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Our pets are a special part of our family, and for many cat owners, your furry family member might prefer to wander the outdoors. There are about 76.43 million cats in the U.S., more than any other country. Many of these felines are barn cats or outdoor cats of some form.

While your outdoor cat roams happily most of the year, wintertime might be a source of worry. By following these tips, you can keep your outdoor cat healthy all season long.

Consider Bringing Your Cat Indoors

Especially if this is your feline's first winter, you might consider bringing them indoors for the coldest months of the year. This will keep them warm and safe when it might be dangerous outside. If your cat will not come inside or reacts poorly to the indoors, you do have other pet care options.

Build Your Cat a Shelter

Depending on the exact conditions of where you live, you might consider building or buying a shelter for your cat. Be sure it's small enough to insulate your cat's body heat. You may consider padding it with a soft material as well. This will give your cat a refuge from the snow or harsh winds.

Make Your Garage Cat-Friendly

You may also consider opening your garage for your cat. Keep it clean of car fluids and secure any loose tools. Also be sure to always hit the hood of your car before you start it. If your cat is hiding under your vehicle, this will startle them away and they won't be injured.

Provide Your Cat with Food and Water

While barn cats will find mice and other critters to catch, it's still important to provide them with a steady source of food and water. You may also want to purchase a small heater to prevent the food and water from freezing.  There are ultimately a number of different ways to care for different cats.

Talk to Your Vet

Your vet is the ultimate authority on measure to protect your animals health. Cat health specialists will have specific advice on how to keep your outdoor feline safe even during the coldest days of the year.

By following your vet's advice and giving your cat resources to stay healthy and warm, you can help your pet get through the winter. Just remember that they are adapted to the cold, and will take measures to survive. With your help, they can reach the spring just as healthy as before.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

1Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.