Winter is well and truly here! While you are rugged up inside with a hot cup of tea and a warm blanket, have you done all you can to ensure your fur babies are just as warm and cosy as you? This blog will dive into all our tips and tricks for keeping your animals warm and protected this winter.
Many people are under the misbelief that animals do not feel the cold. This is wrong, animals, even animals with lots of fur, feel the cold. So, make sure you keep your fur babies warm this winter by purchasing winter coats for them. You wouldn’t want to be caught outside in the winter rain and winds without a warm jacket and neither do they. We know from lots of experience here at TTCCH that calves will appreciate a warm jacket, especially as being so young means they do not have enough body fat to keep warm on their own.
Our second tip for dealing with the wintertime is providing shelter to protect your animal from the elements during winter, such as the wind, rain and in some cases hail. Having shelter with 3-4 walls and a roof is vital. Make sure that your shelter is free from leaks or holes! An ideal shelter will keep your animals safe and protected as well as providing them with an area to stay clean, dry and comfortable.
One thing I love about winter is getting into my warm cosy bed after a long day. Whether, you have a pig, cow, chicken, sheep or goat in your family, providing some type of bed for them is essential for the wintertime, your fur baby will love you for this extra warmth on the cold winter nights. We recommend providing your animal with extra, the colder it is, the more hay. The more hay/bedding available for your animal the easier it will be for your animal to maintain its body temperature during the cold.
If you have chickens, this part is for you. As well as providing your chickens with shelter, providing them with a nesting box with straw for warmth is ideal. Some chickens will even benefit from heat lamps inside their coops.
This tip will be a no brainer but remember to always have fresh water available to your animals 24/7. Having water during winter is just as important as having it available during the hotter months.
Overall the rule of thumb for keeping your animals warm during winter is to make sure they have a place they can stay dry and be protected from the elements of winter. Remember that some animals will feel the cold more than others so always keep an eye on how your animals are coping with the colder weather. If you have any special tips or tricks on how you keep your fur babies warm during the colder months, we would love to hear them.
We hope this blog has provided you with some insights into keeping your animals warm this winter. We are urgently needing funds to help provide vet care, feed and jackets for the new animals coming into our care before being adopted into furever families. Any donation, big or small, goes such a long way to help us and the animals. We would be so appreciative if you could donate here or via our PayPal to ensure all animals in our care are kept healthy and warm while waiting for their furever homes.
By Luella Botteon