Offering Some General Advice On The Best Ways To Keep Your Pets Warm, Comfortable, And Cozy This Winter Season

The cold winds and freezing temperatures are an unavoidable part of winter. Thankfully, we can retreat into our cozy warm homes. However, adjusting to the winter weather and temperatures can be difficult for pets. Although cats and dogs usually have a warm fur coat, they can still get cold during the frigid winter months. This article will offer some general advice on how best to keep your pets warm & comfortable during the frigid winter season. 

A cat bundled up in a blanket

A cat bundled up in a blanket

Ideal Temperature For Cats

Cats need to maintain an internal body temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit in order to ward off hypothermia, according to The Rescue Vets. Because of this, we recommend setting your thermostat to a minimum of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This will keep your cat both cozy & comfortable. As for outdoor cats, anything below 45 degrees Fahrenheit is far too cold. In these kinds of temperatures, we recommend bringing your cats inside or providing some kind of heated shelter to prevent frostbite or hypothermia. 

If your cat is too cold, they will typically let you know about it. Signs that your cat is too cold include shivering, lethargic behavior, cold to the touch, weakness, and slow, shallow breathing. However, cats are very good at detecting heat and are usually drawn towards most heat sources. This is especially true when it comes to body heat. Cats love to snuggle up with their owners not only for the attention, but for the warmth. 

A dog bundled up in a blanket

A dog bundled up in a blanket

Ideal Temperature For Dogs

Most breeds of dogs are completely covered in fur. This fur coat creates a natural form of insulation. Some dog breeds even have double coats, meaning they have two layers of fur. Examples of dog breeds with double coats include Siberian Huskies, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Border Collies, and German Shepherds. These breeds usually do well in the winter, but should have their coat trimmed during the summer months.

However, dogs can still get cold, regardless of the thickness of their coat. Most dogs typically feel comfortable indoors between 75 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit, according to One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. However, this can slightly vary depending on the breed and size of the dog. You can usually gauge a pets’ comfort level based on their overall body language. For example, panting and excessive water drinking usually means they are too hot. On the other hand, shivering, shaking, and reluctance to move are usually a good indicator that your dog is too cold. 

A dog and owner snuggling

A dog and owner snuggling

Comfortable Home Environment

While keeping your house temperature set to at least 70 degrees will keep your pets warm, there are other ways to make your pets more comfortable. A great way to keep your pets comfortable during the winter is to provide them with some warm and cozy places to sleep. Instead of your pets sleeping on the floor, put down some dog or cat beds around the house. You can also put out some soft fuzzy blankets for your pets to burrow under.

Additionally, another great way to keep your pets warm during the winter is to snuggle with them. You naturally give off body heat which your pets will gravitate to. Snuggling with your pets is a great way to keep them warm and spend some extra quality time with them. 

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