Make Your Home the Purrfect Temperature for Your Favorite Furry Friends

While you’re keeping the rest of the household comfortable, don’t forget home comfort for pets too. Pets may seem (and sometimes act like) creatures of the wild kingdom. However, most common breeds are domesticated and have long since become more accustomed to controlled indoor conditions than the environment of the great outdoors. While humans can dress to suit temperature and other conditions, most pets are stuck with what nature gave them, so they rely on your help to stay comfortable and healthy.

Here are some factors that directly impact home comfort for pets:

    • Fur coat. Cats and dogs with thick fur can naturally withstand more chilly temperatures but tend to be uncomfortable at higher temperatures. Pets with thinner coats, conversely, enjoy a warmer indoor environment.
    • Size and weight. Smaller animals lose body heat faster. Therefore, a small pet will feel cold quicker and at a lower temperature than a larger breed.
    • Weight. Body fat is an efficient insulator and protective at lower temperatures. Leaner, lighter animals may be less cold-tolerant.
    • Age. Both the youngest and the elderly pets like a warm house in winter. Dogs and cats in the middle age range accept a wider range of comfortable temperatures.

Seasonal Settings

In winter, keep the thermostat setting between 69 and 72 degrees. If you have large pets, you can stay closer to the lower end of that range. If you have kittens or puppies, they’ll be more comfortable near the upper limit. A warm bed and exposure to sunlight also allows a pet to self-adjust their comfort level at any particular time.

During summer, maintain the indoor temperature in the range between 75 and 78 degrees. Larger dogs are naturally happier at the lower end of that range, while an older cat with short fur will do well at 78 degrees. Don’t allow indoor temperatures higher than 82 degrees for any common type or breed of pet, however.

At Paitson Bros., we know home comfort for pets is an important part of a happy household. Since 1922, we’ve been your choice in the Wabash Valley for optimum indoor comfort and efficiency.

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