The effects of temperature are more prevalent on cats because of their coats. Several determining factors control the effects of cold climate on the cat’s body.
For example, if the cat has a thick fur with two or three layers, it is more likely that the cat will be comfortable in colder climates.
One of the prime examples of such types of cats is Maine Coon. However, few cat breeds do not have a good coat covering.
Siamese cats fall into this category. We have to say that all cats feel cold and get cold, but Siamese cats may fall ill more often than other breeds if you do not take the necessary steps.
In this article, we will discuss the several symptoms of cold and the ways to tackle this illness.
Do Siamese Cats Get Cold Easily?
Like any other mammals, cats also have heat-regulating bodies. It means that cats generate their heat through digestion or other physical activities.
However, the heat regulation of cats is not as effective as humans. Hence, they need extra protection against cold, and the fur of the cat serves this purpose quite well. Also, there are a few purebred cats that do have no or little hair on their bodies.
Peterbald, Sphynx, Ukrainian Levkoy, and Siamese are some of the breeds which belong to this category. As you probably know, the Siamese cats originally belonged from Thailand (Previously known as Siam), a country in the South-Eastern part of Asia.
The average temperature of Thailand is considerably high because of its tropical presence.
Hence, Siamese cats are not capable of dealing with cold climates. They develop the symptoms of the cold quickly if you are not taking proper precautions.
How Does Temperature Affect Siamese Cats?
Temperature have two different effects on the Siamese Cats. They are famous for their temperature-dependent coat color.
If the body’s temperature goes below a specific temperature, melanin production kicks in, and they start to develop a darker coat color.
The Siamese cat can also develop the symptoms of cold if you are not taking precautions. Kittens and older cats are most susceptible to catch a cold in colder climates.
Kittens do not have a fully developed immune system, and older cats slowly lose their ability to control body temperature.
A recovering cat is also prone to develop the symptoms because of their weakened immune system.
These phases are more cumbersome for Siamese cats. If the cat catches a cold, it will show the following signs:
- Presence of more mucus
- Red or watery eyes
- Sneezing continuously
- Feeling tired
- Loss of appetite
- Increased body temperature
Ways To Make Sure Your Cat Does Not Get Cold?
There are several ways by which you can make your Siamese cat more susceptible to colder temperatures.
In this section, we will give you a few tips to strengthen your cat’s immunity against cold and suggest some of the ways to keep your cat warm.
- A balanced and healthy diet is one of the most crucial steps in the battle against cold. If the Siamese cat receives all the necessary nutrients from its diet, it can withstand the cold better. The portion of the food should not be more than the required amount. In winter, Siamese cats tend to stay inside and cuddle under a blanket. If you give more food, it may develop the problem of obesity. Siamese cats also exercise less in the winters.
- You have to keep the Siamese cat inside a heat-controlled environment. You cannot let them go outside in the cold because of their thin fur. The temperature of the house should be warm and comfortable. You may have to keep the heater on even when you are not at home.
- If you choose not to keep the heaters on in the house to save the budget and avoid any unforeseen accident, you can keep a comfortable place for the Siamese cat. A den of blankets and hot water bottles can help you save a lot. The cat will also love a comfortable place to sleep and spend time.
Taking proper care of the Siamese cat includes the responsibility of keeping it safe from any avoidable ailments.
With simple steps, you can keep the Siamese cat away from getting cold. The necessity of extra insulation from the cold is a must for them.
If you observe any cold symptoms, you need to take the Siamese cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible. A vet will tell you the proper method of action to deal with the situation.
Hi There, AJ Oren here. I am the founder of this amazing pet blog & a passionate writer who loves helping pet owners to learn more about their pets through my articles. I am also the content manager of this blog. I have experience in pet training and behavior, sheltering, and currently working for a veterinary clinic.