Keep Your Small Pets Warm This Winter

Keep Your Small Pets Warm This Winter

As responsible pet owners, it's essential to ensure that our furry and feathered friends stay warm and comfortable during the chilly winter months. However, we must strike a balance between keeping them cosy and avoiding overheating. Here's a quick guide to help you keep your small pets warm and snug this winter.


For our feathered companions, maintaining an ideal temperature between 18-22°C is crucial, depending on the species. Here are some tips to ensure your bird stays warm:

  • Find a Warm Spot: Place your bird's cage in a warm area inside the house where there are no drafts but still provides fresh air.
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight: Be cautious of direct sunlight, as it can cause the cage to become too hot. Ensure your bird has access to shade.
  • Provide Additional Warmth: During particularly cold nights, drape a warm blanket over the cage. Just make sure your bird can still breathe comfortably.
  • Consider Infrared Lamps: In extreme cold conditions, a bird-safe infrared lamp out of reach from the bird can provide additional warmth.
  • Offer Cage Tents and Toys: Provide cage tents upon supervision and plenty of toys to keep your bird active. Physical movement helps generate heat and keep your bird warm.


Rabbits thrive in temperatures ranging from 10-20°C, depending on the species. Here's how to keep your bunny warm and cozy:

  • Indoor Shelter: Bring your rabbit indoors to a safe and warm area away from drafts.
  • Provide Extra Bedding: Offer additional bedding, such as dust-free hay, straw, or layers of newspaper, for your rabbit to snuggle into. - view our selections of hay available.
  • Consider Heat Pads: A microwavable heat pad made from barley can provide extra warmth for your bunny during cold spells. (make sure it's not too hot, to avoid injuring your bunny.)
  • Avoid Blankets: Refrain from using blankets in your rabbit's sleeping area, as they may chew on them, leading to intestinal blockages.
  • Encourage Activity: Stimulate your rabbit's activity levels, especially during the mornings and late afternoons, to keep them warm and engaged.

Rats, Mice, Hamsters & Guinea Pigs

For our tiny rodent friends, maintaining a temperature between 18-26°C is essential, depending on the species. Here's how to ensure your pet rodents stay warm:

  • Draft-Free Environment: Keep your small pet rodent in a room where you can control the temperature and avoid drafts.
  • Shade from Sunlight: Shield your pet from direct sunlight and keep windows closed to prevent chilly drafts.
  • Increase Bedding: Provide extra bedding and nesting material to create a cozy nest for your rodent friend. (Reminder: always use sawdust free bedding)
  • Avoid Chewable Materials: While a fleecy blanket may seem cozy, if your pet chews on it, remove it promptly to prevent ingestion.
  • Create a Snuggle Spot: Construct a tent or hiding spot where your pet rodent can snuggle up and generate warmth during cold spells.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your small animals stay warm and comfortable throughout the winter, allowing them to thrive even in the chilliest of conditions.

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