Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Keeping outdoor cats warm in the winter

Beorn the cat stretching as he emerges from the dog house
Beorn emerging from a mid-day nap.
In the new Salem house, our neighbors have many, many cats that seem to roam freely. This house was also vacant for a period of time, meaning that these cats seem to think that this house is also their house, and it should be defended at all costs. Since most cat fights happen at night, when the lights are low and the hormones are high, we've decided to confine our cats to an outbuilding when the sun sets. They have comfy beds, a litter box and a locking door that keeps intruders at bay.

What they didn't have was a source of heat.

We could have hired an electrician and put in some sort of heater or electrical outlet, but that had me a little nervous. Outdoor cats could pee on those outlets, shorting out the system or causing injury. They could also chew on the cords with similar ill effects. I didn't like the idea of confining them someplace where they could get hurt.

Instead, we invested in a Snuggle Safe disk and plenty of blankets.

I love Snuggle Safe disks. You pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and they stay warm for 9 hours or more. They can be washed with soapy water and there are no cords or things to chew on. I think they're the perfect solution for outdoor cats, and Beorn seems to agree with me.

Now, I heat up the disks at night, so they have comfy beds for sleeping, and I warm up another disk in the day, so he can sleep in a warm doghouse outside the writing studio all day long. He seems to think that this is absolutely wonderful. I think so, too.

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