Tuesday 2 January 2024

Think of your cat when you decide to turn the central heating thermostat down

Couple of Siamese cats need the central heating thermostat turned up in winter! Screenshot.

Just a little reminder that cats love heat. A lot of home and pet owners or renters might want to try and minimise their heating bill by turning down the thermostat as recommended. This will help in the battle against climate change too.

It is good idea in general as you can turn the thermostat down a degree or two and wear some warm clothes to make up the difference. Money saved at a stroke or the turn of a thermostat knob.

But what about the cats? Yes, they have coats to keep themselves warm but the Siamese has a very close-lying single coat. It is not hugely effective in keeping them cosy warm in winter as is the coat of the Siberian for instance.

The Siamese will like the thermostat turned up. As this video shows:

It is a compromise situation. You have to consider the cats when you turn down the heating. Or a least ensure that there is a warm little cubby hole somewhere in the home for them. The space next to the boiler is ideal. Or the 'airing cupboard'. This is the place where the hot water cylinder is located if you don't have a combi boiler. Cats love and need to have access to these places in winter.

An alternative might be a little igloo bed and an electric heating pad underneath! Or is the going too far. I don't think so.

The video is from Mae's TikTok channel: link.


P.S. please forgive the occasional typo. These articles are written at breakneck speed using Dragon Dictate. I have to prepare them in around 20 mins.

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