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Brrrrrr… it has already cooled off considerably and thoughts have turned to keeping our outside cats warm. As you know, we have one inside diva extraordinaire (Alexa). She claims “squatting rights” and insists that our other cats remain outdoors. Truth be told, outdoors is all 3 of them know and they’re just wild enough to flip if we ever did try to bring them indoors.
I remember one year we were having a HORRIBLE storm and I was scared for our outdoor cat (Svenn). He was also what you’d consider pretty “wild,” but I brought him in anyway. After all, he was my wild baby and I wasn’t going to let anything happen to him.
He went nuts.
He ran into the sliding doors – he screamed and meowed like he were being tortured and no amount of coddling or baby talk would calm him down. I honestly thought he was going to have a heart attack!
Needless to say, I haven’t made that mistake sense.
My husband keeps our garage door opened just enough for our cats to get inside (and short possums, but they seldom go in for long). Fortunately we don’t use our garage for anything except storing Christmas decorations, yard work supplies, and other seasonal knick knacks – so the cats consider it a large, wonderful winter home.
Pretty soon, my husband will grab a bale or two of straw and put it up in the loft of the garage. I’ve climbed up there before and am amazed at how warm it stays with the straw and old blankets. Of course, when spring rolls around, I have a ton of sweeping and cleaning to do but…. are you kidding me, it’s SO worth it to keep my babies warm and comfortable!
I’ve been looking on Amazon this morning at some items Hannah, Jelly Bean, Queen Fatima, and Bullet would like in their winter home and have found some GREAT stuff.
First up, the K&H 3093 Outdoor Heated Kitty Pad with Fleece Cover.
- Thermostatically controlled to warm to your cat?s normal temperature
- Made of rugged ABS plastic
- Ideal for sheds, garages, barns, or anywhere else your outdoor cats hang out
- Includes 5.5-foot steel wrapped cord and fleece cover
- 1-year limited warranty
Amazon.com Product Description
Second of all, the Allied Heated Pet Bowl – Plastic would keep them and ME happy. I can’t even tell you how many trips I make in the frigid cold to give them fresh, unfrozen ice!
- Thermostatically controlled.
- Capacity of 1.25 gallons
- Enables the consumer to remove the heating element after the winter season, which allows year-round use
- Nonheated Bowl Replacements are available at a fraction of the cost of the entire Heated Bowl
- Bowl is nestable, and the cord is coiled and secured to the bottom of the Bowl for a neat shelf appearance
Last of all, I’m wild about this K&H Outdoor Heated Kitty Camper, Measures 14 by 20 Inches! Knowing Alexa like I know Alexa – I KNOW she’d love this kitty camper even though she’s an inside cat. She gets chilly sometimes, even when we have the heat on. I remember Prissy always burrowed in between pillows or the girl’s stuffed animals on days she was convinced she was freezing! Even inside babies love heated beds and heated kitty campers!
- Outdoor or indoor heated cat shelter with roof and 40-watt heated pad
- Great for outdoor cats that sleep in garages, sheds, porches and barns
- Thermostatically controlled for cat?s normal body temperature
- 2 doors for quick exit; 5-1/2-foot steel wrapped cord for chew resistance
- Measures 11 by 14 by 20 inches; one-year limited warranty
Amazon.com Product Description
Great for keeping your favorite outdoor kitty warm through blustery nights, the Heated Kitty Camper sets up in any unheated outdoor structure, wood shed, garage, porch, or barn, offering your feline friend healthier joints and happier slumber. The Heated Kitty Camper not only offers protection from the cold, its cushiony comfort makes Fifi feel like she’s living in then lap of luxury. Kitty may make a quick exit, if necessary, by one of the two doors built into the design. Internal dual thermostats keep the temperature at a comfortable 102 degrees F when in use. When not in use, the surface of the bed stays between 10 and 15 degrees above room temperature so it’s always inviting.Built tough enough for outdoor use, the camper can also be used indoors with the same, safe heating functionality. The heater removes for quick machine washing for easy maintenance. And the 5-1/2 foot extension cord is steel wrapped for chew resistance and optimal safety for all. The 40-watt heater plugs into standard household electrical outlet for advanced heat dispersion. UL listed for safety, the camper measures 14 by 20 by 11 inches and carries a limited one-year warranty.