MASON CITY, Iowa- If the winter weather is too cold for you, it’s probably to cold for your pets too.
Humane Society of North Iowa executive director Sybil Soukup said many animals may have fur, but they’re still able to get hypothermia or a frostbite from cold temperatures.
Soukup said make sure pets are only outside briefly and have warm shelter.
If you have barn cats or neighborhood stray cats, Soukup said there are ways you can help protect animals without bringing them inside the house. “A lot of time using an old Styrofoam cooler, a tote, extra blankets, some straw, so there’s a lots of ideas on how you can help set out a safe place for cats in your neighborhood that are free roaming.”
Soukup recommended making sure to wipe off paws when coming inside, cleaning off any salt or chemicals to help stop pets from getting sick.