Post last updated: October 3rd, 2018
Sometimes I wonder about things.
Like tulips and cat fur. Tulips require a minimum number of chill hours in order to bloom. Do cats require similar chill hours to grow a winter fur coat?
I wonder only because my big old tom cat has a lot more fur this winter than my baby Zorro. I probably shouldn’t call him a baby. In cat years, he’s likely a teenager by now; but he’s so much smaller than the old tom.
Looking at my two cats, chill hours for fur seems possible. The old tom spends more time outside and not all of those hours on my two acres. When I try to call him in on cold nights, he doesn’t hear me, unless, of course, he’s just ignoring me. That’s another one of those things I wonder about.
The baby, however, comes in every night to sleep with Mama so he’s not getting the same chill hours and his coat is thinner. Apparently, he’s skittish when it comes to cold. When he’s had enough of it, he wails at the front door so that Mama, his butler, will let him in.
Last night, we had some serious frost. This required the butler to get out of a warm bed three times to open the door and allow the baby to feel how cold it was from three feet away. It’s a good thing he decided to go out that last time because the butler was considering toasting his hide.