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How To Keep Your Pets Warm All Winter Long

All The Signs Your Pets Are Cold — And What To Do About It
Cat inside cosy winter bed
It's easy to keep your pets warm this winter

If you’re feeling chilled to the bone right now, it’s safe to say your pet is in the same boat. While your dog or cat has some extra insulation thanks to its furry coat, animals feel the cold just like us. And while they certainly don’t say as much, they have their unique ways of letting you know.

Three key signs your cat or dog is feeling the cold

According to an article published by The Conversation, postdoctoral researcher, Melissa Starling shares this rule of thumb:

“If I can feel [the pet’s] ears or feet are a bit chilly to touch, that suggests their core temperature might be a bit low.”

Aside from cold ears or paws, shivering is the most obvious sign that your beloved fur baby is feeling the chill.

Keep an eye on your pet’s posture, too. Are they sleeping tucked into a little ball? Or are they walking around with their spine hunched over? These are common signs that they might need some extra snuggles to warm up.

It’s also important to monitor your pet’s behavioural changes once temperatures plummet. Some pets will become more lethargic and begin avoiding cold floors. Others will sleep all day or retreat to a warm spot in the house, like a patch of sunlight. Alternatively, some pets will let their discomfort be known with excessive barking, meowing and even whining.

In particular, smaller or senior pets are more likely to feel it when the temperature drops lower than seven degrees, due to their struggle to retain body heat.

But remember, However, that doesn’t always apply to breeds like Pomeranians, Alaskan Malamutes or Persians, who have thick fur and an undercoat to keep warm. Dog or cat breeds with shorter coats are the ones who really need to make up for their lack of fluff. Think Italian Greyhounds or Chihuahuas – they’re not just shaking for fun! Keep an eye out for how they’re doing. If you’re concerned check out these pet first aid tips and consult your vet.

How to keep your pets warm

If you notice any of the above signs, it’s time to bring your four-legged friend inside. If you don’t want to sit outside in the cold, then your pet certainly doesn’t either!

Now, if you’re trying to save on heating or don’t have an air conditioning unit in your home, the best way to keep your furry friends warm is to help them rug up.

Thankfully, leading pet supplier Petstock has all your snuggly needs sorted with its new winter collection.

With a lineup of cosy clothing and accessories, Petstock caters to pooches and cats alike. From warm fleece jumpers to waterproof rain jackets and even insulated puffer vests, there’s something for every pet – big or small.

Our five top picks from Petstock’s winter range

DGG Chunkly Fluffy Knit, $34.97

Nobody – not even our pets – can resist a cable knit. This chunky knit has been a Petstock favourite for five years and comes in five stunning colours, including taupe, musk, teal, sage and caramel.


DGG Puffer Jacket Racer, $44.97

Who says puffers are only reserved for humans? Match in style on an outing to your local café by kitting your dog out in one of these stylish jackets. Lined with polar fleece on the inside, it’ll keep them warm and toasty even while outside.


FuzzYard Flipside Dog Raincoat, $64.97

Nobody likes getting caught out in the rain, let alone your four-legged friend. This water-resistant raincoat features a reversible design so they can rock a block colour one day, and a fun geometric pattern the next.


Buddy & Belle Bolster Bed, $119

To best prepare your four-legged friend for winter, you’ll need to invest in some cosy bedding. Available in small/medium or large/extra-large, this pet bed was designed for chilly nights. Featuring a reversible and removable cushion, it’s easy to chuck in the wash if your pet comes in covered in mud after a wet day.


Lexi & Me Cat Cave, $49.97

All cats love a good hidey hole when it’s cold, and there’s nothing they love more than sequestering themselves somewhere protected and warm. And while most cats prefer to sleep anywhere but an actual bed, this cat cave is sure to pleasantly surprise both you and kitty.


PetStock’s winter range is available both in-store and online here. Get same-day delivery if you place an order by 4pm or select Click & Collect for fast and easy pick-up.

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