When pets need to use the restroom during these cold and chilly months, low temperatures can spell dangerous repercussions (like hypothermia or frostbite) for those left exposed to the elements for too long. Some cats and dogs will outright refuse to venture outside during inclement conditions, and understandably so!
Elimination problems during the winter are common, especially for pets that have never experienced snow, those with thin coats, and small dogs which notoriously struggle with cold.
If your pet is reluctant to go potty outside when the mercury drops, luckily there are ways to avoid accidents.
At a very young age, cats and dogs learn what surfaces are appropriate for bathroom use. Kittens and puppies experience different surfaces such as grass, leaves, concrete, indoor training pads or litters. Once they’ve become acquainted to the substrates they encounter most often, they are likely to prefer them when eliminating.
When pets encounter frost, ice and snow for the first time, or even seasonally, they don’t immediately recognize that it is an acceptable medium to eliminate upon.
Another, more obvious issue for pets and trouble going to the bathroom outside in the winter is the cold – cold air and cold precipitation. For cats and dogs unfamiliar with snow and those whose legs and bellies come in contact with it due to short stature, they become resistant to head outdoors and are unable to relax enough to go to the bathroom once they are outside.
Does this sound like your furry friend?
If so, she might be more comfortable staying indoors. Try our clever solutions so your companion can still go potty regardless of bad weather.
Even if the notion of snow and freezing cold weather seems far in the future, preparing your pet to use these indoor bathroom options is a smart idea. The last thing you want is your cat or dog giving a puzzled look after you carefully place a training pad or litter box on the floor. No matter the season, make sure your pet is well-versed in how to proceed with her winter potty backup plans.