Cat Coat or Electric Blanket for 19 yr old cat??

(54 Posts)
MrsHoneybean Sun 24-Feb-13 18:37:55

I think my 19 year old cat is cold at night. She is very skinny, always has been. She is still very active racing up trees, over fences etc by day.

Anyway I think she's getting cold at night once our heating goes off.

Has anyone ever bought a tiny cat coat to keep an elderly cat warm? Or should I go the electric blanket route?

Can you advise me please?

Thanks grin

BamBamAndPebbles Sun 24-Feb-13 18:40:09

Water bottle.

Ou can get pet ones for dogs that they can't chew. But a normal one should be fine for a puss if its under a blanket.

bootsycollins Sun 24-Feb-13 18:41:15

What a character! Have you seen those snug sack things? It's like a furry lined sleeping bag, she'd be able to get nice and snug in one of those smile

bootsycollins Sun 24-Feb-13 18:42:17

I've used a hot water bottle in a fleecy cover in the cats bed before, he loved it smile

Floralnomad Sun 24-Feb-13 18:42:37

My mum has an indoor cat and she either leaves the heating on all night so he can sleep near a radiator or leaves him a heater plugged in in his favourite room so he can sleep near that ( I think its a dimplex heater ) . He can't tolerate massive temperature changes .

MrsHoneybean Sun 24-Feb-13 18:58:44

I think I'll try a hot water bottle tonight and look into the snugglesac. Bless her!!

catlady1 Sun 24-Feb-13 19:06:30

You can get microwaveable pads for cats that go inside a fluffy cover, they might be better if you're worried about using a hot water bottle or if she doesn't seem to like it. This is one you can probably find one cheaper if you look around.

Or a radiator bed? Obviously you'd have to have the radiator on but you can usually pick them up cheap.

cozietoesie Sun 24-Feb-13 20:10:37

Seniorboy has an electric blanket for sleeping on during the day. (At night he sleeps with me.) It's better for him than other solutions because being older (he's 18) and having some arthritis, he's sometimes not easily able to curl up even if it's a warm spot. He likes to be able to sleep long if his bones are sore and the larger area of a blanket allows that.

MrsHoneybean Sun 24-Feb-13 20:55:17

Hi cosie tosie do you just use an ordinary electric blanket?

My cat seems to want to curl up round my head on my pillow. I guess it's really warm. I just can't sleep when she does this!!! We have a super king bed but she won't sleep anywhere else on it!

She will not entertain a radiator bed, which I thought could be a perfect solution! Which is annoying as the only person that likes it is my 6 year old son. It looks most odd seeing a child perched on it!!!


MrsHoneybean Sun 24-Feb-13 20:56:51


I like the idea of the heat pad thing. Does it stay warm all night?

I have tried the rad bed which she doesn't like!

tabulahrasa Sun 24-Feb-13 21:09:39

One of my cats has jumpers - she loves then, she purrs constantly when they're on.

I don't think I'd leave then on overnight though, they seem to have some weird effect on her ability to walk properly confused

stealthsquiggle Sun 24-Feb-13 21:20:36

You can get electric heating pads which go under the bed - much used in vets surgeries. Our 21yo cat has one, because I feel guilty that there is no heating in the room she sleeps in (and she can't sleep inside - she poos in DS's room and yells at me at 4am for breakfast)

stealthsquiggle Sun 24-Feb-13 21:23:08

Like this heat pad

MrsHoneybean Sun 24-Feb-13 21:28:19


Thanks for link. That looks perfect just what I'm looking for. Thanks I shall be placing an order later I think.


MrsHoneybean Sun 24-Feb-13 21:29:30


I love the jumper idea. Where did you get them or did you knit them?

cozietoesie Sun 24-Feb-13 22:06:05

Hi MrsHoneybean

Well I cheat. I have an ordinary electric blanket on my bed which is left on for him all day (doesn't cost much) and he sleeps on my bed on top of the duvet but beneath a light fleece throw. Generally sleeping long.

