How warm do I need to keep my house for my indoor cats?
We're trying to avoid huge gas bills by keeping our heater off during the week. We only turn it on during the weekend, when we're home a lot. We work during the day; I'm comfortable at night once I get in bed and under the covers, but the just hanging around the house in the evening, it gets pretty chilly. I'd estimate that our house stays about 20 degrees above the temperature outside. Right now it's 37 outside and 57 inside of our house. It's warmer during the day, so obviously the coolest times are evenings and early morning.
I always thought that cats could regulate their own temperatures pretty well, what with them having fur coats and all, but now that I think about it I'm worried about making them uncomfortable or sick. I live in Atlanta, so it doesn't get much colder than it is right now for the most part. Our last residence was an apartment with free steam heat, so we didn't have to deal with this issue. Anyone have any experience with this?