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Winter is coming – Do cats need sweaters?

November 20, 2021

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Do you have an indoor cat? Do you think cats need a sweater to be warm in the winter? If so, this post is for you. There are many myths about what cats need and don’t need during the winter months that we will debunk here. You may be surprised by some of these common myths!

Cats are fiercely independent. In the summer, they store up body fat to survive the winter. They have highly insulated coats that require no sweaters unless they are short-haired breeds like Abyssinian, who can easily become chilly in the winter months.

However, this does not mean that cats don’t need attention during the winter because they still do. Cats enjoy being entertained in the winter. They love to play in the snow for hours at a time. Also, playing with objects that have a catnip on them will keep them busy and warm.

Should you put your cat in a sweater in the winter?

If your cat will let you, sure! A sweater in the winter can keep them warm and snuggly. Also, sweaters with prints on them are fun to wear for cats too.

Your cat may not like wearing a sweater in the winter, so if this is what they prefer, then leave it at that. If you decide to put a sweater on your cat, make sure you put it on and take it off easily. If the opening is too small, then there is no use in putting it on because they will either fight with you or just be miserable.

Do cats need to wear clothes in winter?

It is not uncommon for people to believe that cats need to wear clothes in the winter.

The truth is that cats are just like humans, and they can regulate their internal temperature. Unlike humans, however, if cats feel the chill in the air, they will often seek sunbathing spots or come inside where it is warmer. Cat owners who live in regions where there is snowfall in the wintertime may need to make sure their kitty has adequate insulation with warm bedding like fleece (rather than blankets) or help them find a tight space to curl up in with plenty of warm clothing on top of them. This way, they’ll stay warm all day even if they can’t get out of the cold.

Will cats let you dress them up?

Honestly, this really depends on the cat. Some cats will let you dress them up in winter clothes, while others will freeze in an instant if you put clothes on their body!

If your cat lets you dress it up, make sure they can get themselves out of the clothes when necessary. This way, if they want to go outside or explore something fun outside of their comfort zone, they can do so without the risk of staying there longer than they need to.

This is especially important for kittens or older cats who may not be as strong to instantly climb out of the clothes. If you decide to dress them up in sweaters, make sure that they are stretchy enough so they can get their bodies in and out with ease.

How do cats stay warm in winter?

Cats are capable of keeping themselves very warm even when outside temperatures drop. They do this by using their body fat and an excellent insulating coat to maintain a dry, warm layer next to their skin. You’ll often see cats snuggle up close together to share the warmth.

Cats also meow and purr to express their emotions, which is a way to communicate that everything is alright. Suppose a cat goes into a panic or feels terrified. In that case, it will often stop vocalizing because it’s part of its instinctual drive not to attract attention from predators when feeling threatened. This is why it’s important to keep your kitty calm and relaxed, whether at home or out in the wild.

The Winter season is not that bad for cats. They manage to find ways to warm up their bodies by snuggling with other animals, sitting under the sunrays, or curling up somewhere small and cozy – but how about you? Don’t forget to cover up and bundle up before going out in the cold!

What do cats need during winter?

Cats don’t need much during the winter, but we should ensure their feeding area is close to a heat source to keep their food from freezing. They also appreciate fleece bedding that is closer than cotton or wool to keep them warm. However, if they are outside, cats will often seek a cozy place – for example, under the hood of a car.

Although most cats don’t need sweaters or jackets in the winter, it can be fun to dress your cat up with holiday sweaters or winter-themed clothing when you’re spending time together at home. For example, you can purchase a Christmas sweater for cats and take photos of them wearing it – these would make great gifts for friends and family!

How to keep your cat warm in winter?

Cats should be kept indoors during the winter season if possible. If they go outside, provide a heated cat house or shelter with good insulation to keep them warm. You can also use straw or hay for bedding material to help insulate the house. Adequate food and water must be provided to your cat year-round, but it is especially important during colder weather.

The most important thing you can do for your kitty is making sure they are spayed or neutered to prevent overpopulation and the spread of disease. Outdoor cats face many risks during wintertime, so if this is what they prefer, then leave it at that. If you decide to put a sweater on your cat, make sure you put it on and take it off easily. If the opening is too small, then there is a risk of choking or suffocating the cat.


Cats enjoy the winter, but their owners need to ensure they are close to heat sources so food doesn’t freeze. It definitely depends on the type of cat (long-haired vs. short-haired) and how much time is spent outside during winter. Do your research before putting a sweater on any cat!

Mary Wilson
Mary Wilson
I am a happy cat parent and animal lover, and I am from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Living with three cats and my lovely husband - James. We like traveling around with our cats and writing in our free time. Sharing what we have learned over the years of cat ownership brings joy.
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