It's whatever they like best really. The only reason I mentioned the blanket is that Seniorboy isn't so good at curling tight any more and loves stretching in the heat for his bones.

tabulahrasa Sun 24-Feb-13 22:12:15

ebay mostly, I got chihuahua sized dog jumpers - the first one I got from pets at home, it was DD's fault, lol.

She'd been feeling the cold something awful last winter (the cat not DD) and DD wanted to buy her an extra small dog jumper while we were in there - I said no, lots, I thought it was a silly idea and they were really expensive, but DD kept nagging me.

DD says, this one doesn't have a price on it...can I ask how much it is, I said no, the rest are about £10, besides she'll never wear it, it's silly - I got lots of pleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaase and it might be cheaper and just general anoyingness, I said it won't be cheap enough, she said...if it's £3 will you buy, so just to shut her up I said, fine if it's £3 I'll buy it.

It was indeed £3 hmm and even worse the cat was so happy, lol. So I just picked up a couple of cheap ones from ebay, they're not exactly the nicest jumpers I've ever seen but as I was buying them to keep her warm rather than for fun it didn't matter.

cozietoesie Sun 24-Feb-13 22:14:09

They sound great, Tabulahrasa. Seniorboy wouldn't wear them but if a cat will, that's a super solution.

cozietoesie Sun 24-Feb-13 22:14:44

By the way - we need a picture!


tabulahrasa Sun 24-Feb-13 22:32:19

I still think she's odd for even tolerating a jumper, never mind being happy about it, lol.

but... cat in jumper and because she wasn't very well last winter when I took it - a more recent one where she looks more like herself

cozietoesie Sun 24-Feb-13 22:37:24

Wonderful! (And what a pretty girl.)

TheSilveryPussycat Sun 24-Feb-13 22:48:27

I really didn't like the idea of a cat jumper. But your pic has converted me smile

Don't think mine would wear one though. She is 17, but her fur is still quite thick (shorthaired moggy from a farmyard litter)

tabulahrasa Sun 24-Feb-13 23:04:12

Well to be fair, I thought it was a ridiculous idea - but for £3 I thought ah stuff it I can try, lol. She doesn't have a normal cat coat though and she's very slim, plus I think her medication made her really feel the cold more.

We did try and put one on the other cat, just for a laugh - the murderous expression in the second photo is nothing compared to the reaction we got with a jumper, rofl.

I wouldn't normally dress animals up - and I really did expect her to object, but nope, just lots and lots of purring.

cozietoesie Sun 24-Feb-13 23:05:14

She does look blissed out in it.

Tabulahrasa Having looked at those photos, your last post has me giggling grin I am in bed, trying not to wake DH whilst silently rock with laughter.

I used to have a cat many years ago and we used a hot water bottle under a blanket. I still remember the first night I popped in to check on her. She'd gone from huddled up to a full out sunbathing sprawl smile

tabulahrasa Mon 25-Feb-13 00:00:24

I still don't know if it's the warmth she likes or the feeling of being covered - or as I suspect that in fact she's sat there going, hah! I knew I wasn't one of those cat things, I'm human, look, I've got clothes, lol.

sashh Mon 25-Feb-13 06:33:37

I have a hot water bottle in a bagpuss cover, my cat really likes to sleep on him, or on the radiator.

MrsHoneybean Mon 25-Feb-13 16:08:40


I love the pics And....... I went and bought a jumper today for my oldy lady!! :-)

Well.... my husband snorted and thought me completely mad (I secretly thought it too!!) anyway, she loves it. I am so surprised. I thought she'd be racing around the house trying to get it off, but no has been making a huge fuss of me and proudly showing off her new jumper (blue fleece).

Its too big for her so I will need to do some modifications later. Plus she wasn't keep on the legs so I will chop them off (on the jumper - not hers!). Very pleased that she likes it.

However, since coming home from the school run she has since taken the jumper off but is snuggled up with it.

soaccidentprone Mon 25-Feb-13 16:49:18

this is giving me some good ideas. dcat1 is now 16 and is getting quite skinny and seems to feel the cold a lot.

I don't know whether she'll be happy with a jumper, but it's worth a try. she always sleeps as tightly curled up as possible for warmth, and loves it if I put a hotty on the sofa with a blanket on top.

cozietoesie Mon 25-Feb-13 17:00:55

Excellent. (Tabulah could have started a real trend.)

