Does Your Cat Need a Sweater When It’s Really Cold?
When the temperatures start to drop, your first instinct is likely to have your loved ones bundle up in sweaters, jackets, and scarves to ensure they’re able to properly face any inclement weather headed their way. As for your cats? Clothes might actually not be the answer. “A sweater is really only needed when they are going into a cold environment,” Dr. Lorraine A. Corriveau, DVM, a small animal primary care clinician at Purdue University Veterinary Hospital, says of hairless cats—like Sphynx—in particular. “Cats that have fur could get overheated from wearing a sweater—as their fur is a ‘natural coat’ for them.” While your pets are still experiencing the same weather conditions as you, the steps to make sure they are cozy and protected still requires a little more explaining.
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