How cold of temperature can cats stand?

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Greg R:
How cold of temperature can cats stand?
I got a stay cat that comes in and stays in during the day but wants out at night even when it is cold out. Yes, we do have cat houses outside for him. (Actual he is our cat now. We got him his shots) I think he likes to roam at night
Greg R
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Margaret:
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[nq:1]I got a stay cat that comes in and stays in during the day but wants out at night even ... (Actual he is our cat now. We got him his shots) I think he likes to roam at night[/nq]
Sounds like he's used to the local temperatures and knows what he's doing. If the outside cat house is heated or he has a cat door to come into the main house any time, then it can be his decision most of the time. If there's really bad weather he should probably stay in because he might get stranded by water or ice and snow and could not get back. Even in clear weather if he got icy paws I'd keep him in. If there are other dangers in your neighborhood, they might all become worse in bad weather.

Things would be different with a house cat or if you had just moved to a colder climate. They shouldn't spend much time out in cold even if they want to, till they have had several months to adjust gradually, grow thicker fur, and get plump.
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Zythophile:
[nq:1]How cold of temperature can cats stand? I got a stay cat that comes in and stays in during the ... he is our cat now. We got him his shots) I think he likes to roam at night Greg R[/nq]
I don't think temperature is a problem for most cats. Mine are both ok with sub-zero (Celsius) not that we get many days like that. What would concern me more is the cat going out at night. Night time is when cats are most likely to get run over, stolen or in a scrap with a fox or stray dog (or whatever your local fauna might be). I'd try to get him to go out during the day and come in at night, if possible. Has he been neutered? If not, getting him neutered might quell his nocturnal wanderlust, as well as keeping the feral feline population down. i assume that when you got his vaccination, the vet scanned for microchips?

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mlbriggs:
[nq:1]How cold of temperature can cats stand? I got a stay cat that comes in and stays in during the ... he is our cat now. We got him his shots) I think he likes to roam at night Greg R[/nq]
A few years ago when this condo area had quite a few feral cats, we had a lot of snow and unusual cold weather. In the Spring we found the frozen bodies of several cats that had taken shelter in the ditches.
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cagney:
If it is too cold for you then it's too
cold for them. Remember frost bite
happens fast.
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Ted Davis:
[nq:1]If it is too cold for you then it's too cold for them. Remember frost bite happens fast.[/nq]
That's misleading. I've been outside in -24/-31 F/C, wind chill -79/-61 F/C, but I doubt any cat would be stupid enough to *go* out in that - of course, I was able to put on rather a lot of clothing and cover my face with a wind proof plastic shield.
On the other hand, one of the cats that has been out for hours just came in - it's 15/-9.4 F/C outside, wind chill 0/-18 F/C. I think several more are still outside. Without putting on heavy clothing, I'd die fairly quickly out there.
I should note that my cats can come and go as they please through a cat flap next to the back door. (Another slightly damp, cool feeling cat just came into the computer room.)
My observation is that cats will go out hunting from an hour or so before sunset to a couple of hours after, and a couple of hours before sunrise to an hour or so after, almost regardless of the temperature (another cool, damp cat - Fleagor this time - just jumped into my lap; hunting time is over) as long as it is above the temperature at which snow becomes crunchy (around what the wind chill is now).

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Nell:
[nq:1]Even in clear weather if he got icy paws I'd keep him in.[/nq]
I'm letting my kittens (6 months old) out now for the first time but only with me present, i.e. I do a couple of hours' gardening in the afternoon and they play vaguely within my vicinity.

What I would like to add is this. When I go out now (late January) and start picking weeds etc my hands almost "freeze" but this feeling only lasts for about 15 minutes: the exertion of physical work, exercise, and play outside warms you up and very soon you don't feel anything. I think this is the same with the cats. If they just stood and watched me they would get a chill. But, of course, they don't: they're flying all over the place and when we go in at 5, for their tea, they are exhilarated, with no sign of shudders or being out of sorts.

Nell.
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