Winter is coming and the thought of snuggling up on the sofa with our furry friends, under a blanket with a nice hot cup of coco seems like bliss!

But sRabbit Warmpare a thought for those pets who might live outdoors, and what you can do to make sure that they are safe, warm and cosy during the Winter months.

There’s some great information available to download HERE provided by the RSPCA on how to keep your rabbit cosy.  Guinea pigs are also susceptible to harm during the colder months, so here are some tips on how you can take some small steps to help:

  • Ideally it’s best to move hutches into a shed, garage or other outbuilding. Alternatively, it’s an option to bring them into the house for the duration.
  • If this isn’t possible, position hutches so that wind, rain, snow or sleet can’t blow in.
  • Elevate the hutch off the ground and undertake maintenance on your hutch to ensure that it’s water tight.
  • Cover the front of the hutch with an old blanket or sacking.
  • Add extra bedding to keep your pet warm.
  • You may need to change their bedding and sawdust more regularly so that your pet stays warm AND dry. A cold, wet pet is more susceptible to becoming unwell during the winter months.
  • Check their water bottle regularly – water freezes very quickly and easily so press the ball every few hours to keep the water flowing.
  • Your rabbit or guinea pig will still need access to their run during the day so that they can get exercise.
  • Predators, such as foxes and badgers, might be more bold in their attempts to secure a meal during the winter months so make sure your hutch is sturdy enough to survive any potential attention from these predators.

 

If you are concerned about your small outdoor pet during the Winter months, get in contact.