Cats aren't usually snow lovers. These animals originated in the desert, and they generally prefer dry climates. Sticky, cold, wet stuff squishing up between their paw pads isn't most cats' idea of fun and frolic.
But cats are highly individual creatures. Knowing one cat's preferences just means you know that single animal's opinion. The other 200 million-plus cats in the world have at least 300 million different opinions among them.
Over time, some breeds have adapted to chilly weather by growing thicker fur. Norwegian or Siberian Forest Cats, for instance, may not feel much of frigid winter conditions under their luxurious coats.
Some of these cats seem to find snow irresistible and will go leaping through drifts until they're exhausted. Others try to catch the soft flakes falling on their noses. All these cats seem to belong to people who take amazing photographs, too, which lets the rest of us enjoy their shenanigans.
If you have a cat that wants to compete in her own personal winter Olympics, remember to stay nearby while she's playing. Cats are delicate animals with many natural predators.
Do you have a cat that relishes a frolic in the snow? Post a picture on Instagram and tag us @Modkat so we can see the fun.
Cats can suffer injury, illness, or even death when temperatures fall below freezing. Kittens, senior cats, and kitties with chronic diseases are especially vulnerable to hypothermia. Here are some tips to keep your kitty safe during a cold spell:
Excuse me, I have to move my cat off my lap so I can take the dog out for a walk.
Congratulations on acquiring a new cat! To help you get started, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to new cat ownership.