Skip to comments.Tips to keep your pet safe in cold weather
Posted on 01/04/2014 5:54:02 AM PST by Perdogg
Despite a few warm days here and there, winter is definitely here and it's getting cold outside, which means pets need a little extra consideration. Just as dogs and cats and bunnies can't be left out in the heat of the summer, cold and snowy days pose their own risks to beloved pets.
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Here’s a tip for the geniuses out there — keep them inside.
Sarah the cat sleeps on the heating vent.....food and water close by.
She was a barn cat who was rescued and now lives the life of a queen.
Growing up, I had a black moggie who would stay outside most of the day, even in the winter time. It was difficult getting him in even in the winter time. Once he got in, he was a purring machine. I miss him.
From the article:
“Consider a coat or sweater for shorter-haired breeds.”
“Consider” is one of those weasel words that you run across in articles such as this. Why not: “get a coat or sweater for shorter-haired breeds”?
I have 4 short hair dogs (2 bassets, 2 chihuahuas). None of them will wear a coat. The bassets are too big. One chi is a big fellow, and runs a bit hot, and the other one is way too macho.
When it is terribly cold, they stay inside for the most part. But the bassets have a ball when it snows and can handle being out for a bit playing in it.
The chis stay in and curl up on heat sources.
But, I grew up on a ranch, and our outside dogs stayed outside 24x7. There was a barn to stay in if things got too bad.
I'm not talking about hunting dogs who are kept kennelled outside, their owners usually go to great measures to insure they are warm during cold weather.
It's the fools that have a dog for no apparent reason and condemn them to their backyards.......
Our 16 pound cats insist on going outside. We watch them and they want to come back in in two to fifteen minutes. Once in a while they just go to the door, stick their nose out and turn around, then usually ask to try another door, it might be better out the kitchen door than the front or back door you know. They are pretty smart, and very insistent critters. They may go in and out many times in cold, rainy or hot weather. Have you ever tried to tell a 16 pound cat who thinks he is a lion, No? Occasionally we do refuse to let them see for themselves, they then make our lives miserable till the weather is not too bad to honor their request for nature and freedom.
Lynn-Duh-The-Dawg is a nudist, but we live in FL, so she’s a happy camper.
I just called my dog to come inside. He didn’t want to come. He was rolling around and digging in the snow. It’s about 8 degrees with a pretty wicked wind chill. I’ll let him play. When he gets cold, he’ll come to the door on his own. Dogs are generally not that stupid, in fact most are more intellgent that so-called journalists writing articles on pet care.
My cat was a stray who wandered into my house one day and just stayed. He won’t go near a door to the outside. In fact, every time I answer the door, he runs away and hides under my bed. He had enough of the outdoors, knows he has it good in my house and has no desire to be outside ever again.
-3F here in MA this morning. Even my Pyrs didn’t want to go for their morning stroll today.
I have 2 dogs. One is a 10 year old red labradoodle named Ginger, who is a love.
The younger dog is what is known as a “Hungarian” labradoodle—and I don’t know who decided to call them that. They are the result of crossing 2 labradoodles. What you end up with is a very expensive mutt—This one is the smartest dog I have ever owned, and is the queen of the doggie park!
Ginger has a thick coat of curly hair, and plenty of body fat, so she doesn’t need clothes. She is the sweetest dog I have ever owned, and it hurts to see her getting old......
The younger dog, named Sophie, is small, with not one extra ounce of body fat. She also has scraggly white hair, and sheds like no other dog I have known. I sweep up enough hair every day to make a new dog..LOL! I think Sophie was put together by a committee.
This is sadly going to solve a big problem facing a lot of cities in the wake of this coming storm — the stray dog population.
They just won’t make it —
I’m one short of the tally (two chihuahuas, only one basset). When the Chis go outside to use the bathroom in cold weather, they have it down to a science. Less than 60 seconds, and they’re back in the door. Of course, they’re decked out in their coats with a fur collar and a snowflake on the back (selected by the wife).
My basset is also a female, and she doesn’t seem to mind the cold. In fact, she insisted on going for her nightly walk last evening, despite the cold. No coat, no booties (we don’t have snow on the ground at the present time) and no problem. Indoors, the Chis have a heating pad and blankets in their bed; the basset lounges in front of the fire place.
My border collies stayed in last night The young ones were ready to go lay in the sun shortly after dawn. My SR dog hasn’t gotten off the couch yet except to make her round inside the house to check residence, food and water bowls. When the others want in they’ll come to the door and knock.
Smarter then some humans indeed!