Consider Animals During Cold Weather

When winter is approaching, animal lovers should start to think of home  improvements that affect their pets and other animals, such as birds who visit  their yards.

For the most part, cats and dogs don’t like to be stuck outside in rain,  wind, snow, sleet or ice. However, they do enjoy being outside when the sun’s  shining and it’s a moderate day. Anyone with animals knows that we make  accommodations for our pets to make their lives happier. Let’s explore some  ideas.

Lots of housecats are outdoor/indoor cats. They like to go in and out  frequently, more frequently than owners prefer to let them. In the colder months  of the year, this becomes more of an issue because heat escapes the house every  time the door is opened for the pet. The same situation occurs with dogs. If you  have a fenced in yard and your dog has free range, they also have the  opportunity to go in and out as often as their owner allows them.

Installing a Pet Door

Installing a pet door can solve this problem leaving you with less hassle and  more heat, and as a result, your pet will be happy with their new freedom. This  also is a huge benefit when you are not home. If you are someone who works long  hours or travels a lot on business, installing a pet door could be a perfect  solution.

Pet doors can be installed in most doors and there is a variety from which to  choose. Panel pet doors can be installed in sliding glass patio doors. Custom  pet doors can be made for French doors. They also come in all sizes for a cat up  to a giant dog. You can get electronic doors that will only let your pet in. And  if your pet wears out your existing door, replacement parts can be ordered.

Build a Doghouse

If your dog likes to be outside all day while your family is busy at work and  school, build them a doghouse before the weather gets too nasty. How terrible to  be at work and know that your dog is sitting in snow, sleet or rain. The crafty  ones among us could build a custom doghouse to be a perfect fit. Put a piece of  carpet or small rug inside to give the dog something soft on which to lie.

Birdhouses

Think of all the birds that visit your yard. Before it gets cold out, place  several bird feeders and/or birdhouses around your yard. Not only will this  provide you with peaceful, fulfilling rewards as you watch the birds gratefully  feed from them but it also provides the birds with food when everything is ice  or snow covered. Be sure to remove or turn birdbaths upside down now before it  gets cold. If the water in it freezes, your birdbath will most likely crack.

These small changes will bring you and your animals much happiness. Act now  before it gets too cold and your motivation level drops with the temperature.

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