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Winter Question - Good house temp for cats?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'm sorry that I'm not offering an advice but I have a question on this subject. What shoud the room temperature be in the house for cats? Thanks.
post #2 of 12
If it's comfortable for you, it's fine for cats, too.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by coaster
If it's comfortable for you, it's fine for cats, too.
But when I leave what should I have the heater set to?
post #4 of 12
My former roommates keep theirs set to about 16-18C (sorry, I suck at conversions). Both of their cats are quite fluffy, however, and they (my human roommates, not the cats ) were concerned about the high costs of heating.

At my current apartment, it's about 18-20C, because A) we don't pay for heat [insert evil smile here!]; B) we don't really have any control over the thermostat (the downstairs tenant has the thermostat, so she keeps it warm 'cause that way we can always open a window if we're too hot); and C) I'm a big wuss who likes coming home to a warm house.
post #5 of 12
i don't pay for heat either (it's included in rent). we keep it between 70 F and 74 F. i kind of dread getting a place where we pay for heat. my boss was telling me this morning that they keep their place at 60 F all winter. i think i would freeze to death!
post #6 of 12
Thats a pretty good question! I noticed that when I first got Marlee about a month and a half ago (she was a sickly little baby, very thin) she would crawl under the covers with me at night to sleep b/c she was cold, I assume. But once she got some meat on her bones, she quit that. She still sleeps with me most the night, just not under the covers. I figure as long as she doesn't seem uncomfortable, and her fur isn't cold to the touch, it will be alright. (I feel for the people who pay for the heat, me and my roommate do! But she is hardly ever here, she stays with her bf most the time. I keep it a little cooler than I'd like since I pay for it, but hey, that way I can get under the blankies and cuddle!)
post #7 of 12
I *try* to keep my thermostat set to 68* F during the winter. I say "try" because my husband works from home and A) He's a wuss and can't possibly put more (or heavier) clothes on if he's cold; and B) He's totally wrapped around Ophelia's little dewclaw, and if she acts like she's cold (she does have a look that says "I'm gonna turn into a kitty-cicle!"), or waits in her spot where the heater blows and looks pathetic, he will turn up the heat for her. She has fur, good hiding holes with blankets and towels to curl up in, a big brother to snuggle with, and she's a little heater herself...but I don't know how many times I've asked why the heat is turned up and get the reply, "The cats were cold."
post #8 of 12
I also keep mine at 68F!
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by valanhb
...but I don't know how many times I've asked why the heat is turned up and get the reply, "The cats were cold."
My wife uses the exact same excuse! And what exactly can I say after that?
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for making this a thread of it's own. With the heating costs going up everybody could use some good advice on keeping our furry children warm and healthy. I keep mine at 65F right now and the cats do not mind at all.

Thanks again for all the input.
post #11 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by valanhb
I don't know how many times I've asked why the heat is turned up and get the reply, "The cats were cold."
You know, it sounds perfectly reasonable to me ... But then, that sounds like the sort of line I'll be using, once my boyfriend and I have our own place where we'll be expected to pay for heat!
post #12 of 12
Thank God my heat is included in my rent too! Between the cat and my hermit crab tank (and ok, me too) it's pretty cool in here in the summer and quite warm in the winter... I don't have a digital thermostat so it's pretty hard to tell the actual temperature, but the heat is on during the day and as of right now (since it's not fully winter yet) the cool air is being put back on at night, otherwise I wake up drenched in sweat, especially sleeping next to the little heat machine that Oliver is! As long as I'm comfy, Oliver seems to be too... he can definitely always find places to warm up (haha, my bed never gets made and that's usually where he ends up) and I find him sprawled on the linoleum of the kitchen or cat room if he's feeling a little warm
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