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I recently got a cat, and with summer just getting here, what is the best temperature to keep the house at, for the cat's comfort?

I'm asking because I would like to leave the place at 75 like I was doing last year to save money, but worry that I should do lower for Shiloh.

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A cat's natural body temperature ranges from 100.5-102.5F, a bit higher than humans. A good general rule is if you're comfortable, the cat will be comfortable. My mom has Sphynx, and like people, they go find a blanket if they're cold. (She keeps her house around 71F.)

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If you haven't already, get it a bed, with a small blanket. Put it somewhere off the beaten path, bonus points if it can be in the sunlight for part of the day. Most cats like to lay in the sun.

We also bought the Sphynx a heated bed. It's always plugged in and warm, but more often than not they would rather just curl up in a blanket than on the heated bed.

  • I tried getting him a bed he does not like it. I found he does not like sleeping on soft things, he likes hard or rough surfaces (who would have thought, it seems like those would be uncomfortable) I do open the shades during the day so he can get the sun. But I ask many because I am wondering if I can leave the place at 75 like I was doing last year to save money or if I should do lower for Shiloh. Also that is a cute cat you have there. – mpop May 3 '15 at 19:31
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    A cat would be purrfectly comfortable at 75. – Matt Young May 3 '15 at 19:33
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    My cats have seemed reasonably comfortable at 62 degrees F all winter. They'd prefer warmer, but then so would I if I wasn't paying for the heat... – keshlam May 4 '15 at 0:25
  • I'm in Southern CA and don't use AC - the cats lie on tile floors for a bit of cooling if it gets very warm, but shade and open windows keep it cool most of the day. – Oldcat May 4 '15 at 21:56
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My cats usually prefer a soft, cool blanket or comforter to sleep on, and they are comfortable at around 75 to 85 degrees fahrenheit.

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Like it was mentioned before, cats have higher body temperatures than humans and as such can also tolerate much higher temperatures. You could shut off your AC completely and the cat will be fine. In fact, if you see your cat curling up into a ball when the AC is on, then you know that that temperature is actually too cold for him.

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