Keeping Pets Cozy in cold weather

Winter is coming! As we bundle up in our comfy sweaters and sip on hot cocoa, it’s important to remember our furry friends who also need to adjust to these colder months. Here is a quick guide on keeping your pets safe and warm this winter.

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Embrace the Fluff!

Just like we love getting into our warmest clothes, our pets grow their very own! Their winter coats are nature’s way of keeping them snug as a bug. So, if you’re tempted to give your pet a trim, hold off until spring. The more fur, the merrier!

Drying Off Can Be Fun!

After a fun romp in the snow (or a quick tinkle), your pet’s fur can get wet and cold, which is not a good combination. Make drying off an enjoyable ritual! Use this time to bond with your pet, giving them a good rubdown with a towel. Pay special attention to their paws and underbelly. You’ll have a warm and dry pet plus, bonus points for extra cuddles!

Paws Need Pampering Too!

Road salt and ice can be irritating to your pet’s paws. Imagine walking barefoot on a salty, icy road – not pleasant, right? To prevent this, try using a pet safe paw-balm or even pet booties. Either way, make sure to wash and dry your pet’s paws after time outside. It’s a paw-fect time for a mini spa session!

Man in winter attire lovingly holding a cute cat wearing a warm hat, illustrating pet owners' preparation for cold weather conditions to ensure their pets' comfort and safety.

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Extra Treats? Yes Please!

Just as we sometimes need a little extra fuel during the cold (hello, holiday cookies!), our pets burn extra calories to stay warm. So don’t feel guilty about giving them a bit more food than usual (it’s science). They will appreciate the extra fuel, and who can resist those puppy dog eyes?

Cozy Shelters

For those pets who prefer the great outdoors, make sure they have a well-insulated shelter (see our community cat shelter DIY here). It should be a place where they can escape from the elements and snuggle up when temperatures drop. And don’t forget about their water – ensure it’s not frozen so they can stay hydrated.


Winter can be a magical time for both humans and pets. With these simple tips, your pet can enjoy the season safely and comfortably. So here’s to frosty walks, snowball fights and cozy evenings by the fire with our furry friends. Stay warm and enjoy the winter wonderland!




About the Author:
Wyatt Baggett is the Marketing Associate at Young-Williams Animal Center. With over five years of experience working with shelter pets and a passion for animal welfare, he enjoys creating informative content for pet parents. When he’s not working, Wyatt enjoys hanging out with his three rescue dogs, thrifting, and hunting down the best eats around Knoxville.