It snowed last night for the first time this year in my area of Southern Ontario and it got me to thinking about boots, winter coats and the three kitties that call my place home.
"Get me some proper boots and you will not lack for fur caps, nor for decent meals, nor for anything else" said the puss in boots to the son. When I think of "the puss in boots" from my childhood, I remember all the favorite reading times, and imagining that cat in boots. At the time it seemed strange to think of a cat in boots, but today with all the new and cute pet clothes available the thought is not that strange. There are actually boots for cats and pet owners are using them, but if you are thinking of purchasing them, then you should proceed with caution.
Pet clothes, including pet clothes for cats is becoming quite popular, and a number of different pet stores and pet accessory shops offer different types of clothing including in some cases, winter boots for cats.
The question is does your cat need winter boots? Well, if you live in cold climates and your cat goes outside, he may be able to benefit from winter boots. The problem is that cats have such an independent nature, and their claws are so much a part of the way they sense things that it may be difficult to get the cat to become accustomed to the winter boots.
As pets get older and that includes cats, they need extra help in keeping warm, especially if the cat goes outdoors. As they age when they go out on long jaunts their body temperature may start to drop when they come back in and start to cool down, so winter boots may be a temporary option until the cat warms up again.
There are certain pros and cons to having cats wear winter boots. It's true that when there is snow and ice outside, your pets paws can freeze and the snow can pack in between it's toes, and if there is salt out on the driveways then he can track that salt into the house and onto your carpets. But if you use winter boots on a cat and let him go outside unsupervised you are also taking away his defenses, because a cat uses his claws to defend himself against other animals, and when he has boots on, well, he just is not able to use those claws as well.
Cat boots can be used as a decorative style or as a way to warm his paws up when he comes back inside, but it's probably not such a good idea to let him out on his own with cat boots on.
The pet clothing fashions are cute and can be used on cats. There are little sweaters and boots available, but should probably be enjoyed at home, and left off if your cat goes outside. The best way to let your cat avoid getting cold is probably by keeping him inside where it's warm and toasty. Most of the time the cat will sniff outside when it's really cold and turn his back and decide to stay inside anyway.