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

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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.

marriednotdead Sun 24-Feb-13 23:26:16

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

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