The cooler weather is coming down here in Oz and as such our animals are starting to curl up in beds and on blankets that bit more.
How can you keep them comfortable as the colder weather sets in?
Older dogs/cats will feel the chill more and those with the shorter hair will feel the chill more than dogs like Huskies, Samoyeds and longer haired dogs.
Jumpers/coats– this is mostly directed at dogs here – I have yet to meet a cat that will let you dress them up in little outfits. My cats would rather freeze I think. I am sure there are some exceptions to this generalization and if your cat lets you do this, I would love for you to share the pics!
There are great selections of coats and little jumpers and fleeces to warm them up and many are very stylish so your pooch will be the trendsetter at the dog park.
Bedding– You can buy some great pet beds and my store, Furrkidz Galore, has a number of options but you will often find the animals have their favorite places to sleep and a new bed normally doesn’t change that. Keep the bed off the ground and away from draughts – a heat pad can be good for the real chilly nights. Don’t use a hot water bottle as the temptation to chew could see your pet being burned by hot water.
Activity – the cooler weather can have one of two effects on your pets. They will have more energy than on a hot summers day and therefore you may opt to increase their food intake a tad to account for the extra activity. On the other side, if you live in an area that gets really cold (snow etc.), your pets may decide it’s just a little too cool and a nice nap in warm spot is preferable. You may need to spread their dry food around the house so they have to move around to get it, or you can throw the kibble and have them chase it.
Diet – If your dog is one of the ones that get an abundance of energy in the cooler months, you might want to speak to the vet about best way to increase their calories to allow for the extra activity. If you are like my mum’s dog Jedda who was totally against getting her butt cold or wet, you may need to do the opposite and cut the calories so the dog doesn’t become a fattie.
Cats sleep a lot but they have periods in the day where they get a burst of energy – commonly known as “mad half hour” – if your cat sleeps even more then perhaps their calories need to be adjusted also but they tend to have their moments of activity.
Tails, Ears and Paws – these extremities can be susceptible to frostbite and although the winters aren’t as severe as many in the Northern Hemisphere, it can be a bit unpleasant for dog walking on frosty grounds constantly. Ideally walk them in the daylight hours when there is a bit of sun or once home, towel their feet off.
You could opt to buy little shoes for them – don’t laugh – it isn’t as silly as it sounds and there are some fun options.
Block Heating Options – Heaters log fires and wood-burning stoves/heaters can be a great temptation for your dog or cat to curl up in front of. Unfortunately the animals don’t realise just how hot they are getting and can be burned quite severely. Whilst they may want to sit on top/right on the warmth, make a barrier so they can be close without the danger of burns.
Bathing – In winter our skin becomes drier and requires frequent moisturisation. Baths can dry the dog’s skin out and although you cant really cut baths out together in the cool/cold months (due to smell/allergies etc.) – it is best at this time of year to have less frequent baths. Get a moisturing shampoo for your dog so it is less harsh on the skin when you need to get them wet. Make sure you dry them off with a good towel so they don’t go out in the cold when their furr is still damp. \
Go to our store before you leave the site and any purchase of a new bed, jumper/coat or blanket in June will attract a 10% discount. Just use the discount code Snuggle to get the bonus discount.
Remember new members will get a further 5% making 15% off altogether so a great month to be getting your furrkidz ready for winter.