How Cold Is Too Cold for Cats

Below 45°F is too cold for prolonged exposure. Below freezing can be dangerous.

Know the Limits

Provide insulated, draft-free shelter for cats to retreat to. Keep indoor home temps adequate.

 Warm Shelter 

Don't leave cats out very long in cold temps. Bring outdoor cats in during extreme cold.

Limit Time

Give outdoor cats warm bedding like straw, blankets or box lined with Styrofoam.

Outdoor Cats

Counter body heat loss in winter with extra food. Wet food has more calories.  

Adequate Calories 

Look for pale, icy skin. Get medical care promptly. Prevent further exposure.


Brush long fur to avoid matting that reduces insulating fur layer.  

Groom for Winter

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