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« 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?
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« Reply #1 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?
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« Reply #2 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.
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« Reply #3 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.
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2009, 08:42:57 PM »

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« Reply #5 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.  
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« Reply #6 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.
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« Reply #7 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
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« Reply #8 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.
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« Reply #9 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 Smiley
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« Reply #10 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
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« Reply #11 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

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« Reply #12 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.
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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2009, 09:20:58 PM »

At what temperature do outside cats freeze?


32 degrees F.
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« Reply #14 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.


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« Reply #15 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.
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« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2009, 09:25:17 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2009, 09:26:49 PM »

Rob go ahead and make them your own.  You've deserved it. 
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« Reply #18 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.
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« Reply #19 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.  
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« Reply #20 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).
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« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2009, 09:33:53 PM »

Really  Wink  those cats will be fine.  Trust me ~ I have 6  Shocked like that (outdoor/wild/feral) and I'm in Wisconsin and it was 30 below last week.  Yes, I was worried  Undecided  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.

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« Reply #22 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
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« Reply #23 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.  Wink
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« Reply #24 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.
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