Mostly people have only the knowledge of the risks posed by the warm weather. But do you know that the cold weather can pose serious threats to your furry pal’s health. It is important that you take more care about your pet during the cold weather. Here are some of the ways to protect your canine friend as follows:
Effective Tips To Caring Your Dog In Cold Weather
1. Dogs should not be kept outdoors during the cold weather. They can get frostbitten ears, noses and feet, if left outside. You can take them out only when necessary.
2. If you are keeping your dog out for some period of time, make sure that you provide him an elevated dog house with clean, dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out. Don’t forget to attach the door to the dog house, to protect him from the cold weather.
3. Keep checking the water bowls to ensure, that the water is not frozen. Avoid using metal bowls, or your dog’s tongue can stick to frozen metal.
4. If your dog gets wet from rain and snow, gently towel or blow dry your dog. Clean and dry the paws, as well to avoid the tiny cuts and cracked pads.
5. It’s better to avoid taking your pet on driveways and sidewalks, as there will be chemicals used to melt the snow and ice. This can be dangerous to your pet, as it can burn the paws, mouth and belly after a walk.
6. Large breed and long haired dogs that are well acclimated, may need or wish to spend more time outside. Dog kennels provide temporary shelter, but prolonged periods of extreme cold are still unwise.
7. Small breeds, thin dogs, shaved or short coated dogs are especially vulnerable to the cold. They should wear a sweater or coat outside and shouldn’t be outside unattended or for too long.
8. Animals under the age of four months cannot regulate body temperature well and will need to be kept indoors.
Adjust your pet’s diet as necessary. If your dog spends a lot of time outside, he may need more calories in the winter to produce body heat. If your dog spends most of his time indoors and has a decrease in activity, he may require fewer calories. When in doubt, always ask your vet about seasonal diet changes.
If, despite these precautions your pet suffers from exposure to the cold, wrap them up in a blanket and go to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Cats are love of our lives and most of us just adore their presence. But, when we find that our cat is deaf, it is the most difficult situation to tackle. Though, they lack hearing capability, their vision is quite tact and this helps them to stay alert and well informed. Moreover, their vision is too inclined towards movement and to our surprise, even the slightest movement, your cat can detect.
Your cat can easily pick up a cat kiss, a small smile, a single finger gesture, all across from the room. This shows hearing loss does not make her totally depended on others. For humans, we have an added benefit of sign language but for our feline friends, it is really a complicated thing.
Sign Language & Gestures Can Help Your Deaf Cat
Though it’s quite tough for cats to learn sign language but you can take special care of your deaf cat.
- Do not tap a deaf cat if you are looking to get their attention while they are sleeping. This may startle them or aggravate them or may be nervous and less confident. Instead of that, you can walk near them and tap the floor – feeling those vibrations and gently start waking up.
- If your kitty’s awake, then any of you can turn lights off and on or try waving to get her attention.
- Always keep your deaf cat indoors. If want to keep them outdoors, keep them in supervised outdoor area. They can’t hear any noises – whether it is about animal noise or vehicle noise. It is really very dangerous if they are out on their own. Sometimes, on the road, it can be even fatal. It’s irresponsible to just leave them on their own when they can’t hear anything around them in this world.
- Adding a new furry member – a dog or a cat is not a great idea since deaf cat can feel threatened.
- Consider adding a bell to their neck, so that you can always locate them.
Have you ever come across such situation where you need to communicate with a deaf cat? or how well have you trained your cat to listen through your sign gestures? To help other cat owners, we are eager to learn more from you.