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Title: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: 240 is Back on January 21, 2009, 08:33:39 PM
We have 2 cats that live outdoors.  we feed them, see them, but that's about it.

Tonight the temperature will drop to 28 degrees.  Is it cold enough to justify bringing them in and locking them in the laundry room for the night?  Will the survive at that temperature?


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: marcus on January 21, 2009, 08:36:38 PM
They should be alright for one night but bring them in if you get a chance. Is it normally that cold in Florida this time of year?


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: 240 is Back on January 21, 2009, 08:38:41 PM
They should be alright for one night but bring them in if you get a chance. Is it normally that cold in Florida this time of year?

Not usually this cold.  It's going to be in 40s all week, 39s on some nights.  I grabbed up one and brought her inside.  The other got away.  She's meowing nonstop, but I worry about her.


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: onlyme on January 21, 2009, 08:40:12 PM
Not usually this cold.  It's going to be in 40s all week, 39s on some nights.  I grabbed up one and brought her inside.  The other got away.  She's meowing nonstop, but I worry about her.

Don't you live in Florida.  I didn't think it got that cold there.


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: madmax on January 21, 2009, 08:42:57 PM
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Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: 240 is Back on January 21, 2009, 08:43:08 PM
Don't you live in Florida.  I didn't think it got that cold there.

Usually, 50s is the lowest we see.  The HIGH tomorrow is in the 50s.  Weird weather.  


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: body88 on January 21, 2009, 08:44:07 PM
We have 2 cats that live outdoors.  we feed them, see them, but that's about it.

Tonight the temperature will drop to 28 degrees.  Is it cold enough to justify bringing them in and locking them in the laundry room for the night?  Will the survive at that temperature?

Is it ok to leave cats you care about outside in the freezing weather?   Come on man.  The cat might get cold and crawl into a car engine,  doubt that turns out well.  Leave a can of cat food outside for him/her to come to.


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: pumpster on January 21, 2009, 08:45:23 PM
Be conservative and bring them in.

If left outside they'd need a box that provides a wind break, blankees, food, etc. Better to bring them in though.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2131&aid=933


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: marcus on January 21, 2009, 08:46:41 PM
If you have a bag of cat treats try going outside and shaking it etc to lure the other one back.


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: 240 is Back on January 21, 2009, 08:54:30 PM
I'm trying every few minutes to catch cat #2. 


The first inside cat is meowing nonstop, but yeah, I don't care - I just want it to be safe.

We call him Scrappy cause it likes to fight.  Two black eyes and torn up every day.  Starts shit with every cat it sees :)


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: Nordic Beast on January 21, 2009, 09:12:23 PM
as long as cats stay out all the time they will grow a winter coat------cats that arent gradually exposed can freeze, I wouldnt worry if I were you


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: kh300 on January 21, 2009, 09:17:56 PM
Be conservative and bring them in.

If left outside they'd need a box that provides a wind break, blankees, food, etc. Better to bring them in though.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2131&aid=933

now he wont do it


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: body88 on January 21, 2009, 09:18:28 PM
as long as cats stay out all the time they will grow a winter coat------cats that arent gradually exposed can freeze, I wouldnt worry if I were you

The cats live in South Florida.


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: G o a t b o y on January 21, 2009, 09:20:58 PM
At what temperature do outside cats freeze?


32 degrees F.


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: Princess L on January 21, 2009, 09:23:00 PM
They should be fine outside.  As someone said earlier, put up a wind break/box with a blanket - food & water next to it.   Chances are they won't use it tonight though, since it's something they'd want to get accustomed to first.  I'm sure they have their usual spots they sleep where they feel safe.


32 degrees F.
>:(


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: garebear on January 21, 2009, 09:24:08 PM
I used to live in Alaska years ago. I remember that regular house dogs (not Huskies with that big winter coat) lived outside year round.

I still can't believe it because the temperature got to around 20-30 below and they were fine. If an animal was born into cold, they will adapt.

Don't know about cats, though.


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: bigdumbbell on January 21, 2009, 09:25:17 PM
-15


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: McFarland on January 21, 2009, 09:26:49 PM
Rob go ahead and make them your own.  You've deserved it. 


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: Princess L on January 21, 2009, 09:27:37 PM
You're also putting yourself at risk since they undoubtedly have not been vaccinated.  If you get so much as a scratch, you should at least get a tetnus.


