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5 Warm Ways to Bond With Your Cat in the Bitter Cold

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Many cat owners try to spend as much time as possible with their precious pets all year round. But when it’s cold outside, you’ll soon realize that you’re seeing a lot more of your feline than usual. While this can be an exciting thing to look forward to, it’s important that you make the most of that extra time once you actually have it. That way, you can give optimum warmth — and love — to your fur baby when it’s unspeakably cold outside. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to do just that.

1. Offer cozy blankets or a heated cat bed.

Most cats have enough fur to keep them naturally warm when they’re inside a toasty home, but it never hurts to up the cozy factor, especially if it’s snowing outside. Bring your softest blankets to your pet and let him or her cuddle up or play around underneath them. If your kitty is especially prone to chilliness, consider buying a heated cat bed, such as the K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Bed ($33.15, Amazon). Important: Never use any heating pad meant for humans on a cat. They are not designed with animal safety in mind.

2. Include your cat in the holiday celebrations.

Has your cat been on the nice list all year? Gift your kitty with a cat stocking filled with toys, such as the Midlee Christmas Stocking Cat Toy Gift Set ($16.99, Amazon). And don’t feel like you have to ignore your pet just because you have a lot of company over. Assuming your cat isn’t the camera-shy type, feel free to put him or her in your family holiday photos if you want. Your pet’s presence will add an extra personal touch to the memorable snapshots for years to come. Plus, your kitty will relish all the extra attention from your loved ones!

3. Encourage your cat to exericse — with fun.

Much like humans, cats can warm up much quicker when they’re being active. And what better way for them to do that than by having fun with their favorite humans? Stimulate your pet’s natural hunting instincts with a “teaser toy” like the Pet Fit For Life Multi Feather Teaser and Exerciser ($11.95, Amazon). Before you know it, your pet will be having so much fun that you won’t want to put the toy down!

4. Put a seasonal spin on treat time.

Sure, cats can’t eat all the foods humans can, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a festive meal of their own. Serve your kitty meals in a holiday-themed bowl, like a Christmas Ceramic Pet Bowl ($13.99, Amazon). You might also consider adding a seasonal-themed food dispenser with treats, such as Temptations Snacky Snowman Cat Toy and Cat Treats ($14.65, Amazon).

5. Spoil your kitty with extra snuggles.

Provided your cat is the snuggling type, he or she will be delighted to receive more warmth from your arms — and heart — during the winter time. What more could your precious pet ask for?

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