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Dear Christopher Cat

When I leave for work in the morning, I would like to turn back the air conditioner to save money. How high can I set the thermostat, without making my cats uncomfortable?

Christopher Responds

We house cats are descended from North African desert cats, so we can tolerate temperatures of 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit -– except when we’re kittens.

Kittens cannot thermoregulate as well as adults, so they should be housed at more moderate temperatures.

When the thermometer goes too high, we are at risk of heat stroke. So my advice is to set your thermostat at 90 degrees when you are away.

Besides, if your house is any warmer than that when you return in the evening, it may take overly long to restore the temperature to a level you find comfortable.

Remember to leave fresh, clean water for your cats when you leave in the morning.

If you have a dog, you’ll need to keep the house cooler during the day. Most dogs do best in temperatures of 64 to 77 degrees.

So you see why I often say: We cats are superior to dogs, any time of the year.

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