I'm looking forward to lots of new pics!


tabulahrasa Mon 25-Feb-13 17:05:48

Oh god, I'm now imagining cats up and down the country wearing jumpers because of me, the shame... I'm mortified enough about my cat wearing one, lol.

That's what comes of having a spoilt cat I suppose.

cozietoesie Mon 25-Feb-13 17:19:51

We'll give you full credit for years to come, tabulah!


tabulahrasa Mon 25-Feb-13 17:28:40

thanks hmm


MrsHoneybean Mon 25-Feb-13 18:44:24


You could even start your own clothing line grin I would be your first customer. Lol.

MrsHoneybean Mon 25-Feb-13 18:49:49

Anyway thanks everyone for all your great ideas. My very lovely elderly 19 year old lady is most grateful. I will try and post a pic later of her in her lovely fleece. smile

Am going to purchase the electric heated pet bed too that Stealthsquiggle recommended.

This kitty is well and truly sorted and spoilt!!

Thanks thanks

tabulahrasa Mon 25-Feb-13 19:04:51

OMG - I could call it the cat's pyjamas...if only I was crafty, I wonder if I could persuade anybody to go into some sort of partnership? lol

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 25-Feb-13 19:22:53

This is the problem with husbands, you want to put the cat in a jumper and they think your mad. grin

tabulahrasa Mon 25-Feb-13 19:58:28

See nobody even questioned my sanity when I put my cat in a jumper! Clearly they've accepted my descent into crazy cat lady much better than I have. confused

However, since coming home from the school run she has since taken the jumper off but is snuggled up with it.

I read that as the cat doing the school run. Does she?!

This thread is hilarious grin

cozietoesie Mon 25-Feb-13 21:59:16

Who can tell? She took the jumper off - now all MrsHoneybean has to do is teach her to put it on by herself!

MrsHoneybean Mon 25-Feb-13 22:07:10

Lol I did chuckle at the last few posts.

FYI Patsy hasn't quite mastered putting her new jumper on just yet but we're working on it! Hopefully by tomorrow? Then she said she'll do the school run!! wink

Once I've mastered how to upload pics I'll let you have a sneaky peek of her new clothes!!

I think I'm def the new crazy cat lady! Lol grin

tabulahrasa Mon 25-Feb-13 22:40:58

Oh I'm disappointed now that my cat can't undress or dress herself...she just shivers miserably on top of the radiator and I get her jumper for her.

I'm not sure if she's not bright enough to work it out or if she's just got me really well trained...

MrsHoneybean Mon 25-Feb-13 23:21:42

This is my other daft cat who thinks he's a plant!!

Look at my cat!

Still working on the jumper pic, coming shortly....

MrsHoneybean Mon 25-Feb-13 23:31:08

And finally the moment you've been waiting for!!!

Here's Patsy in her smart new jumper!


cozietoesie Mon 25-Feb-13 23:42:34

Oh my!


bootsycollins Tue 26-Feb-13 00:37:48

CUTE! Now I need a window box too. If my boy loved wearing jumpers it would quickly descend into matching accesories/themes/build a Bear outfits grin

sashh Tue 26-Feb-13 06:30:36

I can't see the pics

cozietoesie Tue 26-Feb-13 07:38:19

I'm seeing them fine, sashh. Check that your browser or - for instance - mcafee (if you have it) isn't blocking them.

That's a lovely pic. A cute old lady cat in a cute fleecy jumper ...

MrsHoneybean Wed 27-Feb-13 17:56:27

She is a lovely old lady. Very funny and chatty. I don't we could get used to a quiet cat after 19 years if her vocal antics!!

Horsemad Wed 27-Feb-13 20:25:45

I'm loving these cats wearing jumpers smile

tabulahrasa Thu 28-Feb-13 00:49:55

Oh I just spotted that you'd put a photo up - that's a much more tasteful one than my golf monstrosity, lol

Littlebigbum Sun 03-Mar-13 15:36:57

Oh I have a heat mat from a lizard shop on all the time lives on under a blanket on a table so he can see the door.

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