By Dr. Patty Khuly, PetMD
It’s cold today in Miami. OK, maybe not according to the standards held by anyone who happens to live north of Florida, but chilly for us nonetheless. This is perhaps why we’re so weird about our pets and cold weather. We’re just not used to it, so we get a tad freaky about it.
As in this question asked by a Miami Herald reader, followed by my answer, published over the weekend in advance of this sub-freezing-temp cold front:
Q: I take care of a number of outdoor cats, who aren’t always around for me to bring in when it gets cold outside. When the news media tells us to bring all our pets indoors on chilly nights, I worry desperately for my babies. I’ve been wondering whether they’re suffering, and what your opinion is on what temperature is absolutely too low for cats.