With snow-blanketed landscapes all around, each year the winter season brings joy to many. People make the most of the cold weather by indulging in some exciting activities like playing with snow, making snowmen, or simply enjoying the scenic views from their windows by staying at home if they desirably keep their indoors warm and cozy.
Apart from all this excitement, there are certain things about this season that we should carefully consider and prepare accordingly. For instance, exposure to extreme cold conditions without any shelter or a source of warmth can make anyone fall sick and even result in frostbite when temperatures drop below freezing. So, try to keep yourself as warm as possible and keep a close check on weather forecasts.
While taking care of yourself, don’t forget your pets. The animals in your home are also dependent on you so make sure you’re keeping them safe and protected from cold. Looking for some guidance in this regard? We’ve got you covered. In this post, we are going to give you some of the most useful tips on how to keep your pets warm in winter.
Ways to Keep Your Pets Warm in Winter
Let’s list down and discuss some useful tips to keep your furry friends comfortably warm at home during the cold spell.
- Winter Clothing for Pets
- Keep Your Pets Indoor
- Increase Their Physical Activity
- Take Care of their Feeding Habits
Winter Clothing for Pets
The protective layer of fur naturally helps animals to stay warm. However, not all animals are lucky enough to have such furry protective coats. You need to be very careful if you have to take care of the pups and kittens at home. They usually have less hair on their bodies and are vulnerable to the harms caused by the cold spell.
Wrapping them in warm clothes is how you can effectively take care of their health in the chilly weather. Also, pets in winter clothes may look super cute and if you search the internet these days, you’ll come across a wide variety of clothing items including waterproof coats for animals.
Keep Your Pets Indoor
Winter is not an ideal time to leave your pets outside, which means you may need to make special arrangements to provide them proper shelter. Cats can easily make their way in our living rooms, sitting on our couches and resting with us on our beds but many people in Pakistan are not comfortable with having dogs indoors. If that’s the case in your home too, you can try coming up with some kind of protective shelter for your furry friend within the boundary walls of your property.
Another great way to keep your pets warm in winter is to make them rest near a heating source. Make sure you never, in any circumstances, leave your pets unsupervised near a heating source such as heaters that run on gas or electricity as well as a fireplace. It can be very risky, posing serious fire hazards.
Safety Tip: Try to take all the necessary precautions when using heaters at home during the winter season. Also, make sure that you’re following all these safety tips to prevent house fires to be on the safe side.
Increase Their Physical Activity
Physical activity is extremely important for your pet’s health. Keep them engaged the entire day so that their body stays warm and protected from catching a cold. Pets like cats and dogs are very playful. You can even buy some toys to please them, which will make them stay physically active the entire day.
If the weather conditions are suitable enough to head out, you can even take your dog out for a walk or let your furry friends play outside for a while. Use things like a ball or a stick to play the very famous fetch game with your dogs.
On the other hand, you can also make your pet cat climb on a tree as a part of a routine physical activity as they love doing so. Make sure they don’t go high enough as it can be dangerous for them. These are some of the best ways to keep your pets warm in winter while helping them maintain an active lifestyle.
Keep a Close Eye on Their Feeding Habits
Food is one of the biggest sources of body warmth during the winter months not only for us but also for pets in the house. Along with keeping them warm, you also need to make sure that they are properly nourished. They can not speak but they have their own ways of telling us that they are hungry. So, keep a close eye on such signs. In fact, set a meal routine and make them follow it.
Precautionary Tip: There may be different types of cat and dog foods easily available in grocery shops and departmental stores near you but it’s always a good idea to consult an experienced veterinary practitioner. They can guide you on how you can provide your pets with nourishing meals suitable for their health.
How to Keep Your Pet Birds Warm in Winter
It may be easier for you to take care of birds than your four-footed furry friends. However, the delicate nature of the exotic birds that are usually kept as pets makes it important for us to keep in mind the following things to take proper care of them in winter.
- Place the birds’ cage away from the windows and doors in your home.
- Don’t forget to cover the cage at night, if your birds are comfortable with it. Otherwise keep their cage in an enclosed space with necessary lighting and ventilation.
- The doors, windows, and other inlets in your home should be properly sealed to keep the cold out.
- You can also use a heating source to keep your pet birds warm in winter by placing their cage near it. Be very careful in terms of maintaining a safe distance between the cage and the heating source.
- If your bird shows any sign of any winter-related illness, consult a veterinary practitioner immediately. It can be a viral infection and can even cause other birds to fall sick so make sure to isolate your infected pet bird until it is totally recovered.
These are some of the most useful tips on how to take care of your pets in winter. We hope the information we have provided to you in this piece will help you to keep your pet animals at home warm, happy, and healthy during the cold spell. For your feedback and questions, drop us an email at email@example.com.
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