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Old 10-05-2010, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Central Hell, California
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I am planning to relocate to Iowa next year and am just curious what is typically done with outdoor pets during the Iowa winters? I have an outdoor cat that has never seen snow and he's not conducive to converting to an indoor cat. How do I keep him from becoming a kittycicle in the Iowa winters? I dont know that a garage would afford him enough shelter/warmth when it's below zero outside. Any information suggestions would be great. My son would be heartbroken if we didnt take his cat when we relocate.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:48 PM
 
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The cat will learn quickly that indoors>outdoors when it's butt ass cold outside.

Outdoor pets either freeze to death, or they come indoors somewhere at least semi warm (depending on the situation).
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Scott County, IA
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That's actually not true. There are plenty of "farm cats" or even completely feral cats that do not freeze to death, and they are never let inside a house. They definitely need a place to get out of the elements, especially the wind.

We had an outside dog in Iowa. We hooked her up with a 3x3 cubbyhole built into a shed, with insulation around the outside; doggy door on the outside to keep the wind out and blankets to curl up in. That worked really well. We would still let her inside when it got to be REALLY cold, like -15 or less.

lol @ butt ass cold
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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Sheesh, your cats must all be wimps,, either that or I somehow ended up with a breed that escaped from an antarctic research base.
I dont even like cats, yet somehow I have acquired an ever expanding herd of indestructible super kitties !
I was nice to one lost cat,,, then it exploded one day and now I have seven of the damn things !

They get one meal a day and a plywood box/cathouse to crash in that resides on the back porch, and no it is not heated.
If they want more to eat they have to supplement it themselves from the local rodent or bird population.
They attempt to butter me up hoping for more welfare handouts with ankle polishings or by leaving the occasional rodent or bird carcass on the doorstep for a friendship offering.
But I hold fast on the one a day rule, and yes its whatever happens to be chinas cheapest at the local wally world.

No "pussycats" around here, its survival of the fittest or a no frills rubbermaid trash can funeral for ya.
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:33 PM
 
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I've had plenty of outdoor only cats in Iowa. At my old house we had an uninsulated gargage/shed that they slept in, we did put cat beds in there. They got in and out through a dug out area near the door. Where we live now we have one outdoor only cat that lives in a regular doghouse, with a cat bed in it to help keep her warm in the winter. It does get cold in the winter but she survives just fine.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Central Hell, California
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Well, I think our Sox will fare just fine. I have a dogloo that isnt being used that I will jsut convert to a catloo with some bedding and blankets or put him a kitty door to the garage. Thanks for the tips
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