Do cats like blankets and sleeping bags for warmth and comfort?
A: The blanket/bedding style you mention was developed for the comfort and warmth of pet and farm animals. It evolved to help keep warm during harsh winter conditions. However, as you know, these blankets are primarily meant for shelter, caging, or barn.
Dogs and other canines are the primary consumer of blankets and sleeping bags because they like to sleep on anything and can be very cold if left outside alone in the winter. Some dogs, like Dachshunds, are naturally hardy and will sleep outside all day long and through the night in cold weather.
Cats naturally keep warm by sleeping on a bed, on a blanket or rug, or on an extra comforter. A cat's fur gives good insulation and protects from drafts and moisture when the cat is asleep.
It's important to keep a cold climate indoor cat comfortable and it's not unusual for indoor cats to prefer a warm, thick comforter over a blanket or sleeping bag.
You might be surprised to learn that most cats don't actually like being wrapped in a blanket. There are some cats that do like them, however. If a cat does like being swaddled in a blanket it can be helpful for calming them, or if a cat wants to move it can be used as a trning tool.
For example, I had a female cat for 15 years who would move around when I tried to lay her down. I had to put a blanket on top of her to make her still. Once we tried it, I knew we had to put a comforter on top of the blanket to keep her still. The next time she did it, I let her keep the blanket and she did fine. She even started to enjoy it, but the first few times were difficult.
As for warmth, a blanket can provide protection from drafts, rn, and snow. It can also provide a snug place to curl up and sleep.
Treating Your Cat for Sickness
An indoor cat will get sick at some point in their life, and many of them become immune to some types of illnesses. When your cat gets sick, they will usually need to stay indoors.
Cats' first line of defense when they get sick is sneezing and coughing. Sometimes, a cat will rub his face on a favorite chr or bed to get rid of the germs in their mouth. If your cat has a runny nose and sneezes, you can help by putting some drops of vegetable oil on their nose, or you can use some oil as a spot cleaner for when they get sick. You can use olive, sunflower, canola, or peanut oil to clean a cat's eyes. You can also rub oil in their ears or on their skin. Sometimes rubbing your hand on the cat will help. Rubbing their paw in the fur of your hand will help.
Vomiting is another way that a cat can pass germs. It can also occur when a cat has allergies. If your cat starts vomiting after eating, there's a good chance they have eaten something that made them sick. If your cat has vomiting, you can also use vegetable oil to clean the cat's mouth, like you did before. You can also gently wipe the area around the mouth with a damp washcloth or paper towel.
There are also medications avlable for cats that can be used to help with a variety of symptoms. An anti-inflammatory medication is useful if your cat's symptoms include swollen or inflamed tissue in the nose or other areas. They can also be used to help with fever, coughing, upset stomach, diarrhea, and urinary tract infections.
Treatment for illness varies with the type of illness, so consult your veterinarian for your cat's treatment.
As we've discussed, your cat can also catch colds and other viruses. Sometimes they can also pass viruses to you. This is why it's important to keep your cat warm in winter and cool in summer. Be sure to provide a safe, warm, and comfortable home for your cat during cold or flu season.
One simple way to keep your cat warm is by using a warm blanket. Make sure the blanket is large enough to wrap around the cat and stay on them at all times. If your cat is ill and is in your bed with you, you can have a heated blanket nearby that you can turn on to keep your cat warm. Your cat will also need an appropriate heating source, such as a blanket, heating pad, or an electric heating pad.
Vaccinations and Medications
You should also make sure you have all of your cat's vaccines on hand. Many vaccines can prevent your cat from getting sick. Your veterinarian will recommend which vaccines are best for your cat based on age, breed, health history, and environment.
When choosing a vaccine, make sure to choose a vaccine with a long expiration date. The vaccine should contn at least 24 months from the day you give it.
When your cat is sick, make sure to visit your veterinarian to get an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
A Note on Feline Hypertension
Some cats develop a serious health issue called feline hypertension. This means that their blood pressure is too high. If you notice that your cat is exhibiting signs of an elevated blood pressure, such as an upset stomach or vomiting, you should consult your veterinarian.
How to Help Your Cat Grow Well
If you've already established a good routine with your cat, keep it going. Continue to feed them a good diet and provide them with exercise. When it comes to exercise, make sure you and your cat engage in a good cat to cat interaction.
If your cat is an indoor cat, you can get them an enclosure, which is like a doghouse. You can also get them a scratching post to help with their grooming. Make sure to keep a close eye on your cat to make sure they are being well taken care of.
Do you have any tips or other tricks for keeping your cat healthy? Let us know in the comments below!
Dr. John T. Marr is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist with offices in Punta Gorda, Venice, Port Charlotte, Charlotte Harbor, Port Orange, and West Melbourne, Florida. He works closely with his partners and associates to provide specialized care to his patients.