Outdoor Cats Warmth
In the summertime, pet owners are quick to let their domestic cats outside to run and play; but as the fall season progresses, we must worry about health concerns for cats including hypothermia, frostbite and even fatalities caused by cold weather.
Keeping outside cats warm
As a general rule, cats should not be left outside for long if the temperatures dip under 45 degrees Fahrenheit. When outdoor cats, or feral cats, are inside the cat fence enclosure, pet owners and TNR caretakers should provide cats with blankets and fresh water. While cats may not be visibly sweating or hot, they can easily get dehydrated. Outside cat shelters will also need straw, not hay, for insulation. When they come back inside, cat paws will need to be dried off with towels to prevent cracked feet and discomfort.
Follow these cold weather tips for cat safety during Animal Safety and Prevention Month.
Pets Against Wildlife
When a home security system is not in play, it's great to own dogs to ward off wildlife. Deer and other wild animals are found on lawns throughout the year searching for food; and they can be a nuisance to home gardeners. However, during the fall season, when natural resources are becoming scarce, deer and other wildlife may become feisty toward pets.
Deer are the number one complaint among homeowners; and in late October, they begin mating season. This is when bucks seek doe and become aggressive to both people and pets. They have been known to attack joggers and even fight with domestic dogs and cats.
Coyote packs are out scouting for food, as well; and they will attack small dogs and cats, if given the chance. And, bears are stock piling on food to prepare for winter hibernation.
To protect pets from wildlife, homeowners need to separate the two with fencing. The height of fence will be based on the animals that are found on home landscapes. Typical deer fencing is 7.5 to 8 feet high while fence to rid coyotes is 6 feet high.
Whatever height is chosen for wildlife management will help to reduce the amount of wild animals on yards, keeping domestic animals safe. Consider installing fencing in the yard in October during deer mating season when deer herds and other animals are out-and-about looking for food.
Animal Safety Month
Held each October, National Animal Safety and Prevention Month was created by the PALS Foundation to educate the public about the benefit of adopting pets as well as the proper methods for caring for domestic animals. This observance month runs in-line with ASPCA's Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.
Why Adopt Animals?
There are many reasons to adopt a pet dog or cat. For starters, individuals choosing to adopt from local animal shelters or animal humane societies are saving lives and giving animals a chance at a better life. Each year, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter into U.S. animal shelters waiting to find a forever home. Out of the millions, 56 percent of dogs and 71 percent of cats are euthanized because they are deemed "unwanted" by potential adopters.
Pets bring joy to families and act as security systems. Not only do they ward off deer and other wild animals from landscapes; but they reduce the threat of intruders from entering onto the premises.
Dogs keep us fit and active. Hikers, walkers and joggers alike can take their furry best friends for day hiking trips or around the block. By doing so, dog owners are helping dogs strengthen leg muscles, keep lean and feel young.
The list of reasons why to adopt a dog or cat can go on and on!
Caring for animals
Animals need more than just a roof over their heads. They need love, nurture and health care. Here are a few animal care and wellness tips to consider for both cats and dogs:
Car rides: Dogs love them; but if you plan to go somewhere with your dog, make sure you drop them at home or are able to take them inside the pet store. As with children, do not leave your pet inside a car unattended for extended periods of time. Dogs are prone to heat stroke, as well.
Although dogs enjoy having the breeze in their face, road grime and insects can get in their eyes and mouth. Keep windows partially rolled down.
Cats have an internal GPS system that traces their steps back to the house; but dogs aren't as lucky. (Even cats get lost, too.) Keep collars on domestic dogs and cats to ensure that they are reunited with pet owners. Regularly check to see that the collar did not slip off from the dog or cat. If your dog appears uncomfortable, the collar may be too tight for them.
Dog and Cat Toys
Cats love playing with yarn; but yarn can become a choking hazard, if the cat gets wrapped-up in it. Supervise your cat's activity and make sure the toy isn't posing a threat. Avoid giving dogs chew toys or stuffed animals with small parts that can be choked on or torn off.
Visiting the Veterinarian
Cats and dogs need regular, routine visits to the vet's office to be checked for ticks and worms and to receive shots. Semi-annual to annual visits are suffice; but as the dog ages, they will require additional visits.
Proper Diet and Exercise
Diet and exercise go hand-and-hand for humans and pets. Without healthy pet food, pets feel sluggish, lazy, and will not want to get out and move around. They risk health damage including cardiovascular diseases and obesity. In fact, 53 percent of dogs and 55 percent of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. Choosing to feed animals healthy pet foods is a great start to maintaining health.
Pets need to exercise as much as humans; and they can do so conveniently in the backyard. This is why EasyPetFence.com encourages pet owners to install fence for dogs and cats on yards.
There are many reasons to consider pet adoption. Dog and cat adoption from local animal shelters help match companion animals with individuals that want to place them in forever homes. In October, consider pet adoption for dogs and cats to reduce the number of homeless animals.