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Cold weathers are harsh for everyone, humans, and animals alike. Everybody needs extra protection and a little change in diet, and that is true for your pets as well. It is very hard for your cats when the thermometer dips, and hence you will need to protect them from the cold spell. You will need to make slight changes in your cat’s diet in winter.
Cats eat more in winter and less in summer
A study conducted by researchers in France proved that cats ate more in winter. The study was conducted by eminent researchers from the University’s School of Veterinary Science, along with veterans from the Royal Canine Research Center in France. After monitoring a few cats for four years, researchers concluded that cats ate nearly 15% less food in the summer. The researchers found that the extra exertion required keeping themselves warm in the cold, and the desire to relax in the summer is the reason behind the change in activity levels during the year.
Cat’s diet in winter
Your cat requires more calories in the winter to stay warm. It would be best if you gave them a balanced, rich diet high in calories. They also need plenty of exercise in the winter.
While dry food is undoubtedly nutritious and unlikely to freeze in the winter, it is a wet food that enables them to conserve their energy and stay warm. You can feed your furry cats the right amount of warm wet food with added water poured into it at feeding time. It will be so cold that the wet canned food will give them the extra padding that they need to remain warm. A helping of dry food can be fed to your cats a little later in the day.
Anti-freezing feeding and water bowls
Avoid metal dishes and, instead, use dark-colored thick plastic feeding bowls that are deep and with a small opening. Dark-colored containers help absorb heat from the sun. A heated or insulated container helps in keeping the wet food edible for long hours, especially in extreme weather. You will need it especially required if you want to keep water outside for your cats and make sure that the water inside it does not freeze.
Just like in summer, cats get dehydrated in the winter as well. It is essential to keep a bowl of fresh water so that they don’t end up consuming contaminated water from other sources. Electric or solar powered dishes are great as they do not allow ice formation.
Feeding stations for your cats
It would be best if you did not keep the water bowls inside the shelter as they can get spilled. It is best to keep the food and water close to the shelter, but not inside it. It is also a good idea to build a feeding station, especially for your cats. A feeding station is like shelter and must have a roof and made off the ground.
Cats can be great friends, but taking care of their needs is extremely important. Their diet needs a little change in winter. You can find great companionship in your furry pet with a little bit of care.