It's a been a strange week, after my grandmother passed away last weekend. Her funeral was yesterday. With everything that's been going on, I haven't been working on my newest doodles. That's why I've been sharing all flashback doodles over the past week. As I explained at one point this week, the flashbacks I've been sharing are all from a series of winter doodles that I first shared back in 2018. What's more, the flashback doodles I've been sharing more or less inspired the new series of doodles that I have in the works. I'll start sharing that new series in a couple of days or so, but until I get back in my usual swing of things, we still have some wintry flashback doodles from 2018 to share. Like this one here.
Today's tip is to be careful and cautious with your furbabies when outside in cold weather, and to be aware that our furbabies' tolerances to cold can vary. Some animals are more susceptible to getting cold, such as those with a thin coat or no fur, those who are very young or very old, and those who are ill or in any way compromised. Sometimes it comes down to the fact that some animals simply tolerate cold better than others. In any extreme weather, such as cold winter days, it is important to keep a very close eye on any animal who is outside. If your pup or kitty is outdoors taking a bathroom break or on a walk, monitor them closely. If you notice any shivering, restlessness or anxiety, or anything out of sorts, get them inside where it is warm.
One simple rule of thumb to follow, especially when in doubt, is that if it's too cold for you, then it's likely too cold for your furbaby. Hypothermia and frostbite can affect our cats and dogs just like it can affect us, so don't risk these medical emergencies. Don't leave your furbabies outdoors in the frigid cold. Do not set out on long walks on cold days, but instead stay close to home and be vigilant regarding your furbaby's comfort, health, and safety. If you care for feral cats or other outdoor animals, try to ensure that they have some form of shelter that is out of the elements and off of the ground. If possible, offer some form of warmth in the outdoor shelter, a topic we very recently discussed.