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!
“... whose owners keep them outside for no apparent reason”.
My Mom had a neighbor that owned a black Lab. He had that poor dog outside 24/7. There was a dog house and it was enclosed by a small fence. The dog froze to death one night. The owner? Well, he just put the poor thing in a garbage bag and shoved it onto the curb for garbage delivery. Despicable!
Had a friend who carded, spun and knitted a sweater made of dog hair. She said it was too warm to wear
I wonder if it would attract fleas-—LOL!
It was beautiful. Silver grey poodle. She cable stitched it and used pewter buttons. ..... And didn’t even bark
Btw have you read the article Rediculous
If you love your pet they should be in your BED, all warm and cozy just like you are! Nothing like snuggling with one furry baby behind your knees and another sharing your pillow! I can’t tell you what I’d like to do to people who leave their dogs to cry outside in freezing or storming weather!
No—I haven’t read that article. Where do I find it?
Was talking about the article at the top of this page. It reads like a junior high essay assignment Wonder how many Real dogs -— dogs without matching outfits/collars and store bought beds — she has owned. Work dogs who herd the livestock instinctively know how to stay warm. The most danger to any animal is not having drinkable water. Farm supply stores carry a variety of inexpensive devices to keep water from freezing good for creatures great and small.
Just came back in from carrying a few loads of fire wood. 18* here. Wore a hoodie no heavy coat necessary ! My boys were with me every step of the way and have now curled up on their individual rocking chairs with cushions on the front porch.
This story reminds me of my mother in law. She let hubby’s beloved best friend out in a blizzard. The little dog was arthritic and very old. M-I-L forgot. The next morning hubby and his dad pried poor doggy up from the sidewalk. :( Hubby was 11 or so.
He sounds like a real jerk. I hope God gets him for that.
My kittehs are inside kittehs and I expect them to sleep with me as a sort of a space heater. Kittehs have an average body temp of 101.5 so I get heat from them.
When Bowser comes inside he always jumps up on my lap and settles in with his feet under him to get them warm.
Missy looks part Mau cat.
Our desert lynx cat Bob will stand at the open door and if there is snow on the ground, he shakes his feet. Sometimes he changes his mind and won’t go out. Once out however, no matter how cold, he’ll stay for up to an hour.
On the same subject, I remember when I was about six or seven years old and we lived in Michigan. It was winter and we'd been watching the Ice Capades on TV. I told my Dad I wanted to go outside in my bathing suit since the ladies on TV were in theirs so it was okay. He said he would let me but that I wouldn't want to stay out for very long. My sister and I got into our suits and stepped outside onto the icy and snow covered porch as Dad closed the front door. Sure enough, we weren't out there 30 seconds before we were pounding on the door begging to be let back in!
Our Rottweiler hogs the bed every night. And circulates between two couches all day. Same with the cat.
My inside cat positioned himself to run between my legs just as I opened the door and bolt out. He really had a lead on me until he hit the snow. He came to a dead stop in about 1 gallop and was scooped up and locked in his cat room as punishment. Some punishment. The radiator is 110 degrees, he has an automatic feeder and auto cat box, a carpet tree and a heating pad on his double bed.
Missy is gorgeous!
CUTE!! Mine loves to roll around in the snow.
My Corgi mix wallows in the snow.
That is horrible..how could you forget something like that??
It DID remind me of something from when my dog was a puppy. We never leave her outside without checking on her every few minutes. I once let her outside, and was going to the door checking on her...she was just laying down in some snow on the sidewalk looking around the last several times I opened the door to see if she wanted to come in.
I couldn't figure out why she was staying out as it was quite cold...she wasn't barking...just sitting there probably 20' from the front door. I finally decided that she had been out long enough, so I put some boots on and went to get her. Mystery solved: she had managed to sit in one spot long enough that the snow had melted and refrozen...she was partially "frozen" to the sidewalk!
She wasn't terribly stuck, and was fine once we got her up...she certainly appeared to be really confused. To this day, she "rolls" in the snow...but will not so much as "sit" in it. Well, she does "sit" with her little tush hovering about 2" above the ground...she looks like a dork!
Or one at/on your feet all night while the other sneaks up and sleeps on top of your head!! LOL Our Bevo (passed away last June) was notorious for waiting til I fell asleep and would crawl up and cuddle the very top of my head. Gosh I miss him so bad sometimes.