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There are various stages of hypothermia to be aware of in terms of signs and sometimes improvement in a sign is an indication that the animal is getting worse, especially when talking about shivering. Early stages have shivering, it abates at later stages, so keeping an eye on your pet is critically important in this case. Very young and very old animals ...


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Cats generally have sense enough not to go outside/stay outside when it's dangerously cold unless they must. So unless you are forcing the cat outside, or your house is colder than most and you have a furless breed or much colder than most, this shouldn't be a problem. Basically, most cats never need to wear clothes other than their fur. Remember, feral ...


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Cats do enjoy warm surfaces and there are a few options to entice her into her house. Depending on what her house looks like, you can add a heat lamp, just be careful the lamp does not touch anything as this poses a fire hazard. I have seen outdoor cat houses in Canada with these to keep feral cats warm during the winter. Pet heat mats - these mats ...


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Cats probably don't need a jacket or boots, since they probably don't want to stay outside in the cold for long. But if it's cold enough where you would want to wear a hat & gloves outside (definitely below freezing) and if your cat wants to go outside, then your cat would be a lot warmer & more comfortable wearing a jacket or sweater. A small dog ...


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The fish should all be okay as long as the pond isn't going to freeze all the way over. I would say you don't want the pond to freeze over for more than a day or two, because carbon dioxide can build up under the ice, and new oxygen won't be able to get in. Also, since I'm pretty sure the sturgeon are still active during the winter, they will still need a ...


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The Koi simply won't eat the food if it's too cold, they know their metabolism isn't fully functional and therefore they couldn't process the food. The Koi will likely sit on the bottom and the sturgeon (if hungry) will come up. Just feed sparingly and none of the food will fall to the Koi, not that they'd be interested anyway. If the Koi are still active ...


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As you probably know, rabbits love to chew and they need to chew. Fresh wood is generally a good thing and you can give them fresh cut apple branches. When we still had rabbits, we used to supply them with plenty of apple branches from our yard (we had 3 apple trees) all year round. In the spring and summer that meant also getting leafy branches, but even in ...


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Possible frame challenge here, but your cat isn't using the house because she doesn't need it. Her fur is cold to the touch because it's working - it's keeping body heat inside. And just like your ears, her ears will be perfectly OK at lower than body temperatures. Not all mammalian extremities need to be at full body temperature. This is why a furred ...


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Trust the cat. I don't know the distance from your house to your neighbour's house, but assuming you don't live near an abandoned mine in Yukon, it would probably take the cat a few minutes to come to you. If he is cold, he would not want to get out until he is warm, even if you tried to push him out. If the cat still wants to go out, it means the cat is ...


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Goldfish do not have any problems surviving the winter as long as the water at the bottom of your pond stays above 2 °C. As far as I have seen, young fish are not more sensitive to the cold than the adult fish are (though they might lose a little bit more body mass during the winter than the adult fish do, but this is not a problem). There are several ...


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In researching another answer, I found this guide speaking about feeding fish in winter. Here are a few paragraphs to give some context. (It's a guide aimed at koi and/or goldfish pond owners, in case you were wondering why it says don't feed your fish at all.) As the water temperature of your pond falls, the fish will require less food. Watch their ...


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There is a product called Safe Paw that is made for pets and kids. A de-icer that is pet safe will have a claim on the bag. I wouldn't worry about your pets eating it, I've never seen a toxicity relating to this and I live in a very ice heavy province so it's (rock salt) used everywhere 24/7. Still a good idea to keep it away from them but you don't need to ...


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In the given temperature range she doesn't need an additional coat or anything. Her fur will be enough to keep her warm. Her dog house should offer sufficient protection against bad weather. If she only has a cage or crate, you should cover at least 2 sides with thin wooden boards or other materials that stop cold winds. She needs a roof against rain. What I'...


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Brothers from the same litter can live together, if they have to. As long as they grow up together there's a chance that they never start fighting, but that's not guaranteed. Friends of mine had 2 brothers living in their home for about 10 years without incidents. Then one of the brothers got urinary tract stones and started soiling the house and furniture. ...


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Congratulations and thank you for adopting a dog! Kindly tell us if you plan to keep your dog inside your home, or outside. Assuming inside, I think your dog will tell you, and no need to worry, especially if anything close to a Collie! Just put special notice to the paws! - if your dogs, unlike mine, are OK with "shoes" please put them on during walks when ...


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I tried a coat made from a knitted legwarmer with holes for the front paws on my cat today, because she wanted to go out in the cold. After an hour I searched for her and she was sitting with the "coat" torn and hanging from branches. I will never use a coat again: too dangerous.


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My pitbull half breed has kind of same problem. It's likely that you wont find anything online. Almost every adjustable coat is only adjustable around their belly, but the chest and neck has to fit. You have 2 options. 1) look for it locally so you can test it. 2) harnesses are way more adjustable. You could go on DIY and make a jacket over a fit harness.


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I'd say it's something you can safely ignore. If it's warm enough for you, your dog should be happy as well. Just offer a retreat, e.g. with a snuggly blanket or similar on an isolated bed (if the ground is colder, e.g. stone tiles) and let the dog decide. It's easy to say owning Huskies but even our dogs won't just accept any temperature or condition if ...


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Because there is no area tag in your question, I will answer for my area (western Europe). (I found the area sentence in your question, please excuse me...) You can feed your rabbit bamboo. It will stay green during winter and gives a good basic food for rabbits. Other vegetable which stays green for (almost) whole winter are cabbage (for example broccoli, ...


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This is an old question, but people needs to understand how this is done properly. You need to keep an open, ice-free area in your pond but this does not need to be large. One way to do this is to use an aquarium heater and a sheet of styrofoam, you simply make a small hole in the styrofoam and put the heater here. (Note: the styrofoam is to keep the heater ...


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I don't have a fish pond and never have, but I can give you an answer I've derived from watching some pond building shows as well as from articles where people have ponds their livestock drink from. In the pond building show, they had the water suck up from the bottom/far end of the pond to go up to the filter and return on the top/opposite side. This ...


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