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Your pets are a big part of your family, whether you just have a few fish in a tank in the living room, or you can’t breathe for the amount of cat hair that litters your bed and your sofa. You love them, they love you, and you do your best to take care of their needs. But in the winter, it can be a bit harder to keep your four legged friends on the straight and narrow, especially if they’re a breed that’s not used to a colder climate.
So to make sure you’ve got all the right pet management tips in the bag, let’s go over some of the most common problems your domestic animals might be experiencing during this cold season. You don’t ever want to see your canine companion or your feline friend in pain or discomfort, and you won’t have to for long!
Fido sure does love bouncing around in the snow, but is it good for him? (Image)
Your Dog is a Lot Heavier
Maybe you can’t pick up and cuddle Fido as easily as you used to. Maybe you’re noticing they feel like a huge lump when they snuggle up to you on the sofa. Maybe you’ve started to notice some very bad dog breath from your little fluff ball recently. Well, these are all signs that your dog is eating in excess of what they actually need, and it’s all because of the winter!
We’re all a little heavier during the colder months – it’s simple survival, with your body making it a lot easier to pack on pounds to help keep you warm and sustain you in a classically low nourishment period. But seeing as you still feed your dog every day during the winter, there’s little need for this tactic. So take your dog outside a little more often, play with them on a very regular basis, and maybe even think about cutting down the portions you serve them for their main meals.
Your Cat Seems Less Energetic
Animals get the winter blues the same way we do, and it can start to become very obvious that something isn’t right when your cat barely lifts their head from laying on top of the fridge all day. If your cat doesn’t usually behave like this, or they’re keeping to themselves a lot more than usual, it’s a sign your pet is feeling a little depressed.
This isn’t a mood we want any of our loved ones to go through, especially not the cute little animals we love and cherish. First step is to take your kitten to the vet, to rule out any serious causes for their blue behavior. But if that doesn’t spring up anything serious, think about the environment your cat is in. Maybe it’s too cold, maybe there’s not enough light (especially from the sun), or maybe you’re spending less time with them because you’re feeling a similar way.
Your pets need extra care in the winter, so take care!