The following is an important message from the Cat Gods, regarding their care during the winter months, especially for those cats that dwell in colder, snow-ridden climates. Although your Cat God(s) may be sporting a thicker coat this time of year, which they are undoubtedly very proud of, they are still delicate creatures that require humans who are ready and willing to serve them. When the Cat Gods chose to inhabit human spaces, they gave up many of the things that made them able to survive the harsh outdoors. They rely on their humans for protection, especially when temps begin to drop and weather becomes harsh. Below are their demands for sufficient worship, warmth and sacrifice.
Don’t Risk the Outdoors
All Cat Gods are different and some make demands that perhaps we shouldn’t meet for their own good. If you allow yours to leave the safety of the indoors unattended, then they are at a greater risk of many injuries, illnesses and possibly even death.These risks increase during the winter months when temperatures drop below zero, there is limited access to fresh water and conditions are extremely harsh. Their coats may be fluffier, but don’t be fooled. Cat Gods can get frostbite on their paws and ears, or even freeze to death. That said, if your cat is already leash trained, you can always take them outside for a brief jaunt as long as you’re able to supervise them 100%. We suggest keeping such excursions short, but a bit of fresh air is always good for feline friends.
That said, if you don’t mind losing a bit of heat, cracking a window or opening a sliding glass door can allow your Cat Gods a few moments to breathe in the crisp winter air, smell the wood smoke and maybe even admire—and by admire we mean “stare with wonder and bloodlust”—at some local birds and wildlife. (Side note: We’ll surely do an article on this in the future, but installing a bird feeder on your porch is a great way to keep your indoor cats occupied all year long. To them, the entertainment is just as good as “Breaking Bad”, “Game of Thrones” or “House of Cards”—if not better.
If you do see a Cat God wandering outdoors during the winter, do not assume that they will be taken care of. Cat Gods are at great risk outdoors during the winter months. Do your best to provide them with a warm shelter or, if you can, bring them indoors. Hopefully the Cat God has been microchipped and can be safely returned to their worshipper after a quick trip to a veterinarian or animal shelter—where the nurse or receptionist can easily scan and identify them. If you come across a cat with an orange collar, this is an indication that the cat is most likely lost and that you should return the escaped kitty to his or her owner ASAP (for full details, you can learn about the “Kitty Convict Project” here—which is a recent endeavor that we fully support.)
For a Cat God that has been in the cold, check their soft paws and ears to see if they have frostbite. Ice and salt can irritate a Cat God’s delicate paw pads, which is why it’s always a good idea to always use a de-icer on your home entrance and driveway that is safe for pets. Do not let your Cat God(s) lick their paws after coming indoors without first wiping them for this reason. Another good practice to protect all Cat Gods, is to be sure to clean up any anti-freeze spills (for more details, check out this succinct piece on protecting pets from antifreeze poisoning). Many don’t realize that animals are attracted to the sweet smell of anti-freeze and can unknowingly ingest this poisonous liquid.
Keep them Warm
Even if your Cat God is indoors, they can still get cold. Make sure their beds are in a place near air drafts. You can check this by simply lying down as they would and feeling for any cold air drafts. Of course, fixing these openings is always a good idea since it will allow you reduce your heating costs as well. If you’re cats are alone for most weekdays, make sure you leave the heat at a comfortable temperature. This is even more vital for elderly or ill Cat Gods who need extra attention and warmth.
Although Cat Gods may be drawn to the warmest place of your home, you should also make sure these places are safe, such as a hot surfaces or fireplace. If you use your fireplace often, be sure to gate it off appropriately so no embers can reach your cat’s fur. It’s also a good idea to check your carbon monoxide alarm often—especially if you have a gas heater. Naturally, Cat Gods are highly intelligent, but they may not be aware of the dangers that open flames and gas present. As their guardians, we must keep them safe and comfortable.
Leave Fresh Water
The winter months are not only colder, they are also drier. This means your Cat Gods will need access to plenty of fresh water to stay hydrated. Cat Gods should always have fresh water available to them year-round, however this time of year you may notice their water needs to be refilled even more often. So be aware that they could be especially thirsty in the winter months. This is also true if you are helping feral Cat Gods. Heated water bowls are recommended, otherwise you will need to consistently change out the water when it freezes. Finally, if you feed your cat dry food (we recommend a diet of 100% grain-free wet food to avoid major issues such as urinary tract infections) then the importance of keeping all water bowls fresh and filled cannot be overstated.
Shelter From the Cold
If you are caring for feral Cat Gods who must remain outside, then it is vital that outdoor shelters be provided for them. These can be purchased or easily constructed out of inexpensive materials such as plastic containers and straw or other kinds of insulators. A quick search of DIY feral Cat God shelters will show you a number of easy ways to make your own structure. Of course, indoor Cat Gods will also need warm places to hide that are safe and away from drafty windows or doors, so it never hurts to either build or buy a kitty scratch-post tower. You can even build a box fort by cutting holes out of three or four random boxes and including a couple towels or blankets on the interior for comfy bedding.
As Cat God worshippers we all understand the importance of serving and keeping the Cat Gods happy. During the winter months, we may assume our feline companions are capable of taking care of themselves; however, despite their godly nature, the Cat Gods still need our protection during this potentially harsh and chilly time of year. We hope you find these tips useful and harness them in the constant pursuit of adequate Cat God worship.