Winterize Your Pet

Source: petswelcome.com

Source: petswelcome.com

I have lived in Southern California for over 20 years now. Has it been that long, really!? Anyway, needless to say I have not had an issue with cold weather, snow, and ice for quite some time. I see article after article about keeping your pets warm, especially with the record low temperatures most of the country is experiencing now.

It seemed pretty common sense to me at first, keep your pets warm and inside, right. After reading several articles, I realized there is a little more to know than blankets and a warm shelter. I will start with cats this time, as I mostly write about dogs.

Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy group for cats, reminds those who care for outdoor cats in their communities that a few simple steps can go a long way in keeping feral cats comfortable in freezing temperatures. They recommend Straw (not hay—they are different!) resists the wet and keeps a shelter warm. In extremely cold weather, cats require larger food portions and fresh water twice a day to prevent dehydration. Click here to read full article.

If your cat is an indoor/outdoor cat, be aware they may look for somewhere warm to snuggle if it’s cold. Check your car engine or bang on your roof before starting your car. Cats can get caught in the engine and become seriously injured or worse.

Robbi Hess of Blogpaws writes about the importance of bringing outdoor pets inside. I do not understand outdoor pets either, unless it’s horses, cows, or chickens. Please be mindful of frozen water and food. Click here to read Robbi’s article.

Kathy of petswelcome.com wrote a great article about keeping our pets safe during winter. It has a lot of great tips for your pooch and kitty. Some breeds can withstand the cold better than others, some are made for snow. Click here to read all her tips.

Senior pets need some extra TLC during the cold weather days. Their joints may become super sensitive and tender. Walk behind them when they climb stairs or hills in case they slip and to give them more leverage if they need it. Keep their bedding in a place where there are no drafts.

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