Tuesday, August 16, 2016

One Degree of Separation

One Degree of Separation

The past 4 days here have been brutally hot with temperatures in the high 90s (35C) and heat indexes over 105 (40C). The peeps keep the condo comfortable or so they thought. Who would think that one measly degree would make a difference. Turning your thermostat up just one degree saves 3-4% energy on your bill. With that in mind, TW and Pop decided to turn up the thermostat.

One Degree of Separation

During summer's past, they set the thermostat to 75 degrees to save on the electric bill. Pop would complain now and then about being warm but when you came in from outside, it always felt cool and comfortable. Then this summer happened.

When I started having problems with my asthma, TW turned the temperature down to 73 which seemed to revitalize me. I ran and played. Last week, Pop told TW she should gradually start turning it back to 75 since I was feeling better. Last Sunday after they changed the filter, TW turned it up to 74. One measly degree. I felt it almost immediately.

One Degree of Separation

Sunday night wasn't a good one for me or TW since she thinks by staying awake and talking to me, she can relax me enough so that I won't throw an asthma attack. She and Pop couldn't figure out what was wrong since changing the filter is supposed to be good to clean the air. Pop had bought the best, most expensive filters to do a better job removing allergens. All day Monday, I laid around and I hardly ate. Finally they started to make the connection. I knew I smelled wood burning.

One Degree of Separation

After TW turned it down that one measly degree, I perked up some, came in for my treats and even ate something. Yes, the cat can feel the difference one measly degree makes in her environment.

How about you; does the temperature affect you?

26 comments:

  1. We get lazy when it's hot - fortunately it's mostly dry heat here. It's almost always cooler downstairs, especially when my human's boyfriend is home because he sets the thermostat cooler than my cost-conscious and heat-resistant human. Upstairs we have a lousy wall unit, and it still gets so hot that my human has been known to take her office (i.e., the laptop) to the library or a coffeeshop to get work done. I'm glad none of us are asthmatic!

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  2. Oh you poor darling! I don't know if I can feel ONE degree difference, but I get completely lethargic and stop eating in September/Ocotber when our weather gets h-o-t (for here--80's, occasionally 90's). The trouble when it gets hot like that is that almost no place (and certainly not our apartment) has a/c. There are so few hot days it just isn't commonly installed--not even in schools. When it gets hot, I get hairballs all the time (even though the Human brushes me a lot) and I also frow up my food. I hate it.

    I hope you guys start to cool off back there REAL soon!!! XOXOXOXO (On the plus side, I am finally FLEA-FREE! Woot! But the Human says I still have to have Advantage once a month till the end of the year or so. But it's safe to come over and lie on your blue pillow again!

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  3. My momma keeps her side of da house at 78 in da summer. Luckily, I likes it warm too.

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  4. We are glad you have good a/c CK. It definitely makes a difference. Lita's asthma has been absolutely horrible this summer, and we have had more hot days this summer than last, it seems. Our a/c is very ineffective here. I am working on getting a "reasonable accommodation" request in so I can get a window unit for the living room at least to hopefully help her out. We are glad that you are feeling better!

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  5. Wow, amazing one degree makes such a big difference! My boys don't seem to mind change in temperature much, but Niko doesn't come to bed at night if I have ceiling fan on. Glad your peeps figure out and you are feeling better :-)

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  6. Holy Nippers, CK! You are very sensitive to your environment, Does the humidifier help? I would imagine summer is the worst season for you.

    Mom really like your stainless thermomenter beside you CK...where did TW get it? Did she tell you?

    Shoko

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  7. We're really glad you're feelin' better CK. We definately feel da difference in da temp 'round here, 'course so does mommy. And since she has her own purrsonal summers, she usually keeps it purretty comfy fur us.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  8. Our magic number is 78 CK, plus or minus in either direction will affect Gracie, but not Kit.

