Wintertime is officially upon us! Now is the time to get your winter warmers out of hibernation and be prepared for the colder months ahead. Whilst humans can easily add another layer of clothing during winter to stay warm, our pets don’t have that luxury so its up to us to keep them warm and healthy! Here are some tips to help you keep them warm and safe during the cooler months.
Bring them inside
Animals feel the cold too, just like us! It’s important that on those chilly winter nights, your pets are able to seek protection from the cold. If they must be outside, then ensure that they have well-insulated shelter that they can curl up in and keep the warmth in. If not, bring them into the house so that they can be well protected. We know they will love to curl up with you on the couch or lay next to you on a rug and keep warm!
Coats and Jackets
Warm winter coats and jackets are available for both cats and dogs! The trick is to get your pet used to wearing them from an early age if possible, so that they are not inclined to try to remove them or chew them. Pet coats are a great way to keep your pets warm during winter and can be worn day or night.
There are some great, affordable options for pet bedding available these days. You can purchase soft style beds and pet blankets from a variety of locations, and if you want an even cheaper alternative to blankets, you can even use some old towels that you no longer have a use for. Just put the blankets or towels on top of their bed so that they can snuggle into them of a nighttime.
Sunshine during the day
During the day, your pet will love to have access to sunshine and will often look for areas that are warm and sunny to curl up and rest. Give them access to outdoor areas during the day that are sunny, warm and protected from the weather, or pick a room inside that gets some sunshine streaming in for them to enjoy.
Remember, small creatures such as pet rats, mice, Guinea pigs and birds are also sensitive to the cold. Make sure you provide them plenty of bedding to snuggle into and bring them inside of a night-time to protect them from the cold air. Some very well behaved small creatures will even happily wear a small sock that you can fit to them and cut holes out to put over their head, arms and legs – although this will only work if they are not inclined to chew it off for fun!
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