As pet owners, it’s our goal to ensure our furry friends are comfortable and happy in our homes.
Here are six things to keep in mind when it comes to setting the ideal indoor temperature for your cat or dog.
Age, Breed, and Size
Different breeds have different temperature preferences. For instance, a fluffy dog or cat may be comfortable in cooler temperatures, while a short-haired pet may prefer it warmer. Additionally, kittens, puppies, and senior pets may have a harder time regulating their body temperature.
Health and Coat Type
Cats with health issues or thicker coats may require a slightly cooler environment to ensure their comfort. On the other hand, dogs with thinner coats may be more comfortable in warmer temperatures. If your pet has a history of respiratory problems, it's also important to keep the air quality in mind.
Signs of Discomfort
Pay attention to your pet's behavior to determine their comfort levels. Signs of discomfort, such as shivering, lethargy, or panting, can indicate the temperature may need to be adjusted.
Time of Day
Dogs are typically more active during the day and may need more cooling, while cats are typically more active at night and may need more warmth to sleep comfortably. Consider adjusting the temperature accordingly to match your pet's activity levels.
Your home’s humidity can play a role in your pet's comfort. Be sure to aim for a comfortable balance, as high levels can make the air feel warmer, while low levels can make it feel cooler.
Avoid leaving your cat or dog in environments that may end up being too hot or too cold for extended periods of time. Consider setting the temperature to a more energy-efficient level until you return.
Remember to pay attention to your pet's behavior—on top of giving them lots of love—and adjust the temperature as needed to keep them feeling their best!