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What is the coldest temperature domestic cats can survive ...

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What is the coldest temperature domestic cats can survive in their homes
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
It depends on the breed of cat. Some breeds are developed to handle a great deal of cold weather and have the coats for it and others are not.
The Norwegian forest cat for example
http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/articles/norwegian.html
would handle cold better than a Sphinx!
http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/sphynx.html
'Surviving' is also different than 'living in'. While short term tolerance of cold is possible, long term a cat would need really good food and water supply, as well as a sheltered area, to keep warm with its body heat (a den) if it was going to have to handle real cold constantly below zero.
Hope this helps you!