Winter guide for your cat
Most cats prefer to snuggle up inside during the winter but if yours is the outdoors type make sure they always have a warm place they can go to at all times. And, if it’s really cold, keep them inside even if they are unimpressed – pet cats aren’t used to the extreme cold and can develop hypothermia and frostbite, so it is very important to keep an outside cat warm in the winter.
This advice rings true for the UK but also do remember, it does get very cold in certain parts of Tenerife, mostly the north and up in the mountains.
?Cats left outdoors often crawl into a warm car engine to get warm and, when the engine is started up, they can be seriously injured or even killed. They might also venture somewhere they shouldn’t and get trapped without food or water. If in doubt, keep your cat inside.
Cats that usually go to the toilet outside may need a litter tray inside, especially when there’s snow on the ground. Also, when snow is deep cat flaps can become blocked so you’ll need to check them to make sure that your cat can get out and, more importantly, back in again.
?Make sure your cat is fitted with a microchip so if they do wander off in search of a warm place they can be traced back to you.