Despite being well-endowed with fur, often two or three coats of it, cats and dogs get cold - especially in winter, and even indoors... and especially if they are hairless!
If you have an indoor cat you might notice that he prefers to be really close to you in winter, as opposed to just close to you. He'll hang out on your bed, even in your bed under the covers with you, if you let him. I have to hide my microwave heating pad from from my cat, as he scratches it and leave his black fur all over it.
Dogs, especially very young and older dogs also crave heat in colder months. Rabbits, ferrets, and other small animals get especially cold in winter. No matter the season, most newborn animals, even chicks, need heat.
I just learned about the Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Microwave Heating Pad that can stay warm for 10 to 12 hours after being microwaved, and you can use it indoors or outdoors. In a few hours the pad lowers its temperature to 120 and stays at that temperature for the duration. When it fully cools, microwave again! It's the most popular pet warming pad on Amazon.
The Snuggle Safe contains a plastic insert that is heated in the microwave, the length of time determined by the microwave's power (instructions provided - make sure you follow them). Then, in its cute little paw print cover, you insert it under your pet's bed or cushion or wherever she likes to settle in. If you want kitty to go back in her own bed after sleeping in yours, put some catnip near the Snuggle Safe Heating Pad to lure her there. After a few attempts, she'll decide she likes the Pad pretty well.
You can help new moms keep their kitties, pups, or chicks warm by providing a Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Heating Pad under their mattresses or straw. The Pad is also great for newborns and elderly pets. You will need to make sure there is plenty of cushioning on top of the pad, as the pad is hard.
Make sure you follow the directions for microwaving the Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Heating Pad, which is made of a food-safe, microwave-safe plastic, but if you leave it in too long, it will melt.
Another less popular, but highly rated, microwavable pet warming pad is the K&H Pet Products Microwavable Pet Bed Warmer, which is described as 'soft and squishy' and has a neoprene cover. Not a bad alternative.
That's the buzz for today!