A recent story in the Shields Gazette suggests that owners of small pets such as rabbits are failing to provide the addition warmth they require to make it through these particularly harsh winter weather conditions. Maria Harrison, the founder of Willows Cat Adoption Centre in Wantage Street, South Shields is urging pet owners to not let their furry friends freeze this winter. ‘I think a lot of people forget about rabbits and guinea pigs, left outside in their hutches. They just expect them to keep warm, but this isn’t always the case”.
Pet owners are forgetting that rabbits in their natural habitat will dig deep burrows and share body heat with others. In order to prevent them feeling the harsh weather conditions within their hutch, Maria suggests that owners bring their pets inside during the particularly cold winter months, housing them in conservatories or kitchens to provide them with the additional barrier from the ice cold conditions.
Believe it or not, rabbits can be house trained very quickly with the use of a litter tray, and also accommodated with the use of a cardboard boxes and sheets of newspaper. Rabbits can be very sociable creatures, and will no doubt appreciate the extra warmth indoors and excitement of exploring their new surroundings.
If however housing them indoors is not a possibility, then their hutches should be packed with hay and paper, whilst also being lined with pieces of old carpet.
With temperatures continuing to drop, it’s definitely time to remember your furry friends and welcome them into the warmth of your home!