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What Temperature Do Cats Like? The Surprising Answer!

We all know that cats like to be warm and cozy, whether it’s curled up in a donut bed or splayed out in front of a fireplace. It’s not uncommon to spot your cat spread out in a sunbeam, even during the hotter parts of the summer. But what is the right temperature for your cat? Knowing the ideal temperature for your cat will help you keep your cat at a temperature that’s safe and comfy for your kitty. The ideal temperature for cats is 77–86°F, though they can adapt to homes as cool as 59–68°F.

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What Temperature Do Cats Like?

Cats have a higher baseline body temperature than humans, typically running between 99.5–102.5°F. Due to their higher body temperature, they also tend to require slightly higher temperatures than humans to comfortably maintain their body temperature.

The ideal temperature for your home to be kept at to keep your cat comfortable would be between 77–86°F. However, this is unrealistic for many people. The good news is that your cat can easily adjust to living in a home that stays as cool as 59–68°F.

sphynx cat lying on sofa's arm in a sun spot
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How to Provide Comfortable Spaces for Your Cat

If you keep your home on the cooler side, it’s important to provide warm spaces for your cat to spend time. Keeping a couple of blinds in your home open will allow warm sunbeams to come in, providing your kitty with a nice space to stretch out. You should also provide cozy beds, blankets, and even heated pet beds to ensure that your cat has warm options in safe areas.

If your home stays on the warmer side, your cat should have cooler areas to spend time in case they get too warm. Often, tile and wooden floors stay cool enough to help your cat cool off on a warm day. Cooling mats and raised beds are also good options to keep your kitty cool.

How Do I Know if My Cat is Too Warm?

Like people, cats sweat. However, they sweat through their paws and not their entire body, so sweating is often not enough to cool cats down. If your cat is sweaty, they may leave damp pawprints around the home, so keep an eye out for this if your house seems particularly warm. If your cat is panting or showing other extreme signs of heat stress, this should immediately be addressed by a veterinarian.

If you think your cat may be experiencing heat stress or heat stroke, then you should not attempt to rapidly lower their body temperature. A cool water soak and being allowed to drink cool water can help lower your cat’s internal body temperature, but icy and cold water should not be used as this can lead to rapid cooling, which can cause shock.

blue tabby cat panting in hot weather
Image Credit: Sari ONeal, Shutterstock

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In Conclusion

Cats do prefer warmer temperatures than people typically do, so it’s important to provide a warm home or warm spaces for your cat to spend time. They should also have the option to leave warm areas for cooler spots if they get too hot. Keeping an eye out for signs of heat stress and heat stroke if the temperatures in your home reach excessive temperatures is important for keeping your cat healthy and safe. If you’re unsure if your cat’s body temperature is maintaining an appropriate level, then you should have your cat seen by a veterinarian to ensure everything is okay.

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