Cat Travel Guide: Keeping your cat safe in winter

Cat Travel Guide: Keeping your cat safe in winter
Winter brings with it colder days and shorter evenings, which means more risk of getting caught out in freak weather or lost under darkness. With this comes  risks that it's worth bearing in-mind before you grab your cat's winter accessories and head out.
Preparing for winter adventures with your cat
We've put together this short guide to help you plan ahead for your winter catventures. Make sure to let us know in the comments any other tips or tricks you have for making next winter the best your cat's ever had!
What to look out for
Dangerous paths/nature (blog coming soon) 
Grit and de-icer (plus other poisonous environmental factors) 
Hypothermia (scroll down to find out more)
Cat safety in winter 
In the cold it can be tempting to want to head straight for the quieter locations. With this can come danger if you get into trouble or if you pet isn't ready for the temperature and elements. 
Always be cautious heading out, make sure you have means to make contact and the ability to see should it drop dark (we offer reflective cat bandanas so your pet can easily be seen). To keep your cat safe in winter, have them well wrapped up in warm clothing, if they can stand it wear boots to prevent their paws getting too cold or standing on grit and de-icer. It's best to keep them on lead incase of freak weather changes and have them wear a waterproof gps tracker for cats

Keeping your cat warm on hikes
The best step you can take is to avoid the coldest parts of the day (dawn/dusk) and aim for the warmest part usually being midday. Take plenty of refreshments and water, such as cat friendly fruit or liquid snacks (such as squeezy pouches), especially if your cat doesn't tend to eat or drink much whilst out. A stainless steel pet water bottle or collapsible cat bowls can be a great tool for cat hydration when on-the-go. If travelling with a cat backpack, a warm blanket, heat pad and battery powered heater can be great accessories for the backpack for cats. 
Cat warming products
We offer a range of products to help your cat combat the cold air of winter, as some were mentioned above. Whether you need a drying coat that can be they can be wrapped up snug in after winter rain, a pet first aid kit including foil blanket incase of emergency or hiking wrist warmers for yourself to keep your hands warm whilst holding their lead. 
How to prevent hypothermia in cats
Hypothermia occurs when the cat's ability to loose heat exceeds the cat's temperature heat generation, thus underheating and causing the cat's body to shut down through various injuries. 

This can be prevented by many of our tips listed above and avoid exercise on frozen surfaces, ensure drinking water is always available and offered and know the signs to look out for. 
In winter, always be prepared to accept the cold might be okay for you, but it might not be for your cat. Always act accordingly and have your cat's health and wellbeing at the forefront of your mind. 

Happy Travfurling!
The Travfurler Team 🐾

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Comments

Nina 12 days ago

Great advice, thank you so much! We will definitely have to get some reflective gear for walks in the dark and also a heating pad. A cat first aid kit is always good to have, too!
We’d love some more advice on how to prepare for winter walks in the city – for example regarding road salt and a kitty that won’t wear boots, since ingestion would be toxic. Would you recommend some sort of paw cream to prevent paw injuries?