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How cold is too cold for cats outside
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dianneb posted:
We have an indoor tabby cat who is 3 and declawed. He LOVES to go ooutside and tries to get out anytime he can. He will stay out all night or maybe 2 but he always comes home. We live in Indiana. He ran out 2 nights ago and has not returned. Yesterday we had a big snowstorm of 8-10 inches. We are very worried that he won't survive out in this weather? He eats well and is very healthy, has all his shots but how long can he survive in the snow and below freezing temps?
Very concerned!
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Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Cats really shouldn't go outside if it's below freezing or when inclement weather is forecast. So unless he found shelter somewhere, he can't survive very long in this type of weather. But cats are smart, so look under and around your and your neighbor's houses, inside garages, on top of car engines (bang on the hood), etc. Post flyers in your area and check with your local shelter. It's also a good idea to implant a microchip in cats that go outside. It greatly increases the likelihood of finding his owners.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


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