Cold-Weather Pet Care
Bring all pets inside when the temperature falls below 20 degrees. Shorthaired dogs and cats should be brought inside when the temperature dips below 40 degrees. It's important to remember that cleaner is warmer. Hair and fur insulate, and if it's clean, it does a better job.
Active pets need more calories in cold weather, so they may require more food. Inactive pets may need less food. Keep water bowls filled, checking outside water frequently to make sure it's not frozen. A pet's tongue can stick to cold metal, so use ceramic or heavy plastic bowls.
- Few things are more calming than stroking the soft fur of a cat or dog. Caring for an animal can also help take your mind off daily pressures and combat stress.
- If you live alone, a furry friend can reduce feelings of loneliness. Studies have also shown that pets help relieve depression, especially that which affects older adults.
- If you have a dog, you have great incentive--and a barking reminder--to enjoy the outdoors often by taking walks.