If we remember the storm Filomena for something, it will be because of the historic snowfalls that have put a large part of Spain in check. And for the wave of cold that has left in its wake, which has collapsed the thermometers up to 25ºC below zero, and will keep several provinces at risk. With the one that is falling, how do we stay safe?
How to build a shelter for street cats in a simple and cheap way
It is not only important to protect our houses and pipes against this week’s polar forecast; and avoid dangerous slips. “During these days of critical cold, you also have to take special care with animals“, the General Directorate of Animal Rights recalled through its social networks. And it accompanies this information with a graph that reflects the average temperature that a dog can withstand depending on its size, without jeopardizing its well-being or Health.
How to protect cats and dogs during the cold snap
If it’s cold for you, it’s cold for your furry comrade, vets warn. How it happens to humans, cats and dogs (and other animals) they also get sick if they are exposed to these low temperatures for a long time. Do not assume that your dog is prepared for any winter, and even less your cat.
The first tip: keep your cat indoors and protected from the cold. This applies to everyone, but it is especially essential for older cats or puppies, since they are the ones that regulate their temperature the worst. Still, your dog will need to go outside to relieve himself. Therefore, veterinarians recommend shorten the duration of the walks, and go out more frequently, if necessary.
To keep them warm, according to veterinarians, you have to consider put a coat on them, especially older or fine-haired dogs. In general, “all short-haired dogs, such as Chihuahuas, greyhounds or hounds, will appreciate a coat,” explains veterinarian Miguel Seco. Maintaining body temperature is especially critical for him.puppies and for smaller dogs, since they are the most prone to losing heat; in addition to lean, older dogs and all those who suffer from a health problem, such as heart failure, diabetes or arthritis.
Choose a dog coat that covers you from the base of the neck to the tail, and that protects the chest and abdomen. If you don’t have one at home, consider making one: the Internet is full of tutorials to make them with old clothes.
Shelters for colony cats: protect them more than ever
“Cats from feline colonies take refuge in cars: so before starting it, tap the hood to get them out,” recalls the Directorate General for Animal Rights. In addition, in the heat of cold wave, protect the Shelters for cats living on the street is more necessary than ever; and it is essential to respect them. Or you can build one at home to help these felines that live in your neighborhood survive the frosts.
And what about your house cat? If you have access to the outdoors, vets urge you to stay indoors during the cold snap; especially if you live with an older feline. The Association of British Veterinarians warns in a release that cats are also at particular risk of antifreeze poisoning, which can be fatal to them even in small amounts. And “if you can, leave adequate food for birds on balconies and windows, never on the ground or on the street that can generate dirt”, the general direction influences.
Protect your dog’s paws
The pads of your furry companion withstand moderate cold well, “but not these critical cold temperatures, which dries and cracks them, with very painful consequences,” says Seco. In this sense, it is important hydrate the pads before going out: there are specific veterinary products; But a little Vaseline can do the trick too.
Also, remember to clean its paws and belly when you return home to remove any traces of ice or sand. And check their pads for cracks or redness.
Hairier houses during the cold snap
During the cold snap, your cat will claim even more emphatically the warmest blanket in the living room. And your dog will appreciate that you make room for him in the bed to curl up under the duvet. So remember to offer your four-legged friend several soft places, indoors, warm, and protected from drafts: the further off the ground, the more sheltered they will be. Even better: if your cat or dog likes to sleep with you (and you manage to sleep), leave the door of your room open; And if you can, keep the heat on.
A fun trick to dog and catify your living room during the cold weather: Place a cardboard box on its side, for easy access, fill it with blankets and place it close (not glued) to a radiator: since cardboard is a good insulator, a box constitutes a warm shelter for cats inside the house, besides being very cheap.
Another furry homemade idea: Shake up the bed and strategically place some blankets for your cat or dog to curl up on and use as a warm cave.
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