When you’re rugging up for the cooler months, don’t forget about your fur babies, too!
We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you keep them warm this winter:
Provide them with shelter:
Generally wind and rain comes hand-in-hand with the cooler weather. Shelters are important for all animals—whether it be dogs, cats, horses, rabbits or birds—to protect them from all of the elements.
Blankets and Beds:
Blankets and beds are great things to have for your pets. Have animals in a hut? Throw in some material to mix in with the straw. Parrot feeling chilly? Invest in or make a cloth hut to hang from the cage ceiling. It’s also a great idea to air out, rotate or wash the bedding daily or whenever damp or dirty—especially for the dogs that love to spend their days jumping in puddles and playing in the rain!
Layer on the jackets!
Jackets can be your pet’s very own transportable shelter, which helps ensure they remain dry and warm. Make sure you pay attention to changes in the weather so your pet doesn’t overheat, and keep in mind their natural coats and breed-specific characteristics. Not all breeds of animals require jackets, and, for some, a top-half waterproof jacket would be sufficient just to keep them dry. For those of you who love a fashionable pet outfit, we’ve started spotting the most adorable animals socks and hats—eeeek!
Make sure the heating is on:
If your house gets cold in winter and you’re going out for the day, you could put the heater on low so your indoor cat can still snuggle up to the hot air. All animals have their preferences!
Keep them inside at night:
If your pet isn’t already in at night, bring them inside to sleep—if possible—as nighttime is when the temperature usually drops even more. A room with floorboards or tiles is generally easiest for you to keep them in, so if they do sneak out of their bed their muddy paw prints can easily be cleaned up.
It’s important to keep your pets active in winter to keep their blood and body pumping. Play with them inside, or take them for shorter walks so they can still experience the outdoors. Don’t let the cold weather make you forget about keeping them hydrated on walks.
Give them plenty of love:
Do we really need to give you another reason to snuggle up with your pets? We thought not!