November 2012 Issue

A Deadly Threat to Outdoor Cats

Hypothermia can cause a drop in blood pressure, a lowered heart rate and the potential for cardiac arrest.

Cats whose breed developed in frigid areas of the world are likely to tolerate cold weather better than cats whose origins can be traced to more temperate regions. But even the fattest, furriest Maine coon will have only a slight edge over a trim, thin-coated Siamese when it comes to prolonged exposure to the biting winds, ice, snow and sleet that come with winter.

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