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: 240 is Back on January 21, 2009, 09:29:42 PM
now he wont do it

The neoconservative method would involve flying the cats into a building and blaming the neighbors so I could send the other neighbor's children to fight it out.  In the meantime, I'd clip the hood orniments from the nice cars on the block as the chidren dueled it out.  


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: cauthon on January 21, 2009, 09:33:43 PM
We have 2 cats that live outdoors.  we feed them, see them, but that's about it.

Tonight the temperature will drop to 28 degrees.  Is it cold enough to justify bringing them in and locking them in the laundry room for the night?  Will the survive at that temperature?

Wouldn't worry about it. I grew up on a farm and we had cats that would stay outside in -40 C (thats like -50 F I think).


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: Princess L on January 21, 2009, 09:33:53 PM
Really  ;)  those cats will be fine.  Trust me ~ I have 6  :o like that (outdoor/wild/feral) and I'm in Wisconsin and it was 30 below last week.  Yes, I was worried  :-\  I have an insulated box/crate WITH a light bulb in it for warmth in my garage that they use in the winter, but half the time they choose not to - even last week.



Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: Nordic Beast on January 21, 2009, 09:38:40 PM
I live in New England and have had outside cats all my life------if they have been outside continuously they will adapt and grow an undercoat/wintercoat


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: nycbull on January 21, 2009, 09:40:18 PM
you will be a hero around here for taking care of those cats...they are feral and probably will never be tame, never show any affection....it's great that you care...
next step is catch them and have them fixed.  ;)


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: 240 is Back on January 21, 2009, 09:46:01 PM
well, I took hybrid advice.  I put catfood, tuna, water, a blanket, and cardboard walls in the little tykes clubhouse and put it on the back porch where they like to visit.  the one i had indoors (meowing the entire time) is now back out there, getting comfy.  his partner will arrive shortly, I'm sure.


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: gordiano on January 21, 2009, 09:46:29 PM
We have 2 cats that live outdoors.  we feed them, see them, but that's about it.

Tonight the temperature will drop to 28 degrees.  Is it cold enough to justify bringing them in and locking them in the laundry room for the night?  Will the survive at that temperature?

In fucking Florida?


They should be okay.That's what the fur coat is for, plus they're great at finding shelter.


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: McFarland on January 21, 2009, 09:48:57 PM
Rob if you don't let them into the laundry room, get them that new Fancy Feast that has wild rice in it, they would love that I bet!    :P


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: 20inch calves on January 21, 2009, 09:52:22 PM
we have around 30 cats that stay outside where i work..they don;t come in ever..it has been around 0 for a few nights and a row and they lived. they sleep on top of each other against the building for heat. they eat really good though so they stay around and won;t leave


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: Princess L on January 21, 2009, 09:55:21 PM
....it's great that you care...
next step is catch them and have them fixed.  ;)

That's not an easy task, but I've done it.  The humane society has a program called TnR - Trap-Neuter-Release and it's free.  They loan you the live traps.  I believe this is a nationwide program to help control the feral cat population. 

You trap the cat, take it in to the humane society, they spay or neuter it and then give it back to you to release back where it came from.

Notice the tip on this cats ear.  That is the standard identifier of a TnR'd cat.
(http://www.feralcatproject.org/images/img_howhelpcats_left.jpg)


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: gettinswole on January 21, 2009, 09:59:15 PM
They are producing their own heat, therefor they will not freeze. duh


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: 240 is Back on January 21, 2009, 10:13:03 PM
Rob if you don't let them into the laundry room, get them that new Fancy Feast that has wild rice in it, they would love that I bet!    :P

They're keto cats.  they only eat carbs on sunday.


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: Disgusted on January 21, 2009, 11:35:37 PM
I out food out for some strays that hang around. It was -10 and -5 the next night. They are still around.


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: Butterbean on January 22, 2009, 08:06:13 AM
well, I took hybrid advice.  I put catfood, tuna, water, a blanket, and cardboard walls in the little tykes clubhouse and put it on the back porch where they like to visit.  the one i had indoors (meowing the entire time) is now back out there, getting comfy.  his partner will arrive shortly, I'm sure.
Good work 240, you old softie!

 :)


Title: Re: At what temperature do outside cats freeze?
Post by: knny187 on January 22, 2009, 06:56:06 PM
If by chance they stay outside, make sure you check under the hood of your car before you start it up.