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  9. Temperature affects my Mom BIG TIME because of her kidney stones. So much so that she had to stop doing 2 part time jobs she was going to start because the environment was too warm for her condition. Now, Friday, she is starting a job as a part time cashier at a specialty market that is FREEZING cold so she should be ok! Love, Cody catchatwithcarenandcody

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  10. Who'd a thunk it? Well, I'm glad they figured it out and that you're feeling better.

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  11. ck...ewe bet it doez....we canna stand de heet & NONE oh uz will eat much when summer timez heer...N thanx KNOT ...two that bass terd hugh midatee...if itz two crazed, sum times we get kinda sick ....we iz sew total lee lookin for werd ta fall....tell popz & TW ta keep it kewl ~~~~hope yur doin way better two day ♥♥♥

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  12. C40 is really HOT no wonder you suffered. Wow - you guys take it easy CK!!!!!!

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  13. I've haven't paid too much attention to how temp affects Mudpie but now I'm curious! We don't have central air, just one large unit in the living room. Even at that it's hard to get the temp below 76 it's been so ridiculously hot. We are so over it...

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  14. I guess you need it at 73 degrees. We keep ours at 76 and I am too hot, we get messages though from the electric company suggesting we keep it at 78 degrees.

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  15. Interesting. You wouldn't think it'd make a difference ... but now I'm curious!

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  16. You are definitely sensitive, CK. The mom keeps our house warmer than TW keeps your condo...she sets it at 76 when she is home...78 when she's not. We have to sweat when she's not home!

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  17. That's really wild, CK. Who would have guessed that one degree could make such a difference. We are glad that you, TW and Pop figured that out. Hugs!

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  18. Hey CK, We think dat's really funny 'bout da I and Love and You. TW and mommy aren't da only ones dat felt dat way and surprisingly had kitties dat ate it up in spite of it bein' a pate'. As fur da cans, we did have a couple cans dat were dneted, but da I and Love and You box wasn't in da bestest of shape either. "Course then Raena knocked them off da cat tree into da floor after da foto shoot and dented da rest of da cans. Fankfully da dents are on da bottom, away from da pop off top, so mommy said she'd use them so long as everythin' smelled okay. Well at least as okay as stinky goodness can smell. MOL

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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    1. Dat's a great tip, fanks. Mommy just always checked da color and smell. 'Course with strong smellin' food it's a little harder to test da smell. Now she'll be usin' your tip.

      Luv ya'

      Dezi and Raena

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  19. It has been a really hot summer. The heat has been getting to a lot of people and animals. A friend of mine had to go to the hospital for heatstroke! Because my thyroid doesn't work right, the temperature can really mess with me. Luckily, our tiny apartment doesn't take much energy to cool it. When Manna and Dexter look like they are melting into the floor, I know the temperature as to be cooler even if I'm not feeling hot. I'm glad that you have found a simple way to work through your asthma issues! We've been purring for you.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  20. My cats just get lazier as it gets warmer -- they like it that way. When I turn on the room ac, sometimes they go to a warmer room! I know I sure can feel 1 degree so it doesn't surprise me you can, CK.

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  21. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! She just came OVER to comfort me in my abandonment!! I know she was on YOUR blue pillow! What can I do????

    And the Catified Cabinets??? Well, those are not Blog-Friend kitties! They are faculty cats!

    Don't say it's OVER!!!! Come share the blue pillow! You wouldn't *really* break a boycat's heart, would you????

    The Human says I have used too many exclamation points.

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  22. Glad the humans figured it out and you're feeling better. To keep cool we lie on the kitchen tiles like a bunch of beached whales. MOL 😹 It has been a really hot humid summer for sure.

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  23. Poor you. Hope it cools down and you feel better.

    We hate the heat.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  24. C.K., Our mom agrees with you...one degree definitely can make a difference. We've had a beastly summer as well. Too hot with too much humidity. It has kept us off the catio many days. Stay cool and keep breathing free. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  25. We don't mind the heat too much cuz our downstairs stays pretty comfy. But when it hits over 76 degreesF upstairs we are usually outta there

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