“Our pets feel the colder temperatures, just like us, so keep this in mind this winter”Petworld
With the changes in the weather we find ourselves taking out our woolly jackets and hats. Although our pets have nice furry coats, they can be as susceptible as us to changes in temperature and environment.
Any pet owner will know that their pet goes through a range of emotions over time. Being able to understand and deal with the resultant behaviours is important not only for the relationship you have with your pet, but also for their own comfort and well-being.
In this blog we will discuss some of the factors that may affect your pets comfort and well-being as well as some of the techniques and products that you can use to deal with them.
How does colder weather affect our pets?
Our pets will feel the colder temperatures just like us so keep this in mind this winter. Their furry coats will only keep them warm up to a certain temperature so we recommend taking outdoor pets indoors when temperatures drop to below 6 degrees.
There are several factors that will determine how affected your pet will be by the cold.
- Body Fat – Pets with more body fat will feel warmer and be less affected by the cold.
- Activity Level – More active pets are less susceptible to the cold.
- Coat Type – Pets with thicker coats have obvious benefits vs. those with less hair.
- Size and Weight – Larger pets will stand up to the cold better than smaller ones.
- Age and Health – Younger and healthier pets have a better tolerance for the cold than their older peers.
Smaller animals such as rabbits or guinea pigs will need to be kept indoors as they will not tolerate the cold at all.
In general, keep an eye on your pet if they are outdoors. If it’s too cold for you, it is probably too cold for them as well. Be sure to check your pets paws for cracks or sores caused by the cold. Dogs, especially, can pick up grit, anti-freeze or other nasty debris than can be damaging if left unattended.
How can we keep them comfortable?
First of all, if the weather is cold then bring your pet inside. They can easily suffer from hypothermia from exposure so keep this in mind.
When they are inside, you will need to organise a space for them to settle down in. You will also need some bedding and blankets, a kennel or crate and some type of entertainment to keep them occupied when you are not around.
A nice comfortable bed is a place where your pet can relax during the day and sleep at night. It is their safe space within the house so try and make it comfortable for them. We have several different high quality beds in stock for dogs and cats of all sizes. We also stock a range of luxurious blankets and accessories that will keep your pet warm, comfortable and happy over the winter period.
Kennels or Crates
Kennels or crates are a great way to keep everything your dog needs in a nice tidy space for you and them.
At Petworld we have a range of kennels and crates that are suited to dogs of all shapes and sizes. Crates can also easily be moved if needs be so they are not a permanent fixture in your house. They can be incorporated anywhere and come in a range of colours and sizes.
Entertainment and Toys
Although taking your pet indoors for the winter is best for both of you, your pet may not appreciate the sudden lack of space they find themselves in. In order to combat the boredom they may experience (especially if you are not around) you need to invest in some form of entertainment for them.
At Petworld, we stock a range of toys that can keep your pet entertained for hours at a time. Chew toys, balls and cuddly toys are all great for keeping your dog busy. For cats, we have a range of scratching poles and some really high quality toys for them to play with.