Updated: November 28, 2023
Cats can be fussy at times. They like to do things on their own and on their terms. There are some qualities that are unique to cats. When it comes to staying warm, cats have their own reasons for it. Though, cats may not know their internal body structure and how the body temperature works, but they know what they want and will try their best to achieve this.
Cats love warm places and anything that provides warmth. To get a warm spot and cat comfort these little felines will lookout for warm spots around them. This may include sitting under the sun, under a light source or even gadgets that generate heat.
The following are some facts about cats and their love for warmth that as a cat owner you need to be aware.
Adorable Photo of Cat Comfort in a warm spot
1.Cats look out for warmth
Cat owners will agree to the fact that felines look out for warm places like sunshine along the floor. They even stretch out in enjoyment in front of objects that emit heat. Since cats are not afraid of heights, you will regularly find them sitting on top of refrigerators, tall bookshelves and fireplace mantel napping. These are some of the warmest places inside the house and cats know that very well.
2.Cats ability to control heat varies according to age
Newborn kittens do not have the ability to generate sufficient heat on their own and hence have to depend on their mother. From the time the kittens are born they have keen sense of temperature receptors on their faces. These receptors help them find their mothers even before their eyes have opened. As a cat grows into adulthood, they still seek warmth. Compared to humans, cats have less heat receptors on their body. Human body experiences pain when the skin temperature reaches 112 degree Farenheight, but cats don’t experience pain until their skin temperature reaches 126 degree Farenheight. Cats are able to stay in longer contact with something that is hot enough to burn the skin without having to experience pain compared to humans. That’s the reason why cats can burn themselves by walking across a hot stove.
3.Cat Breed makes a difference
Certain breeds are more tolerant to cold than others. For example, a Maine Coon cat may be comfortable on an unheated screen porch in the fall or even on a mild winter day because of their thick coats.
4.Seasons also affect cats
Warm spring weather is a nice time for cats. Longer days and warmth makes cats active and playful all the time. Cats have a lot of interesting new activities like watching birds and squirrels from the window and increased overall activity inside the house all of which makes it interesting for the cat.
Any ailment can also cause changes in your cat’s heat seeking behavior. Hyperthyroid cats will not be very interested in seeking out warm places to sleep. Other illnesses may cause the cat to look out for warm places. If you notice any change in your cat’s normal behavior, then it would be advisable to seek the advice of a vet.