Cats can get seasonal depression or mood changes similar that that of we humans. Here’s what you can do to help, which will help you too:
- Run the heater at a temperature you can afford to pay for
- Place the cat’s bed near a heater vent
- Move cat beds from anywhere drafty. The window with sunbeams in Summer can be chilly this time of year
- Take a look at where litter boxes are – is it drafty there? Try to block the breezes with heavy tarps, a drape, or a rolled up “draft dodger”
- When you are away leave a light on. Even though cats can see very well in the dark a bit of bright LED light will chase away the blues
- Watch how your older cats walk for signs of arthritis. Note if your cat isn’t jumping on top of the sofa or the bed – another sign of stiff joints.
Believe it or not, cats do not sleep more in the Winter! Healthy cats sleep the same amount of hours year-round which is 15 to 20 hours a day! Cats do not hibernate.
Cats need a few extra calories in Winter so provide an extra bit of food. A nice thing to do for your cat is warm up food in the oven for a few minutes. Even a vegetable steamer for a minute is nice. Food from the fridge is very unpleasant for anyone, including your cat. In Winter even room temperature food is nicer warmed up just a bit. It also mimics the warm body of recently caught prey!
Is the food bowl in a sunny or bright place? Open the curtain and let as much brightness come in as the weather provides.