Cold weather can be deadly for pets. We all know (hopefully) that pets should not be left out in the elements when the temperature is too cold, especially without some type of shelter and fresh water. (Remember, when it’s freezing outside, the water in bowls will freeze.)
*Yes, this deer is in our yard but I can’t invite him in! (I do leave fresh water out for all of them though.)
How Cold Is Too Cold For Our Pets?
Dr. M.A. Crist, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, says, “Determining what temperature is too cold for your pets can depend on many different factors, from fur thickness and length to body mass. This makes it hard to determine an exact temperature that could be dangerous to your pet’s health. However, it is clinically accepted that indoor pets that are not acclimated to cold weather should not be left outside when the average daily temperature is below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Cats, even if acclimated to outdoor temperatures should always have access to warm shelters. Kittens, cats advanced in age, or sick should never be kept outdoors when the temperature is below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
If You See A Pet Left Out In The Cold…
The Humane Society encourages you to contact local law enforcement agencies, because pets left outside in extreme temperatures, especially without food and shelter are at risk of hypothermia, frostbite, and even death. And their owners are at risk of facing criminal charges. (As they should in my personal opinion.)
Here’s some really important cold weather tips from the ASPCA –
Cold weather can also affect our pet’s moods. Here’s some great tips on how to keep your pet healthy and happy this winter from Moms Everyday…