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Ideal Room Temperature for a cat

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
This question comes courtesy of DH. He asked me to post it here.

He wants to know what the ideal room temperature is for a cat. If they got to set the thermostat, what would it be set on?
post #2 of 28
Well, considering that they are originally desert animals...I'm thinking REALLY WARM.
post #3 of 28
BF's theory is 1 degree less than the temperture at which they would burn.
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by Satai View Post
BF's theory is 1 degree less than the temperture at which they would burn.
post #5 of 28
Jamie seems to be spending most of his time right now on his perches directly over radiators, or on our waterbed, so I'd say about 27°C /80°F, which is the waterbed setting.
post #6 of 28
I've read between 62 and 72 degrees. I think I saw that on the ASPCA site? don't quote me though. I just remember reading it on some animal site.
post #7 of 28
If Ophelia had control of the thermostat, it would be as high as it could go, and she would still try to find a sunbeam to really get toasty.

Trent is very fluffy, so he likes it closer to 65-68 F. He just gets too warm and tries to cool off if it's much warmer than that. You can see where Ophelia's forced snuggles in the middle of summer weren't always welcomed.

Ginger...as long as Meowmy is there, she doesn't care. Actually, she hasn't really shown much of a preference for temperature yet.
post #8 of 28
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BF's theory is 1 degree less than the temperture at which they would burn.
That's definitely Forest!! Tailer's perfect temperature would be whatever temperature it is in DH's lap, and Harvey's is apparently whatever temperature it is behind the furnace. (Though his evil meowmy has just blocked off his behind-the-furnace access. )
post #9 of 28
This definately depends on whether you have a longhaired cat. When we turn our thermostat up, Persi will get off of our lap to lay on the hardwood floor.
post #10 of 28
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BF's theory is 1 degree less than the temperture at which they would burn.
Sounds about right to me.
Lucky for me I'm always so cold, having 5 of them snuggle up against me everynight saves me on electricity and heating costs.
post #11 of 28
Mine, with the exception of Bumper, tend to get too hot and feel most comfortable at the 68-70 we keep it in Winter... Bumper will sleep wherever is hottest
post #12 of 28
Cat's actually have a hotter internal thermostat. Cats are normally a little ball of self contained warmth. They can also withstand hotter temperatures of water and general heat.
post #13 of 28
Radar likes to sit just under the radiator, but I never let it get cold because I have a parrot, they have very high metabolisms and use a lot of their body heat just in breathing and eating! However I would say also that Radar has his nice woolly winter trousers on right now and would not freeze if the temperature dropped a few degrees, I would definitely be more worried about the bird's ability to cope.
post #14 of 28
I think 68-70 is the right temp for ours.
post #15 of 28
UH...considering Trout sleeps like 1 millimetre from the heater so her fur is almost burning...I would say she would have the thermostat set at like 45 celsius..
post #16 of 28
If you ask Severino he wants it cold because of all his hair...he goes and lays in our bathroom that has a marble floor and is above the cold garage...it's freezing in there!!! Now Joey and Soph like to be warm. It's up to the kitty individually I think.
post #17 of 28
Ex-bf's Bombay used to reset his thermostat, she constantly turned the furnace up to 85f+
So I'm guessing in the 80-90f range.
She was so insistant that even with no furniture anywhere near it for her to get onto, she still managed to do the jump and bump.
He actually was forced to change it out to a digital with a lockout feature.
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
Ex-bf's Bombay used to reset his thermostat, she constantly turned the furnace up to 85f+
So I'm guessing in the 80-90f range.
She was so insistant that even with no furniture anywhere near it for her to get onto, she still managed to do the jump and bump.
He actually was forced to change it out to a digital with a lockout feature.
Ah ha! Pesky humans are no match for feline antics!

Muhahaha!
post #19 of 28
the only one of mine that seem to like to be hot is Athena and she'll just lay on the floor vent, the rest seem to be happy with what I have it set on (68)
post #20 of 28
Both of my cats are always sleeping in spots that are warm so I'd say they would like it around 75-80. I keep it on 70-71 though.
post #21 of 28
This is kind of cute, my heating ducts are right above my sliding glass door so when I want both boys to sit next to each other I'll open the window for Scratch and turn up the heat slightly for 8-Bit. 8-Bit will sit right under the return and Scratch will curl up right into the cool breeze of the window.
post #22 of 28
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This is kind of cute, my heating ducts are right above my sliding glass door so when I want both boys to sit next to each other I'll open the window for Scratch and turn up the heat slightly for 8-Bit. 8-Bit will sit right under the return and Scratch will curl up right into the cool breeze of the window.
That's so sweet!
post #23 of 28
We keep our house at 60 during the day and 50 while we sleep and Dilbert doesnt seem unhappy. He even sleeps by the window at night which is colder. He does have a heavy coat though since he is a Maine Coon mix so it probably does depend on the cat.
post #24 of 28
Zissou seems okay with my setting, which is "off" unless my apartment gets below 65, which its only done three or four days this winter so far. Even when I turn it on, the highest it ever is set on in 68. Sometimes she seems cold, but she'll just come sit on my feet or hide under the bed where its warm.
My sister's house is kept at 50 during the day, and I think the cats just get fatter to compensate Just kidding. They do snuggle up under the covers together though.
post #25 of 28
Yesterday Luna came up and slept on my chest while I was still playing...errr studying on the laptop. Once I turned it off, she got up and left.

By the time I turned it off my lap was next to burning...
post #26 of 28
Java likes it warm - she's my shortest-haired cat, practically no undercoat. usually sits on top of the directtv receiver, or on the top cat perch [which is just under the vent]. she's also started sleeping with me since the weather got colder, which i like! Cable likes to snuggle with Pixel, but she's reasonably ok on her own - uses the cat beds in the wintertime. Pixel usually lays on her reflecting mat or on me, & so does Chip - they both have similar coats, short-haired but with full undercoats.
but they all seem to like it pretty warm
post #27 of 28
Mine like it warm and seem fine with the thermostat set at 68. Pete's the biggest heat hog, though. He can usually be found sleeping as close to the radiators as possible during the winter. He's also been known to just go and lay down on top of one of the girls if he feels like being cozy, but Claire's the only one that lets him get away with this.
post #28 of 28
Thread Starter 
I think Polly likes it pretty warm, as she will either lay on the bed in a sunbeam or sun herself in the living room window. Prego is hard to tell. He seems to like to lay on the floor at least in the summer, so maybe he likes it a big cooler.
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