Cold Weather Tips For Exotic Pets

Suppose you are living in areas where seasons change throughout the year. Taking care of your exotic pets is better, especially during cold weather. Similarly, areas such as Flordia are relatively warm, but the temperature decreases suddenly at night to many degrees.

This abrupt decrease in the temperature is not favorable for many exotic pets such as rabbits, reptiles, and some birds. These animals are susceptible to many health disorders, and sudden temperature changes can lead to death.

In recent years the popularity of exotic pets has risen, and an estimated 23% of pet owners now have exotic pets instead of cats and dogs. As many exotic pets are susceptible to winters, they need a specific environment and diet to survive and thrive in the chilly season.

We will share some exciting tips to ensure your exotic pets remain healthy during winter.

 

Provide them Heat

Many reptiles and birds need warm temperatures to keep their bodies healthy. If you have large parrots, they can withstand lower temperatures in the 50s. Still, if the temperature drops below, they may get fluffed and put all their energies into maintaining a warm temperature. Thus, these birds stop eating in freezing temperatures. To stay warm, they burn extra calories; therefore, birds need to eat more.

Since reptiles are “cold-blooded,” their body temperatures are determined by ambient environmental temperature; if those environments become very cold, so do they. At inadequate temperatures, reptiles’ immune systems suffer, and their digestive and metabolic processes slow down; this usually happens during hibernation or brumation.

Similarly, some other exotic birds become sluggish and do not eat during winters and cold temperatures. If you have exotic pets at home and you lose electricity in winter, you can place them near the fire, cover them with a blanket to stop airflow, and put plastic bags and bottles filled with hot water near them to increase the temperature of their surroundings.

Provide them Water

During winter, storms can cause you to lose the electricity connection. In such cases, we are also deprived o water supply, and most of the water freezes in the pipes. While the small exotic birds have a higher metabolism, they feel dehydrated due to their small size. So, if you want your pets to be in healthier and good shape, arrange fresh water for them and keep an eye on their water consumption.

Prevent Trauma

Many birds and non-nocturnal exotic pets are not used to long periods of darkness and may become anxious and stressed if left without light during a power outage. In their cages, birds may flail, injure, break feathers, or damage their wings.

Keep a tiny flashlight close to your pet’s cage if you’re trying to keep your exotic pet calm in the dark so they can see you and their familiar surroundings. It may help them stay calmer and reduce their risk of getting hurt.

Fumes Are Not Recommended

Many try to provide warmth and light by burning wood or candles in intimate rooms near the pets. This action is unsuitable for pets as the smoke or fumes emitted from burning the candles or timber may result in the suffocation of pets, and they may die.

Try Hard To Feed Them

Always tempt your small birds and exotic pets to eat, as they usually stop eating during harsh winter. Small birds need to eat more due to their fast metabolism; they also need more calories to stay warm, active, and with better sleep patterns.

Conclusion

Cold weather is extremely challenging for small birds and exotic pets. Moreover, It is never simple to experience a hurricane or a protracted power outage, as many of us in the Northeast have recently. But if you adhere to these recommendations and keep a close eye on your exotic pets, they are more likely to recover without any problems.

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