Muffins are what you eat for breakfast, right? They are those small breaded concoctions of egg batter baked in small molds to make toasty and flaky morning treats. Then again, a Muffin could be your little kitty – toasty and flaky and, with an air of entitlement, sniffing and nudging around for its morning treat.
While declining to comment on the wisdom of naming your cat Muffin – considered the 83rd most popular kitty name by cuteness.com (do we need to say more?) – we at The Park on Main, the luxury, pet-friendly hotel in wintery Highlands, North Carolina, will address a more crucial issue: How do you keep your pets safe during winter?
As winter temperatures drop below freezing and as blustery snow blankets the horizon, we humans may have enough sense to prepare for the environment by bundling up with extra layers of clothing. On the other hand (or, should we say, paw?), our little zealous Fidos and mischievous Muffins may lack the meteorological acumen (and arms) to adorn themselves for the chill of outdoors.
The Humane Society of the United States offers some tips to keep your pets on the toasty side of a season the remorseless December solstice never fails to bring.
- The Great Indoors: While your dog and cat may spend hours longingly staring out the frost-gleaned window, it’s best to keep them indoors. Take them out occasionally for exercise or for other business. Your short-haired pets may keep warm with a pet sweater. Pets are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia.
- Cold as Ice: While Fido or Spot are safest indoors, some pets – especially bigger, more energetic dogs – may be more suitable for (or dogmatic about) the outdoors. If so, provide your pet with a clean, dry, protected shelter shielded from drafts and the wind. The place should be small enough so that your pet can lie comfortably while being able to contain its own body heat. The shelter should be slightly elevated from the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw with a waterproof door made of burlap or heavy plastic.
- Chow Down: Spending time outdoors in the cold requires more nourishment and uses more energy. Keep plenty of food and fresh water available. Use plastic food and water bowls outside.
- Knock, Knock: Warm engine compartments may be enticing for cats and other wildlife. Knock on the hood before starting your engine to avoid injuring any animals.
- Hold The Salt: Wipe paws with a damp towel when your pets return indoors to prevent them from digesting road salt or other chemicals.
- Warning: Pets find antifreeze sweet tasting, but it is a deadly poison. Wipe up outdoor spills and keep antifreeze and other chemicals out of reach.
- Take Note: Politely inform owners if you spot their pets outside for a long time. If they don’t respond, document their reaction with the date, the time and the location of the incident. If you’re concerned, take the information to your local animal control or sheriff’s office.
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