Now the weather has started to get cooler it is time to think about the pets that live outside.
If you house your rabbit or guinea pig outside, now is the time to start preparing their accommodation for the winter months ahead. Ideally the best option would be to relocate their enclosure in to a garage or shed. If this is not possible then spare blankets or off cuts of carpet are excellent for using as insulation for the hutch. Pets at Home also sell a great range of hutch covers and huggers, click here.
All of these can be placed over the top of the hutch ensuring that they hang down over the front of the hutch. This will help to protect pets from the elements.
It is never a good idea to use hot water bottles or electric blankets as this can potentially cause burns or scalds to your pet. Providing extra bedding in the form of hay, straw or even shredded paper will help to keep them cosy & warm.
To prevent a drinking bottle from freezing you could try wrapping the bottle in bubble wrap. Frozen bottles can be left at room temperature to defrost or placed in a bowl of warm water.
As rabbits & guinea pigs do not hibernate it is still essential to feed their usual diet with a top up of extra hay to increase their calorie intake.
Remember that small furies feel the cold just like we do!
Blog by Chantelle Kingsbury, Client Co-ordinator
Companion Care Vets, Slough
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