadly it can be...cats LOVE the smell & the TASTE of it!! But "the Girls" will NEVER get into my garage! By the way, my entire family love the Siamese breed. My 86 y/o Mother & my 89 y/o Daddy have one. =^..^=
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Hi atlcharm, My worry is more about what a cat can get into in my garage. I have a Siamese & a Himalayan & they act like Toddlers....yet there are some things I do not want them to do. I DO NOT WANT MY CATS IN MY GARAGE!!! No ifs/ands/buts about it!! If there is any antifreeze at all which may have leaked from a car, it'll KILL your cats if they lick it! To top that, Cats LOVE IT!!! They LOVE the SMELL & the TASTE!!! My niece had a Siamese & he did lap up a small amount, he had multiple seizures as they rushed him to the closest Vet, but it was too late!! I just want to emphasize how deadly it can be...cats LOVE the smell & the TASTE of it!! But "the Girls" will NEVER get into my garage! By the way, my entire family love the Siamese breed. My 86 y/o Mother & my 89 y/o Daddy have one. =^..^=
I'm with you on that. I would be scared that someone would open the garage too and the kitties would run out. And cats used to living around their people have to wonder what is up. Personally I think thr RE agent should be responsible for safe housing or any and all costs should something happen to any cat banished to the garage, and maximum vet needs. I suspect the agent considers the cats equal to the odd table that crowds the room.
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