Help animals in cold weather - protect them and look after them


Protecting animals in bad weather

With bad weather predicated yet again this weekend, the RSPCA is warning animal owners to take precautions ahead of the storms and high winds forecast. The key thing is to keep a close eye on your animals and keep them safe.  

Watch the weather forecasts and watch for information about potential flooding.  

There have been recent media reports of cats being lifted into the air by the strong gusts in some parts of the country, and others of dogs who have got swept away in flood water during walks.   It goes without saying that you shouldn't take your dog on walks near areas where waves are sweeping over paths and roads.   It's important to plan ahead and make sure your animals are safe.  

With reports of cats having been lifted into the air thanks to strong winds, it may be an idea to keep them indoors, say the RSPCA.   Give them a place ot hide and a litter tray, if they don't usually have one.

Try to avoid walking your dog outside the times of really extreme weather and make sure you're with them.  It may be better to walk your woof two or three times a day over a shorter period of time rather than one long one.   Take a mobile and make sure it's charged before you head out.

“It might be necessary to keep cats inside if the winds become very extreme. People should remember to make sure they have everything they need, especially places to hide (and a litter tray if they don't usually have one).

When we used to look after our neighbours' guinea pigs, Sparky & Rambo, and bad weather was forecast, I always gave them extra straw to snuggle into - they loved it! 

The RSPCA also suggest that;

  • Dogs with thin or sparse coats may benefit from a coat when being exercised outdoors;
  •  You move outdoor pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs indoors to a garage or shed;
  • Rabbit owners should make sure their hutches are waterproof, draught-proof and placed in a sheltered position. They may also appreciate some extra hay to burrow into to make them feel more secure;
  • You put horses, ponies and donkeys into stables

Be alert; be informed;  and be prepared. 

In the event you need to evacuate, ensure you take your animals with you - it's a good idea to have a bag prepared with a supply of food and any medication your pet is on plus details of their vet.  

Finally, ensure your pet is micro-chipped.  In the event you do get separated, a micro-chip is a fast way to quickly re-unite you with your loyal, loving friend.